Linux News for Sep 28, 2000
Linux Orbit: Interview: 10 Questions with Olivier Fourdan of Xfce (Sep 28, 2000, 23:34)
"Now, some people see Xfce as a free CDE replacement. It's much
more than that. First, it's not a clone, as it's not based on Motif
but on GTK+. It doesn't feature all the stuff of the original CDE,
but it's so much more easy to use and configure."
AllLinuxDevices: solopoint.com Selects Coollogic Software to Power Online
Marketing Environment (Sep 28, 2000, 23:33)
"The Coollinux AE software platform will be used to power
solopoint.com's front-end, user-interface environment, which is
composed of a countertop-style, communications-centric device and a
continuously available information portal that will be marketed to
PRNewswire: CYRANO Announces Release of OpenSTA, Free and Open Source Web Load Testing Architecture (Sep 28, 2000, 22:54)
"By using OpenSTA, Project Managers and IT Staff can generate
load to any targeted system by realistically simulating hundreds to
thousands of virtual users through OpenSTA's distributed
BW: Linux NetworX Evolocity 1240s Cluster Server Wins Best of Show at NetWorld+Interop 2000 (Sep 28, 2000, 22:44)
"The Evolocity 1240s cluster server, introduced at the show, is
designed for managing and optimizing web traffic in the Internet
BW: Enlighten Software Announces Resellar Agreement With Linux NetworX (Sep 28, 2000, 22:25)
"Under the agreement, Linux NetworX will resell Enlighten's
EnlightenDSM systems monitoring and administration product.
EnlightenDSM is a complimentary product to Linux NetworX's
ClusterWorX cluster management tool."
CNET News.com: Ballmer learns from past Microsoft missteps (Sep 28, 2000, 21:41)
"Linux is not catching on, on the desktop. There are no
customers. I may be from Mars, but if there's no demand, we're not
going to do the work to take Office to Linux."
LinuxPR: Linux NetworX Evolocity Cluster Server Wins Best of Show at NetWorld+Interop 2000 (Sep 28, 2000, 20:57)
"The Evolocity cluster server, introduced at the show, is
designed for managing and optimizing web traffic in the Internet
LinuxPR: "Visual Basic for Linux" available for download now
(Sep 28, 2000, 20:54)
"Phoenix Object Basic is a unique object-oriented RAD tool for
Linux. It combines the expressive power of object-oriented
languages like Python and Perl with the familiarity and ease of use
of Visual Basic."
LinuxPR: Abriasoft And Linuxsolve Announce Partnership To Deliver Secure mySQL Network Appliances (Sep 28, 2000, 20:52)
"The partnership will include technical development projects and
co-marketing activities to leverage the secure server and the
online database markets."
LinuxPR: Atipa Acquires Company that Leads OpenNMS.org
(Sep 28, 2000, 20:48)
"The company acquired by Atipa, currently named "PlatformWorks",
was the corporate entity originally created by the founders of
OpenNMS to fund and manage the software project. OpenNMS has
licensed the next-generation software, named "Bluebird", under the
GNU General Public License (GPL)..."
LinuxPR: GroupIT Engine v0.90 (for PHP) Released (Sep 28, 2000, 20:46)
"...a groundbreaking content and community management engine
capable of powering the next generation of online communities,
extranets and intranets."
TechWeb: Unix: Still The One For Enterprise Web Apps (Sep 28, 2000, 20:45)
"When it comes to large-scale Web apps, most businesses still
trust Unix machines over Wintel boxes."
Eric S. Raymond: Second draft chapter of "The Art of Unix Programming" released (Sep 28, 2000, 20:28)
"Chapter 2, "On Not Reinventing The Wheel", discusses code reuse
and open source, with a focus on the issue in evaluating source
code for reuse."
Midgard Weekly Summary for September 28, 2000 (Sep 28, 2000, 20:18)
Midgard is a freely-available Web application development and
publishing platform based on the popular PHP scripting language. It
is an Open Source development project.
Enterprise Linux Today: Novell moves towards open source NDS (Sep 28, 2000, 20:07)
"The move represents Novell's first tentative step to open
source its crown jewels."
Kernel Cousin Debian #4 (Sep 28, 2000, 19:55)
KC Debian provides a peek into the inner workings of the Debian
Raleigh News & Observer: Software Company (OpenNMS.org) finds a buyer (Sep 28, 2000, 19:52)
"The OpenNMS team has been working since last year to perfect an
open-source, Web-based network management system that will compete
with closed-source versions from IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Computer
Certification Magazine: Certifying the Penguin: the Wild World of Linux Certification (Sep 28, 2000, 19:50)
"As of August 2000, there are really three main Linux
certification programs out there, with a fourth just emerging.
Alphabetically, the three existing programs are: Linux Professional
Institute (LPI); Red Hat (Red Hat Certified Engineer-RHCE); and
Sair, Inc. On the emerging side, CompTIA has just recently
announced its Linux+ program. Let's take a look at each of these in
turn, starting basically in the order in which the programs
USA Today: Hacker Mitnick: Trust no one (Sep 28, 2000, 19:23)
"...Mitnick warned IT managers Wednesday that unless they
educate every employee -- from the CEO to the receptionist -- about
how hackers work and how to bolster security, corporate networks
and Web sites will never be safe from attack."
AllLinuxDevices: CoolLogic's End-to-End Internet Appliance OS: CoolLinuxAE (Sep 28, 2000, 18:35)
"CoolLogic's new OS, CoolLinuxAE, puts a blend of Linux and Java
in the reach of Internet appliance designers and provides users
with an experience more like a PC than many of the appliance
platforms we've seen so far. According to CoolLogic COO Ed Ghafari,
choosing Linux was the best business decision his company could
LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Tech Triangulation and Linux (Sep 28, 2000, 16:20)
"Tech triangulation is a simple procedure. You just figure out
what you want to know, call the support line three times (making
sure you get a different technician each time) and ask your
questions. If you're lucky, they all agree with each other. If not,
go with the majority unless two of them are clearly dim bulbs and
the third is a compulsive 'Linux mentioner' who's looking for his
crack at moving off the help desk by antagonizing random customers
with comments like 'It's supposed to work that way, but I don't
know... I run, uhhh, Linux.'"
SF Gate: The Napster Effect; Program may have started something that no court can stop (Sep 28, 2000, 16:16)
"A host of new companies inspired by the wildfire success of
Napster are popping up with business plans that not only promise
legal uses of "peer-to-peer" file sharing, but could make the
technology even more widespread than Napster could ever accomplish
on its own."
Net-Security.org: Surfing Between the Flags: Security on the Web (Sep 28, 2000, 13:27)
"A number of WWW security issues are presented in three areas:
server, client and communication between server and client.
Practical precautions and solutions are suggested regarding these
issues. Guidelines for protecting host systems are discussed."
CNET: Red Hat Linux 7.0 [Review] (Sep 28, 2000, 13:03)
"Red Hat 7's most significant digit is yet to come. While the
7.0 release represents an excellent summary of all that Linux has
had to offer so far, it is the anticipated 7.1 release that will
bring some of the most eagerly awaited features to X Windows
desktops everywhere. Specifically, those with their hearts set on
stable releases of the Linux 2.4 kernel and the KDE 2.0 desktop
should probably sit tight."
In Context: Sun's "Linux Strategy" -- What Is It? (Sep 28, 2000, 09:26)
"The interesting thing about Sun's plan to purchase Cobalt
Networks is how little Sun has had to said about Linux. Sun
undoubtedly has a 'Linux strategy' that goes way beyond anything
they're saying publicly -- care to make an educated guess as to
what it is?"
Linux.com: Have We Come to a Fork in the Road? (Sep 28, 2000, 08:29)
"The simple fact is that Linux and free software are all about
choice, yet we forget this when we wage these flamewars. We negate
the very concepts at the center of our revolution."
PRNewswire: frontpath Announces ProGear - The First High Performance, Linux-based Portable Information Appliance (Sep 28, 2000, 07:47)
"ProGear's software includes Linux 2.4x operating system,
Netscape browser version 4.74 and a complete set of utilities and
diagnostics. Hardware components include the powerful Transmeta
TM3200 400 MHz processor, a 10.4" polysilicon TFT display."
Sun.com: Sun Grid Engine 5.2 Software [Linux port in progress] (Sep 28, 2000, 07:35)
"For example, on average only 5% to 20% of the useful power of
workstations are used. These resources are typically underutilized
during the nights and weekends when they could be more productively
used to run batch jobs."
LinuxPR: BrowseX Systems Inc. announces Beta Release 1.0.x of BrowseX
(Sep 28, 2000, 07:31)
"BrowseX is an Open Source, cross-platform Web Browser written
primarily in Tcl."
LinuxPR: everydayoffice Partners with PostgreSQL, Inc. on CRM and SOHO solutions (Sep 28, 2000, 07:28)
"Our intention is to ensure that any small business that is
seeking a turnkey solution need look no further than their PC, and
the applications that we can help put there."
Linux Weekly News for September 28, 2000 (Sep 28, 2000, 07:03)
Leading items and editorials: Is the GPL really less
business-friendly?, Review: The Book of Linux Music & Sound,
The fun patent of the week, The Red Hat Network launches and The
open source panel debate at ESC.
Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #60 By Zack Brown (Sep 28, 2000, 05:53)
Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for
the previous week.
The New Price Tag for Breaking Up Microsoft? $310 Billion! (Sep 28, 2000, 04:37)
Stan Liebowitz and the Association for Competitive Technology
are at it again, this time arguing that it would cost consumers
$310 billion if Microsoft were to be broken up, up from
their estimate of $30 billion last February. So why are the numbers
funny? Because they come from a blatant Microsoft front group and
an "academic" who has proven to be nothing more than a mouthpiece
for Microsoft. Beware, dear reader, deep FUD lies within, as
Microsoft once again goes on the PR offensive to scare us into
using Windows. (Oh, and along the way he dismisses Linux as a
nonplayer in the consumer economy. As if.)
Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: esound update (Sep 28, 2000, 03:35)
"A problem exists with the esound daemon, which is used in GNOME
and responsible for multiplexing access to audio devices."
Enterprise Linux Today: Sendmail Intro's Internet Messaging Solutions for the Enterprise (Sep 28, 2000, 02:51)
"Offering Customers Cost-Efficient Solutions for Reliable
Internet Messaging Systems."
The Standard: Red Hat Is Now at Your Service (Sep 28, 2000, 02:45)
"Red Hat is offering Red Hat Network as a subscription service,
charging fees of $9.95 per month for individuals, $400 per year per
system for small businesses and $500 per year per system for large
corporations. Unlike similar services from companies that offer
proprietary software, Red Hat Network supports Linux systems across
all platforms running all types of applications."
LinuxWorld: What is open source? (Sep 28, 2000, 02:22)
"Winer then proceeds, using his own definition, to the
conclusion that the GNU project is not open source since the GPL
puts constraints on the use of the software. The GNU project list
of programs includes Emacs, GIMP, GNOME, GCC, and about 150 others.
But many other programs are covered by the GPL, even though they
are not directly a part of the GNU Project. The Linux kernel, for
example. Imagine the disappointment of the thousands of programmers
around the globe who have worked on GPL'd software when they learn
that Winer has revoked their visas to live and work in the
InfoWorld: Linux independence needs guarding, pundit says (Sep 28, 2000, 00:26)
"'The distribution model is to sell the latest version [of the
OS],' Petreley said. 'They crank out updates, and it's easy to do
because Linux innovates so fast.'"
Reuters: Corel q3 revenue holds steady, losses shrink (Sep 28, 2000, 00:18)
"Struggling software developer Corel Corp. said on Wednesday
that revenue held steady in its third quarter and losses were not
as bad as feared because of across the board reductions in
National Post: Corel Corp. reports $10.7 million US loss, mostly tied to costs of restructuring (Sep 28, 2000, 00:14)
"Corel Corp. had a $10.7 million US net loss for its third
quarter, including about $6.2 million in one-time charges related
to a restructuring at the troubled software company."
AllLinuxDevices: Weekly Roundup: September 27, 2000 (Sep 28, 2000, 00:07)
A quick look at TrollTech's newest partnership, GPL'd voice
recognition from Xybernaut, an invitation to writers, and more this