Infrastructure Linux News for Sep 29, 2000
LinuxNews.com: Metrowerks Happily Honeymooning with Lineo (Sep 29, 2000, 23:59)
"Metrowerks, the Motorola subsidiary that invested $22.5 million
in their new embedded Linux partner Lineo on September 25, is
happily settling into what the company hopes will be a long and
LinuxPR: RadioWallStreet.com: The Linux League Friday Edition
(Sep 29, 2000, 23:39)
"Newly appointed Linux League Commissioner and weekly
RadioWallStreet.com contributor, Francis Gaskins, will host a panel
of guests to review Linux trends."
DevShed.com: How To Build the Apache of Your Dreams (Sep 29, 2000, 21:41)
"While it is a good starting point, the generic Apache
configuration is probably not optimal for you. A little knowledge
of the standard modules and what they do can make for a faster,
more secure web server, simpler configuration files, and a host of
new and exciting features."
LinuxPR: Dell and Hewlett-Packard Join First-Ever Linux Plug Fest In Burlingame, CA October 22-26 (Sep 29, 2000, 21:11)
"This event is being held to drive compatibility between the
newest hardware and the latest Linux kernel implementations."
Lotus.com: Eric Raymond replies to Charles Connell (Sep 29, 2000, 20:26)
"Chuck Connell aims some mighty rhetorical blows at a set of
propositions that he believes are premises or consequences of the
open-source development model. He specifically quotes, and attempts
to refute, my work in The Cathedral and the Bazaar and subsequent
MacSlash.com: Jason Haas speaks about LinuxPPC (Sep 29, 2000, 19:54)
"The company's next version of their software, LinuxPPC 2000 Q3,
can be described by the maxim: 'Evolution, not Revolution.'"
LinuxPR: Computer I/O Introduces Configurable Network Data Servers For OEMs And Systems Integrators (Sep 29, 2000, 16:43)
"The DirectServer Series is easily configurable to meet a wide
range of digital and analog I/O, and telecommunication data
LinuxPR: "Professional Linux Programming" New from Wrox Press
(Sep 29, 2000, 16:39)
"Completely up to date and comprehensive, this book will allow
existing Linux Programmers and aspiring developers alike to take
advantage of the opportunities available in the open source
ZDNet UK: Sun considers ditching Linux [on Cobalt server appliances] (Sep 29, 2000, 15:23)
"...senior Sun executives... leaning toward replacing Linux with
a version of Solaris that is optimised for appliances."
Slashdot: Yup, Somebody Cracked Slashdot
(Sep 29, 2000, 15:12)
"As they say, the weakest link in any security system is human:
on one of our test boxes, we had a "Clean" copy of Slashcode
installed, with default data... including the temp admin password
(God/Pete). It didn't take much after that to get into Slashdot
LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: SuSE Linux 7.0 Personal/Professional (Sep 29, 2000, 13:38)
"In all, I found SuSE to be among the most user-friendly of the
Linux distributions I have seen to date and it is likely going to
stay on my desktop for some time to come. This ease of use is
exactly what SuSE is aiming for, as I learned in an interview with
Volker Wiegand, President of SuSE Inc., the U.S. division of
Salon: The Gnutella paradox (Sep 29, 2000, 13:09)
"But according to critics, Gnutella is hardly ready for prime
time -- and is facing dilemmas almost as worrisome as the Napster
lawsuit. Over the last month, users of the system have noticed a
dramatic slowdown in responsiveness, and a number of reports have
revealed serious instabilities in the Gnutella network. The
open-source software developers who nabbed the program after
America Online forced its programmers to abandon it are still
striving to learn how to work together. And Gnutella's legal status
is also murky: The RIAA is already hinting that it may be preparing
a strategy to attack Gnutella."
AllLinuxDevices: Analysis: Sun sees a future in server appliances (Sep 29, 2000, 12:54)
"But Cobalt represents a notable change of tack for Sun on other
fronts, too. Its hardware is based around Intel-compatible AMD
processors, a first for a vendor that has always relied on the
mettle of its own Sparc technology. Furthermore, Cobalt is a big
Linux supporter, a Unix variant that Sun has hitherto eschewed in
favour of its own more mature Solaris operating system."
Linux.com: Your "Old" 486 & LINUX (Sep 29, 2000, 07:50)
"The 486 makes a perfect firewall/router/IP-masquerading
machine. The Linux Router Project (LRP) has created a GNU/Linux
distribution that runs from a single floppy."
osOpinion: What Every American Should Know About Copyright (Sep 29, 2000, 07:20)
"Due to Napster and DeCSS, copyright has found its way into the
spotlight, at least in some Internet circles. Unfortunately, this
has happened almost 25 years after the major portion of the damage
LinuxLookup.com: Mandrake 7.2 Beta [Review] (Sep 29, 2000, 07:12)
"Mandrake's primary aim seems to be combating the difficulty of
installation/use complaints that have plagued Linux. These guys are
up to the challenge."
Slashdot Database Compromised by 'White Hat' Hackers (Sep 29, 2000, 03:15)
Visitors to Slashdot this evening were greeted by a story
announcing that the popular site's database had been compromised.
[ Ed. Note: Contains a sizable screenshot ]
Upside: Red Hat struggles to be seen in embedded space
(Sep 29, 2000, 03:14)
"Ten months after the merger, however, the integration of the
two companies seems a bit awkward. Despite the outwardly can't-miss
combination of Cygnus' engineering talent and Red Hat's marketing
savvy, the company has spent almost the entire year watching a host
of competitors sprint past it in hopes of becoming the world's top
supplier of embedded Gnu/Linux software and services."
LinuxPR: Jupiter Systems Announces Linux support for the Jupiter 870 series display wall controller (Sep 29, 2000, 00:51)
"With expansion capability to 124 screens and support for both
live video input and analog RGB input, the Jupiter 870 display wall
controller takes the Linux operating system to new heights of
BSDToday: FreeBSD 4.1.1-RELEASE is now available (Sep 29, 2000, 00:33)
"The 4.1.1-RELEASE enhanced with cryptographic code and other
Upside: The Great Open Source Debate wages on (Sep 29, 2000, 00:21)
"The debate... began with Red Hat's Tiemann describing the open
source development process as "revolutionary" and irreversible. ...
Sticking up for the proprietary side was Wind River's Fogelin, who
described open source as less cause and more symptom of the changes
gripping the embedded systems market."