Developer Linux News for Nov 28, 2000
LinuxMedNews: Free and Open Software Basics (Nov 28, 2000, 23:53)
"I still don't quite get what open source means.' He's not
alone. It is time to review the basics."
LinuxWorld: Unlocking the Windows-based mailbox (Nov 28, 2000, 20:44)
"This month Richard Sharpe goes postal. Follow along as he
provides a step-by-step tutorial on converting your old Eudora,
Netscape, and Outlook messages into Balsa and kmail files."
LinuxWorld: Programming a functional future - Functional computing languages on the rise (Nov 28, 2000, 20:39)
"Computing languages that emphasize the what rather than the how
of a sequence of actions are in the minority. But such languages --
known as functional languages -- have bright prospects."
NewsForge: Applix gives up on the Linux desktop (Nov 28, 2000, 20:09)
"...it couldn't compete in the marketplace with Sun's
StarOffice, which costs nothing. And with KOffice -- also free --
rapidly becoming mature and stable enough to be useful for everyday
work, it was time for Applix to throw in the desktop towel."
Python-URL! for November 28, 2000 (Nov 28, 2000, 19:13)
"Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language."
The Register: Install-less Linux distro to eliminate hard drives (Nov 28, 2000, 18:00)
It's really a demonstration of Linbox's technology for
converting PCs into thin clients. The company is targeting vertical
markets, seeking out customers with whom it can work to create
custom Linux distributions comprising OS and users' apps on
LinuxPR: "My CD-ROM is my computer:" Linbox and DemoLinux reinvent the Network Computer with Linux (Nov 28, 2000, 17:59)
"This CD-ROM is a pocket computer that turns a conventional
client workstation into a thin client fully adapted to the user's
requirements. This technology creates an innovative, easily
transportable and unbreakable product that will revolutionize
LinuxPR: Linux for Biotechnology, Volume 1, now available
(Nov 28, 2000, 17:34)
"...includes over 1Gb of Biotechnology related software, all
precompiled for Linux (x86), in easy to install RPM format."
LinuxPlanet: From the Desktop: E Stands for EPIwm and Epidemic (Nov 28, 2000, 13:47)
This week Brian Proffitt interrupts his imitation of Sue Grafton
to double back and cover EPIwin, a bare-boned window manager that's
easy on the eyes and easy on your system resources. He also managed
to complete his interview with the creator of FVWM95, Hector
The Register: MS: it's (nearly) illegal to buy PCs without Windows
(Nov 28, 2000, 12:42)
"By a strange coincidence Microsoft's dire warnings against
buying PCs without preinstalled operating systems seem to have
vanished from microsoft.com on the very day that Microsoft argued
that it didn't have a monopoly of the OS market, and that "the
market position of Windows was created by... consumer demand, not
Microsoft's control of total output."
Adobe Ends Linux FrameMaker Beta Trials, Scraps Plans to Release Final Product (Nov 28, 2000, 11:00)
"Members of the beta program for Adobe's port of FrameMaker to
Linux were informed today that the company has concluded its beta
testing, the timed betas have a little over a month to run, and
that any documents they created using the software will have to be
opened using FrameMaker for Windows, Mac, or UNIX once the Linux
beta versions expire on December 31."
Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.4.0-test12-pre2 (Nov 28, 2000, 07:54)
Oh, well. Some people saw the (unannounced, and not for public
consumption) pre1, so here's pre2. pre1 was just meant to be an
interim patch to sync up with the ISDN patches.
LinuxToday.com.au: Serves You Right... (Nov 28, 2000, 07:14)
"Eighteen months ago it looked neigh on impossible, but today,
leading server hardware makers and the various Linux companies are
becoming increasingly locked together in web of symbiotic
relationships. These, generally loose, alliances are reshaping the
face of the server business."
AllLinuxDevices: 5NINE announces WAPLinux.org, New OSS kernel for bringing WAP to Linux.
(Nov 28, 2000, 02:42)
"5NINE... announces the launch of WAPLinux.org, an open source
development project for modifying the Linux kernel to fully support
the Wireless Application (WAP) protocol and bearers such as the
Short Message Service (SMS), Mobitex and third generation (3G)
technologies such as the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System