Linux News for Nov 30, 1999
Linux Journal: Red Hat Stalks Microsoft with Mozilla and Sendmail (Nov 30, 1999, 23:57)
"Red Hat's aggressive moves to seize Linux market share and beat
back the tide of Windows (ab)use are either the boon you have been
hoping for, or simply another example of money making the world
(even the Linux world) go 'round."
Linux Journal: A Few from SuSE (Nov 30, 1999, 23:49)
"SuSE recently scored major financial backing from dominant chip
maker Intel and a venture capital group called Apax Partners. The
arrangement, if approved by SuSE shareholders, will bring over $12
million (funding will actually be in euros) to fuel SuSE's growth
Linux In Brazil: Browsing the browsers (Nov 30, 1999, 23:34)
"This article presents a list of all web browsers available for
Linux to date."
Internet Week: E-Commerce Tools Go Open Source (Nov 30, 1999, 23:11)
"OpenSales may be one of the first projects specifically for
creating a more ambitious, enterprise-scale retailing and
CNET News.com: V-One shares surge on Linux compatibility (Nov 30, 1999, 23:07)
"Noting that his firm has a "speculative buy" rating on the
stock, he said that "at these levels, it's a little scary."
Inprise Developer News: Java, Competitive drama (Nov 30, 1999, 22:47)
"But I see the greatest potential for Linux desktop application
development in two forms: Java and Python. Java because of its
libraries and GUI builders and the huge forces behind it."
Linux Gazette #48 (December 1999) is available (Nov 30, 1999, 22:37)
"Linux Gazette...Making Linux just a little more fun!"
MSNBC: Resolving the Microsoft Mess: Level the playing field with Linux (Nov 30, 1999, 22:24)
"Linus Torvalds, the Finnish programer who created the Linux
operating system, could hold the solution to the Microsoft monopoly
Tonight on The Linux Show!!: News of the Week, Bill Parish and Community feedback (Nov 30, 1999, 22:14)
"Is Microsoft Perpetuating a FRAUD? Or is this just business as
usual for all large businesses? You be the judge."
LinuxPR: Mandrake Is In Venezuela (Nov 30, 1999, 22:13)
"Mandrake Soft has arrived to South America, sponsoring the
first Caracas Linux Install Fest in Venezuela."
Reuters: V-ONE stock vaults after Linux software release (Nov 30, 1999, 22:03)
"Shares of V-ONE Corp. quadrupled on Tuesday after the maker of
network security software introduced... SmartGate... for...
Kernel Cousin Wine #19 Is Out (Nov 30, 1999, 21:58)
Python-URL! for November 30, 1999 (Nov 30, 1999, 21:52)
Red Hat Security Advisory: new initscripts packages available (Nov 30, 1999, 21:44)
"A /tmp race existed in /etc/profile.d/lang.csh. Users who had
csh/tcsh as their login shell could be vulnerable to having
arbitrary shell code run by their shell on login."
LinuxPR: LinuxComponents.COM is to sell HP Servers preinstalled with Linux (Nov 30, 1999, 21:20)
"LinuxComponents.COM has teamed up with Hewlett Packard to
deliver HP NetServers preinstalled with RedHat and Mandrake
LinuxPR: LinuxComponents.COM is to sell enterprise Linux Solutions (Nov 30, 1999, 21:12)
"An online Linux retailer LinuxComponents.COM, widely known as a
cheap source for Linux hardware and software products, has just
announced that it will sell and support industry recognized
enterprise Linux Solutions."
LinuxPR: Magic Software Enterprises to Call Special Meeting of Shareholders to Approve Stock Split (Nov 30, 1999, 21:10)
"Increase in Share Capital Authorized by Board of
Security Portal: Check Point and Linux finally get engaged (Nov 30, 1999, 20:59)
"According to Product Marketing Manager Mike Lee, the demand for
Linux versions of Check Point products has been voiced strongly
from their own reseller/integrator channel. "They already have a
tremendous amount of Linux expertise that they are able to
leverage" and Linux "gives them more flexibility in their solution
offerings to corporate customers."
WideOpenNews: Kevin Likes Open Source [Interview] (Nov 30, 1999, 20:53)
"Kelly spoke with Russ Mitchell, editor in chief of Wide Open
News, to discuss open source systems."
Slashdot: Programming Pearls (Second Edition) [Book Review] (Nov 30, 1999, 18:51)
"One definition of pearl is something "very choice or precious."
Like the programming pearls it describes, Bentley's collection of
essays has itself transcended the ordinary to achieve pearl
PRNewswire: Computer Associates Establishes Enterprise Linux Advisory Council (Nov 30, 1999, 18:39)
"The Council will work with CA's development team with the goal
of helping to enable businesses to maximize the capabilities of
Linux operating systems within IT environments."
PRNewswire: MicroEdge Announces Release of Visual SlickEdit(R) v5.0 for Linux and UNIX (Nov 30, 1999, 18:36)
"Visual SlickEdit's unique architecture and
write-once-run-everywhere macro language allows Visual SlickEdit to
be easily deployed on every enterprise platform with the exact same
user interface and functionality."
BW: Silicom Announces...Linux Support for...USB Home-Networking and...Internet Access Product Line (Nov 30, 1999, 18:31)
"With the increasing acceptance of the Linux operating system,
and being among the first companies to offer Linux support for its
PCMCIA products, the Company is now developing Linux support for
its Home-Networking and Broad-Band Internet Access product line.
The Linux software support is expected to be released during the
first quarter of 2000."
SuSE Security Advisory: inn (Nov 30, 1999, 18:26)
"The Inter Net News server inn does not do proper bounds
BW: Bristol Technology Inc. Announces Wind/U for Linux and the First Linux Porting Center (Nov 30, 1999, 17:56)
"Wind/U for Linux enables developers to compile Microsoft Win32
API and MFC source code directly on Linux, and create native,
desktop and server-based Linux applications."
PRNewswire: SGI Introduces Linux Version of IRIS Performer...Visual Simulation API (Nov 30, 1999, 17:51)
"The release of IRIS Performer on Linux allows software
developers to leverage their investments in existing IRIX operating
system-based Performer simulations and databases while supporting
emerging Linux operating system-based systems, thus saving
considerable time and money."
Linuxcare: Dear Lina: Playing In /proc (Nov 30, 1999, 17:34)
"What exactly are all those numbered directories and zero-length
files in the /proc directory?"
Business Week: Software Hell (Nov 30, 1999, 17:29)
"...software, in its current form, may not be a match for the
voracious demands of the information economy. ...engineers around
the world are mounting coordinated efforts to find remedies. ...
Many programmers are encouraged by the successes of the
32BitsOnline: Corel's Relentless Rise on Takeover (Nov 30, 1999, 17:23)
"Corel has something that Red Hat wants - the retail and
end-user distribution channels. That alone fueled speculation that
Red Hat is considering buying Ottawa-based Corel Corporation."
GeekNews.org: Tiny COBOL complier for Linux update (Nov 30, 1999, 17:12)
"Tiny COBOL Project has a new home courtesy of VA Linux Systems
and has grown quite a bit since their inception. They are looking
for contributors as well as beta testers."
Linux.com: Linux 3D Revisited (Nov 30, 1999, 17:03)
"After the article I wrote last week, many people were curious
for more details on 3D acceleration in Linux."
LinuxPR: Visual Intercom is now a REALITY!!! (Nov 30, 1999, 16:18)
"MessageNet Systems has deployed a Linux based Visual Intercom
system at Toyota Manufacturing and the Indiana School for the deaf.
Visual Intercom brings real time text messaging to high noise
NY Times: Red Hat Soars After Inking Deal With AutoZone (Nov 30, 1999, 15:57)
"This isn't a reaction to a deal with a relatively mainstream
company like AutoZone," said Christopher Galvin, an analyst at
Hambrecht & Quist, which co-managed Red Hat's initial public
offering in August."
CNN: Take a peek at Communicator 5.0 (Nov 30, 1999, 15:48)
"Communicator 5.0 had better be outstanding, or it may share the
Titanic's fate, analysts say."
The Register: Red Hat aiming to buy Corel Linux rival? (Nov 30, 1999, 15:39)
"So far, the trading pattern in the shares suggests that it is
day traders who are jumping in on the high level of activity,
rather than action by insiders."
Tcl-URL! for November 30, 1999 (Nov 30, 1999, 15:24)
BW: V-ONE Ships First VPN Supporting Linux On Both Client and Server (Nov 30, 1999, 14:26)
"V-ONE(R) Corporation..., a leading provider of client/server
Virtual Private Networks (VPN), today announced the availability of
SmartGate(R) for Linux, the first VPN product to ship with both
client and server support for Linux."
BW: eHatchery Announces the Development of eBox (Nov 30, 1999, 14:18)
"...eHatchery, LLC... today announced the development of
eBox(TM), an Open Source software application framework for
BW: ChartCare launches BridgeComm, provider of Internet, Linux and Networking Solutions (Nov 30, 1999, 14:11)
"...BridgeComm focuses on Internet and Linux solutions in the
network, Firewall and Open Source consulting, development and
BW: MRV's Linux Inter-Networking Architecture Wins Best of Show At NetWorld + Interop (Nov 30, 1999, 14:04)
"NBase-Xyplex..., today announced that it has won Corporate IT
Australia Best of Show at the NetWorld + Interop 1999 show in
Sydney, Australia for its Open Linux architecture. The Open Linux
Inter-Networking architecture also won the award for Best
BW: Synergy/DE Now Available for Red Hat Linux (Nov 30, 1999, 13:34)
"Synergex International... today announced the availability of
Synergy/DE(TM) 7.1 on the Linux platform using the Red Hat 6
BW: Cygnus Announces New Version of Source-Navigator Software (Nov 30, 1999, 13:28)
"Enterprise Version of Source Code Comprehension Tool Supports
Open Source Projects and Development on Linux, Solaris, HP-UX and
PRNewswire: MultiGen-Paradigm Announces Vega(TM) for Linux (Nov 30, 1999, 13:04)
"MultiGen-Paradigm, Inc. today announced at I/ITSEC in Orlando
that the company is porting Vega, its industry-standard software
environment for realtime visual simulation, virtual reality and
visualization applications, to the Linux operating system."
BW: E-Gate Configured for Linux (Nov 30, 1999, 12:58)
"AlphaTrade.com... is pleased to announce that all of the
E-Gate... financial applications are now fully configured for the
Linux operating systems."
IT-Director: What would a Red Hat acquisition mean to Corel users? (Nov 30, 1999, 12:33)
"The market seems to like the idea of Red Hat acquiring Corel
even if this just hearsay at present."
PRNewswire: VA Linux Systems Expands Professional Services Division and Marketing Team (Nov 30, 1999, 12:10)
"VA Linux Systems, a leading provider of Linux-based solutions,
announced today that it has expanded its Professional Services
Division with key hires including Jeremy Allison, one of the
leaders on the Samba Team, who will serve as senior professional
ZDNET: Berst Alert: The Red Hat Irony (Nov 30, 1999, 06:58)
"Red Hat must become? more like Microsoft. Which makes one of
the biggest stories of the year also one of the most ironic."
Russian UNIX e-zine seeks contributors (Nov 30, 1999, 06:53)
The Russian e-zine "Pref News" devoted mainly to Perl, UNIX and
databases programming is looking for article submissions.
linuxnewbie.org: Corel Linux: Some First Looks Under the Hood (Nov 30, 1999, 06:46)
"The GUI is very similar to Windows, not that this is a bad
thing, I think windows looks pretty good. It's based on KDE, which
is pretty nice, but then Corel fixed some stuff up, so it looks
even more like windows. I like the improvements."
Salon: Code Critic (Nov 30, 1999, 06:43)
"Before there was an Open Source Initiative, before the Free
Software Foundation was even a twinkle in St. iGNUcius' eye, Unix
hackers were fighting lawyers and commercial interests for the
right to copy and distribute source code."
osOpinion: Red Hat Revisited (Nov 30, 1999, 06:38)
"The folks at Cygnus must have one hell of a negotiation team to
convince Red Hat to shell out 6.7 million shares of RHAT stock
(worth $674 million at the time, but now valued at over $1.5
billion). The influx of open source support personnel is important,
but we have to ask ourselves whether the company really got a good
osOpinion: Unified Computing? We Need HAL! (Nov 30, 1999, 06:30)
"What is needed is a HAL with a monopoly-prohibitive license -
in other worlds, the GNU GPL. A HAL with a standards-base community
to keep everything compatible, just like Linux, just like the
Internet, which are unified even though they are multi-platform and
osOpinion: Shifting Silicon (Nov 30, 1999, 06:23)
"I think we've already won a major portion of this "war"; users
now have more choices and many of them are not directly involved in
making sure Bill Gate's kids get to go to the college of their
choice. People are still fighting this war and I'm thinking, "Why
osOpinion: A layman's view of The Linux Operating System (Nov 30, 1999, 06:15)
"No mater what I tried, I could not set-up my Creative TNT2
Ultra card. Hmmm, my first and major hurdle. The autodetection of
the video setup has greatly improved but no mater what I try, I can
not setup video with LINUX."
Loki Entertainment -- Audio Interview from Linux Business Expo (Nov 30, 1999, 04:55)
What games will Loki Entertainment do next? Scott Draeker and
Lance Colvin tell it all to Linux Today -- or perhaps they tell us
only what they want us to hear.
Reuters: Red Hat surges on deal speculation (Nov 30, 1999, 04:06)
"Since last Tuesday, shares of the Research Triangle Park,
N.C.-based company, which has a red fedora as its logo, have soared
BW: LinuxOne, Inc. Announces the Release of LinuxOne "Ready Drive" (Nov 30, 1999, 03:45)
"By providing these pre-loaded disk drives, LinuxOne is saving
Linux users the time required to install the software onto their
Ext2: Kernel Space SMP Programming (Nov 30, 1999, 03:30)
"Multi processor systems are becoming more and more common
place. Whilst most userspace code will run perfectly, and in some
cases take advantage of SMP features without adding extra code,
kernel space code should be written to be 'SMP aware' and 'SMP
safe'. This series of articles will explain how this is done."
Ext2: Book Review: Linux Complete (Nov 30, 1999, 03:23)
"The book is meant for any kind of Linux user or administrator
who wants to know more about his or her operating system. It covers
both beginner's topics and some advanced topics. It also comes with
a bonus: A summary of common Linux commands, for those who need to
use the console from time to time."
Ottawa Citizen: Cowpland's back with brighter prospects (Nov 30, 1999, 02:47)
"... lest there be any doubt, the business of Corel these days
is not Draw, or WordPerfect. It's Linux. Linux is the reason Corel
is hotter than a pistol..."
BW: Lynx Launches Support, Training, Consulting Services for Development of Embedded Linux... (Nov 30, 1999, 00:41)
"Our ISO 9001 certified processes and state-of-the-art support
infrastructure ensures the highest level of customer satisfaction
in the services we offer."
BW: Lynx Announces Support for Embedded Linux Initiative (Nov 30, 1999, 00:38)
"Lynx Real-Time Systems, Inc., today announced endorsements from
more than 20 hardware and software vendors in the Linux and
embedded computing industry, including Hewlett-Packard and Motorola
Computer Group. Many of the companies are partnering with Lynx to
announce the availability of their products on BlueCat Linux, Lynx'
embedded Linux product."
LWN: Linux Core Kernel Commentary [Book Review] (Nov 30, 1999, 00:26)
"This is a heavy book, weighing in at 575 pages in a large
format. Of those pages, 415 go toward printing just under 40,000
lines of source from the 2.2.5 kernel; the remaining 160 pages make
up the "commentary" part."
LinuxPR: LinuxForKids.com keeps growing. (Nov 30, 1999, 00:23)
"Started as a personnal reference page for a volunteer at an
elementary school, LinuxForKids.com was made public, in the hope it
will fill the need of parents and educators looking for children
software running on Linux."
LinuxPR: LinuxIt! Computers unveils the first sub-$1000 Linux-based Athlon K7 workstation (Nov 30, 1999, 00:21)
"The Blazar Series is the newest member of our product line,
ranging from AMD K6-2s to K7s and from Celerons to dual Pentium
LinuxPR: Linux Server Hosts Business Cards Online (Nov 30, 1999, 00:17)
"Cards411.com Connects Businesses with Customers."