Infrastructure Linux News for Aug 28, 2000
BW: LinuxWizardry Successfully Launches 3 New Products at Linux World San Jose (Aug 28, 2000, 23:58)
"...three flagship products, the Apprentice Router, Magic
Passage VPN and the Wizard Penguin series PCs..."
BW: Bynari TradeServer: Microsoft Outlook Services on Sun Solaris? (Aug 28, 2000, 23:51)
"TradeServer joins Bynari's lineup of mail products for Linux
and UNIX workstations. The new additions share the same programming
code as the Linux versions. TradeServer provides cost savings to
organizations by using Internet protocols which do not require
Client Access Licenses."
SJ Mercury/AP: Computer analysts mull computer bugs (Aug 28, 2000, 22:50)
"Many argue that fast, full disclosure of a vulnerability alerts
computer users to take precautions and pushes software makers to
provide a quick solution. Others say telling about how software is
vulnerable to hackers before companies have a chance to fix the
problem only invites attack. ... "There needs to be a Hippocratic
Oath for security professionals..."
Smart Partner: When Did We Start Buying Lies Instead Of Products? (Aug 28, 2000, 21:43)
"At least the open-source people are honest. When Linus "Linux"
Torvalds says Linux 2.4, the next version of the popular operating
system, won't be out until it's ready, he means just that. We can
talk about missed release dates, but no one tries to make anyone
believe that open-source release dates are set in stone."
PC Magazine: A Far Worse Attack [movie studios vs. DeCSS] (Aug 28, 2000, 21:24)
"...consumers are entitled to their rights under the copyright
act and that copyright law should not supersede all the other laws
we have. ... My biggest concern is the contention that the act
[DMCA] prevents even the discussion of how to decrypt the code.
Excuse me? That seems like a huge infringement on our First
Amendment rights. ... I'm also worried about the contention that
2600 shouldn't even be able to point to the code if it's on someone
else's site. Again, pointing strikes me as journalism, not
eWeek: What it means to be free; or GPL in it (Aug 28, 2000, 21:06)
"...how IT folks come to terms with GPL will determine whether
we actually launch into the next phase of computing or not. It will
take some time. It took three decades for you to become used to
paying for software, agreeing to licensing terms embedded in print
too small to be deciphered with a telescope."
SF Gate: Few Call Windows 2000 a Smooth Seller (Aug 28, 2000, 20:19)
"Sales of Windows 2000, the software for running corporate
computer networks and desktops, have fallen short of some analysts'
expectations. And that has left some to speculate whether the
company... will make good on its goal to elbow its way into the
high-end business market, now dominated by the likes of arch
nemesis Sun Microsystems."
AllLinuxDevices: LinkUp Systems L7200 System Development Board to Support PalmPalm Tynux OS (Aug 28, 2000, 19:00)
"LinkUp Systems Corp., providers of `System-on-Silicon'
processor plus peripherals solutions for the Internet appliance and
consumer electronics market, and PalmPalm Technology... today
announced that the LinkUp L7200 system development board will
support PalmPalm's Tynux Linux-based operating system (OS)."
LinuxPR: On RadioWallStreet.com: The Linux League Monday Edition
(Aug 28, 2000, 18:42)
"Joining Mr. Gaskins today will be guests from TimeSys
Corporation: Dr. Ragunathan (Raj) Rajkumar, Co-Founder and
Chairman, Dr. Doug Locke, Vice President of Technology, and David
Tannenbaum, Director of Marketing. As usual, Francis Gaskins will
be joined also by Gary Lawrence Murphy, CEO of TCI, and Tom
Adelstein, CEO of Bynari Inc."
SEUL.org: Linux in education report #27 for August 28 (Aug 28, 2000, 18:36)
"L. Prevett has put the current Table of Contents and the
Preliminaries section of the Math Teachers Guide on line. ... David
Moore reports that AUC version 0.7.0 is finished. ... We had a
lively discussion on cafeteria management software where Ryan Booz
laid out the requirements for his school."
Boston Globe: By Day, They're Mild Mannered Engineers (Aug 28, 2000, 17:19)
"Call them Linux Libertarians. This subculture of hackerdom is
less about guns than it is about an elaborate philosophy of a
faction of freedom-loving geeks with an acute distrust for
LWN: ESR to Linus on "the curse of the gifted" (Aug 28, 2000, 17:10)
"...your natural if relatively undisciplined ability has proved
more than equal to the problems you have set it. That success
predisposes you to relatively sloppy tactics like splitting drivers
before you ought to and using your inbox as a patch queue."
eWeek: Breaking GNU ground [with GPL] (Aug 28, 2000, 16:51)
"...StarOffice's lasting legacy may not be the software itself,
but the document formats and APIs it exposes, and the freedom it
gives IT, through the GPL, to use those formats in new ways--on the
desktop and elsewhere. It is time for corporate IT to take GPL
seriously. It could be as important to IT in this decade as the PC
was in the 1980s and the Internet was in the 1990s."
LinuxPR: Linux.Conf.au to host top Linux developers
(Aug 28, 2000, 15:40)
"Linux kernel developers Alan Cox and David Miller will both be
speaking at linux.conf.au, a community focused conference taking
place in Sydney, Australia in January 2001."
The Register: Caldera hints at Java-like UnixWare license (Aug 28, 2000, 15:18)
"Caldera CEO Ransom Love told The Register that once the
acquisition of rights to the Santa Cruz Operation's UnixWare was
approved, then the source code would be made available, only "it's
a question of when, and how."
3rd English issue of Linux NetMag is available online (Aug 28, 2000, 14:46)
"The 3rd English issue of the Linux NetMag is completed. It is a
free e-zine with articles about software, hardware, games,
applications, tools, tips&tricks, configurations, kernel,
booting and more."
Inter@ctive Week: Rocketpod: Home Entertainment Blasts Off (Aug 28, 2000, 14:22)
"A PC isn't needed to run the array. Rocketpod components use
their own operating platform. "The pods will work with Windows and
Macintosh [operating systems], and we are planning to support
Linux, X-box and PlayStation in the future..."
Washington Post: Hollywood to Home Viewer: We Own You (Aug 28, 2000, 14:04)
"Valenti argues that the movie industry is "a distinct economic
asset to this country" and Kaplan's verdict is necessary to protect
it. But copyright laws have limits; if we must choose between
movie-studio profits and the Bill of Rights, it ought to be clear
which one is expendable."
Apache Today: Apache Guide: Logging, Part II -- Error Logs (Aug 28, 2000, 13:00)
"Last week, O gentle reader, we talked about the Apache access
log, and what the information in there means. This week, we're
going to talk about the other standard log file: the error
osOpinion: Linux for the Desktop -- Way to Go? (Aug 28, 2000, 11:38)
"When someone goes to their computer shop to buy a new PC, in
almost every case they will take away a machine with some version
of Windows installed. Judging by the success of Microsoft in terms
of revenue and good reviews in the mainstream press, it would seem
that those customers are perfectly happy with what they've
Linuks.net: A collection of tutorials and guides. (Aug 28, 2000, 11:31)
"Reader Attila Strauss provided us with a collection of
tutorials and quick guides found on Linuks.net, most in
osOpinion: An itch that needs scratching (Aug 28, 2000, 02:43)
"In the ongoing debate about the rightness/wrongness of being
able to share music files (and eventually books and videos) across
the Internet, the wrongness of it invariably comes down to the fact
that the artist is not getting paid for his work."