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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."