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Infrastructure Linux News for May 20, 2001

  • CNET News.com: Game machines tackle new jobs (May 20, 2001, 21:00)
    This article is a broad overview of the state of game boxes such as the XBox, Nintendo GameCube, and the Sony Playstation2. It also includes some insight on plans for the Linux-based Nokia MediaTerminal, which it calls a resurgence of the convergence pitch.

  • LinuxPR: SuSE Linux 7.1 for the Alpha CPU ships by the end of May (May 20, 2001, 19:01)
    "Today, SuSE Linux, the international technology leader and solutions provider in Open Source operating system, announced that SuSE Linux 7.1 for Compaq's AlphaServer systems will be available by the end of May."

  • O'Reilly Network: Linux Soundcard Drivers: A brief guide for users and developers (May 20, 2001, 18:00)
    This guide explains how soundcard drivers work, some common sources for them (using the kernel's built-in drivers, ALSA, or 4Front's OSS), and where Linux soundcard development is headed in the future.

  • RootPrompt.org: Unix Wizards: A Path To Knowledge (May 20, 2001, 15:47)
    RootPrompt has dug out and dusted off an amusing enough counterpoint to the item linked earlier regarding passing the Sair certification: "O Nobly Born, if thou dost all these things, thy Wizardhood shall surely come upon thee; but not of a sudden, and not until after thy arrogant Mind hath more than half Forgotten that such was its Aim. For know this --- you may not by thyself in Pride claim the Mantle of Wizardry; that way lies only Bogosity without End."

  • LA Times: Initiative to Bar Pirated Music on Portable Players Takes Break (May 20, 2001, 15:00)
    As an interesting enough follow-on to the item we linked to yesterday about the RIAA's softened stance toward the team that cracked SDMI, this article says "the once-ballyhooed SDMI may be irrelevant" as the recording industry moves on to other solutions.

  • UnixReview: The Top 50 Things to Know to Pass the Sair Exam 103 (May 20, 2001, 14:00)
    UnixReview continues its series of "things to know to pass the Sair Exam."

  • O'Reilly Network: The Agenda VR3: Real Linux in a PDA (May 20, 2001, 12:00)
    O'Reilly kicks off a three-part look at Linux PDA's with this in-depth on the Agenda VR3. As with most reviews on this particular device, it boils down to the coolness of a Linux handheld vs. the Agenda's general unsuitability for people looking for "just a PDA."