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Infrastructure Linux News for Sep 28, 2001

  • LinuxToday Is Three Years Old Today (Sep 28, 2001, 19:21)
    "LinuxToday founder Dave Whitinger wrote in to let us know he'll be wearing his LinuxToday t-shirt around. Your editor is settling on a copyleft hat, and here's a link to Story One..."

  • SuSE Sets October 13 Availability Date for SuSE Linux 7.3 (Sep 28, 2001, 18:22)
    SuSE has set a date of October 13 for release of the latest version of its distribution. Some links to the feature list and announcement, which the company's US publicisits say won't be released in English until next week, within.

  • Trygve.Com: Furbeowulf Cluster Computing (Sep 28, 2001, 16:00)
    "When Linux was first ported to the Furby platform, it suffered from significant stability and performance problems, which gave the Furby an unfortunate reputation as being unsuitable for enterprise-level computing. The conversion of the IRS and NASA computing facilities to Furby-based platforms towards the end of 1999 was seen by many as premature and may have contributed to the problems experienced by those departments during 2000 which did nothing to improve the Furby's image in corporate America."

  • Wired: 'Good Sam' Hacker 'Fesses Up (Sep 28, 2001, 13:54)
    "The outcry among the geek community last month began with a story on LinuxFreak.org entitled "Cyber Citizen Lands Felony Charges?" Sites such as Slashdot soon picked up the tale of 24-year-old Brian K. West as evidence of out-of-control, tech-clueless government lawyers, and urged sympathizers to e-mail the U.S. Attorney in charge of the prosecution. ... But a guilty plea that West signed tells a far different story -- and shows how easily a well-meaning community of programmers and system administrators can be led astray."

  • Linux.com: Pessimism at LinuxWorld Misplaced (Sep 28, 2001, 12:00)
    "...we need a cultural change, a massive social movement in which non technical people shift their allegiance from one set of ideas about computing to another. The emotional basis for that change, the anger and resentment users feel about dealing with shoddy products, ever escalating costs, and companies (or systems departments) that couldn't care less about the customer, is solidly in place; but the alternative vision, the set of ideas that crystallize the issues and precipitate action, is not."

  • EE Times: Red Hat move rekindles real-time Linux debate (Sep 28, 2001, 00:48)
    "The move heats up the debate over whether it's better to enhance the real-time capabilities of the Linux kernel itself - the approach of Red Hat rival Monta Vista Software Inc. - or to use a separate real-time kernel, like RTLinux, in conjunction with Linux. Unlike Linux itself, RTLinux is based on a patented technology and is not open-source."