Developer Linux News for Aug 29, 2001
dot.kde.org: KDE wins the 'Best Open Source Project' award at LinuxWorld Expo (Aug 29, 2001, 23:40)
"...at LinuxWorld Expo being hosted in San Francisco, CA, the
KDE Project was honored as the winner in the 'Best Open Source
Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #105 by Paul Emsley (Aug 29, 2001, 22:45)
Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for
the previous week.
LinuxPR: Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns Now Available for Linux
(Aug 29, 2001, 21:24)
"TimeGate Studios, Inc. and Loki Software, Inc. announce that
the hit fantasy and strategy game, Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns,
shipped for the Linux platform on Saturday, August 25."
ZDNet/Yahoo!: Nations uniting for open source (Aug 29, 2001, 16:21)
"But behind the obvious reasons for the move to open-source and
free software are more subtle issues. One of the overriding drivers
behind legislation, experts said, appears to be a desire to break
free of the United States' lock on the global software market."
NetSlaves.com: The Failure of Tech Journalism
(Aug 29, 2001, 14:18)
Read initially for personal curiosity, the article gets around
to (and aims a few barbs at) advocacy sites before moving on to
broadsides against just about every other facet of tech journalism,
including fawning Windows reviews and the cursory consideration
given the worst abuses of the dot-coms: "Try and find an agnostic
view of Linux or MacOS. The sites which cover them are in the
business of preaching to the converted. While Mac evangelism is as
silly as worshiping a dead Sci-fi writer, Linux evangelism seems to
expect everyone to rely on the belief of miracles with no further
evidence needed. To read Slashdot, only the lack of intellectual
fervor is standing between you and the nirvana of Linux. The fact
that you need a million work arounds and training sessions to get
it to function on the desktop is always downplayed. Mention this
and you're a 'luser who uses Windoze.'"
LinuxPlanet: .comment: A Dead End and a Milestone, or "What's Up, .doc?" (Aug 29, 2001, 13:03)
If one of the unhappier realities of the Linux publishing
industry is that the vast majority of Linux books are likely being
written in Microsoft Word to satisfy the need editors and
publishers have for rainbow-colored revision copies, one of the
more pleasant facts of the Linux world is that just when you're
cursing the lack of a feature in your almost-favorite app, it pops
up. Or not. As he battles the forces of .doc, Dennis Powell
considers KDE's pending jump to Qt-3.0 and all the happy confusion
(and progress) that might entail.
Infoworld: Open source takes hold [Results of a CTO survey] (Aug 29, 2001, 10:44)
"About half of the CTOs we polled trust their business to
open-source application development tools and application servers.
Almost all respondents reported that open-source projects save
their companies time and not just a little money. They report
savings ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of
dollars, which is money being siphoned away from the pockets of
commercial software vendors."
LinuxPR: Easy Software Products Releases ESP Print Pro v4.2
(Aug 29, 2001, 09:08)
"Easy Software Products today announced the release of ESP Print
Pro v4.2, a complete printing solution for UNIX. The product is
based on the company's Common UNIX Printing System technology and
supports AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, Solaris, and Tru64 UNIX."
KOffice 1.1 Released (Aug 29, 2001, 06:20)
KOffice 1.1 is out. The project's press release, with change
information and download links available within.
Making GNOME Accessible -- Opening New Doors At the Workplace for Users with Disabilities
(Aug 29, 2001, 06:01)
"GNOME Foundation today announced the early access release of
the Gnome 2.0 Accessibility Framework. This framework paves the way
for a new generation of applications that integrate with assistive
technologies -- enabling all users to access the GNOME
ZDNet: Windows and Linux: in perfect harmony (Aug 29, 2001, 04:57)
"We called on five Windows-on-Linux solutions--VMware GSX
Server, VMware Workstation, Win4Lin, Wine, and WinToNet--to strut
their stuff for us. With an emulator (or, in the case of Wine, a
Windows compatibility layer), you can maintain the Linux foundation
while being able to call up Windows applications as needed. And
WinToNet takes a different tack; it's a Windows NT/2000-based
product that can serve up Windows applications to any client with a
browser--including Linux. Although each of these packages has its
own set of quirks, none is terribly difficult to use, and all tend
to work to varying degrees, depending on what you're looking
Yahoo!/Reuters: Russian Programmer Indicted in Copyright Case (Aug 29, 2001, 03:53)
"Dmitry Sklyarov, 26, and ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. were named in the
five-count indictment filed in San Jose federal district court,
prosecutors said. They are charged with selling and conspiracy to
sell technology designed to circumvent the new U.S. Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which bans the sale of technology
that can allow people to thwart copyright protections in computer
and electronic programs."
OSNews.com: Interview With the People Behind JFS, ReiserFS & XFS (Aug 29, 2001, 01:30)
OSNews.com interviews the project leads for three of the
journaling file systems available for Linux regarding the
differences between each, inclusion in the Linux kernel, and how
production-ready each is.