Infrastructure Linux News for Jun 20, 2001
USA Today: Linux laps up more of the server market (Jun 20, 2001, 23:01)
The "Classics Illustrated" version of favorable Linux press
arrives from USA Today, with this thumbnail of recent favorable
statistics, friendly quotes from fans and executives, and a list of
some notable wins. Positive stuff.
MandrakeFreq #2 Available (Jun 20, 2001, 18:00)
The latest edition of Mandrake's efforts to keep users on the
bleeding-edge includes KDE 2.2alpha2, a 2.4.5 kernel, XFree86 4.1,
Evolution 0.10, Nautilus 1.03, Mozilla 0.9.1, and Galeon 0.11.
CodeWeavers Releases New Wine Application Database (Jun 20, 2001, 15:54)
CodeWeavers has started its own Wine Application Database where
users can rate how well Win32 apps work under Wine. According to
the page containing the original database at WineHQ, this one is
"new and hopefully much better."
The Toronto Star: Rogers tests new interactive service (Linux set-tops
nudging out WebTV?) (Jun 20, 2001, 14:59)
Rogers Cable is looking into a new interactive television
product to replace Microsoft's WebTV (which Rogers embraced two
years ago after a $600 million Microsoft investment.) The new
service is Linux-based, and the analysts quoted in the article seem
to like it.
LinuxPlanet: .comment: On Writing About Linux (Jun 20, 2001, 13:55)
A central clichÃ© in the news-consuming audience is
the bloodthirsty media, pandering to the darker impulses of its
audience. A central clichÃ© among reporters is the
bloodthirsty audience's demand to be pandered to, and the
subsequent reward of those efforts with ratings and pageviews.
Dennis Powell looks at the issue of covering bad news about Linux
from a reporter's perspective, using two recent stories about GNOME
and KDE as examples. At issue: Are Linux reporters here to
cheerlead? Does reporting bad news constitute endorsement of the
news? And why did a story about Red Hat turning its first profit
(in many ways representing Linux turning its first profit) get only
half the attention?
ZDNet: License to FUD (Jun 20, 2001, 01:56)
ZDNet's Evan Leibovitch says "It seems that what motivates an
open source programmer to choose one approach over another may have
more to do with fear and mistrust than with freedom."
CNET: Bill Gates: GPL is "Pac-Man-Like" (Jun 20, 2001, 00:48)
We can all go ahead and have a case of the vapors: Bill Gates is
finally on the record as not liking the GPL. It's "Pac-Man-like,"
which we peg at somewhere better than "cancerous" and maybe worse
than "un-American" if the responses of our European audience to
that particular charge are any indication. This plus a few other
"no need for the front page" items within.