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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 executables.

  • 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 virtual worlds."

  • 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 money."

  • 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."