Linux News for Jul 25, 2000
VNU Net: Linux development spec posted for review (Jul 25, 2000, 23:50)
"LDPS isn't intended to be a standard which tells distributions
what to do. Rather, it's a recommendation to third-party developers
about how they can create binaries that are likeliest to be
LinuxWorld: Inside the DeCSS trial - Judge acknowledges uselessness of injunction against Corley (Jul 25, 2000, 23:29)
"Linux came to the forefront of the ongoing DeCSS trial late
last week. That's because, in a very real way, Linux started the
uproar that has resulted in eight movie studios suing Eric
LinuxWorld: Maxterm UT: The case against recycling - The MaxTerm UT is cheaper than a recycled 486 (Jul 25, 2000, 23:01)
"It is a thin embedded device that runs Linux as its operating
system and X as its graphical environment. UT stands for Universal
Terminal, and after trying the MaxTerm on a customer site, I
believe it has earned that distinction."
BW: Smart Link Modems Offer Linux-Compatibility (Jul 25, 2000, 22:11)
"This latest improvement will allow Linux users worldwide to
benefit from the improved performance and reliability of the
ZDNet: Evan Leibovitch: Can a Sun change its spots? (Jul 25, 2000, 21:37)
"Last week I downloaded StarOffice for Linux for the first time.
It's something I'd never thought I'd do, but a number of
circumstances have both forced my hand and made the move much
InfoWorld: Microsoft exec makes security pledge (Jul 25, 2000, 21:23)
"The man who receives more complaints about the security of
Microsoft's software than anyone on the planet vowed Monday that
the company's products are improving in quality and will continue
to become more secure."
BW: SuSE Services Partners with Dynalink, Tier 1 ISP and Telecom Provider (Jul 25, 2000, 21:14)
"The relationship provides SuSE's managed co-location clients
direct access to the Internet through Dynalink's Tier 1 (backbone)
Tonight Live: LinuxInsider & IBM's Cool Comercial PLUS our Free For All Segment - On TheLinuxShow (Jul 25, 2000, 21:12)
"As usual we will be covering the hot linux news of the week;
including the NEW IBM Linux comercial."
BSD Today: Setting up OpenBSD 2.7 as a cable NAT system (Jul 25, 2000, 21:05)
"The first thing I did after that point [after installing
OpenBSD] was to try to set up Network Address translation for the
rest of my lan. Being familiar with doing that on a Linux box with
a dial-up link, I looked for familiar tools. ipchains wasn't there,
and neither were the slackware config files. Once again I hit the
PRNewswire: InsynQ Releases Its Unique IdesQ [Linux-based] Terminal Appliance (Jul 25, 2000, 20:34)
"...announced today the availability of its Linux-based IdesQ
Internet Appliance Terminal for commercial distribution in
conjunction with its Web-based computing services."
BW: Red Hat Leads Global Linux Use in New Surveys (Jul 25, 2000, 20:23)
"Netcraft's May 2000 Web Server Survey... 72 percent run on Red
Hat Linux... According to a recent poll of Chinese IT professionals
commissioned by Sky Events, Red Hat Linux is considered the best
overall version of Linux by 56.3 percent of the respondents..."
LinuxPR: InterLan Technologies Teams With Caldera Systems To Offer Superior Linux Server Solutions (Jul 25, 2000, 20:19)
"InterLan selected Caldera to provide the Linux operating
systems in its state-of-the-art Internet Utility Center, as well as
for its QuickStartTM program, an industry-first program that gets
premium managed servers up and running the same day an order is
BW: Microtest Brings Performance and Scalability to Linux Application Hosting... (Jul 25, 2000, 19:56)
"LinuxZerver builds on Microtest's expertise in the NAS market
and over 3 years of Linux experience to deliver a solution with
best-in-class performance and scalability that allows the OEM or
ISV to maintain pace with the accelerating technology curve."
BW: Softimage Announces Availability of Toonz Version 4.4... Extends Platform Support to Linux... (Jul 25, 2000, 19:43)
"...the Toonz product is 2-D cel animation software used by
animators worldwide to create cartoons that retain the quality of
hand drawings while increasing productivity."
BW: HP Announces Linux Support for State-of-the-art 3-D Graphics Accelerators (Jul 25, 2000, 19:32)
"Hewlett-Packard Company today announced Linux support for its
recently introduced HP VISUALIZE fx5 and fx10 graphics
BW: LinuxWizardry Signs SOVO Computer Center To Distribute Apprentice Family of Linux-Based Routers (Jul 25, 2000, 19:24)
"Production units of the Apprentice router are scheduled to be
launched in August of this year."
CNET News.com: IBM's new tools blend Linux with Bluetooth (Jul 25, 2000, 19:21)
"Bluetooth essentially allows portable devices, computers, and
appliances to communicate and swap data via radio waves, doing away
with wires and cables."
BW: TurboLinux's TurboCluster Server Powers North America's Top Bicycle Portal; Bikestore.com... (Jul 25, 2000, 19:13)
"With TurboLinux, we definitely surpassed the benchmarks that
were published for Apache on Linux," said Allyn Fay, systems
administrator of the Boulder, Colorado-based Bikestore.com."
CNN/IDG: Suits, geeks seek common ground on open-source (Jul 25, 2000, 19:10)
"The O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention here has become
the meeting place between the informality of geek culture and the
buttoned-down business world."
BW: MediaXpress Introduces Support for Unix and Linux Operating Systems (Jul 25, 2000, 19:01)
"...Linux version is currently being beta tested, with a
commercial release expected in October."
Help Mandrake to help you: ISPs (Jul 25, 2000, 18:56)
"With your help, this database can provide features such as
automatic Internet connections for many applications that are
currently in development."
LinuxPR: Caldera Ships Developer Preview of Linux Technology - Including 2.4 Linux Kernel... KDE 2.0... (Jul 25, 2000, 18:55)
"This developer's preview enables early software development
with a beta version of the new Linux 2.4 kernel, Sun Microsystems'
Java HotSpot technology and glibc 2.1.91."
GNULinux.com: Customer Service in Open Source (Jul 25, 2000, 18:46)
"Most people don't associate customer support with Open Source,
thinking that with free or open source software you get what you
pay for (nothing). ...in our experiences with Linux and free
software, this couldn't be further from the truth."
PRNewswire: EAI Announces Availability of WorldToolKit for Linux (Jul 25, 2000, 18:30)
"...EAI's cross-platform software development system for
creating real-time 3D interactive and virtual reality applications
for commercial and scientific use."
LinuxPR: Industry Veteran Backs FreeOS.com
(Jul 25, 2000, 18:17)
"The worldwide Open Source Movement will receive a boost with
Indian IT industry veteran Dr. Arvind Shah making an equity
investment in FreeOS.com..."
LinuxPR: Mount Linux Announces Olympus v0.5
(Jul 25, 2000, 18:14)
"...an Open Source GPL'd project that will pave the way for easy
control of 1 to 500 machines anywhere on a network."
Kernel Cousin Wine #53 By Eric Pouech (Jul 25, 2000, 17:52)
Wine is a free implementation of Windows on Unix.
The Register: Linux server growth threatens MS revenue supply (Jul 25, 2000, 17:17)
"But although this holds the possibility of Linux taking the
lead in 2005 or 2006, that's not the real story - the changing
underlying economics of the market are what Microsoft really has to
be worried about."
InternetNews.com: Group Moves to Crack Instant Messaging Barriers (Jul 25, 2000, 17:00)
"The IETF is scheduled to meet in Pittsburgh, PA for its 48th
session July 30 through August 4 and the Instant Messaging and
Presence Protocol is in the agenda. ... Jabber.com... is absent
from the list of top tech firms that founded the alliance."
IBM developerWorks: IBM brings Bluetooth one step closer to Linux (Jul 25, 2000, 16:33)
"In addition to the BlueDrekar protocol stack, IBM is releasing
its loadable Linux module of the Line Discipline Driver for the HCI
UART Transport Layer under GNU license as a developerWorks
O'Reilly Network: GNOME Panel Applets (Jul 25, 2000, 16:19)
"In this article, we will take a closer look at something called
panel applets, which are essential elements on the GNOME desktop.
Panel applets are usually developed in C, but this article will
teach you how to use PyGNOME to develop GNOME panel applets with
NetworkWorld: Denial-of-service threat gets IETF's attention (Jul 25, 2000, 15:57)
"The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) last week launched a
working group to develop ICMP Traceback Messages, which would let
network managers discover the path that packets take through the
Wired: Euro Penguins Fight Patents (Jul 25, 2000, 15:40)
"European patent law is now defined by Article 52 of the Munich
Convention, which specifically forbids patents on computer
software. But patents can be granted for software that is an
integral part of a new machine... To a patent lawyer, that's a
mighty big loophole."
CNET News.com/Reuters: Net rivals join to pressure AOL to open messaging (Jul 25, 2000, 14:42)
"The new alliance will be called IMUnified... and its member
companies will set out common specifications by the end of next
month to allow their networks to be linked up."
Borland.com: Inprise/Borland Introduces Interbase 6.0 Now Free and Open Source on Linux... (Jul 25, 2000, 14:20)
"InterBase 6.0 has been released under a variant on the Mozilla
Public License (MPL) V1.1. Developers using InterBase under this
license can modify the code or develop applications without being
required to open source them. The open source license applies to
The Register: Mythology dominates MPAA strategy in DVD trial (Jul 25, 2000, 14:07)
"The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) suit against
three New York Webmasters who made available for download the
controversial DeCSS utility... appears to be founded on a queer
blend of statistical rot and hacking hysteria, not to mention a few
AllLinuxDevices: The FUD-Defying Embedded Penguin (Jul 25, 2000, 13:59)
"Well, the problem with Linux is, it's just an older form of
UNIX," an ex-coworker once explained, "and even UNIX can't handle
graphics, so you'll never see a Linux web server, because the web
is all graphics and UNIX servers just crash."
LinuxPlanet: Stallman/Stanco: A Dialogue on Copyright Law and Free/Open Source Software (Part 9) (Jul 25, 2000, 13:47)
"Proprietary software is normally based on force of law and
armies; there is no reason we should not use those against them, if
LinuxNewbie.org: Text Processing Pipelines NHF (Jul 25, 2000, 12:39)
"Sure the command line is evil, but mastering it will unlock the
powers of a Unix box that remain unrealized under modern graphical
Forbes: Linux Companies Look Beyond OS To Build Revenue (Jul 25, 2000, 12:12)
"...Linux pure plays like Red Hat (nasdaq: RHAT), Caldera
Systems (nasdaq: CALD) and Turbo Linux are shifting the revenue
focus away from licenses of the operating system (OS) to peripheral
markets like higher-margin development tools, applications,
services and support."
LinuxPR: Penguin Web Mail v2.0 is released!
(Jul 25, 2000, 12:01)
"Version 2.0 of Penguin Web Mail is an easy to use web based
email client that allows users to access their POP3 mailboxes. The
new version features an improved user interface and the ability to
Canada Computes: Rating Linux Web sites (Jul 25, 2000, 11:59)
"I hate to say it, but there are a lot of worthless Linux Web
sites out there. In fact, I would go so far as to say that at least
11 million of the hits you can find through search engines such as
AltaVista and Yahoo! are completely useless."
Linux.com: SCO Deal Proves Elusive for Caldera (Jul 25, 2000, 11:16)
"Caldera CEO Ransom Love continues to deny that Caldera is close
to buying SCO's Unix operation, the bulk of SCO's business, but
disclosed that the negotiations that Caldera has been having with
SCO are only one set in a string of merger and acquisition
discussions that the Linux start-up is currently engaged in with a
number of unidentified companies."
Salon: Eazel does it (Jul 25, 2000, 08:08)
"With its nifty Nautilus file manager, Eazel might make Linux
safe for the desktop."
osfaq.com: Converting from Windows to Linux (Jul 25, 2000, 07:46)
"In this article we will be taking a look at Linux from the Win
osOpinion: Why the Mozilla Dragon Still Has Bite (Jul 25, 2000, 07:37)
"Everywhere I turn now, I see people lining up to rip on
Mozilla. I certainly agree that many mistakes have been made, but
hindsight is 20/20. Sure lots of stuff could be avoided, but
Mozilla is probably the most important piece of software being
written at this point."
mozillaZine: Astounding Comments From The WSP (Jul 25, 2000, 07:32)
"This letter is in response to your article, "For the Good of
the Web: An Open Letter to Netscape."
osOpinion: The Server OS (Jul 25, 2000, 07:21)
"I have to have the right tools to get that job done. My
conclusion is simply this: There is no better OS for the server
than one of the Unix/Linux variants."
Internet Week: Directory services - Super Glue (Jul 25, 2000, 07:05)
"EDirectory for Linux--the latest version of Novell Directory
Services--helps hold your enterprise together."
Brian Martin: Against intellectual property (Jul 25, 2000, 06:51)
"Brian Martin presents the case against intellectual property,
approaching the issue from a different background to most of us in
the free software movement."
Beta YOPY Product Images (Jul 25, 2000, 06:43)
"If you're interested in seeing some beta YOPY
Linux Magazine: ht://Dig: Your Web Gopher (Jul 25, 2000, 05:57)
"It may not get a lot of respect, but that little search box you
see on most Web sites is one of the killer apps of the Internet.
And in the case of sites like Yahoo, Google, and AltaVista, it has
become the cornerstone of billion-dollar companies."
Linux Magazine: Getting All That's Fit to Print with Linux (Jul 25, 2000, 05:52)
"Linux newbies often complain -- justifiably, in my view -- of
the difficulty of configuring a Linux printer. It's cold comfort to
the newbie to point out the power and sophistication of Linux's
printing system when nothing prints."
AboutLinux.com: Linux Reviews are NOT fixed (Jul 25, 2000, 05:43)
"I can't speak for other reviewers, but as I have spent
considerable effort in writing Linux distribution (and software)
reviews in the past I felt that I had to speak up."
Mike Cornall: There is Nothing Wrong With Mozilla (Jul 25, 2000, 03:11)
Mr. Manley seems to have collected together, into a single
column, every misconception currently being spread about Mozilla.
That helps me, because it makes it easy to respond to, and refute
NetworkWorld: Off-the-shelf Linux clustering (Jul 25, 2000, 00:27)
"...several vendors are working to make clusters of Linux
servers more common in corporate and e-commerce networks by
providing comprehensive hardware/software packages that come as
close as possible to a turn-key Linux clustering solution."
CNET News.com: IBM taps new president, vice chairman (Jul 25, 2000, 00:00)
"Thompson... will be responsible for integrating and
accelerating IBM's efforts in emerging growth areas such as
Internet services, wireless technology and Linux."