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Developer Linux News for May 25, 2001

  • "Linux's uptime is not as good as I expected" (May 25, 2001, 22:30)
    For those of us who will be spending the long holiday casting about for something to do, anyone who has a system with uptime approaching 497 days might want to spend the day running 'watch uptime' in a terminal. Fred Mobach wrote in to explain.

  • Kernel Cousin Wine #96 by Brian Vincent (May 25, 2001, 21:31)
    Wine is a free implementation of Windows on Unix.

  • Ximian Setup Tools 0.5.1 Released (May 25, 2001, 18:00)
    The Ximian Setup Tools 0.5.1 have been released. Changes include the addition of Red Hat 7.1, SuSE 7.0, Debian Woody, and some initial support for FreeBSD, plus numerous changes and fixes.

  • DukeOfURL: Linux Distribution Round-Up (May 25, 2001, 17:00)
    Rather than trying to crown a King of the Distro's, this roundup instead considers distributions in terms of their suitability for Linux users of differing experience levels. Some of the linked reviews are a little older, but some good general guides for what's current and what's out there are provided.

  • UPDATED: Linux 2.4.5-pre6 Is Out (May 25, 2001, 14:15)
    The latest pre-release of Linux 2.4.5 is out. Changelog and mirror link within. [ The changelog we posted earlier was taken from the front page link at kernel.org, which still links to the -pre5 edition. The current changelog is within. ]

  • The Dead Desktop Debacle: A Roundup of Rebuttals to Reichard's Requiem (May 25, 2001, 04:08)
    The question of Linux's death on the desktop drew a varied set of responses from around the 'net. We collected several that came in today into a single item: one each from Pinehead and osOpinion that maintain there's hope yet; another from osOpinion that says if there's a problem, it might be KDE and GNOME; and a letter to the editor that says declaring the Linux desktop dead was just the motivational tool we all needed to get going on ruling the desktop.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.4-ac17 (May 25, 2001, 00:08)
    "In terms of going through the code audit almost all the sound drivers still need fixing to lock against format changes during a read/write. Poll creating and starting a buffer as write does and also mmap during write, write during an mmap. This one just fixes the first chunk of stuff the Stanford checker found and a couple of other small bits."