Linux News for Apr 29, 2000
ComputerWorld: Intel scoffs at 'post-PC' computing, but prepares for it (Apr 29, 2000, 23:21)
"Intel Corp. executives may dismiss the notion of a 'post-PC
era,' but in their six-hour briefing yesterday with New York
financial analysts, their focus was sharply trained on e-business
growth areas far beyond the PC market."
ComputerWorld: Microsoft pitches new app interoperability spec [SOAP] (Apr 29, 2000, 22:34)
"...built on different technologies [and] embraces more industry
standards than the first version, but still lacks specifications
for security, message routing and multicasting."
TechRepublic: Linux basics: Installing an application from its source code (Apr 29, 2000, 21:22)
"Although this feat may sound daunting, it's actually quite
simple. Thanks to the advanced compilers (gcc and friends) and
well-documented README and INSTALL documents (included with nearly
all source code)..."
Linux Journal: Linux and Databases (Apr 29, 2000, 20:39)
"A preview and summary of the May 2 episode of Phil Hughes'
weekly radio program featured on Wall Street News Hour."
VNU Net: Unmodified Linux to run in embedded realtime systems [Oncore Systems microkernel] (Apr 29, 2000, 20:13)
"OnCore Systems has developed a way of enabling Linux to run
unmodified in an embedded realtime environment."
Freshmeat: Nerdherding [managing software developers] (Apr 29, 2000, 19:53)
"Hacker culture is filled with the lore and legend of the
Pointy-Haired Boss and the myriad ways management can inhibit or
kill a project. Today, we get a view from the other side as Cal
Evans tells us what it's like to be the administrative part of a
Linux.com: ..with Linux Installed? (Apr 29, 2000, 19:31)
"The idea of having Linux and related software installed and
configured on a new computer that I purchase... How many avid Linux
users would seriously trust and use a Linux machine configured and
installed by someone beside himself or herself?"
MSNBC: A brave new post-Microsoft world? (Apr 29, 2000, 19:08)
"Consumers walking into their local electronics superstore might
be more likely to see PCs loaded with the Linux system rather than
Windows and slightly less likely to see Microsoft Office
applications preloaded onto their systems."
CNET News.com: Antitrust case beats down Microsoft shares (Apr 29, 2000, 18:51)
"The landmark antitrust case has taken its toll on Microsoft
investors, and it's unclear whether the cloud hanging over the
software giant's shares will lift anytime soon."
Hardware One: How I Learned Linux - Part 3.5 (Apr 29, 2000, 18:15)
"Just so I could peek under the hood and perhaps even mess with
the engine a little, I desired to set up my own web server, on my
own machine, up close and personal where I could mess with its
config file and 'master the damn Internet', whatever species of
elephant it was."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Reactions to the [MS] breakup proposal (Apr 29, 2000, 18:00)
"Bill Gates... This was not developed by anyone who knows
anything about the software business."
VNU Net: MP3 liable for copyright infringement, court rules (Apr 29, 2000, 17:49)
"The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has
claimed victory over MP3.com as a US judge ruled that the online
music source is liable for copyright infringement."
CRN: Don't Break Up Microsoft (Apr 29, 2000, 17:48)
"Microsoft has essentially become a public utility and we need
to regulate it as such. That means oversight of licensing
procedures and pricing. It means regulation of access to the
operating system code and desktop. What it doesn't mean is a
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: What happens next for Microsoft? (Apr 29, 2000, 17:37)
"The Justice Department and 19 states yesterday asked a federal
judge to break up Microsoft into two companies. It is just a
recommendation. Here's what happens next..."
CNET News.com: Microsoft rivals savor the moment (Apr 29, 2000, 17:27)
"Although the wisdom of today's government proposals remains an
open question, competitors that have long endured Microsoft's
dominance could not help but relish the moment."
SecurityFocus.com: Securing Linux Part II (Apr 29, 2000, 17:07)
"Part I of this article focused on basic methods to secure a
default Linux installation. Aside from SSH, no additional software
was installed on the machine to increase security. This article
will examine some additional tools that can be installed to
increase the overall security posture of a Linux system."
NY Times: Breakup of a Giant Is Seen Reigniting Competition in the Software Business (Apr 29, 2000, 17:01)
"In Silicon Valley, some of those most pleased with the proposed
breakup were venture capitalists. ... Many... felt that Microsoft
was in effect redlining the computer industry, telling its
competitors where they... would be limited by Microsoft
CNET News.com: Industry views proposal as too little, too late (Apr 29, 2000, 16:46)
"The government's move to break up Microsoft, a virtually
unthinkable possibility not long ago, has been cast as a sweeping
action that heralds a new era of hard-line antitrust
NY Times: U.S. Microsoft Solution Is Called Drastic Surgery (Apr 29, 2000, 16:39)
"...the government regards that surgery as the conservative
treatment -- less regulatory and less likely to harm consumers or
the industry than the alternatives."
CRN: Boeing Reviews Linux With Mixed Results (Apr 29, 2000, 16:32)
"The conclusion was that it was a promising operating system
[that] could be used with niche applications... It was not ready
for use as a widespread [operating system] within Boeing."
PRNewswire: Linux Expert Reacts to Government Efforts to Split Microsoft (Apr 29, 2000, 16:03)
"You'll have two bad boys instead of one... If the breakup of
Microsoft eventually happens and government monitoring stops, the
two divisions are likely to go back to the old Microsoft tactics."
[ - Mark Bolzern, president of LinuxMall.com]
The Register: US demands MS split, open up APIs, liberate PC OEMs (Apr 29, 2000, 15:22)
"...although the two-way split is the most dramatic of the
proposed measures, the 'conduct remedies' further down the document
are most likely to be effective (and, indeed, workable) in the
PerlMonth: Debugging Perl CGI Scripts (Apr 29, 2000, 15:14)
"All the tips and techniques here are straightforward; most of
them are things you probably know from your first course in
programming-that is, if you had one! And that just may be your
problem: if you are a self-taught Perl programmer, you may not have
received any formal education in debugging."
LinuxPapers.org: Compressing Files in GNU/Linux (Apr 29, 2000, 14:59)
"This article will show how to compress, decompress and archive
files in GNU/Linux using different programs."
SystemLogic.net: NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS Manufacturer Guide (Apr 29, 2000, 14:40)
"To clear things up we decided to organize everything ourselves
with an guide (which will be updated) that organizes information
from the plethora of manufacturers that will be selling video cards
featuring the GeForce 2 GTS chip."
Canada Computes: Linux for Newbies, Part 10: Finding Files (Apr 29, 2000, 14:26)
"Even though the logic of the file system helps, when you are
looking for something among the thousands of files that typically
populate any Linux setup, it's nice to know that there are aids for
Canada Computes: Utilities the heart and soul of Linux (Apr 29, 2000, 14:17)
"From a certain point of view, Linux can be seen primarily as a
set of utilities bonded together by a common kernel. These
utilities form the 'toolkit' model that has endeared Unix to
programmers, system administrators, and advanced users for more
than three decades."
CNN/AP: Infamous computer hacker Kevin Mitnick ordered off lecture circuit (Apr 29, 2000, 13:22)
"Mitnick, 36, said he has been trying to educate others about
protecting themselves against cyberspace intrusions."
The Standard: Artists Take Sides in Napster Debate (Apr 29, 2000, 12:16)
"Some antiestablishment acts are aligning with conservative
record labels, but a few bands are waving the Napster banner."
BW: On RadioWallStreet.com: Redhat Ready to Reach Out If Microsoft Split (Apr 29, 2000, 03:39)
"The Redhat CEO said the applications company would have a
strong motivation to dovetail its work with competing operating
systems, including Linux and Unix."
PC Week: Inprise second-guesses Corel merger (Apr 29, 2000, 03:10)
"The ever-optimistic executives at Corel maintain the
Inprise/Borland merger is on track, but they've been wrong before
-- especially with Wall Street guidance."
WideOpenNews: Real Time -- for Real [Oncore Systems microkernel] (Apr 29, 2000, 02:31)
"OnCore's software runs in between the processor and the
operating system. It keeps a portion of memory aside, specifically
to run real-time requests. But Linux and its associated
applications can run as normal -- OnCore's microkernel only kicks
in on demand."
LinuxDevices.com: Euro startup unveils credit-card sized Linux system (Apr 29, 2000, 02:17)
"...called µ-computer Chipslice. ...runs uClinux, is
intended to be used in a wide range of mobile, portable, and
wearable computing applications."
ZDNet: Net standards ... without Sun and MS? (Apr 29, 2000, 01:42)
"IBM, Intel, Oracle, HP and Compaq unite in calling for one set
of standards for Web apps, but Microsoft and Sun aren't involved