Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 22, 2001
LinuxFocus.org: Do magic with images on the shell (Jul 22, 2001, 23:00)
"So ImageMagick is no spell book for general use. In many
aspects it can't compete with The Gimp or many other graphic
programs but it has some specialised features that are very useful.
Its real strength lies in the possibility to automate a lot of its
processes when working with it on the shell."
IBM developerWorks: Automating UNIX system administration with Perl (Jul 22, 2001, 22:00)
Using perl and cfengine, this article sets out to assist in UNIX
(and Linux) system administration. Includes plenty of code samples
and lists a large number of areas where cfengine can assist in
maintaining a system.
DebianPlanet: dpkg/apt-get on 'non-Debian' systems (Jul 22, 2001, 21:30)
DebianPlanet takes up the discussion of past and future efforts
to port dpkg and apt-get to non-Debian (and non-Linux) systems
(like Solaris). Conectiva has shown that apt-get can be bolted on
to RPM-based systems, but this discussion is more ambitious in
UnixReview.com: Evaluating the AccessNFS Suite (Jul 22, 2001, 21:00)
This is a review of AccessNFS, a product that allows Microsoft
clients and servers to utilize NFS. Samba fans will be asking the
obvious ("What's wrong with Samba for this sort of thing?") and the
article attempts to answer that question, offering a modest amount
of performance data in response. Red Hat 7.1 and Windows 2000
provide the testbed.
LinuxWorld.com: Open source tries to regroup at annual event
(Jul 22, 2001, 17:57)
This is a fairly jaundiced take on the upcoming O'Reilly Open
Source Convention, beginning tomorrow. The article focuses on VA
Linux's recent troubles, the exclusion of the Free Software
Foundation from the headlining debate with Craig Mundie, and the
MySQL AB/NuSphere conflict, which a Gartner analyst is on hand to
characterize as part of a broader cultural clash in the open source
Richard Stallman Inaugurates Free Software Foundation-India (Jul 22, 2001, 16:30)
"Richard M. Stallman today officially launched the Free Software
Foundation of India (FSF-India), the first affiliate in Asia of the
Free Software Foundation with a speech at the Freedom First!
Conference on Free Software in Trivandrum, Kerala, India.
Yesterday, he was received as an honored state guest by government
officials to discuss the philosophy behind the movement and the use
of free software as a viable, cost-effective alternative for
government, educational institutions, and businesses, as well as
for all the people of India."
Linux Journal: Free Dmitry Sklyarov! (Jul 22, 2001, 15:00)
Linux Journal goes to the root of the Sklyarov issue: the DMCA,
saying the law "It facilitates corporate attacks on the free and
open exchange of information that's needed to ensure continued US
prominence in the technological arena."
CNET News.com: French Linux company [Mandrake] braves IPO waters (Jul 22, 2001, 13:30)
MandrakeSoft stands to raise about $3.7 million from its IPO,
conducted on an unregulated European market. The company started
its offering at $5.41 a share.
Micah Yoder: Our Open Source Future: It's Just a Matter of Time (Jul 22, 2001, 12:00)
The average eschatological prediction is kept vague so as to
keep the prognosticator looking o.k. past any inconveniently missed
dates. In this case, though, Microsoft's Ragnarok (Twilight of the
Bobs?) has been set a little more firmly: possibly the beginning of