Linux News for Mar 29, 1999
Sunday Times: Linux wins backing of
computing giants (Mar 29, 1999, 21:32)
"Linux has now been given the seal of approval from Intel, IBM
and Dell, among others. If it starts to win a significant share of
the desktop market ... I would not be surprised to see Microsoft
port Office over to penguin power."
FairfaxIT: Showtime for Linux (Mar 29, 1999, 19:29)
"THE German technology fair, CeBIT, was last week awash with
Linux and open source. From wearable computers running Linux, to
Linux Alley in the US pavilion and Cobalt's MicroQube Linux-based
plug and play servers, the buzz was that OpenSource had
FairfaxIT: An invention to go gooey over (Mar 29, 1999, 19:28)
"That piece was very well received, except that I got dozens of
e-mails from all around the world, pointing out that I had made an
error in the article. I said that the first graphical user
interface (GUI) for Linux was Gnome, whereas that honour should go
to an interface called KDE."
BW: Cygnus' Advanced Software Simulation Technology Instrumental in Sony PlayStation (Mar 29, 1999, 19:18)
"From GNUPro Toolkit to eCos, the Embedded Cygnus Operating
System, Cygnus' open source and royalty-free software benefits
Reuters: Plugged-In: Microsoft makes Silicon Valley friends (Mar 29, 1999, 19:11)
"This is the place where things are happening," said Larry
Augustin, president of VA Research Inc. "Microsoft is saying maybe
they need to be driving more innovation..."
Bruce Perens: Do We Need a New Evangelist? (Mar 29, 1999, 19:10)
"Eric has been a very effective speaker for our cause, but the
role of speaker also became leader, and that's why he's come in for
a lot of criticism."
M2: New conference programs that dissect platforms, e-commerce and networking
(Mar 29, 1999, 18:28)
"...the "Linux Global Summit," produced in cooperation with
Linux International and sponsored by Linus Hardware Solutions and
Caldera, will explore the business potential of the Linux OS and
features a keynote presentation by Linus Torvalds, founder of the
Business Wire: Vertex Announces Linux Support as Key Part of New NetWeave Release 1.06.02
(Mar 29, 1999, 18:28)
"Linux has emerged as a powerful and robust platform for
PRNewswire: Linux and Microsoft Square Off in Chicago Next Month (Mar 29, 1999, 18:28)
"COMDEX/Spring and WINDOWS WORLD Opens with a Bang on April 19
when Bill Gates Previews Windows 2000 and Linus Torvalds Keynotes
the Linux Global Summit."
PRNewswire: New Dimension Software to Provide IOA/e Support for Linux (Mar 29, 1999, 18:28)
"The Company's Enterprise Production Management Solution Brings
Robust Production Control Capabilities to Internet and E-Commerce
Environments with Control-M Support for Linux."
Business Wire: Synopsys VCS Simulator to Support Linux OS; (Mar 29, 1999, 18:28)
"Synopsys Responds to Growing Demand for Popular Operating
PRNewswire: Web Developers Lining Up to Join the Cult ... (Mar 29, 1999, 18:28)
"Cult3D's NEW Multi-Platform 3D Object Rendering Engine Now
InfoWorld: Microsoft and Sun to meet on Java lawsuit (Mar 29, 1999, 17:56)
"Sun accuses Microsoft of "polluting" its Java technology in
order to compromise the technology's capability to create programs
that run on any OS."
PCWeek: Dell to preinstall Linux on PCs (Mar 29, 1999, 17:56)
"Dell Computer Corp. is gearing up to offer Linux as a
factory-installed operating system option across its line of
desktops, workstations and servers."
Reuters: Microsoft Splits Into Five Groups In Reorganization (Mar 29, 1999, 17:49)
"This new structure is part of the reinvention of Microsoft,"
Ballmer said in a statement."
ZDTV: Linux for Macintosh (Mar 29, 1999, 17:37)
"In spite of the proprietary nature of the Mac, it's quite
possible to run Linux on nearly any Power Macintosh or clone."
AbiSource: Replacing ESR is the Wrong Goal (Mar 29, 1999, 15:22)
The President of AbiSource, Eric W. Sink, says, "So, Eric wants
to step down, and he's seeking a replacement. His memo offers a
list of qualifications which any would-be leader should read
carefully. In fact, I agree with his list -- to be a leader in Open
Source, you'll need most or all of the attributes he mentions.
However, the list actually looks like a list of his qualifications,
presumably predicated on the notion that the best replacement for
ESR would actually involve human cloning. Insofar as this is true,
and sprinkled with a little humor, I'd like to offer a few
qualifications that I think he missed."
PC Magazine says Red Hat Linux Deluxe #8 in Top Selling Retail Software (Mar 29, 1999, 14:33)
Marty writes: Just
received my PC Magazine in the mail. And on page 10 of the
magazine, they show the top 10 pieces of software sold by volume.
According to their source, PC Data for January 1999, Red Hat Linux
Deluxe was Number 8.
gEDA version 19990327 released (Mar 29, 1999, 12:41)
"gEDA is a collection of tools which are used for electrical
circuit design, simulation and prototyping/production. The gEDA
project was started because of the lack of free EDA tools for UNIX.
The tools are being developed mainly on GNU/Linux machines, but
considerable effort is being made to make sure that gEDA runs on
other UNIX variants."
National Infrastructure Protection Center: Computer Virus Alert (Mar 29, 1999, 12:40)
The United States Federal Government is getting involved with
this "Melissa" virus that is plaguing Microsoft products.
Open Source Wins Presidential Election in 2000 (Mar 29, 1999, 12:29)
"Open Source wins the 2000 election hands down. Of 14 possible
candidates, 11 are running some form of the Apache web server. Only
2 run non-Unix operating systems; both Liz Dole's and Dan Quayle's
ZDTV: Cobalt Qube 2 (Mar 29, 1999, 11:52)
Review of Cobalt Networks' Qube 2, Linux-based small office
LinuxPower: Open Source software causing more harm than good (Mar 29, 1999, 11:52)
"Open Source software, what a beautiful name, it truly captures
the essence of free software. It sort of explains itself without
needing a free beer, free speech add-on and it feels fresh and
exciting. Or so it seemed to me and probably a lot of others when
Eric Raymond started the Open Source Initiative."
Red Hat and Metrowerks Deliver Mainstream Development Tools for Linux (Mar 29, 1999, 11:25)
"Red Hat® Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux
software and expertise, and Metrowerks, Inc., (NASDAQ: MTWKF,
TSE:MWK), a leading supplier of software development tools for
telecom, desktop, embedded systems, and consumer electronics
announced today that CodeWarrior® software development tools
have been ported to the Red Hat Linux operating system. This
agreement to bring commercial development tools to Linux is the
latest in a series of applications that enhance the viability of
the Linux OS."
CNET News.com: Sony Taps Linux For Playstation Development (Mar 29, 1999, 10:07)
"Sony has tapped the Linux operating system for use in a
simulation that will help developers come up with games for its
next-generation PlayStation more quickly."
Salon Magazine: Slate slags Linux (Mar 29, 1999, 10:04)
"Now that every other publication in the media universe has
chimed in with its two bits about Linux, the operating system that
just won't shut up, along comes Slate."
Digital Diversity (Mar 29, 1999, 08:41)
Paul Ferris notes: "The problems caused the past few days by the
Melissa virus have served to punctuate another issue relating to
software monopolies. It centralizes around everyone owning exactly
the same software, and how that homogeny relates to network
security. The problem: There is weakness in a network built upon
homogeneous proprietary software."
Linux kernel 2.2.5ac1 released (Mar 29, 1999, 08:24)
Linux kernel 2.2.5 released (Mar 29, 1999, 08:21)
CNET News.com: Easing browser interface development (Mar 29, 1999, 01:05)
"Browser engineers are cooking up a new way to create user
interfaces that could have broad ramifications for application