Developer Linux News for Aug 20, 2001
Caldera to Open Source AIM Benchmarks, Regexp Parser; Give "Open Access" to Open UNIX Source (Aug 20, 2001, 23:45)
"Caldera International, Inc. today announced it will Open Source
the AIM performance benchmarks and the UNIX Regular Expression
Parser, along with two UNIX utilities awk and grep. In a related
move, Caldera will also be making the Open UNIX 8 source code
available to members of its developer program who request it."
Times of India: 'Simputer' set for November roll-out (Aug 20, 2001, 23:17)
"The "Simputer", a $200 hand-held Indian computer aimed at
taking the Internet to rural areas, will hit the market in
November, the firm spearheading the manufacture of the device
designed by a non-profit trust said."
Haus of Shogo: Interview with Ben Hermans of Hyperion Entertainment (Aug 20, 2001, 22:45)
Hyperion ported Shogo: Mobile Armor Division to Linux. Here, the
company's managing partner discusses the pitfalls Linux faces as a
gaming platform: "On Mac or Amiga, you don't suffer from this type
of problems because users simply don't have the option of
dual-booting and dare I say it, users are more loyal to their
platform than Linux users."
Saber Taylor: Unix and C Dependency (Aug 20, 2001, 22:09)
"There is nothing like Unix to inspire love and hate in the
computing industry ... A large portion of the blame and credit is
due to the C programming language, but I have not seen a broad
treatment examining their coexistence. C philosophy and utilization
has traditionally permeated Unix circles, but are C variants
somehow better than other languages on Unix?"
LinuxWorld/IDG: Does Linux have a future on the desktop?
(Aug 20, 2001, 19:49)
"The hype about Linux's potential as a desktop operating system
started years ago. But just as easy-to-use interfaces are being
crafted for the operating system, which has had a stronghold in the
server arena for a number of years, troubles faced by some Linux
companies lead observers to question whether it will ever truly
compete with Windows for desktop dollars."
MP3NewsWire.net: Why artists should be using Ogg Vorbis (Aug 20, 2001, 19:23)
"So why not just use MP3? It's popular already, and listeners
can easily share it. The problem is that the people who created MP3
compression want to get in on the content industry act, and have
positioned themselves as another middleman. Free encoders for the
MP3 format have already bitten the dust, as the owners of the
technology demand royalties for making software that uses it."
Wired: Penguin Enrolls in U.S. Schools (Aug 20, 2001, 17:48)
"Tux the penguin may become the preferred mascot of America's
financially strained public education system - for Linux represents
a way to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for