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Infrastructure Linux News for Aug 17, 2001

  • Slashdot: The FSF's Bradley Kuhn Responds (Aug 17, 2001, 23:30)
    "Last week you asked Bradley Kuhn, VP of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) questions about working with RMS, his views on software freedom, and much more. He's answered at length below, on everything from becoming a saint to the "web app loophole," perl, and the next iteration of the GPL."

  • Making the KB Gear JamMP3 Portable MP3 Player Work under Linux (Aug 17, 2001, 22:30)
    Fred Mobach writes: "Theodore Kilgore, a long time Linux user and Linux Today reader, has sent me a funny story. Funny, because the manufacturer delivered only Windows support to this device which didn't work at all. And he got this device working under Linux without so much problems. And that his son is impressed with Linux and what his father can do with that."

  • NetworkWorldFusion: IBM's embrace of Linux a little too tight, analyst says (Aug 17, 2001, 21:30)
    "IBM is focused on enabling high-end functionality in Linux for the enterprise, but the Linux community is not necessarily focused on that," said Stacey Quandt, analyst at Giga Information Group. "There is tension between IBM's goals and the origins of the Linux community, which is focused on the Internet and appliances."

  • Mandrake 8.1Beta1 Available for download and tests. (Aug 17, 2001, 18:25)
    "The Beta1 of the upcoming Mandrake Linux 8.1 for x86 has hit the mirrors!"

  • Eric Raymond: Freedom, Power, or Confusion? [ESR on debate between O'Reilly and FSF] (Aug 17, 2001, 17:38)
    "Perplexing, isn't it? Tim and the FSFers both claim to stand for `freedom'. Both assert that each others' definition of "freedom" is actually a covert form of control, a claim of power over others. The only difference is in who the victims of "Powerplay Zero" are, users or developers."

  • AlterNet: Microsoft Goes McCarthy in War Against Linux (Aug 17, 2001, 14:30)
    "Through shared source, Microsoft has made available a fraction of their program code. But unlike open source, a developer is severely limited in the ability to modify and reuse that code. The open source community is not buying it."

  • "Freedom Zero" and "Freedom or Power": Tim O'Reilly and FSF Leaders Debate (Aug 17, 2001, 12:28)
    A weblog entry by Tim O'Reilly in which he asserted "Freedom Zero for me is to offer the fruit of your work on the terms that work for you. I think that is what is absolutely critical here. Let there be competition in the marketplace; that is the answer. Let people use whatever license they choose and if their customers don't like it they will have other choices. Because of the technological changes, we are entering an era of greater choice. The fact is, Microsoft's past history is past. We are entering a new era, not of just open source but of profound technological changes. The future is open and we can make that future be what we want it to be." sparked a response by Bradley Kuhn and Richard Stallman of the FSF: "In the world that O'Reilly proposes, a few make the basic software decisions for everyone. That is power, not freedom. He should call it "powerplay zero" in contrast with our "freedom zero."

  • GNU libc 2.2.4 Release Notes Include Hard Words for Richard Stallman (Aug 17, 2001, 06:00)
    An otherwise typical set of release notes for the latest version of GNU libc 2.2.4 ended in an angry broadside against Richard Stallman, accusing the Free Software Foundation's President of trying to stage a "hostile takeover" of the project's development.

  • TheLinuxReview: KDE Wishlist and Overview (Aug 17, 2001, 04:22)
    That was fast. jd of the Linux Review offers a cursory look at KDE 2.2 and a wishlist for KDE 3: " The sad fact is that there is no Linux desktop that can yet match the ease of use, and comfortable usage of Microsoft Windows or Mac OS. KDE is getting there but still lacks some refining touches. My guess is that KDE 3.0 is going to provide a revolutionary step towards the desktop with Linux."

  • GNU libc 2.2.4 Release Notes Include Hard Words for Richard Stallman (Aug 17, 2001, 01:45)
    An otherwise typical set of release notes for the latest version of GNU libc 2.2.4 ended in an angry broadside against Richard Stallman, accusing the Free Software Foundation's President of trying to stage a "hostile takeover" of the project's development.
    [ Reposted due to a backend error. -ed. ]