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Linux Weekly News for September 21, 2000

Sep 21, 2000, 07:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet, Elizabeth O. Coolbaugh)

Leading items and editorials: The money is back - sort of, Debian and free software project organization, Has Cisco patented NAT and :CueCat, one more time.

"The money is back - sort of. Linux investment activity slowed down markedly after the stock market decline in April, and it has been slow to recover. This week's events, however, show that things are beginning to happen again...."

"Debian and free software project organization. Most Linux users are aware of the Debian distribution and its status as the most popular noncommercial distribution around. The distribution itself offers a massive set of packages, a self-updating capability (for some years now), and a high degree of stability. It is growing in popularity, despite its high-profile, venture and IPO-funded competition. Just as interesting as the distribution, however, is the complex organization that makes it possible....."

"Has Cisco patented NAT?. It turns out that Cisco has a patent on a "security system for network address translation systems". Depending on your reading of the patent and what it really covers, this could be one of the more threatening software patents to come along yet...."

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