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Infrastructure Linux News for Nov 29, 2000

  • LinuxPR: Digital Knowledge Announces Opening of First Linux Mentoring Center. (Nov 29, 2000, 23:50)
    "Linux Product Showcase to be key feature of training/mentoring facility. DKI gives open invitation to Linux Vendors to showcase their wares."

  • Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory: New ocaml package is available (Nov 29, 2000, 23:46)
    "Stripping the binaries for ocaml renders them inoperable."

  • Advogato: A modest proposal: integrating "desktop" technologies into the base GNU system (Nov 29, 2000, 22:12)
    "For Free platforms to really succeed, there needs to be a compelling technical reason for both users and developers to choose them over proprietary solutions. The key is integration: both at the application level and the services level."

  • AllLinuxDevices: Editor's Note: Which Way For Handhelds? Microsoft's Newly Doubled Market Share (Nov 29, 2000, 22:03)
    "I can hear a collective sigh go up over this news. Readers often point out that handhelds and embedded consumer computing in general are best left out of the picture where OS wars are concerned, but once again I have to respectfully disagree. While it's true that the average consumer doesn't care what's under the hood (to the point that VTech, Royal and Compaq are all, to greater or lesser degrees, opting to try Linux out on their own devices despite its miserable share of the desktop market), the issue is the future."

  • Advogato: ldd libcongress.so (Nov 29, 2000, 22:02)
    "The MARC 21 record format, coupled with the z39.50 transport protocol, is used by libraries all over the US to swap bibliographic data. But what about the Free Software world? What with the proliferation of free POSIX systems that run on cheap hardware, it would seem to be a no-brainer for small libraries and special collections. What's kept this from happening?"

  • Enterprise Linux Today: New Economy Internet Companies Embrace Red Hat Linux for Oracle 8i (Nov 29, 2000, 21:53)
    "Red Hat Linux Chosen for Its Integration with Oracle Databases And Ability to Increase Operation Speeds."

  • CNET News.com/Reuters: Hearing provides forum for copyright debate (Nov 29, 2000, 21:30)
    "This will be the preseason skirmish to some significant legislative hearings, which have the potential of resulting in new legislation in the next two to four years in the area of copyrights."

  • ZDNet: BSD to leapfrog Linux? (Nov 29, 2000, 21:06)
    "BSD is likely to rival Linux very soon in total number of users, and the BSD community is primping for center stage."

  • CNN/Reuters: Music technology forum awards hackers in contest (Nov 29, 2000, 20:36)
    "The Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) said it was contacting two successful challengers, who will receive $5,000 each, for participation in the HackSDMI public invitation."

  • NewsForge: WAP market getting WAPPED (Nov 29, 2000, 19:46)
    "In a truly remarkable stretch of logic, the [Wall Street] Journal suggested that the industry standards group, the WAP Forum was to blame, and so was the Open Source development model! Other more rational analysts suggest the problem lies in the fact that most WAP applications ... suck."

  • The Standard: TiVo Hopes for Christmas Cheer (Nov 29, 2000, 16:25)
    "Still, every box counts at this stage of the game. TiVo's AOL alliance is its pre-emptive strike against Microsoft's Ultimate TV platform, which has yet to appear on the horizon. But Ramsay has no doubt that when Ultimate TV does arrive, it will be a formidable competitor. 'That's who we've viewed as the main competition all along,' he says. 'We're going to keep our heads down this quarter and try and sell as many boxes as possible.'"

  • Lou's Views: A Six Pack of Ponderables (Nov 29, 2000, 14:12)
    "What if Windows had been a truly great operating system all along? Rock solid, secure, high performing, reasonably priced, and endowed with a spectrum of first-class administration tools for everyone from newbies to network admins riding herd on dozens of servers and thousands of users? Would Linux still be a rising superstar, with regular coverage in CTO- and CIO-oriented publications like InfoWorld and ComputerWorld, and one big company after another vying for the role of Linux's best friend?"

  • LinuxToday.com.au: Eyes Wide Shut, Minds Wide Open (Nov 29, 2000, 07:25)
    "Emacspeak is another software package aimed at the blind - one that claims to provide seamless blending of all aspects of the Internet experience into one single audio desktop."

  • LinuxDevices.com: Embedding Linux in a DiskOnChip (Nov 29, 2000, 03:37)
    "This article guides you through the process of building a custom Linux image and installing it on the DiskOnChip in such a way that you will not violate the GPL. The image will be bootable and you will be able to distribute the hardware without any sort of spinning media; hard drive, floppy drive or CD-ROM."