Linux News for Apr 28, 2000
PC Week: 'Remedy,' not 'punishment,' is the goal (Apr 28, 2000, 23:46)
"Dispute is already arising about the nature of the Department
of Justice's recommendations in the Microsoft antitrust case. That
dispute would disappear if people stopped talking about
'punishment' and instead focused on 'remedy' as the goal."
US DOJ: Plaintiffs' Proposed Final Judgment [US v. MS] (Apr 28, 2000, 22:57)
Full text of the legal document in PDF format.
EE Times: Intel backs Chinese Linux (Apr 28, 2000, 22:12)
"Ministry of Information Industry officials said they have
closely monitored Linux's progress in China. Besides sponsoring a
series of Linux-related events in China, the ministry also has been
very active in unifying international standards for Linux."
Wired: RIAA Wins Suit Against MP3.com (Apr 28, 2000, 21:36)
"When a responsible system like my.mp3.com which requires people
to buy the CDs before they can listen to the music is potentially
halted, that leaves a vacuum for other services like Napster and
Gnutella, which don't protect artists, to flourish."
InfoWorld: Government recommends Microsoft breakup (Apr 28, 2000, 21:29)
"You'll see them fight the breakup through the judge's decision
this summer, and when push comes to shove, you will see them
capitulate and try to become heroes."
Apache 2.0alpha3 Released (Apr 28, 2000, 21:17)
"This should be considered a ``developers version'' including
only the source and no pre-compiled binaries. It is anticipated
that a binary-release will be available for the first beta
Forbes: Breakup Could Help Innovation--Microsoft's (Apr 28, 2000, 21:12)
"...a breakup could prompt Microsoft to revive its own creative
spirit--something that's been lacking since the introduction of
Windows 95. You don't need a degree in computer science to know
that the latest version of Windows 98 is nothing more than a
tuned-up version of the operating system that hit stores five years
InternetNews.com/Reuters: U.S. Asks Court to Split Microsoft (Apr 28, 2000, 21:05)
"The government proposal would separate Microsoft's dominant
Windows operating system business from software applications like
word processing, spreadsheets and control of the Web browser."
CNET News.com: New Netpliance has same 'problem' as old (Apr 28, 2000, 21:00)
CNN.com: U.S. proposes MSFT split (Apr 28, 2000, 20:54)
"The Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general
asked a federal court Friday to split Microsoft into two separate
companies to stem the software giant's anti-competitive
InfoWorld: Make sure that those back doors stay locked by using Linux-based... [pmfirewall] (Apr 28, 2000, 20:50)
"Pmfirewall uses but doesn't replace ipchains. It simply
relieves you of the tedious task of writing up the ipchains'
firewall rules manually."
ZDNet UK: Linux shakeout predicted (Apr 28, 2000, 20:40)
"These developments are likely to make IT buying decisions
tougher for those companies considering Linux strategies."
CNET News.com: Government to judge: Break up Microsoft (Apr 28, 2000, 20:38)
"The Justice Department and 19 states today asked a federal
judge to break Microsoft into two pieces to prevent the company
from further abusing its monopoly position in the software
Linux Journal: Shell Functions and Path Variables, Part 3 (Apr 28, 2000, 20:25)
"UNIX can present a bewildering array of tools and techniques,
and it's almost impossible for any individual to be intimately
familiar with all of them. In my experience, the best developers
carry around a large bag of simple but useful techniques and are
able to combine them rapidly into a working solution."
European Unix Platform: Rock Linux: Not for woozies! (Apr 28, 2000, 20:10)
"When asked by someone what the particular advantage of this
distribution was he pointedly replied: 'It is more difficult to
install'. Obviously, after such a sales pitch, I could not resist
checking out this new distribution."
32BitsOnline: 100 Percent Increase Forecast For Thin Clients (Apr 28, 2000, 19:50)
"Reality Research cites several reasons for the anticipated
growth in the thin client market. First among these is the
'explosion' of the application service provider (ASP) market"
LinuxPR: CollabWare Corporation Hires Jeff Jones as Vice President and Chief Fi (Apr 28, 2000, 19:27)
"One of Jones' primary goals at CollabWare will be to support
corporate development goals by evaluating and recommending
financial strategies for acquisitions."
CCN: Speedware Announces Second Quarter Results (Apr 28, 2000, 19:08)
"Speedware also announced that its Visionyze.com division would
be developing an open source version of its Hybrid Online
ApplicationProcessing (OLAP) technology on a Linux platform.
...making this technology available to the developer community as
an open source OLAP product..."
LinuxPR: Linux Network Secures $2 Million In Investment Funding (Apr 28, 2000, 18:59)
"...from private investor the Canopy Group. To date, Linux
NetworX and its parent company Alta Technology have raised more
than $5 million to help develop additional cluster technology and
services, acquire products, form strategic partnerships and extend
PRNewswire: Metro Link to Present at Linux Business Show 2000 (Apr 28, 2000, 18:44)
"Metro Link, Inc., a leading provider of graphical display
technology for Linux operating systems, has announced that it is a
sponsoring vendor for the Linux Business Show 2000 on April
BW: OnCore Systems Transcends Embedded Linux Barriers... (Apr 28, 2000, 18:38)
"...the OnCore Systems Software Foundation... has the capability
to load a 100% pure version of Linux into an embedded environment
and still run real-time applications in concert with Linux
BW: eOn Communications Selects Dialogic Technology for Linux-based Communications Solutions (Apr 28, 2000, 18:33)
"Intel and its Dialogic subsidiary today announced it has signed
a letter of intent with eOn Communications Corporation
(www.eoncc.com) in which the two companies plan to work together to
develop advanced Linux-based solutions for the communications
BW: On RadioWallStreet.com: the Linux League Friday Edition (Apr 28, 2000, 18:27)
"...Francis Gaskins, will host a panel of guests to review Linux
trends... joining Mr. Gaskins today will be Tom Adelstein, CIO for
Bynari, Inc., a global Linux consulting firm, and Gary Lawrence
Murphy, CEO of TCI, an Internet and open source consulting company
founded in 1983."
NewsBytes: EU To Copy US Crypto "Open Export" Rules (Apr 28, 2000, 18:22)
"Earlier this month, eSoft announced it had started shipping
168-bit encryption versions of its Linux-based firewall and virtual
private network (VPNP) systems."
PRNewswire: ELSA's New GLADIAC Accelerator in Stores This Weekend (Apr 28, 2000, 18:15)
"The retail version of GLADIAC will be standard with 32MB of DDR
memory... and Linux drivers as well as ELSA's suite of desktop
utilities and a software DVD player."
ABCNews.com: Eazel Does It (Apr 28, 2000, 18:11)
"A powerful team of original Macintosh programmers behind this
Silicon Valley startup is betting you'll soon be running their new
friendly version of Linux both at work and from the kitchen."
PRNewswire: Mosaic Technologies Corporation and Khyber Pass Sign Marketing & Distribution Agreement (Apr 28, 2000, 18:04)
"Products that teach the use of Linux and the popular
educational tool WebCT are sure to be popular. Mosaic has proven to
be a pioneer and we are glad to join them."
InfoWorld: Inprise seeks advice on Corel merger terms (Apr 28, 2000, 17:43)
"Inprise/Borland's board of directors has requested Broadview
International, which also advised the company in February, to
update its opinion on the fairness of the transaction terms, from a
financial point of view, to Inprise/Borland shareholders, the
software development tools maker said in a statement."
DevShed.com: Building an E-Commerce Site Part 1: Building a Product Catalog (Apr 28, 2000, 17:28)
"This guide is meant to show you how to build a basic online
store complete with (1) a product catalog, (2) user accounts for
customers, and (3) the ability for your customers to order products
from your catalog."
SJ Mercury: Would Microsoft's parts be more or less valuable than the whole? (Apr 28, 2000, 17:18)
"...Microsoft has profited so handsomely partly because of its
monopoly status in the operating system market, at least if you
accept the argument of the Justice Department. 'If the Justice
Department is right,' Berk says, 'then I'd have to believe that
dividing up the company makes the total package worth
Linuxcare: App of the Week: gkrellm (Apr 28, 2000, 16:34)
"...gkrellm essentially gives you... the kind of information
that would normally require a barrage of commands. It gives me the
time and date; graphs for CPU activity, process load, disk I/O
activity, and eth0 traffic; available resource meters for memory,
swap, and disk partitions; the number of new emails in my inbox;
and my system's uptime."
LinuxMall.com: TeamLinux Announces Draft Picks (Apr 28, 2000, 16:23)
"The All-Linux All-Star team is ready to take the field.
TeamLinux Corp., a professional services company that uses Open
Source and Linux technology to enable its business solutions,
acquired its fourth company in the four weeks since its inception
in late March."
CNET News.com: IBM switches support to Microsoft-backed Web standard [SOAP] (Apr 28, 2000, 16:11)
"When the software giant unveiled the technology in October, IBM
executives said SOAP too closely favored Microsoft technologies
over industry standards. ... Microsoft yesterday released an
updated version of SOAP that included the work of IBM and its
subsidiary Lotus Development."
SJ Mercury: Microsoft breakup could boost [silicon] valley firms (Apr 28, 2000, 15:53)
"Ideally, the applications company would see the Linux operating
system market as an attractive opportunity for Microsoft Office,"
said Gassee. "That would make Linux a more viable operating
The Register: Inprise to investigate 'fairness' of Corel takeover (Apr 28, 2000, 15:41)
"Of course, Inprise is being sued by a gang of shareholders who
feel the original deal undervalues their shares, so the Broadview
plan could be as much about pacifying them as winning better terms
from Corel - just as Corel's cash-flow warning could be simply a
manoeuvre to get its own shareholders behind the deal."
Linux.com: The Death Penalty [for MS] (Apr 28, 2000, 15:29)
"Forget breaking up this company. Render it to raw materials.
Seize its assets, hold it in trust for its employees and
shareholders and sell it off, using the proceeds to fund the
development of free software."
CNET News.com: DOJ, states expected to propose Microsoft breakup today (Apr 28, 2000, 14:44)
"The proposal, which is expected after the market closes
[today]... moves the Microsoft trial into its final stage..."
allNetDevices: Windows CE Market Penetration Evaporated Before Pocket PC Release (Apr 28, 2000, 14:30)
"Retail sales of Windows CE-based handhelds all but disappeared
prior to this month's release of Microsoft's next-generation Pocket
PC devices, according to a study by NPD Intelect."
NY Times: First Amendment Lawyer Takes on Movie Studios in DVD Case (Apr 28, 2000, 14:15)
"Eight major movie studios are asking a federal judge to order a
Web publisher to stop linking to hundreds of sites carrying a piece
of software that they say threatens their industry. Martin Garbus
is determined to stop them."
LinuxPlanet: Word to the Wise... Applix Words 5: VistaSource Makes an Aggressive Move (Apr 28, 2000, 13:51)
"...Applix has produced an outstanding all-around word
processor. The smooth and responsive performance, coupled with
integration with the GNOME desktop, a respectable featureset, and
good online documentation are a sure indicator that VistaSource has
a good start as they move more aggressively into the Linux
The Register: French 'spy agent' paranoia fuels Open Source law moves (Apr 28, 2000, 13:31)
"There can be little doubt that the real concern must be
national security, and that the government wants no replay of the
exposé when the Direction Générale de la
Securité Exterieure (DGSE) was caught planting industrial
spies in the European branches of IBM, Texas Instruments and other
US electronics companies."
CNET News.com: Inprise has Corel offer evaluated for "fairness" (Apr 28, 2000, 13:23)
"The companies said the merger was designed to expand their
ability to develop and sell Linux, a computer operating system that
competes with Microsoft's Windows software."
The Guardian: Free but not easy (Richard Stallman interview) (Apr 28, 2000, 11:45)
"All published software should be free software. Everyone should
have the freedom to study it, to change it, and to redistribute it.
The outcome depends on many people: it's up to the public to choose
freedom or not."
Ottawa Citizen: Inprise shareholders grill CFO about Corel merger (Apr 28, 2000, 11:04)
"Investors of Inprise/Borland Corp. took little comfort in the
company's much improved first-quarter financial results yesterday,
focusing instead on the impending merger with Corel Corp."
dbusiness.com: TeamLinux buys Three-Sixteen (Apr 28, 2000, 10:56)
"Target customers are mid-size companies that are moving into
e-commerce and need to integrate that into the computer systems
they already have. Linux is one way to link those systems together,
but it's not the only way, TeamLinux vice president of marketing
Terry MacEwen said."
LinuxPR: Lazarus trying to beat Kylix to the punch! (Apr 28, 2000, 07:26)
"Lazarus the open source answer to Borland Delphi has released
version 0.5 of it's IDE."
LinuxPR: Donovan accelerates expansion with appointment of new Vice President of Sales & Marketing (Apr 28, 2000, 07:24)
"Donovan Systems, a premier developer of 64-bit Linux systems,
has appointed David Wee as Vice-President of Sales &
LinuxPR: Linux@work Paris, May 16--call for participation. (Apr 28, 2000, 07:22)
"Real Solutions for putting Linux to work in Business. Free
conference & exhibits."
Linuxcare: How to Replace Windows NT with Linux (Apr 28, 2000, 07:01)
"Most IT managers already understand the "why" of Linux and Open
Source, and many are considering adopting Linux. Microsoft Windows
NT network administrators are now facing a forced migration to
Windows 2000. For many, however, a migration to Linux makes more
sense. Careful planning is needed, however, in order to manage such
a migration responsibly. How costly will such a migration be? How
difficult? How time consuming?"
Linuxcare: A User's View: Dear Diary: System Log Book (Apr 28, 2000, 06:52)
"Lulled into inaction by the reliability of today's hardware, we
all drop the ball on protecting ourselves. It was with these facts
in mind that I recently put together a project to document my
systems. I started with any administrator's best friend: a system
osOpinion: Help Microsoft Combat Software Piracy (Apr 28, 2000, 06:41)
"Everyone I meet who can not show me a "Certificate of
Authenticity" for their software will receive an offer of help for
installing Linux or appropriate open source software on their
osOpinion: Bugs and the UCITA (Apr 28, 2000, 06:27)
"Bugs have not killed anyone yet, but it's only a matter of
time. In October of 1998, the USS Yorktown was immobilized for four
hours after Windows NT crashed. If that had happened in a war zone,
American lives could easily have been lost."
osOpinion: The Obligatory Microsoft Article (Apr 28, 2000, 06:20)
"Instead, I believe I have a solution so brilliant, so simple
and so effective it's a surprise nobody else has thought of it yet:
put RMS in charge."
Kernel Cousin Samba #20 By Peter Samuelson (Apr 28, 2000, 06:11)
Samba is an open source software suite that provides seamless
file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients.
Netcraft Survey for April released (Apr 28, 2000, 06:07)
"At this rate, Apache will pass three times the market share of
the next most popular web server in two to three months."
Response to Philips [USB webcams] NDA post (Apr 28, 2000, 06:04)
"As a response to the NDA post we'd like to release both the
driver and the source to the public, and see what the community can
come up with."
Freshmeat.net: Lilo 0.21.4.2 (Apr 28, 2000, 05:57)
"The 1024-cylinder limit has been removed by a patch that uses
the EDD bios extensions and supports up to 2 TB disks."
USA Today: Questions haunt Microsoft's future (Apr 28, 2000, 05:53)
"Here's how Justice reasons it, according to people close to the
case. The applications company, no longer married to Windows, would
want to sell to the broadest market possible."
SJ Mercury: Microsoft's Ballmer won't consider possibility of break (Apr 28, 2000, 05:47)
"Simply put, the technology users of the world need Microsoft,
because it takes a company of this size, talent, direction,
patience and deep pockets to solve some kinds of problems and
invent some kinds of products."
SJ Mercury/Reuters: Microsoft break-up plan sparks shareholder debate (Apr 28, 2000, 05:41)
"Splintering off applications from the operating system would
allow both units to tap new markets neither dared to explore
before, such as writing software for the upstart Linux
Salon: After the fall [VA Linux and Red Hat stock slump] (Apr 28, 2000, 04:28)
"Red Hat's IPO was widely considered a validation of the
commercial potential of Linux. But its stock price slide is now
hailed as proof that there is no money to be made in the entire
WideOpen News: In Bed with Embedded (Apr 28, 2000, 04:13)
"The news is unsurprising, but it does reflect an active shift
in the marketplace from traditional servers, devices, and operating
systems to their equivalents -- an area where Linux is already
CNET News.com: Andover.Net matches analyst expectations (Apr 28, 2000, 03:44)
"The company, which is being acquired by hardware maker VA Linux
Systems, had revenues of $2.8 million for the quarter ended March
31 and a net loss of $3.4 million."