Developer Linux News for Sep 20, 2001
LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Sep 20, 2001, 23:28)
Fresh from summer vacation, Brian Proffitt fills us in on the
latest from Microsoft. Is Windows XP a Linux-killer? It seems "any
of the major distributions make more progress when they do a major
point release." How about Word 2002? According to Proffitt, a few
new useful features are mixed liberally with enough gimmicks to
make it a questionable proposition. Bottom line? "Frankly, I don't
think there has ever been a better time for Windows users to really
examine Linux as a viable alternative."
CNET: Microsoft customers chafe at license changes
(Sep 20, 2001, 19:28)
"...There are alternatives to Microsoft's Windows and Office
software, including the Linux operating system and Sun
Microsystems' StarOffice productivity package. But the vast
majority of businesses have standardized on Microsoft's products,
making migrating to a rival product difficult. 'There aren't a lot
of alternatives for desktop productivity,' MacDonald said. 'Corel
(WordPerfect) is a weak competitor and so is StarOffice.'"
news.kde.org: C++ and shared libraries
(Sep 20, 2001, 17:26)
"I was recently hired by SuSE to focus on optimizing KDE, and as
part of my work, I have written an analysis of KDE memory usage
based on Waldo Bastian's previous paper concerning GNU/Linux linker
issues and KDE startup-performance. As it turns out, the linker
issues examined by Waldo do indeed have an effect on the memory
usage of C++ applications compiled and linked under GNU/Linux. The
most important number from this paper: About 650KB of memory wasted
per KDE application not launched via KDE Init."
GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting 18 September 2001 (Sep 20, 2001, 16:39)
GNOME 2.0 release group approved, election organization,
preparation for ALS.
Xfce 3.8.8 Released (Sep 20, 2001, 15:40)
"XFce is a lightweight desktop environment for various *NIX
systems. Designed for productivity, it loads and executes
applications fast, while conserving system resources. XFce is all
free software, released under GNU General Public License."
LinuxProgramming: GLib/Pango/Atk/GTK+ Released (1.3.8) (Sep 20, 2001, 05:29)
"This release is meant for: those interested in the development
of GTK+, people planning to port to the upcoming GTK+-2.0 version
of GTK+. Note: the API is mostly frozen at this point. Major API
changes beyond the remaining open '2.0 API freeze' bugs in bugzilla
are unlikely to occur before GTK+-2.0 is released."
Mozilla Relicensing FAQ Version 1.0
(Sep 20, 2001, 01:37)
"...we have now implemented the first phase of Mozilla
relicensing, using an NPL/GPL/LGPL "triple license" for Mozilla
source files previously licensed under the NPL and for some files
currently licensed under an NPL/GPL dual license."