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Developer Linux News for Nov 27, 2001

  • Linux 2.5.1-pre2 Released (Nov 27, 2001, 20:07)
    Changelog, links within.

  • NewsForge: CP/M collection is back online with an Open Source license (Nov 27, 2001, 18:24)
    "When CP/M enthusiast Tim Olmstead died from cancer on 9/11/01, the Unofficial CP/M Web site he had been maintaining had to be taken down because of licensing issues with the software collection. Now, Lineo has granted unrestricted use of the technology and the site is back up."

  • ITMyCareer.com: Operating systems dwindle towards a big two (Nov 27, 2001, 11:53)
    "It is becoming increasingly clear that we are heading for a world in which there are only two operating systems Windows and Linux. Within 10 years virtually all computers, from the smallest wristwatch (don't laugh) to the largest mainframe (they will never die), will run one of these two operating systems. All others are headed for extinction."

  • SearchWin2kManageability: Running Windows applications on Linux could lower TCO (Nov 27, 2001, 10:45)
    "By lifting up Windows applications and sticking Linux underneath, they get better uptime. Linux also has better remote administration tools. It's more easily accessible from the network to do configuration, servicing, support and updating. You also improve security of the overall system by introducing Linux. Linux is as much Unix as you can get, so it has the security and robustness of Unix. So, there's security, reliability, manageability."

  • KDE 2.2.1 Ported to Cygwin/Windows (Nov 27, 2001, 09:55)
    The KDE on Cygwin project has successfully ported KDE 2.2.1 to Cygwin.

  • Linux Journal: US Court says buyers can unbundle EULA-covered software. (Nov 27, 2001, 08:20)
    "If you find yourself paying for bundled proprietary software and don't actually install it, you can legally resell it no matter what the End-User License Agreement (EULA) says. That's what Judge Dean D. Pregerson wrote in his "Order Re: Application For Preliminary Injunction" in the case of Softman v. Adobe."

  • The Register: Linux app makes Xbox net gaming a reality (Nov 27, 2001, 05:39)
    "Next year's launch of Microsoft's network gaming service for Xbox has been pre-empted by an open source/Linux development, Xbox Gateway. Bill is no doubt absolutely ecstatic about this, but he can console himself with the thought that at least all the work XboxGW has put into the system is on the outside - the box itself remains unsullied by viral GPL-related stuff."

  • DesktopLinux.com: Linux not ready for prime time on the Desktop (Nov 27, 2001, 03:09)
    "Last summer, Dennis G. Allard decided to install Linux-based desktop computer systems for three of his friends: a newbie; a priest; and his brother. In this guest column at DesktopLinux.com, Allard describes some of the many challenges he faced and frustrations he (and his friends) experienced, and offers some suggestions of things that need to be done to make Linux more suitable for use as a desktop computing environment for 'ordinary' users."

  • Kernel Cousin KDE #26 By Aaron J. Seigo, Juergen Appel, and Rob Kaper (Nov 27, 2001, 02:07)
    KDE is a powerful Open Source graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system.