Linux News for Feb 29, 2000
WideOpenNews.com: Linuxcare Discloses IPO Plans (Feb 29, 2000, 23:56)
"If shares sell at $14 a piece, Linuxcare would boast a market
capitalization of $422.8 million -- quite a bit bigger than Caldera
Systems' expected initial market cap of $306 million but
considerably smaller than Red Hat's $8.5 billion or VA Linux's $4.3
GNOME Summary for February 21-29, 2000 (Feb 29, 2000, 23:43)
GNOME is the GNU Network Object Model Environment. The GNOME
project intends to build a complete, easy-to-use desktop
environment for the user, and a powerful application framework for
the software developer.
sendmail.net: RFC 1777: Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) (Feb 29, 2000, 23:41)
"What does sendmail 8.10 have in common with Microsoft Outlook
employee directories and the Yahoo interface on your cell phone?
They all use - or at least can use - LDAP to access the huge
directories of information they need."
LinuxPR: MontaVista Software Embarks Upon Real-Time Characterization of Linux (Feb 29, 2000, 23:36)
"Provides Test Results, Tools, for Developers Using 100% Linux
in Embedded Real-Time Applications."
TechWeb: IBM Will Ship PCs With 256-Bit Encryption (Feb 29, 2000, 23:34)
"The machines will be available on March 10, making Armonk,
N.Y.-based IBM among the first to make this technology widely
LinuxPR: Dave Warner Joins MontaVista as CFO (Feb 29, 2000, 23:34)
"MontaVista Software Inc... delivers open-source software
solutions for the worldwide embedded software market."
Cole 3D: Storm Linux 2000 Review (Feb 29, 2000, 23:26)
"Storm Linux has a pretty good install program. You can choose
to install in either text or graphical mode."
Live Tonight on The Linux(r) Show!!- are they taking our books away from us? (Feb 29, 2000, 23:12)
"A follow up to last weeks discussion about red hat but focusing
in on the isue of fragmentation. Is this really a big deal or is a
certain amount of fragmentation good?"
Linux Journal: Ericsson's Screen Phone Runs Linux (Feb 29, 2000, 22:58)
"...Linux was chosen because of the open source operating
system's stability and size, as well as for its 'openness', making
it easier for a variety of future applications to be added."
CNET News.com: VA Linux an example of stellar IPOs gone south (Feb 29, 2000, 22:47)
"Despite the mix in results, analysts say Linux still resonates
with investors. With the growth of e-commerce, the popularity of
the upstart OS is expected to grow..."
The Register: Bill's big deals go MIA - rolls out MSN Mobile 2 instead (Feb 29, 2000, 22:33)
"So what happened? Did Bill's speech writers get over-excited
and over-optimistic about what could be achieved before February
28th, or was it all spin, a deliberate leak intended to bounce a
few telcos into a deal?"
PRNewswire: Image Power releases Linux image viewer for FaxPC (Feb 29, 2000, 22:18)
"In addition to supporting JBIG2, the image viewer will support
a wide variety of file formats used in image transmission and
storage, including the more popular formats BMP, EPS, G3, G4, and
BW: C-bridge Expands Course Offerings for C-bridge University (Feb 29, 2000, 22:13)
"The new intensive 2-to 10-day workshops will cover such topics
as... The use of Linux in e-business applications and corporate IT
BW: Tripwire is First Major Security Company to Offer Open Source Linux Product (Feb 29, 2000, 22:09)
"Tripwire Partners with Caldera Systems, Red Hat and SGI to
Bring Integrity Assessment to Linux and Open Source
PRNewswire: SCO's Tarantella Express Leaves the Station Right on Time (Feb 29, 2000, 22:05)
"Additional versions are planned for other popular server
operating systems, including leading Linux platforms."
PRNewswire: Lineo Joins the Extend The Internet (ETI) Alliance (Feb 29, 2000, 21:58)
Founded by emWare(R) Inc., provider of the EMIT device
networking infrastructure, the ETI Alliance is comprised of 25
leading technology companies committed to extending the Internet to
any device and accelerating the market for globally networked
intelligent devices in homes, offices and factories."
BW: Diversinet Extends Development Platform To Linux And Unix (Feb 29, 2000, 21:43)
"Developers will now be able to create applications using
Diversinet's Passport Certificate Server(TM) 3.0 for Linux/Unix,
optimized for the wireless environment."
LinuxPR: Orasoft Releases Version 1.0 of Oracle ObjectManager (Feb 29, 2000, 20:51)
"ObjectManager enables database users to view, create, alter,
and drop Oracle objects on Linux."
China Embraces MP3s (Feb 29, 2000, 20:48)
Houston InterWeb Design Tuesday formed a joint venture with the
Chinese government and a Chinese investment company to build the
first governmentally approved MP3 music site in China.
PRNewswire: Computer I/O and MontaVista... Partner... Embedded Linux I/O Servers and Appliances (Feb 29, 2000, 20:47)
"The joint effort will deliver a Linux-based real-time server
platform designed for the unique needs of time-sensitive,
high-bandwidth applications using streaming media such as
multi-media, telecommunications and web servers."
BW: Progress SonicMQ Adds Support for Linux (Feb 29, 2000, 20:37)
"...the Developer Edition of its award-winning Progress(R)
SonicMQ(TM) Internet messaging server will support the Linux
BW: Vovida Networks Continues to Drive Open Source Telephony... with Free VoIP Protocol Stacks... (Feb 29, 2000, 20:31)
"While originally developed on Linux(TM), the stacks are easily
portable to Windows(TM), Solaris(TM), IRIX(TM) and other UNIX-like
osOpinion: Linux/Be on a nonproprietary console (Feb 29, 2000, 20:27)
"Imagine for a moment, an OS vendor such as Linux and/or Be OS
introducing a console that could compete with the Playstation 2 and
Dreamcast in hardware specification and price, but is
BW: Cyclone Makes B2B Internet Trading Community Development Easier and More Scalable (Feb 29, 2000, 20:26)
"New Version of Cyclone Interchange Trading Engine Expands
Platform Support to Linux and AS/400; Adds Partner Grouping
Capabilities, Support for COM, MQSeries And DB2"
PRNewswire: TimeSys Corporation Announces TimeSys Linux/RT, a Real-time Version of Linux (Feb 29, 2000, 20:22)
" '...TimeSys Linux/RT actually extends the Linux kernel, rather
than adding a proprietary non-Linux RTOS as an abstraction layer
between Linux and the system hardware.'..."
BW: Blast Integrated With Synchronics' Counterpoint V7.3 (Feb 29, 2000, 20:15)
"CounterPoint V7.3... employs technology that gives users
increased speed and reliability while operating in native 32-bit
mode in both Windows and Unix/Linux environments."
BW: Splash Technology... Color Servers for Canon Mid-Range Copiers... Use Splash-Linux Technology (Feb 29, 2000, 20:08)
"The Splash T200 product line features a new Splash-Linux
architecture based on Splash's advanced compression and color
technologies, combined with the Linux operating system and standard
LinuxPR: O'Reilly Releases Updated Motif Reference Manual (Feb 29, 2000, 20:07)
The second edition of the "Motif Reference Manual" covers Motif
2.1, a robust release supported by the major workstation
O'Reilly -- Ask Tim: Open Source, Patents and O'Reilly (Feb 29, 2000, 20:03)
"I completely agree with RMS that the Amazon 1-Click Patent is
one more example of an "intellectual property" milieu gone
PRNewswire: IKON Creates Major Splash as Exclusive Distributor of New Color Document Server Line (Feb 29, 2000, 19:58)
"Low-Cost, Robust, Linux-Based Splash Color Servers Exceed
Functionality Standards for Entry-Level Servers in Office and
BW: GraphOn (GOJO) Ships Bridges for Windows 1.0 (Feb 29, 2000, 19:55)
"Applications deployed through Bridges can be seamlessly
integrated with the user's desktop and accessed through a tiny Java
applet, Netscape plug-in, or native Windows and Linux clients."
PRNewswire: Xin Net Corp. Announces Subscriber Base Reaches 100,000 (Feb 29, 2000, 19:46)
"...has converted its existing e-Commerce platforms to the Linux
BW: Blue Wave Systems Extends ComStruct Operating System Support to Include Linux (Feb 29, 2000, 19:42)
"ComStruct CompactPCI and PCI DSP resource boards are now
available with support for the fully proven and tested Linux
solutions from both Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT) and Caldera
PRNewswire: Platform Computing Unveils 'Virtual Supercomputing' Technology... (Feb 29, 2000, 19:37)
"LSF is the key enabling technology in some of the world's
largest 'superclusters' ...supports everything from Linux to
supercomputing operating systems, from inexpensive x86-based
workstations to powerful Cray and NEC supercomputing
PRNewswire: iChargeit, Inc. Launches `My Shopping Planet' Affiliate Revenue Program (Feb 29, 2000, 19:21)
"www.shoppingplanet.com specializes in Computer hardware and
software sales and specifically offers a $399 Linux PC Computer and
a $499 Dual Boot Windows/Linux PC..."
BW: I-Logix and MontaVista... to Provide First [Embedded Linux] Application Development Platform... (Feb 29, 2000, 19:15)
"...I-Logix will support MontaVista's Hard Hat Linux embedded
operating system as a target for code developed in its Rhapsody(TM)
application development platform."
BW: Level 8 Offers Message Queuing Software for Red Hat Linux... (Feb 29, 2000, 19:06)
"...today announced the availability of Geneva XIPC for Linux,
the first message-oriented middleware software product specifically
designed for the Linux platform."
BW: TurboLinux Powers Japan E-Commerce Web Site... 380 Stores... Hosting 3.3 Million Products (Feb 29, 2000, 18:52)
" 'TurboLinux, IBM and Java have helped lower the total cost of
creating CyberCity,' said Yoshitake Senoo, director of multimedia
business at DEODEO."
PRNewswire: EarthWeb's Dice.com Selected to Provide IT Job Listings on the Go2Net Network (Feb 29, 2000, 18:45)
"...dice.com powers the job areas of fourteen other Web sites
including RedHat.com, DevX.com, GirlGeeks.com, UserFriendly.org and
two Linux related sites, 32BitsOnline and PenguinApps."
osOpinion: UCITA : the Best Legislation Money Can Buy, Take Two (Feb 29, 2000, 18:29)
"... if Big Software must have UCITA, let's amend it so the
affected parties have no question of what is required of them."
BW: EBIZ Enterprises Inc.'s Stock Symbol is Added to [LWN's] Tier 1 Linux Companies (Feb 29, 2000, 18:18)
"The LWN Linux Stocks Page provides a summary of the state of
trading in Linux(R)-related stocks. ... Tier 1, where EBIZ is
listed, features companies whose primary business focus is
Orasoft Releases Oracle ObjectManager 1.0 (Feb 29, 2000, 18:14)
"This is significant because of the lack of
client access software on the Linux
BW: Unify Signs Significant Contract with Nortel Networks (Feb 29, 2000, 18:04)
"A global leader in telephony, data, wireless and wireline
solutions for the Internet, Nortel Networks will use Unify's
application development software to develop a new generation of
products that run on the Linux platform."
BW: Plesk Inc. Launches New Web-based Tool to Simplify Server Management... Via Any Browser (Feb 29, 2000, 18:00)
"Plesk Server Administrator v.1.2 is available for leading
Unix/Linux based platforms, including Solaris, FreeBSD, Red Hat,
BSDI, and Slackware."
BW: Cogent Computers Standardizes On CodeGen's SmartFirmware... (Feb 29, 2000, 17:52)
"CodeGen's open firmware approach offers developers a consistent
environment at boot-up across platforms. CodeGen currently supports
Mips, PowerPC, SPARC, x86 and ARM processors, as well as Solaris,
BSD Unix and Linux operating systems."
LinuxNewbie.org: "Linux Programming White Papers" Reviewed (Feb 29, 2000, 17:52)
"I was sure that this book would cut to the straight to the
chase as far as programming in Linux was concerned, no holds barred
if you like. I certainly wasn't wrong."
SF Gate: Computer industry: New anti-hacker laws not needed (Feb 29, 2000, 17:49)
"Congress appears eager to propose new or broader computer crime
laws amid dramatic attacks on some of the Internet's flagship
sites, but the technology industry is reluctant about broader
government involvement even in online security."
BW: Synopsys and SGI Present Linux-Based Electronic Design Verification Seminar... (Feb 29, 2000, 17:47)
" '...Synopsys teamed with SGI to accelerate the availability
and performance of verification tools on Linux operating
system-based parallel computer systems.'..."
LinuxPR: Centura Goes Live with First Open Source Data Management Solution for Information Appliances (Feb 29, 2000, 17:35)
"Centura's db.linux has first-mover advantage in the flourishing
Linux Information Appliance and embedded systems market."
TheLinuxGurus.org: Review -- Heroes of Might and Magic III (Feb 29, 2000, 17:30)
"I was floored when Loki announced they were porting Heroes Of
Might And Magic III, and it gets a huge thumbs up from me."
Reuters: Linuxcare sets IPO at 4.5 mln shares, $13-$15/shr (Feb 29, 2000, 17:28)
"The terms of the offering were revealed for the first in an
amended prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange
National Post: iCraveTV shuts off webcasts 'They're gone' (Feb 29, 2000, 17:20)
"iCraveTV.com has agreed to shut down its controversial webcasts
as part of an out-of-court deal with broadcasters on both sides of
the Canada-U.S. border."
BW: Linux With An [SGI] Iris [For High Availability Clustering] (Feb 29, 2000, 17:10)
"SGI and Linux software provider SuSE Linux have announced a
joint engineering project to bring Iris FailSafe, SGI's
high-availability clustering software, to the Linux operating
LinuxPR: Linux Stock News Releases Latest Report on Linux in the Financial Markets (Feb 29, 2000, 17:05)
"Check out our latest feature stories: Rants and Raves (IPO
Rumors and Index of Linux Companies), Week in Review, Linux Media
Companies, and Linux Security."
The Register: Microsoft and Caldera - dispelling the myths (Feb 29, 2000, 16:50)
"The first [myth] is that Caldera Systems - the one that filed
for the IPO - is closely-related to Caldera Inc, the winner of the
settlement from Microsoft."
The Register: Chip team applies Linux approach to CPU design (Feb 29, 2000, 16:26)
"Just as any PC user can download and compile the Linux kernel,
chip designers will soon be able to grab OpenCores' OpenRisc 1000
design and use it as the basis for their own processors, completely
free of charge."
The Register: Opera goes public with EPOC browser beta (Feb 29, 2000, 16:18)
"...supports all Psion and EPOC machines from the Series 5
upwards... twice as fast as the existing application."
LinuxPower: Review of TurboLinux 6.0 WorkStation (Feb 29, 2000, 16:05)
"I will here review TurboLinux 6.0 based upon the freely
available ISO image download."
The Register: Win2k - Sun calls in the Exterminator (Feb 29, 2000, 15:59)
"A fleet of 20 bright yellow trucks [hired by Sun] with Western
Exterminator emblazoned on their sides had been retained, and
detailed to cruise around the San Francisco Moscone Convention
Center on the big day, while Microsoft unwrapped Win2k, including
its 63,000, er, issues, inside."
Bloor Interactive: Java overtakes C++ as most in demand programming skill (Feb 29, 2000, 15:55)
"...with 36.8% of all programming job adverts in our sample now
IT-Analysis: Official: Internet is causing economic growth in nations (Feb 29, 2000, 15:47)
"The OECD, which is basically a think-tank for many of the
worlds largest and most powerful countries, has found that
countries like the US, UK, Australia and Denmark have all witnessed
considerable improvements in their growth potential since the 90's
and the web revolution took hold."
Linux.com: Simple Steps to Secure your System (Feb 29, 2000, 06:24)
"The simplest way to keep your computer secure is by keeping up
with the latest product updates from your distribution. This may
seem obvious, but it's a time-consuming task that all too many
users neglect to do."
Linux.com: Professional Computer Graphics on Linux? You Bet (Feb 29, 2000, 06:13)
"Now, with inexpensive hardware, free software, and a little
talent, anybody can venture down the path towards
professional-looking computer graphics."
Linux.com: Why Use Open Source? (Feb 29, 2000, 05:58)
"Open Source Software (OSS) should be the solution of choice for
business today but it isn't. Why?"
WideOpenNews: Linux's Second Coming? (Feb 29, 2000, 05:33)
"A new report on the future of the PC market suggests that Linux
could garner more play in the desktop market than anticipated."
Tcl-URL! for February 28, 2000 (Feb 29, 2000, 05:18)
Tcl is a simple textual language, intended primarily for issuing
commands to interactive programs such as text editors, debuggers,
illustrators, and shells.
Python-URL! for February 28, 2000 (Feb 29, 2000, 05:08)
Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented
Byte.com: Design Competition Targets Open Source Tools, Methods (Feb 29, 2000, 04:57)
"The long-term aim of the Software Carpentry project is to make
it easier for scientists and engineers to adopt good
software-engineering practices. In order to do this, the project is
funding development of a new generation of basic software
Byte.com: Learning Perl, Part 1 (Feb 29, 2000, 04:00)
"Why would you want to learn Perl? One good reason is to write
CGI scripts for websites; another good reason is to write
system-administration scripts. You might want to learn Perl for the
same reason Larry Wall originally wrote it: because you're lazy
(that was my reason)."
E-Commerce Times: Corel LINUX Grabs E-Commerce Bundling Deal (Feb 29, 2000, 03:35)
"It is fitting that we are supplying our Linux software to a
company that provides desktops, servers and workstations aimed
exclusively for the Linux user."
Lynx and PacketStream Go Linux (Feb 29, 2000, 03:20)
"PacketStream's SPS solution, supported by LynxOS and BlueCat
Linux, overcomes the limitations of current IP networks to manage
and deliver real-time, mission-critical, value-added services
demanded by the emerging Internet market."
Join KDE and Open-Source Software In the Fight For the Desktop (Feb 29, 2000, 02:40)
"It seems that whenever I suggest a Linux word processor to a
coworker or friend, they wait until I am finished describing all of
the features and then ask, "Can it import a Word document?"
WINE 20000227 Has Been Released (Feb 29, 2000, 01:39)
An Appeal from Luis - Bring Linux to El Salvador (Feb 29, 2000, 01:16)
"I received this letter from a friend in El Salvador. He has
stepped forward and volunteered to accept and distribute Linux and
other Open Source Products to his countrymen." -- Tom Adelstein
LinuxPR: First beta of the Common UNIX Printing System 1.1 released! (Feb 29, 2000, 00:51)
"... provides a portable printing layer for UNIX® operating
SF Gate: The NC -- With a Twist `Thin-client computing' may be next big thing (Feb 29, 2000, 00:47)
"McNaught is... skeptical about the latest thin-client twist:
terminals based on the free Linux OS."
ZDNet: On the Linux range: rifles, not shotguns (Feb 29, 2000, 00:17)
"... the popularity of general-purpose, one-size-fits-all Linux
distributions is waning..."
IBM developerWorks: Open source advocacy -- Selling free software to the uninitiated (Feb 29, 2000, 00:08)
"In the open source community, it is generally understood that
there are three kinds of advocating, each kind having its own goal
Linuxcare: Dear Lina: One Laptop to Rule Them All (Feb 29, 2000, 00:03)
"Dear Lina: I'm a field sales representative and I take my
laptop everywhere. I use it to login to all the other systems I
use, but I have difficulty remembering all my passwords. The fewer
I have to recall, the better. Is there an easy way I can manage all
of my login accounts?"