Linux News for Jun 30, 2000
Netcraft Survey for June released (Jun 30, 2000, 23:58)
"Apache jumps to an all time high with 62.53% market share at
10,704,306 servers. This is more than 3 times Microsoft's market
share, which is 20.38% at 3,488,762 servers."
VNU Net: SCO comes to the open-source party (Jun 30, 2000, 23:46)
"...word has leaked from semi-private briefings that Unix
stalwart Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) will release its own Linux
distribution by the end of this year. While some are asking what
this will mean for the future of Unix and Linux, the real question
is: what took it so long?"
CNET News.com: IBM to overhaul its ThinkPad line (Jun 30, 2000, 23:27)
"IBM joined Fujistu, Hitachi and others supporting the Crusoe
chip. IBM's interest in Crusoe is driven by the chip's low power
consumption, offering the possibility of "squeezing a full day's
use out of one charge."
InfoWorld: Sun hits the mark with StarOffice Suite (Jun 30, 2000, 21:55)
"Although hundreds of feature additions and enhancements are in
this release of StarOffice, the most noticeable improvement
concerns interoperability with Microsoft Office formats."
VNU Net: IBM works on Linux/Monterey compatibility (Jun 30, 2000, 21:23)
"Miles Barel, IBM's program director for AIX and Monterey, said
this week that Big Blue is developing interfaces that would provide
binary and programming compatibility so that applications developed
for 64bit Linux could work on the Monterey platform."
BW: SpeechWorks Introduces the Open Speech Web; Supports Initiative With Open Source Products... (Jun 30, 2000, 21:11)
"...a series of initiatives to bring together speech services in
a manner that mirrors the evolution of the World Wide Web. The Open
Speech Web - a network of interconnected speech services - combines
technologies and products that will allow consumers to
`speech-surf' or to connect to any speech-enabled application,
simply by using spoken commands and the nearest phone."
BW: Penguin Computing... Former Compaq Computer Material Planner to Oversee New Manufacturing Plant (Jun 30, 2000, 21:02)
"Riley's experience in successfully developing and implementing
quality-control programs will help Penguin Computing maintain high
standards of quality as it expands its capacity to meet growing
demand for its highly reliable Linux servers."
Electronic Design: What Is The Real Cost Of Embedded Linux? (Jun 30, 2000, 20:53)
"The cost of using Linux is a combination of determining its
suitability, and also having programmers and designers that are
adequately trained. Because it's new, Linux's costs can be large in
terms of time and money. On the other hand, these are often
one-time, up-front costs that can be spread across multiple
ApacheWeek: Issue 205 30th June 2000 (Jun 30, 2000, 20:47)
"In this issue: Book Review: Administering Apache, In the news,
Featured articles and Ooops."
BW: Computone Acquires Leading Linux/Unix Service and Support Company... Multi-User Solutions... (Jun 30, 2000, 20:30)
"Both Atlanta area companies have emerged as leaders serving the
needs of the rapidly-growing marketplace of small and medium-size
companies using SCO UNIX, Linux, Windows NT and other Open Systems
PRNewswire: Digital Factory and Compaq (Japan) Announce A Strategic Development Alliance for Linux (Jun 30, 2000, 20:22)
"...will jointly develop "Kondara MNU/Linux" to be optimized for
the Alpha platform. "Kondara MNU/Linux" will establish its position
as a high performance Linux distribution capable of exploiting
Alpha's blazing fast processor performance."
Signal Ground: SMP: What's in it for You? (Jun 30, 2000, 19:42)
"Linux SMP support has been smoothed out in the stable kernel
since the release of 2.2 -- and dual Celeron 533s (plus a
motherboard) can be obtained for less than $330 USD -- so what does
that mean for your next system purchase?"
LinuxPR: On RadioWallStreet.com: The Linux League Friday Edition (Jun 30, 2000, 18:56)
"Joining Mr. Gaskins today will be Tom Adelstein, CEO for Bynari
Inc. and Gary Lawrence Murphy, CEO of TCI. For those unable to
attend the live broadcast, replays will be available beginning
approximately one hour after each event."
TwoMobile: Gateway & Transmeta to release Linux WebPad (Jun 30, 2000, 18:46)
"In what is undoubtedly the single largest boost for the future
of slate/pad style computers, Gateway has announced they plan to
launch a "Web Pad" by this Christmas."
Penguinista.org: Should the Wine developers work on getting MS Office to run on Linux? (Jun 30, 2000, 18:22)
"From bugginess to monopoly market position, MS Office is truly
Redmond's application counterpart to Windows. Getting MS Office
running under Wine and hence under Linux not only shouldn't be a
priority for the Wine development team, it's something that needs
to be actively opposed."
Apache Today: Looking at Apache 2.0 Alpha 4 (Jun 30, 2000, 18:03)
"In this article, I will review some of the features new to the
2.0 series and explain why they were added and how they will help
LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Microsoft Supports Linux! (Sort Of) (Jun 30, 2000, 17:03)
"...the basic thrust of the [Microsoft.net] intiative... signals
the death knell for Windows."
32BitsOnline: Apple Speaks of Challenges and Rewards in Wedding MacOS and BSD at USENIX 2K (Jun 30, 2000, 16:34)
"The Macintosh has long been known to offer an optimal user
experience at the sacrifice of nearly everything else. ... Unix
systems, however, have long been known to offer optimal engineering
solutions at the sacrifice of nearly everything else. ... Moving
forward, the Mac OS will combine the best features of both
platforms while (hopefully) addressing their shortcomings."
LinuxPlanet: Oracle-Funded NC Company to Offer $199 Linux System (Jun 30, 2000, 15:49)
"The basic NIC is $199 but that price doesn't appear to include
mouse and keyboard. ... For $376 (which includes shipping) you get
a 15-inch SuperVGA monitor AND mouse, keyboard, and speakers."
LinuxPR: IIT Training Offers Linux and Samba course across Australia
(Jun 30, 2000, 15:30)
"IIT Training... provides details of courses Austalia-wide for
the next six months."
LinuxPR: Easy Software Products Releases HTMLDOC v1.8.8
(Jun 30, 2000, 15:25)
"HTMLDOC is provided under the GNU General Public License.
Commercial support for HTMLDOC is available for $99 US."
Linux Orbit: Helix GNOME 1.2 Part 1, How an upgrade/install SHOULD work (Jun 30, 2000, 15:15)
When updating the Spotlight recently, I visited the Helixcode
site and found the "Go GNOME" upgrade button. What followed was the
most pleasant upgrade experience I've ever had."
Salon: Microsoft's .Net: Visionary or vaporware? (Jun 30, 2000, 15:00)
"So ... it's an environment and an infrastructure and a platform
and a set of services and a whole bunch of different experiences.
This is the classic language of vaporware: Software products that
do not yet exist but that companies feel compelled to announce in
an effort to cow competitors and wow investors."
Salon: Paulina Borsook to Eric Raymond: Don't you Kakutani me! (Jun 30, 2000, 14:45)
"...Raymond denounced both Kakutani and "Cyberselfish" author
Paulina Borsook, whose analysis of libertarian geek society was
amply quoted by Kakutani. Today, Borsook takes the stand in her own
Smart Partner: C#: Yet Another Programming Language? (Jun 30, 2000, 14:22)
"Does the world really need another programming language? I
don't think so! And, more to the point, neither do any of the
programmers, I spoke to at PC Expo."
CNET News.com: Dell to include NetObjects software with hosting service (Jun 30, 2000, 13:55)
"Dedicated hosting is available using either Linux or Windows
2000. "Our customers tend to split about evenly between the two,
even though we can charge less for the Linux hosting because we
don't have the cost of the operating system..."
LinuxPlanet: You Say You Want an Evolution (Jun 30, 2000, 13:29)
"Though the GNOME desktop already has plenty of mail clients, a
calendar, and an address book, a certain level of integration has
been missing from the equation. Few of the mail clients, for
instance, take advantage of the address book. None of the programs
available offer the sort of all-in-one convenience of a Groupwise
or Outlook. Evolution was designed to change this, and provide
additional features along the way that may cause many non-GUI mail
hold-outs to take a second look."
IT-Director: Progress spins off NuSphere to provide Open Source database (Jun 30, 2000, 13:28)
"NuSphere will be developing the basic MySQL code to create a
full function, commercially viable relational database."
AsiaBizTech: Japanese Linux to Debut in U.S. Market (Jun 30, 2000, 13:11)
"Yoshiyuki Fujimura, the president of Digital Factory sees the
upcoming alliance with Compaq as "a launch pad to enable Digital
Factory to become the first Japanese Linux distributor to take off
Canada Computes: Pysol an open-source delight for solitaire fans (Jun 30, 2000, 12:43)
"...Whatever your particular fancy, brain-dead entertainment or
serious mental stimulation, you will find a game for you here."
CNET News.com: VMware ready to capitalize on hot server market (Jun 30, 2000, 12:25)
"The server push will take advantage of VMware's ability to
protect against crashes, Malekzadeh said. By assigning a separate
"virtual machine" to each task, one task failing won't affect the
other tasks. For example, a database program running in a copy of
Windows 2000 that crashes won't disrupt a separate copy of Linux
running Web server software."
Linux.com: Delegating Limited Superuser Access with Sudo (Jun 30, 2000, 12:07)
"Sudo is a special package for this purpose. Instead of giving
your root password to other users or changing numerous programs as
set uid root (to run as the root user), you can use sudo (which
stands for "superuser do") to allow them to run certain commands as
the super user (or as another user)."
Linux.com: Waking Up (Jun 30, 2000, 11:57)
"Comprehending the overall structure of Linux isn't important.
That comes in time. To understand it, start with the small things.
Notice that every program keeps user-specific configurations in
that user's home directory, and that every program keeps global
configuration files in /etc. Understanding this is a good thing.
Notice that all devices on your computer can be referenced in
LinuxSecurity.com: Simple Commands for Intrusion Detection (Jun 30, 2000, 11:01)
"Have you ever suspected or been notified that your Linux system
is under attack? How do you determine whether your system has been
compromised? This document is intended to explain how an
administrator can implement basic security incident investigation
The Economic Times: Linux suitable for Indian firms (Jun 30, 2000, 10:50)
"For India, it is important to leap frog generations of
technology and go straight for the cutting edge one."
TechWeb: 'Maddog' Hall Spreads The Gospel Of Linux (Jun 30, 2000, 07:23)
"He looks like Jerry Garcia and sounds like Billy Graham, but
Jon "Maddog" Hall practices his own hybrid of rock and religion --
singing the praises of Linux and spreading the gospel of open
Australian Financial Review: Linux has window of opportunity in China (Jun 30, 2000, 07:15)
"Considering the price of imported software in China, where an
authentic copy of Microsoft Windows 98 retails for the equivalent
of half a year's wages for the average worker, the efforts of the
Chinese Academy of Science make good commercial sense."
LWN: LinuxPPC releases Netscape Communicator 4.7.3 for the Linux/PowerPC (Jun 30, 2000, 06:02)
"New release underlines LinuxPPC's importance to Linux on
osOpinion: Open Source Software and Documents: A Literature and Online Resource Review (Jun 30, 2000, 05:46)
"One of the things that make the open source movement so unusual
is that as it has developed over the last twenty years or so, it
has done little self-documenting."
Korea Herald: Palm Palm Technology applies Linux to mobile phones (Jun 30, 2000, 05:33)
"Palm Palm Technology said the world's first Linux-embedded
mobile phone will make its debut as early as November."
Linux Magazine: NetMAX: Born to Serve [Review] (Jun 30, 2000, 00:15)
"NetMAX provides the stability, power, and flexibility of Linux
in a tool that can create a GUI-based environment for multiple
users armed with browsers, all in remarkably little time."