Linux News for May 27, 2001
FSF: Software Patent examples coordinator needed. (May 27, 2001, 23:20)
"The Free Software Foundation is looking for a volunteer to
coordinate the efforts to gather a list of cases where free
software has been harmed by software patents."
LPI Wants Your Linux Sysadmin Stories (May 27, 2001, 23:00)
"We would like to know about specific incidents you have had
while doing your job as a Linux system administrator. If it was a
problem incident, we would like to know what happened, in what type
of environment, what you tried to do to fix it, what fixed it, what
you learned from the incident, and what you'd have done differently
if you had it all to do over again."
O'Reilly OnLamp.com: Introduction to IPv6 (May 27, 2001, 22:30)
If you've been curious about IPv6, this guide provides a look at
the advantages and differences from IPv4: "Assuming a basic
understanding of how today's IPv4 works, this article is intended
as an introduction to the IPv6 protocol. The changes in address
formats and name resolution are covered. After that, it is shown
how to use IPv6 -- even if your ISP doesn't offer it -- by using a
simple-yet-efficient transition mechanism called 6to4. The goal is
to to get online with IPv6, giving example configurations for BSD
Unix and Linux."
New York Times: Five Questions for Gordon E. Moore: Technology Intensifies the Law of Change (May 27, 2001, 20:30)
"Moore's Law" gets bandied about enough in our talkbacks that
the impending retirement of Gordon E. Moore, Chairman Emeritus at
Intel and the man behind the law ought to be of general interest.
In this brief interview, he addresses the pace of technological
change, consumer reactions to the ever-elusive cutting edge, and
the side-effects of widespread use of PC's.
Linux-Mandrake community newsletter - Issue #1 (May 27, 2001, 20:00)
This Week's Summary: Shakeup at MandrakeSoft; Mandrake-Linux
8.0; MandrakeStore is now open; Mandrake/PPC is coming;
MandrakeForum's latest headlines.
Linux Journal: PowerWindows for Linux [Review] (May 27, 2001, 19:05)
PowerWindows is an integrated suite of small-to-medium-sized
business applications. According to this review, there are some
installation problems, but the overall package is "a solid offering
and a welcome addition" to Linux.
UnixReview.com: Preview of the Usenix Technical Conference: June 25-30, 2001 (May 27, 2001, 18:38)
UnixReview offers a preview of what's coming up at Usenix this
year, including the Freenix track, which will include sessions on
MAC security, scripting, user space, user environment, kernel,
graphics, network security, resource management, a paper on
"Building an Open-Source Solaris-Compatible Thread Library", and a
paper on a Unix mailer that detects malicious Windows
O'Reilly Network: Testing and Automating PPP (May 27, 2001, 17:30)
This article builds on a series, introducing some common
troubleshooting and scripting steps to the process of getting PPP
up and running on a Linux machine.
LinuxProgramming: Blackdown releases Java3D 1.2.1_01 for Linux (May 27, 2001, 16:26)
"The Java 3D API enables the creation of three-dimensional
graphics applications and Internet-based 3D applets. It provides
high-level constructs for creating and manipulation of 3D geometry
and building the structures used in rendering that geometry. With
this software, you can efficiently define and render very large
LinuxProgramming: International PHP conference 2001 Call for Papers (May 27, 2001, 16:00)
"The PHP-Center and Software & Support Verlag are pleased to
announce the International PHP Conference that will take place from
Nov. 5 to 7, 2001 in Frankfurt / Main, Germany. "
IBM developerWorks: A review of Python IDEs (May 27, 2001, 15:24)
"My overall impression of Python IDEs leads me to a somewhat
surprising conclusion. Perhaps some general principle underlies
this, or perhaps it is merely chance. In general, I find the free
tools quite a bit better than the commercial ones that cost
FreeOS.com: In conversation with Martin Konold (May 27, 2001, 13:30)
KDE developer Martin Konold gives FreeOS a candid interview,
touching at least briefly (sometimes too briefly) on a plethora of
issues: KDE's (non)relationship to OpenOffice, how GNOME stacks up,
and assorted others.
MaximumLinux.com: Tribes 2 Review (May 27, 2001, 12:00)
"Before I even had a chance to pick up a version of Tribes 2 for
Linux, I had a pretty good idea that this release would not only
bring the awesome graphics and cool gameplay that I had witnessed
in the beta stage of Tribes 2, but it would do so, in Linux, with
minimal installation time and hassle. Would this be the Linux port
to finally disappoint me? Or was there something more sinister
lurking on the CD?"
Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.5-ac1 (May 27, 2001, 01:17)
"This is the merge with Linus 2.4.5 tree. Its probably primarily
of interest to folks who want to review the merge - in paticular on
the VM side of things."