Linux News for Oct 31, 2000
LinuxWorld: KDE dominates first European LinuxWorld Expo (Oct 31, 2000, 23:47)
"Two trends were in evidence at the Expo: Linux in embedded
appliances and Linux as a platform for enterprise resource planning
LinuxPR: Timpanogas Research Group Announces Appointment of Andre Hedrick as CTO (Oct 31, 2000, 23:32)
"Mr. Hedrick will have overall responsibility and authority over
all of TRG's Linux Development efforts."
Enterprise Linux Today: PartnerAxis Opens Linux Channel Door to Manufacturers & Solutions Providers (Oct 31, 2000, 23:21)
"PartnerAxis Announces Availability of Linux Channel Consulting
Services and Initial Development Of Their E-Marketplace For The
Enterprise Linux Today: MSC.Software Delivers Significant Linux Cluster Technology to Dana Corp. (Oct 31, 2000, 23:16)
"By providing Dana with a turnkey computing appliance, based on
MSC.Linux cluster technology, we are serving their needs by
delivering outstanding price-performance engineering
NewsForge: Information wants to be autarchic (Oct 31, 2000, 22:42)
"You can't fault Stallman for expecting hackers to be
intelligent enough to grasp the subtleties of the language. But
let's face it, the free moniker just isn't working out. Perhaps the
name needs to be changed. And since RMS is obviously too busy with
public speaking engagements to take the time, we hauled out
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus for him."
CNET News.com: TurboLinux plans IPO as investor wariness wanes (Oct 31, 2000, 22:30)
"Although our new business plan focuses on sales in United
States and international markets, we have only limited experience
in selling our products outside of Japan."
Seattle Times: Hacking may have hurt key Microsoft strategy (Oct 31, 2000, 22:09)
"Microsoft's Silicon Valley competitors, while acknowledging no
company is immune to hacker attacks, say Windows has greater
security challenges than older, more mature systems built on Unix
and a Unix spinoff, Linux."
Enterprise Linux Today: Open Software Platform Enables End-to-End Global Service Automation (Oct 31, 2000, 21:46)
"HostingDirector 3.0 is designed to be an open software platform
that should enable providers to achieve revenue growth through
offering pay-per-use applications, while reducing administrative
costs and facilitating customer acquisition."
Linus Torvalds: Linux-2.4.0-test10 (Oct 31, 2000, 20:56)
"Ok, test10-final is out there now. This has no _known_ bugs
that I consider show-stoppers, for what it's worth."
Enterprise Linux Today: OEone And Tatung Join Forces To Deliver Internet Computer Solution To Market (Oct 31, 2000, 20:51)
"The centerpiece of the agreement is an exclusive arrangement
between the two parties to fully integrate OEone's Linux-based
Operating Environment and web applications with Tatung's All-In-One
plus additional custom computer designs."
Enterprise Linux Today: SuSE Linux for S/390 Available Today (Oct 31, 2000, 20:48)
"With the general availability of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server
for S/390, SuSE supports more IBM server platforms than any other
commercially available Linux distribution."
Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory: Updated svgalib package available (Oct 31, 2000, 20:13)
"The sgvalib package in Powertools 7 is broken when compiling
apps with svgalib support."
LinuxPR: Lutris Technologies Partners with NEC To Deliver Enhydra To Pacific Rim (Oct 31, 2000, 19:59)
"In addition to distributing Lutris Enhydra in Japan, NEC will
provide frontline customer support to companies building and
deploying Enhydra applications, and will offer local training and
LinuxPR: E-Democracy Project at FreeDevelopers.net gets started
(Oct 31, 2000, 19:55)
"The objective of the project is to have e-voting free software
ready for the next presidential election in 2004. Currently,
proprietary systems are being deployed for that purpose and
FreeDevelopers wants to remedy that situation, because secret code
has no legitimate place in free, democratic elections."
LinuxPR: Sun Wah Hi-Tech & PolyU to establish Sun Wah-PolyU Linux Training & Development Centre (Oct 31, 2000, 19:53)
"The Centre aims to foster development for Linux professionals
and promote the use of Linux in Asia."
O'Reilly Network: The Jabber Jihad: Universal Instant Messaging (Oct 31, 2000, 18:52)
"America Online has said it supports the idea of a universal
protocol for open instant messaging, and some parties are asking
the FTC to make this a prerequisite of approving AOL's merger with
Time Warner. The company appears to be dragging its feet, possibly
to drag out its proprietary advantage. But with workarounds like
Jabber, is that a problem?"
Enterprise Linux Today: Caldera OpenLinux Leads Linux Distros In Varbusiness Annual Report Card (Oct 31, 2000, 18:15)
"Solution-Provider Partners Place OpenLinux Above Other
eWeek: Security dominates agenda at federal Linux conference (Oct 31, 2000, 17:54)
"What Linux needs is a successful intrusion detection system
that meets the requirements of the federal government... no Linux
best security practices are included in the Federal best security
AllLinuxDevices: Lineo And IDT Offer Embedix For Mips-Based Integrated Processor
(Oct 31, 2000, 17:09)
"The Embedix operating system on the RC32334 is particularly
appropriate for extremely cost-sensitive embedded applications in
communications and consumer markets including home gateways, SOHO
routers and Internet appliances. Customers can utilize some of the
broad range of software written for the Embedix operating system to
reduce system development cycles, based on a well-supported
Duke of URL: Pogo Gigahertz System Review (Oct 31, 2000, 16:56)
"The people over at Pogo Linux have done it again. They just
came out with their new AMD Thunderbird Gigahertz system, which
they have dubbed Altura. Before you ask, I don't know what the name
means. Pogo's last offering we reviewed was one of their Winux
systems. This machine strays from the Winux configuration in the
fact that it doesn't include VMware, but does include an impressive
dual boot setup that easily outclasses many other comparable
offerings from other companies."
32BitsOnline: VMWare 2.0.2: Linux inside Windows NT (Oct 31, 2000, 16:31)
"How can an operating system be a guest when no partitioning is
required? It's simple. Unlike dual booting, which requires a hard
drive partition for each operating system, all operating systems
under VMWare reside on a virtual partition, stored as a file on
your real partition."
Linux.com: The Penguin (Humor; parody of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven") (Oct 31, 2000, 16:11)
"Once upon a Tuesday dreary, while I pondered, weak and
Installing the same version of Windows once more."
AsiaBizTech: IBM Japan to Install 15,000 Linux Servers in Lawson Stores (Oct 31, 2000, 16:11)
"Lawson plans to link Loppi terminals to the mobile phones and
personal digital assistants and begin offering various new
services, including music distribution and the printing of photos
taken by digital still cameras, from the spring of 2001. The
addition of the Linux servers will enable the Loppi multimedia
terminals to store a large volume of data and expand the service
The Register: MS moves to block court briefs - Caldera skeletons rattle?
(Oct 31, 2000, 16:06)
"Hollaar knows where quite a few bodies are buried, but
Microsoft says he has 'apparently forgotten' that he 'became
acquainted with the source code of Microsoft's operating systems in
the Caldera and Bristol cases pursuant to protective orders that
strictly prohibit him from using that knowledge for any purpose
other than preparing his testimony in those cases.'"
Linux.com: Installing Red Hat 7 (Oct 31, 2000, 15:58)
"Being new to this whole Linux scene, you've determined to
install what is known as one of the easier distributions, Red Hat
7. This guide will take you through several steps, which will
ultimately leave you with a dual-boot system."
LinuxNews.com: FreeOS Spreading the Linux Word from India (Oct 31, 2000, 15:44)
"FreeOS.com, an India-based free operating system resource
center, is doing its part to ensure that free and open source
software is available in India and is being promoted in other
InfoWorld: Italians revolt against Microsoft supremacy; demanding that government use open source (Oct 31, 2000, 15:14)
"We have started something that will be very difficult to stop,"
Cammarata said. "They will not be able to ignore this appeal. I
already have confidential responses assuring me the government will
take it seriously."
What Linux Distribution do VARs Like Most? It's Definitely Not Red Hat Linux (Oct 31, 2000, 14:26)
In its annual survey of VARs and their direct experiences with
Linux distributions, VARBusiness comes to some interesting
conclusions -- more notably that VARs are not enamored with Linux
as a network operating system, and that the VARs consider LinuxOne
to be the equal of Red Hat.
LinuxPlanet: From the Desktop: E Stands for Enlightenment (Really, I Promise) (Oct 31, 2000, 13:41)
Many people were first exposed to Enlightenment as the former
default window manager for GNOME -- and to this day many GNOME
users swear by it. But, as Brian Proffit learns in an interview
with Rasterman, the future of Enlightenment isn't in acting as the
window manager for a specific environment or providing
applications: it's to unify the Linux desktop by appealing to both
KDE and GNOME users.
Business 2.0: Who Could Replace Linus Torvalds? (Oct 31, 2000, 13:19)
"What happens under the eminently plausible scenario wherein
Torvalds, widely regarded as the 'benevolent dictator' of the Linux
operating system, and synonymous with the Linux project in the
public mind, decides to quit? Or retires to a desert isle? Or gets
sick? Or gets hit by a bus?"
AllLinuxDevices: Editor's Note: Closing The Ranks Around Pikachu
(Oct 31, 2000, 12:47)
What's going to keep the Linux-based Indrema from world
domination? Kevin Reichard looks no further than his own living
room and answers "It's the games, stupid." The fact that the folks
making the games have no reason to buck the gravy train they've
grown fat on doesn't hurt either, he argues. Are console games an
untouchable market for open source software?
Hardware Notes: Keeping Things Simple via Hardware (Oct 31, 2000, 12:29)
Q: How many surgeons does it take to change a light
A: Why change it? The new one will just burn out, and you'll have
to change it again. Let me take out the socket and you'll never
have to worry about it again.
This joke, such as it is, highlights one of the interesting
phenomena in the Linux landscape, namely how surgeon-esque some of
us (including yours truly) can be. The problem, if it can be called
that, is that the Linux user base has traditionally been dominated
by programmers, and if there's one thing nearly programmers believe
at the DNA level, it's that you can, and should, do almost
everything in software. Unfortunately, this isn't universally true,
as seen in two examples of things that can be done more
conveniently in hardware than in software: Specialized/programmable
keypads, and removable disk drive enclosures.
Salon: Triumph of the free-software will [Andrew Leonard follows up on 'Who Cracked Microsoft?'] (Oct 31, 2000, 12:26)
"I can shrug off the expletives or accusations that I am a
Microsoft floozy, but it's a little less easy to be blasé in
the face of the "shame on yous" and "you should know betters" that
filled up my in box over the weekend. It's as if my mother was
pursing her lips, shaking her head and wondering how a boy she
raised could ever turn out so wayward. Those who knew my coverage
of free software best were most dismayed -- I had betrayed
A Microsoft Windows Code Infection: How Likely Is It? (Oct 31, 2000, 10:55)
One of the possibilities raised by the possible Microsoft code
heist was that of purloined Windows code "infecting" otherwise
legitimate open source or free software projects, forcing
developers back to the drawing boards or, worse, into litigation.
Paul Ferris took a few moments to discuss the possibility with
Jeremy Allison of the Samba project, and drew some conclusions.
Linux.com: Introduction to Networking, Part 1: Physical Media (Oct 31, 2000, 09:04)
"Physical Media refers to the actual wires of the network that
are use to carry the signal. This is the primary focus of this
LWN: An analysis of Turbolinux's IPO filing (Oct 31, 2000, 08:56)
"The company is planning to raise $60 million from this
offering, and wants to trade under the symbol TLUX."
Perl.org: Larry Wall's Altanta Linux Showcase Talk: Camel Lot #6, The Once and Future Perl (Oct 31, 2000, 08:48)
"On October 14, Larry gave a keynote at the Atlanta Linux
osOpinion: The Source of the Problem: A Look at the Effect of the Recent Crack on Microsoft (Oct 31, 2000, 08:04)
"Here, the Microsoft marketing trust card fails on the broadest
level. Microsoft is asking us to, "trust our ability to provide
security," right after they've been robbed."
osOpinion: To John C. Dvorak: A Word To The Wise (Or Other-Wise) (Oct 31, 2000, 07:49)
"But mostly I am intrigued by your formula for success in the
May 29, 1990 PC Magazine. "So, all we need is a platform that the
core influencers all agree on and we're off to the races. How
important is initial massive software support? It's not."
NewsForge: Time for Microsoft to fix its security problems (Oct 31, 2000, 06:01)
"Reporters asked whether the hackers had somehow 'compromised'
the company's software by taking a peek at files of source code. Of
course, Ballmer and all the others solemnly maintained that nothing
had been compromised. Such a silly question. Source code,
particularly beta or alpha level stuff, is going to be of little
use to anyone except Microsoft, unless the hackers also got most of
the accompanying documentation and related libraries. Such code
certainly isn't going to be "held hostage," as the Wall Street
Journal suggested, or be "auctioned off to criminal elements.'"
Kernel Traffic #91 By Zack Brown (Oct 31, 2000, 03:12)
Mailing list threads from the Linux Kernel Development Team.
AllLinuxDevices: Square D and Red Hat To Create Power
Management Solution With Embedded Linux
(Oct 31, 2000, 01:38)
"In addition to the standard metering required of plant
engineers, the new Square D POWERLOGIC system using Red Hat
Embedded Linux can collect and deliver critical information to
accounting, purchasing and resource management systems. The
POWERLOGIC system also features an intuitive graphical user
interface that lets users quickly collect, analyze and respond to
power management conditions."
MGON.com: Linux with Loki [Interview with Scott Draeker] (Oct 31, 2000, 00:43)
"We are starting to see problems with new versions of the
distributions coming out this fall. At this stage our
recommendation would be that whatever you are using is fine, but
you might want to hold off on upgrading."
Enterprise Linux Today: Turbolinux Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering (Oct 31, 2000, 00:13)
"Turbolinux develops Linux-based software solutions for Internet
and enterprise computing infrastructure, including reliable,
available and scalable operating systems for workstations and
servers and software clustering solutions for computing traffic
management and peer-to-peer distributed computing."