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Developer Linux News for Sep 19, 2001

  • Federal Computer Week: Is Linux secure enough? (Sep 19, 2001, 22:45)
    "Although proponents argue that Linux is at least as secure -and perhaps more secure - than Unix, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT or Novell Corp.'s NetWare, there is still concern at many federal agencies about the operating system's safety."

  • Federal Computer Week: Linux Comes of Age (Sep 19, 2001, 22:05)
    "The Bureau of the Public Debt saved more than $330,000 in start-up costs when it chose Linux over other operating systems for its Dynamic Web Publishing project, but that's not what initially prompted officials to choose the open-source route. Their reasons had more to do with compatibility."

  • Linux 3D Starship Traders Game Client Source Released (Sep 19, 2001, 20:40)
    "The C source code for the SST graphical client was released today under the GPL. The client provides a heads-up display with both mouse controls and keyboard controls for playing the free online multiplayer strategy game, Starship Traders. The background of the heads-up display is a view of space from inside your space ship, including any planets, starbases, fighters, and other ships that are in that same sector of space."

  • LinuxProgramming: Mono 0.7 released (Sep 19, 2001, 12:03)
    "It has been a long time since the last release of Mono (almost three weeks). We have made an incredible ammount of work in the past three weeks: JIT engine works for very simple programs (Fibonacci works for instance). It is about 30% faster running than the equivalent code compiled with Kaffe. The compiler can generate code for most statements now; It also performs semantic analysis on most expressions. Creation of new objects is supported, access to parameters, fields and local variables works. Method invocation works. Implicit type conversions, assignments and much more."

  • KDE 2.2.1 Goes Live (Sep 19, 2001, 07:24)
    "The primary goals of the 2.2.1 release, which follows one month after the release of KDE 2.2, are to improve documentation and provide additional and improved language translations for the user interface, although the release includes some performance enhancements (particularly application startup time), numerous minor bugfixes, and significant improvements to the HTTP protocol."

  • Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.4.10-pre12 (Sep 19, 2001, 01:54)
    "Lots more merging - it almost looks like there's a light at the end of the tunnel."