Linux News for May 30, 2000
Linux development kernel 2.4.0test1-ac6 released (May 30, 2000, 23:58)
eWeek: New Gateway device to sport Transmeta chip (May 30, 2000, 23:53)
"Additional manufacturers are expected to announce products
featuring the Crusoe chip next month at PC Expo in New York."
ZDNet: Looking for Linux liaisons (May 30, 2000, 23:47)
"A Corel/Inprise pairing might have given desktop and personal
Linux systems the same synergy that worked so well for
Linux Journal: The Long View on Linux, Part 1 (May 30, 2000, 23:32)
"Part one of Doc Searls' talk with the father of Linux Journal,
Phil Hughes, about UNIX, GUI computing and the joys of an (almost)
purely Linux publishing house."
The Register: Linuxcare joins Linux on Itanium project (May 30, 2000, 23:21)
"Troubled Linux services company Linuxcare has joined the IA-64
Linux Project in the hope that interest in the upcoming Intel
Itanium version of the open source OS will rub off on itself."
Linux kernel 2.2.16pre6 released (May 30, 2000, 22:45)
TurboLinux Security Announcement: Package: xlockmore-4.16 and earlier (May 30, 2000, 22:14)
"A local user can use the overflow to read the shadowed password
SJ Mercury/AP: Gateway boosts chipmaker Transmeta (May 30, 2000, 22:03)
"A Transmeta-Linux combination offers consumers an alternative
to the combination of computers with Intel processors running on
Microsoft's Windows operating system."
BW: theKompany.com Adds Three to Growing Team (May 30, 2000, 21:58)
"theKompany.com welcomed Phil Thompson, developer of PyQt and
PyKDE, a package for using the Python programming language with Qt
and KDE development; and Max Judin, developer of KDE Studio, an IDE
tool for developing KDE applications for Linux."
BW: Corel and Rebel.com to Deliver Linux to the Enterprise Marketplace (May 30, 2000, 21:56)
"This new product will provide front and back-end support for
Linux as well as a migration path enabling computer users to move
freely between multiple platforms."
BW: Red Hat Linux Powers Google's Award-Winning Search Engine (May 30, 2000, 21:51)
"To match the site's growth, Google has scaled its current Linux
cluster to more than 4,000 computers, and plans to increase this
number as the site's popularity continues to grow."
BW: SynTest Adds Linux Platform Support For Its DFT Solutions (May 30, 2000, 21:48)
"SynTest's products improve a design's testability and fault
coverage and result in reduced defect levels and tester time."
LinuxPR: VistaSource and Red Hat Team Up for Rebate Offer (May 30, 2000, 21:46)
"Applixware Office for Linux v5.0 is VistaSource's flagship
product, and the leading, full-featured, native office suite
available for Linux. When paired with the market-leading Red Hat
Standard 6.2 OS, the result is a fast, efficient and stable Linux
desktop solution at a fraction of the cost of Windows and Microsoft
BW: Elfstone Software Releases the World's First Motif-Enabled Linux Distribution as Free Download (May 30, 2000, 21:43)
"Continuing on the path of making Linux a viable alternative for
the enterprise, Elfstone Software's mission is to advance
networking technologies by making them simpler and easier to use
along with improving upon their capabilities."
LinuxMall.com: BMC Anticipates IBM's S/390 For Linux (May 30, 2000, 21:43)
"The ultimate success of Linux for S/390 will be driven by its
ability to interact with OS/390 applications--that's where the data
BW: 101communications Launches "Enterprise Linux Magazine" as Monthly Publication (May 30, 2000, 21:40)
"The announcement reflects 101communications' ongoing move to
establish a fully integrated presence in support of Linux in the
enterprise, and underscores its commitment to provide information
and services critical to the IT professional."
BW: Linuxcare Joins the IA-64 Linux Project (May 30, 2000, 21:37)
"The IA-64 Linux Project is an industry effort to port Linux to
Intel's IA-64 architecture. Linuxcare's involvement in developing
and optimizing Linux on IA-64 positions the company as a leading
Linux service provider for products based on the Itanium
BW: ISDCorp Announces Strategic Agreement With ARM to Deliver Royal Linux for ARM Cores (May 30, 2000, 21:35)
"Following its successful demonstration and port of the Linux
kernel 2.2 to the ARM7 processor last November, ISDCorp will
provide Royal Linux for ARM partners."
ComputerUser.com: Common Sense About Windows2000 (May 30, 2000, 21:35)
"And then there are the major fans of open-source network
operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD. You'll still need to
invest in support costs, but these network operating systems...are
fully capable of handling day-to-day business computing at a
fraction of the cost of other approaches."
BW: Network Appliance Combines with Oracle & VA Linux to Build e-Business Architecture for NetLedger (May 30, 2000, 21:32)
"The NetLedger infrastructure based on the Oracle database and
VA Linux servers is designed to handle the tremendous traffic
NetLedger is attracting and retaining, while providing 100%
Byte.com: QNX, Linux, And Windows - OS niches and evolutionary strategies (May 30, 2000, 21:00)
"What is QNX? It's a 32-bit, Unix-like real-time OS."
Byte.com: Journaling File Systems For Linux - Why And How To Implement Journaling (May 30, 2000, 20:55)
"Journaling file systems are safer than traditional file systems
because they keep track of changes applied to the disks' content on
a separate log file. They either commit a change or roll back in a
transactional manner, much like an RDBMS."
USA Today: Microsoft leans on political levers (May 30, 2000, 20:49)
"...what has made Microsoft's political survival strategy unique
is its "stealth" political campaign - a series of unusual, less
visible, ways it tries to shape the opinions of politicians and the
LinuxMall.com: Java Rides Oracle File System, Whips Beasts of Burden (May 30, 2000, 20:36)
"Because iFS offers browser-based access from any operating
system (OS), Oracle said that users are not constrained by the
Windows Explorer interface, and are free to access files using a
standard Web browser. Oracle added that this is useful for remote
access over dial-up lines or access from any other client machines
such as Linux, iMac and UNIX."
S390.IBM.com: Linux for S/390 Installfest (May 30, 2000, 20:18)
"The Install Fest consists of multiple telephone conferences
with each of them with a certain number of customers. The whole
party will be limited to 500 customers. If a difficult problem
occurs during a particular installation we will take this customer
offline and call him directly on a second line to get him back to
the level of the rest of the group."
LinuxPR: WineHQ to be Hosted by Corel
(May 30, 2000, 20:09)
"Wine is an open source project aimed at creating an environment
that will allow Windows® applications to run directly on
non-Windows operating systems, including Linux."
LinuxPR: Corel Announces Strategic Alliance with Linux Technology Ltd.
(May 30, 2000, 20:08)
"Partnership brings Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux to Internet
Appliances and Worldwide Distributors."
LinuxMall.com: Hard Hat Gets New Head (May 30, 2000, 20:03)
"Microwindows is an Open Source project aimed at bringing the
features of modern graphical windowing environments to smaller
devices and platforms."
LinuxMall.com: FSF's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose, Part 2 (May 30, 2000, 19:55)
"With freedom come some guidelines."
Python-URL! for May 30, 2000 (May 30, 2000, 19:43)
"Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language."
LinuxPR: SuSE Linux Certified Compatible with Arkeia Hot Backup for Oracle on Linux (May 30, 2000, 19:41)
"Arkeia for Oracle RMAN provides a seamless solution for backing
up Oracle databases (versions 8.1.6 or later) on Linux. Through
tight integration with Oracle's RMAN data management API, the
software enables database administrators to incrementally backup or
restore Oracle databases while leaving mission-critical production
PythonLabs: Python Development Team Moves to BeOpen.com (May 30, 2000, 19:35)
"What changes is how much time we have for Python. Previously,
Python was a hobby or side project, which had to compete with our
day jobs; at BeOpen.com we will be focused full time on Python
LinuxMall.com: FSF's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose, Part 1 (May 30, 2000, 19:20)
"To newer free software community members such as myself, the
differences between its universal cause and that of the globe's
Esperanto enthusiasts may not seem very far removed."
LinuxMall.com: Mozilla Goes Multilingual (May 30, 2000, 19:10)
"Mozilla has given ActiveState a huge leg up in setting the new
standard for programming tools and support for Perl and
Geeks404.com: Introduction to Python (May 30, 2000, 19:07)
"Whether you're coming from a heavy Unix C/C++ programming
background, or you're new to programming, Python is a great choice
for a wide variety of applications. Its syntax is clear and
precise, and while similar to Perl, Python is simpler."
Linux Programming: The New Programmer's Road Map: Reflections and More Programming (May 30, 2000, 19:03)
"This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series covering
programming topics for the beginning programmer."
Apache Today: An Introduction to Apache 2.0 (May 30, 2000, 18:27)
"There have been many changes to the Apache code since Version
1.3. Some of these changes make an administrator's job easier and
some make it harder; however, the changes are all designed to make
Apache the most flexible and portable Web server available."
Apache Today: First Post--Apache Today Launched! (May 30, 2000, 17:58)
"What Will Apache Today Be? That's up to the folks that visit.
Here are some wishes I would like to see fulfilled... A place where
honorable discussion can take place... A place where any item about
Apache can be found... A wide, diverse spectrum of views and
GNULinux.com: Rebuilding the Linux Kernel for Complete Newbies (May 30, 2000, 17:19)
"Note: Kernel rebuilding is not for the squeamish. If you are
doing it for the first time, you should begin by backing up all
your important stuff and printing these instructions out before
going any further."
Linux Magazine: Illiad's Odyssey (May 30, 2000, 17:04)
"The story of how a Web designer at an unknown Canadian ISP came
to create the most popular comic strip in the Linux community (with
the help of a Cheryl Ladd lookalike)"
LinuxPR: Lutris Announces Professional Version of Enhydra Java/XML Open Source Application Server (May 30, 2000, 16:47)
"...allows developers to rapidly build a single application that
can serve both wired and wireless clients..."
New York Law Journal: ASPs: Proceed With Care (May 30, 2000, 16:01)
"Three issues scream for attention: security, availability, and
functionality. How secure is the data? How available is the data?
Can a browser-based application have all the functionality of the
current generation of Windows applications?"
Information Week: Rivals Turn To Hosting To Break Microsoft's Market Grip (May 30, 2000, 15:31)
"Sun isn't the only vendor looking at hosting as a way to break
Microsoft's grip on the desktop-office suite market."
New Zealand Herald: E-mail virus info 'stolen' (May 30, 2000, 14:58)
"Using what I have found out, I could make a virus much worse
than the 'I love you' bug because you wouldn't have the option of
deleting the e-mail carrying the virus before it infected your
computer - it would activate automatically whether you read the
message or not."
Internet Week: Linux Gets Ready For Mainframes... (May 30, 2000, 14:32)
"Performance won't be limited by network bandwidth," Fricke
said. "Now you've got memory-channel bandwidth, which in the 390 is
LinuxFreak: Analyzing your apache logs via Webalizer (May 30, 2000, 13:28)
"Webalizer is a free, fast, and simple log parser which can
display your websites statistics in a nice and easily readable
New Proftpd Guide by Vince (May 30, 2000, 13:11)
"...a guide for installing and configuring a popular ftpdaemon,
The Register: Corel staffers face up to prospect of 500 job cuts (May 30, 2000, 13:03)
"Corel appears to be rapidly imploding, despite the C$15-30
million cash injection it successfully negotiated last week."
LinuxPlanet: Konquering the Web (May 30, 2000, 12:53)
"A friend, having looked at Konqueror's Web page, recently
dropped me a note: "What won't it do?" The answer is, not much--it
performs all the tasks you could imagine and some that you haven't
The Register: Transmeta scores Gateway-AOL Linux appliance deal (May 30, 2000, 11:40)
"According to Transmeta's Dave Ditzel, the first appliance will
ship in Q4, and will use a wired connection to the Internet. He
also trails future wireless versions in an unspecified timeframe,
but we wouldn't hold out hope for these any time soon; WebPad-type
devices are superficially attractive, but just figuring out which
wireless standard to use will likely add six to nine months to
E-Commerce Times: Mission Critical Linux [Interview] (May 30, 2000, 11:32)
"We completely believe in the open-source movement. We recognize
the opportunity where the need for having a mission critical
support services provider was vital in allowing the Linux movement
to move into the enterprise space."
Ottawa Citizen: Corel stock hits 18-month low (May 30, 2000, 11:04)
"Some investors appear to want specifics now on how Corel plans
to cut heavy operating losses, but Corel won't have those plans
ready for about a week."
NY Times: Gateway and AOL Bypass Industry Stalwarts on Components (May 30, 2000, 10:38)
"Breaking ranks with the powerful "Wintel duopoly," based on
Intel hardware and Microsoft software, Gateway and America Online
plan to announce on Tuesday that they will use a processor from an
upstart Silicon Valley chip maker and a version of the Linux
operating system in a new Internet home appliance scheduled to go
on sale later this year."
Kernel Traffic #69 By Zack Brown (May 30, 2000, 07:53)
Mailing list threads from the Linux Kernel Development Team.
osOpinion: Win32 API on Linux? Yes please. (May 30, 2000, 05:20)
"Is having the Win32 API (Application Programming Interface)
available on Linux a good thing? Perhaps in ten years this will no
longer be an issue, but right now the answer is "you bet."
LinuxSecurity.com: Interview with Frank van Vliet (May 30, 2000, 04:21)
"Frank van Vliet is the author of AuditFile, many security
advisories, and recently pointed out configuration errors on
Joe Pranevich: On Attribution, Translations, and Plagiarism (May 30, 2000, 04:07)
"Let's state the obvious: reprinting of another's work without
permission or attribution is flatly wrong. To take it to the next
step, to misplace attribution rather than just deny it, is probably
the worst possible crime that can be committed against a
LinuxDevices.com: An interview with Red Hat CTO, Michael Tiemann (May 30, 2000, 00:54)
"Don't think of Red Hat as a "Linux company". Really, we're an
"open source company". For example, the GNU compilers are
incredibly important to our business. Open source is the common
Canada Computes: NetWinder packs Linux server (May 30, 2000, 00:25)
"What weighs two pounds, but serves 100 people? The amazing
NetWinder OfficeServer, that's what. I currently have one Rebel.com
installed in my office. At two by 9.5 by six inches and 2.15
pounds, it's noticeably smaller than the cable modem it's sitting