Linux News for Feb 27, 2001
KDE.org: Java Mania: An Interview With Richard Dale (Feb 27, 2001, 23:29)
"One of the most exciting things to arrive was a very large
commit to the kdebindings module (used for bindings between KDE's
C++ code and other programing languages) which added bindings for
the KDE and Qt libraries to the well known Java language. The
author of the code, Richard Dale, has kindly agreed to answer some
questions so that readers of the Dot can get up to speed with this
new addition to KDE."
Enterprise Linux Today: O'Reilly Network Launches Independent Java Web Site (Feb 27, 2001, 22:18)
"As part of the O'Reilly Network, ONJava.com will be an advocate
for open source software development in the Java community. The
site will also cover open source Sun initiatives like the Jakarta
and JXTA projects under the Apache open source license."
Boardwatch Magazine: Running Linux Programs on FreeBSD - Yes, Your BSD Can Run Oracle and Quake (Feb 27, 2001, 21:53)
"Even though many server admins prefer BSD Unix, there's no
denying that Linux is "where it's at" for third-party software
development. So, what's a BSD admin to do?"
LinuxPR: Two new products on Linux+Mac+Windows drive new business model for Appgen Software (Feb 27, 2001, 21:35)
"With the release of Appgen Accounting for Small Business and
MyBooks, the company will begin to sell prepackaged products
directly to consumers of business and personal finance
LinuxPR: Penguin Computing Packs Power and Performance Into Its 2U Rackmount Server (Feb 27, 2001, 21:33)
"Introduces the Relion 220 With Up To Six Hot Swap Hard Drives.
Powerful, space-saving systems offer two processors and massive
LinuxWorld: The Lin-Win network toolkit (Feb 27, 2001, 20:53)
"Ethereal is a packet capture and analysis tool that can display
the smallest detail of a large and ever increasing number
ZDNet: Can Linux cross the channel?; How to make money with Linux? Answer may be near or VAR (Feb 27, 2001, 19:54)
"One of the greatest income opportunities for Linux lies in "the
channel". Comprised of middle-tier companies that exist between
vendors and end users, these value added resellers (VARs) stand to
make even more money than the major distributors. ... Folks seem to
forget that this is how Unix got its foothold in the days when
VAX/VMS was king, maturing within the small and mid-sized business
market while preparing to take on the enterprise. And so it shall
be, I believe, with Linux."
Red Hat Buys Planning Technologies for $47 Million in Stock (Feb 27, 2001, 19:28)
"The acquisition strengthens Red Hat's strategy to offer open
source solutions for software and a broad choice of services with
Red Hat Network as the backbone for deployment and management."
Corel: Linux Spinoff Still in the Works ; French, German, Int'l English Editions of Corel LinuxOS Available (Feb 27, 2001, 18:54)
In its latest newsletter, Corel has confirmed the
widely-reported spinoff of its Linux division and announced the
availability of the second edition of Corel LINUX OS in French,
German, and International English versions.
Enterprise Linux Today: Magic Software Demos eMerchant on IBM's iSeries (AS400) Linux Platform (Feb 27, 2001, 18:43)
"The demonstrations are scheduled to take place at PartnerWorld
2001... being held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta
from February 25-28. The event is expected to attract more than
LinuxPR: Andamooka adds new Andamooka Collections system and new books
(Feb 27, 2001, 18:22)
"The new Andamooka Collections system lets users create custom,
annotated, open content books. Four more books have been added to
the Andamooka library of open source documentation and learning
materials bringing the total to 21 (or over 2000 pages)."
US SuSe Division Makes Top-Level Changes (Feb 27, 2001, 18:01)
"A spokesperson for SuSE Inc. announced today that SuSE Linux
AG's Chief Technology Officer Dirk Hohndel will begin serving as
President of SuSE Inc., replacing current President Volker Wiegand.
In addition, Holger Dyroff has been appointed Director of Sales
Enterprise Linux Today: Linux-based IBM Supercomputer is DoD's First, for Micro-weather Forecasting (Feb 27, 2001, 17:13)
"Unlike conventional weather outlooks, micro-forecasts are
highly localized -- able to predict, for example, subtle variations
in wind velocity and precipitation over distances as small as three
LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Seeing Linux Without Sight (Feb 27, 2001, 16:47)
If you can't see the computer, you can't use the computer,
right? Wrong. In this week's column, Brian Proffitt explores the
world of Linux for the blind, covering the Blinux project,
Emacspeak, and SuSE's Braille-display supporting installer.
FreeOS.com: Not just on your desktop; Linux advances on devices (Feb 27, 2001, 16:17)
"Thought the next big target for Linux was the desktop? Well,
think again. Look around and you're going to see some really neat
devices that showcase the flexibility of Linux. Linux now powers
the Indrema game console and also boots up on a wrist watch."
Tonight Live: The death of a Linux Mag, Stupid MPAA tricks, The Lazarus development environment (Feb 27, 2001, 15:30)
"Is Lazarus the open source answer to Kylix? We will be joined
by Michael A. Hess & Shane Miller of The Lazarus Project, and
we will be discussing how this upstart open source project is
shooting for status along with Kylix and Delphi."
DebianPlanet: apt-get moo (Feb 27, 2001, 15:11)
"...APT will incorporate a pinning feature. This will to allow
users for the first time to easily install packages from another
tree different from the one that is installed on their box. For
example, apt-get install mozilla/unstable will installs unstable's
version of mozilla onto a testing or stable system."
Linux.com: SuSE 7.1 - A First Look (Feb 27, 2001, 14:50)
"What's new besides KDE 2.0.1 and the 2.4 kernel? Quite a lot.
XFree 4.02 can be used, as well as XFree 3.3.6, installable kernels
are either 2.2.18 or 2.4. YAST2 can use GNU parted to shrink
existing Windows partitions during the installation setup,
everything is glibc 2.2.0 based, Netscape 6 is included, CUPS can
be used for printing, a Logical Volume Manager (LVM) can be used,
eZ publish 2.0 nearing completion, beta 3 released (Feb 27, 2001, 14:35)
Numerous fixes and enhancements added as work wraps up on eZ
LinuxToday.com.au: Is Hacker Culture a Help or Hindrance? (Feb 27, 2001, 13:55)
"Problems generally arise because developers make certain
assumptions about the system and the person doing the compiling. In
some cases the assumptions are simply wrong, but more to the point
they are often hacker-centric."
The Register: Compaq files lawsuit after top staff go to Transmeta server start-up (Feb 27, 2001, 12:53)
"Compaq has filed a lawsuit against RLX Technologies, the server
start-up that's using Transmeta Crusoe chips to create low-power
"dense" servers. "
David Touretzky: Response to MPA Threat Letter (Feb 27, 2001, 07:45)
"I would like to know if it is the intent of the MPA to exert
editorial control over scholarly publications by computer science
faculty that deal with DeCSS, and if so, exactly which sort of
publications will the MPA permit in the future, and which sort will
result in legal threats such as your letter of yesterday."
Alan Cox: Linux kernel 2.4.2-ac5 (Feb 27, 2001, 07:45)
LinuxPR: New KDE Desktop Ready for the Enterprise
(Feb 27, 2001, 07:44)
"KDE Ships Leading Desktop with Advanced Web Browser for Linux
and Other UNIXes."
Binary Freedom: Vorbis Recombinant (Feb 27, 2001, 07:30)
"The guys at Xiphophorus have been very, very busy. Releasing
beta4 of the Vorbis CODEC, moving to a BSD license and forming a
non-profit corporation to champion free multimedia development and
distribution efforts are just the beginning."
osOpinion: IT Managers Looking To Blame (Feb 27, 2001, 06:50)
"How many times have we come across Information Technology
managers who say the problem with Linux is that you don't have
anyone to sue if something goes wrong?"
LinuxWorld.com.au: Book review: Upgrading and repairing PCs, Linux edition (Feb 27, 2001, 06:42)
"Based on the 11th edition of the standard "Upgrading and
Repairing PCs", the book is aimed at filling a gap for a Linux
ActiveState: Perl .NET (Feb 27, 2001, 06:13)
"Perl .NET is the result of a research project, creating a
native code compiler for Perl to the Microsoft .NET Framework."
NPR.org: Fresh Air: Audio Interview with "Rebel Code" author Glyn Moody (Feb 27, 2001, 05:40)
"Listen to Author Glyn Moody. His new book is called Rebel Code:
Linux and the Open Source Revolution. It charts the movement begun
by computer programmers who believe software should be given away
CNET News.com: The struggle for the future of Linux (Feb 27, 2001, 00:18)
"But de Icaza faces some challenges as well. Despite some
lowered barriers between Gnome and the competing interface KDE, the
rift persists. De Icaza acknowledged that the split was "a very bad