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Linux Weekly News for March 29, 2001

Mar 29, 2001, 09:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet, Elizabeth O. Coolbaugh, Michael J. Hammel)

Leading items and editorials: The janitors get organized, Singapore Linux Conference/LinuxWorld Singapore 2001 and Three years of Mozilla.

"The janitors get organized. The last few months have seen a flurry of activity from a group of developers known, informally, as "kernel janitors." As suggested by their name, the janitors make it their job to clean up messes in the kernel code base; much of their recent work can be seen in the "ac" series of kernel patches. Recent contributions include fixing a mass of erroneous user space pointer dereferences, straightening out inconsistent treatment of kernel locks, and even hundreds of spelling fixes...."

"Writeup: Singapore Linux Conference/LinuxWorld Singapore 2001. While the rest of us were dealing with Colorado snow, LWN editor Liz Coolbaugh attended the Singapore Linux Conference/LinuxWorld Singapore 2001. She has now posted an extensive writeup of the event, including a report from Donald Becker's keynote and many pictures...."

"Three years of Mozilla. Three years ago, with great fanfare, Netscape released the Mozilla source to the world. It was one of the defining moments in the history of free software: a large, proprietary product was being freed as a response to competition from Microsoft. To many, it was the event that brought free software (or "open source," a term which was born in the middle of all this) out into the open. It was a sign that the corporate world was beginning to see the value in free software...."

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