Developer Linux News for Jun 19, 2001
News and Analysis: Monkey Do, KDE Do, Too (Mosfet Opens Fire on KDE) (Jun 19, 2001, 21:31)
The same week that smoldering hostilities in the GNOME
development community burst into flame with the angry resignation
of a GNOME 2.0 release coordinator, a longtime KDE developer has
opened fire on that desktop project. The two desktops have long
engaged in heated competition, which now seems to entail which can
do the most damage not to the other but to itself.
Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.5-ac16 (Jun 19, 2001, 20:28)
Over twenty changes in the latest from Mr. Cox.
UPDATED: eWeek: Tux: Built for Speed (was "Red Hat Tux 2.0 blows away Apache") (Jun 19, 2001, 18:49)
"Working closely with Dell Computer's Performance Engineering
group (the original group that first published Tux's amazing
performance benchmarks on the SPECWeb 99 benchmark) a test
performed at eWeek Labs found that Tux was able to perform nearly
three times faster than current Web server mainstay Apache (12,792
transactions per second vs. 4,602 tps) when running a mix of
dynamic and static Web content."
[ The updated link in this story is a better one, providing
more data than the original item -ed. ]
Alan Cox: Linux 2.2.20pre4 (Jun 19, 2001, 15:09)
"Linux 2.2 is now firmly into maintainance state. Patches for
neat new ideas belong in 2.4. Generally new drivers belong in 2.4
(possibly in 2.2 as well after 2.4 shows them stable). Expect me to
be very picky on changes to the core code now."
Eric Raymond: Kernel configuration. It's not just a job, it's an adventure! (Jun 19, 2001, 05:45)
Prompted to make the new kernel configuration tool, CML2, a
better fit for "serious, hard-core hackers," Eric Raymond has
concocted an interface style that starts something like this:
"Welcome to CML2 Adventure, version 1.6.1. You are in a maze of
twisty little Linux kernel options menus, all different. The main
room. A sign reads `Linux Kernel Configuration System'. Passages
lead off in all directions."
GNOME: Havoc Pennington Proposes a Flamewar-Quelling "GNOME Enhancement Procedure"
(Jun 19, 2001, 03:17)
GNOME 2.0 Release Manager Martin Baulig's resignation from his
position yesterday was part of a broader, more extended conflict
within the GNOME developer community. Havoc Pennington has written
a document, currently under discussion, that addresses the dynamics
that caused the conflict to become so protracted and proposes ways
to mend them.