Linux News for Mar 30, 2000
BW: ADVISORY/Neoware Systems to Announce Move Into Linux and Appliance Computing Markets (Mar 30, 2000, 23:59)
"The company will unveil the first embedded Linux operating
system for information appliances as well as introduce its own
customizable information appliance..."
PRNewswire: Piranha, Inc. Announces Plans to Apply for National Nasdaq Listing (Mar 30, 2000, 23:48)
"Piranha, Inc. is a premier digital workflow technology company
providing industry leading data compression technology, created on
the Linux operating system..."
ZDNet: Has the Linux 'dream machine' arrived? (Mar 30, 2000, 23:35)
"Customers playing with it (Linux for S/390) are finding
interest in running multiple instances of Linux on a single
ZDNet: MS plays the 'open source' card (Mar 30, 2000, 23:17)
"The moral of this week's story: You can't have it both
PC Week: StarOffice upgrade due in Q2 (Mar 30, 2000, 22:54)
"StarOffice 5.2 will be larger (with more code), faster, more
scalable and robust, and more interoperable with other office
LinuxPR: Agat� Announces HotData Shuttle For Linux With HotChip (Mar 30, 2000, 22:51)
SRO: Smoke Screen Concessions? (Mar 30, 2000, 22:34)
"None of the concessions they are supposedly offering damages
them in any way. It's like they've already slain the enemy, and now
they are offering to drop their sword."
SRO: How Open Is Open? (Mar 30, 2000, 22:23)
"Many companies are trying to jump on the open-source
bandwagon--only to be pushed off when their claims prove to be more
marketing hype than a true opening of their technology."
ComputerWorld: Q&A: Novell's Eric Schmidt (Mar 30, 2000, 22:11)
"Q: Linux has been emerging as a file and print server. Do you
see that encroaching on NetWare at the low end?... A: We have not
seen that so far. It might occur in the future."
WideOpenNews: Open Source Developers Need to Convince Fence-Sitters (Mar 30, 2000, 22:11)
"A new study from Survey.com underlines the ways open source
Unix developers can win over IT professionals considering the
switch to Linux or open BSD."
CNET News.com: Dell names new CFO, focuses on investments (Mar 30, 2000, 22:04)
"Though chief executive Michael Dell himself has invested in
several companies, it wasn't until April 1999 that the Dell
corporation began investing in companies. At that time, Dell took a
stake in Linux seller Red Hat."
CNET News.com: Novell retools for the Internet (Mar 30, 2000, 21:59)
"...Tucows.com, a Web distributor of software and Internet
addresses, will utilize its 'DigitalMe' personal information tool
for computer users as well as its back-end directory services
software, or NDS..."
InfoWorld: Patent office seeks to quiet critics with new oversight initiative (Mar 30, 2000, 21:57)
"Having a senior-level examiner give a second review to all of
these patents, with an eye toward the scope of the claim, could
reduce the number of erroneously issued patents."
CNET News.com: VA Linux adds major customers (Mar 30, 2000, 21:44)
"The deals highlight one area where Linux is gaining a foothold:
large numbers of slim servers stacked in racks, attached to the
Internet and often connected to a more powerful back-end
VNU Net: Novell prepares Bulletproof groupware (Mar 30, 2000, 21:39)
"The next release of Novell's Groupwise groupware product will
run natively on Solaris and Linux, as well as the company's own
SuSE Security Announcement: Package: ircii < 4.4M (Mar 30, 2000, 21:33)
"A buffer overflow in the dcc chat feature was found which is
exploitable by remote users."
CNET News.com: IBM unveils server appliance with slim Windows 2000 (Mar 30, 2000, 21:25)
" 'Linux is obviously what I'm really bullish about. You can
twist it and bend it and cut it and slice it and dice it however
you want, and you'll still have a stable operating system in the
background,' [Piper Jaffray analyst Amir] Ahari said."
Source code for Linux XFS now available! (Mar 30, 2000, 20:51)
A complete linux 2.3.99pre2 tree including the XFS filesystem is
available for cvs checkout.
NY Times: Linux's Open-Door Policy Could Let Hackers Right In (Mar 30, 2000, 20:08)
"Before Internet banking and the World Wide Web, information was
more secure. A dog, a guard and a gun and you were all set," he
says. "If Linux security is ignored, this is a looming crisis."
LinuxPR: ISDCorp Announces Cooperative Agreement With MIPS Technologies To Deliver Royal Linux For MIPS (Mar 30, 2000, 20:04)
SEUL.org: Linux in science report #2 (Mar 30, 2000, 19:56)
"Vivien Malerba has been working on a GPL'd GUI-based database
administration tool for Linux. gASQL currently allows viewing of
existing tables, as well as make some modifications."
Linux Weekly News for March 30, 2000 (Mar 30, 2000, 19:47)
Leading items and editorials: Mattel and cphack, UCITA update
and Colorado Linux Info Quest (CLIQ). Read it here.
LinuxPR: Microprocessor Industry Veteran Art Swift Joins ISDCorp As President And COO (Mar 30, 2000, 19:44)
"Prior to joining the company, Swift was vice president and
general manager of Cirrus Logic's Magnetic Storage Division,
responsible for the award-winning 3Ci family of highly-integrated
PC World: Netscape 6 to Debut April 5 (Mar 30, 2000, 19:43)
"Netscape 6 will be a 5.5MB download, says Eric Krock, senior
product manager. Netscape 4 is a 15MB download, and IE 5.5 is a
29.4MB download for the full installation."
LinuxWorld: An interview with Richard Stallman (Mar 30, 2000, 19:25)
"He also talked about patent pools and the League for
Programming Freedom, and about money-squeezers and possible
solutions for the problem of software patents."
LinuxPR: Chinese/English Wordprocessor for Linux OS Developed by Korean Vendor (Mar 30, 2000, 19:06)
"...HancomLinux,Inc. has completed development of the simplified
Chinese/English input enabled wordprocessor 'HancomWord R5'."
Opera.com: Opera releases Tech Preview 3 of Opera 4.0a for Linux (Mar 30, 2000, 19:00)
Kernel Cousin Samba #18 By Peter Samuelson (Mar 30, 2000, 19:00)
Samba is an open source software suite that provides seamless
file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients.
LinuxWorld: Perceptions of world domination - The origin of the phrase 'world domination by 2003' (Mar 30, 2000, 18:58)
"One thing that both builds and reflects community is language.
The Linux community is no exception."
Kuro5hin.org: FSF Developers Discuss Intellectual Property in the Age of Free Software (Mar 30, 2000, 18:55)
"...instead of a Q&A interview, we invite guests to
participate in a discussion with the readers directly, which will
"officially" run for a week or so, and focus on a particular topic
or issue close the the guest's heart. You ask questions, they
answer, but since it's a threaded discussion, you can follow up on
your, or anyone else's, questions as well."
Linux domain in Holland obtained by commercial firm (Mar 30, 2000, 18:42)
"Today the dutch firm Stone IT has suddenly obtained the domain
osOpinion: Towards the ANSI Standard User (Mar 30, 2000, 18:35)
"When I click on the "help" button on dialogs in GNOME or KDE I
usually get something along the lines of "This dialog lets you set
the Foo Switch and the Mumble Options". But the dialog box has
already told me that. What I wanted was an explanation of what the
Foo Switch and Mumble Options actually do, why I might want to set
them, and possibly even some examples."
LinuxWorld: Protest draws attention to DMCA (Mar 30, 2000, 18:33)
"A small but determined group of protestors gathered in
Washington, D.C., this week to protest the Digital Millennium
WINE 20000326 has been released (Mar 30, 2000, 18:24)
Wine is a free implementation of Windows on Unix
LinuxMall.com: World's largest Linux installation of Oracle (Mar 30, 2000, 18:21)
"An enormous data center for business infrastructure use,
unveiled yesterday in San Mateo, California, is the largest
deployment of Linux on Oracle worldwide."
LinuxMall.com: Evolutionary Update: Apple Evolves Through Darwin (Mar 30, 2000, 18:08)
"...Apple wanted to build a better beast. But evolution tells us
that to be the best is not enough--one must also be adaptable.
Darwin promises to have new possibilities as a cross-platform
operating system (OS)."
LinuxPlanet: Linux and Oracle: NetLedger's Real-World Solution Detailed (Mar 30, 2000, 18:03)
"That Linux should have survived the rugged evaluation process
devised by NetLedger CIO Dave Durkee isn't surprising to Linux
aficionados, but may come as a surprise to UNIX gurus who still are
unconvinced of the power of Linux when compared to high-performance
The Register: Acer unveils 'most competitive' embedded Linux (Mar 30, 2000, 17:58)
"...the group plans to use its new OS to oust Windows in many of
the company's products... if CT's reports are anything to go by,
Acer certainly isn't ruling out the OS' use in its PCs."
32BitsOnline: The X-Box cometh (Mar 30, 2000, 16:40)
"With PCs, the PC manufacturer only pays Microsoft for every
copy of the operating system that goes into every PC. ...not so
with Nintendo, Sony or Sega. Each game disk or cartridge has a copy
of the console operating system itself... That means every console
game sold has to pay a license..."
osOpinion: A not so newbie's attempt at installing Linux (Mar 30, 2000, 15:45)
"Now none of these were inherent problems in design. Lots of
carelessness on the part of RedHat, laziness on the part of the
XFree developers for not writing basic build instructions, and
stupidity on the part of Helix for writing NO install
Upside: A Perle of a buy (Mar 30, 2000, 15:42)
"Instead of becoming all things Linux, as has Corel, Perle
intends to add Linux systems to its already successful roster of
client networking applications."
Yahoo: Caldera investors' message board is up (Mar 30, 2000, 15:35)
CCN: Corel's Linux Market Share Grows! (Mar 30, 2000, 15:32)
"... as of November 1999, Corel held a 2.3 per cent* share of
the Linux US retail market. That market share has increased by more
than 8 times to 19.3 per cent**as of February 2000."
IBM developerWorks: Bash by example, Part 1 (Mar 30, 2000, 15:31)
"By learning how to program in the bash scripting language, your
day-to-day interaction with Linux will become more fun and
productive, and you'll be able to build upon those standard UNIX
constructs (like pipelines and redirection) that you already know
BW: Spatial Announces Release of World's First ACIS-enabled Products Supporting Linux (Mar 30, 2000, 15:27)
"ACIS, the de facto 3D CAD solid modeling engine providing the
world's most advanced technology for engineers and designers in
every industry, was the first kernel modeler to support
IBM developerWorks: Inside the Red Hat Advanced Development lab (Mar 30, 2000, 15:21)
"Havoc Pennington and Owen Taylor of Red Hat give developerWorks
the scoop on GNOME and open source development at the RHAD lab: the
kind of people they work with, current projects on Linux, GNOME and
Palm Pilot, GNOME hackers, coding elves, and more."
PRNewswire: WR Hambrecht + Co Initiates Coverage of VA Linux Systems, Inc. (LNUX) With a Buy Rating (Mar 30, 2000, 15:18)
"Bachman projects VA Linux's total revenues will reach $88.2
million in 2000 and $163 million in 2001, up from the 1999 total of
NT: WR Hambrecht + Co. Starts Sapient, VA Linux With Buy Grades (Mar 30, 2000, 15:12)
"... analyst Keith Bachman initiated coverage on VA Linux
Systems (LNUX) with a "buy" recommendation."
LinuxLock.org: Interview with Rick Johnson of PMFirewall (Mar 30, 2000, 15:07)
"PMFirewall is a script that asks you what services you need and which ones you want blocked out; it then uses your selections to create an ipchains ruleset."
BW: Luminex Receives Editor's Choice Award by EMedia Magazine for HOTfolders (Mar 30, 2000, 14:57)
"Combined with the reliable Linux operating system, it is a
killer combination for archiving."
LinuxPR: Release of CYCAS 2.0 for Linux (Mar 30, 2000, 14:56)
"...a complete 2D+3D CAD-package for drafting and design in high
quality and for creating 3D presentations and technical
illustrations easily. ... 'CYCAS public' is free for private
LinuxPR: BuyPogo.com Acquires XComputing, Inc And Announces Development of a New Linux Distribution (Mar 30, 2000, 14:51)
"The distribution, Pogo Linux, will allow the user to run
Windows and Linux simultaneously."
BW: Caldera Systems Premiers OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4; Includes Citrix ICA Client for Linux (Mar 30, 2000, 14:49)
"OpenLinux Users Can Now Access Applications Regardless of
BW: netLibrary to Distribute eBook Versions of All Future Bestsellers from O'Reilly & Associates (Mar 30, 2000, 13:50)
"... will begin to carry all frontlist and backlist
BW: SSH Communications Security Announces SSH Secure Shell 2.1 Available for Purchase On ssh.com (Mar 30, 2000, 13:46)
"Secure Shell protects Internet servers against the most common
break-in method used by hackers -- stealing passwords from the
Reuters: Goldman Sachs takes stake in Korea Linux firm (Mar 30, 2000, 13:42)
"Linux One Inc, a South Korean developer of services and
software for the Linux operating system, said on Thursday Goldman
Sachs had agreed to buy six billion won ($5.4 million) in new
shares to take a 10 percent stake in the firm."
Kernel Cousin debian-hurd #41 By Zack Brown Is Out (Mar 30, 2000, 13:33)
Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for
the previous week.
AbiWord Weekly News for March 29, 2000 (Mar 30, 2000, 03:28)
Features include: Development News, On The List, Project of the
Week, Bugzilla Status and Other News. Read it here.
i-opener - A Market Begging For A Product (Mar 30, 2000, 03:21)
"By not tying the purchase of the units to a contract for the
service, Netpliance has already missed out on a lot of profit
potential. Now, in an effort to stem the flow, the i-opener has
been changed so the currently known hardware modifications will not
GNOME 2.0 Steering Committee minutes (Mar 30, 2000, 02:51)
"Here are the notes from the first meeting of the GNOME 2.0
Steering Committee that was held on March 28, 2000 at 16:00
LinuxNews: In the Palm of Your Hand: The Internet Appliance Market (Mar 30, 2000, 02:32)
"It is a small world, after all. In keeping with the computer
industry's drive to get portable, Linux is jumping into the
Internet appliance and hand-held device market, with Lineo leading
LinuxPR: ErgoTech Rolls Out Latest Virtual Instrumentation Beans (Mar 30, 2000, 02:07)
"ErgoTech also offers a simple drag-and-drop tool, the Virtual
Instrumentation Constructor for testing the components and
developing basic applets. This VIC is free of charge from
ErgoTech's Web site and does not require any Java programming."
LinuxPR: Linux Media Labs & Linux Media Arts join together to develop Linux Media Software (Mar 30, 2000, 02:02)
"We will be announcing during NAB the installation of our
non-linear editing system in several post-production companies and
also the announcement of a video assist project for a major motion
picture in Hollywood in the summer of 2000."
Linux-Mandrake.com: Linux-Mandrake 7.0 for UltraSPARC available for download (Mar 30, 2000, 01:20)
"Although it's a complete port (graphical installation included)
of Linux-Mandrake 7.0/x86-final, it could still have some bugs, so
please consider the current UltraSPARC version as
Debian Weekly News - March 28th, 2000 (Mar 30, 2000, 01:06)
"Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian
Midgard Weekly Summary for 29th of March, 2000 (#34) (Mar 30, 2000, 00:46)
Midgard is a freely-available Web application development and
publishing platform based on the popular PHP scripting language. It
is an Open Source development project.
Zope Weekly News for March 29, 2000 (Mar 30, 2000, 00:23)
Zope is the leading Open Source web application server. Zope
enables teams to collaborate in the creation and management of
dynamic web-based business applications such as intranets and
portals. Zope makes it easy to build features such as site search,
news, personalization, and e-commerce into your web
LinuxWorld: An interview with Richard Stallman (Aug 15, 1999, 07:20)
"Richard Stallman: I would say that determinedly standing for
freedom and insisting that we should aim for a completely free
system and not settling for anything less is the most important
thing I've done."