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Linux News for Jul 27, 2001

  • IDG.net.nz: Sydney Linux reseller throws lifeline to charities (Jul 27, 2001, 23:42)
    In the wake of some nastiness involving Microsoft, overzealous license enforcement, and a 'PC's for kids' charity in Australia, a Linux company in Sydney is stepping up to the plate and offering help with loading Linux instead.

  • Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day (Jul 27, 2001, 21:37)
    Since the greeting card companies don't seem to be behind this one, and since the criteria seem to be open enough to include everyone from people "admining" big sis's computer over a four port hub to your garden variety Fortune 500 BOfH... Happy Sysadmin Day.

  • Sklyarov Case: EFF Rejoins Protests After Meeting with US Attorney's Office (Jul 27, 2001, 19:25)
    "There was a productive dialog," says this message, "however the U.S. Attorney's gave no indication of dropping the prosecution against Dmitry Sklyarov." The EFF is calling for nonviolent protest.

  • LinuxNewbie.org: Configuring your ISA / External or PCI modem NHF (Jul 27, 2001, 18:53)
    LinuxNewbie's latest Newbieized Help File covers some of the broad strokes of making a modem (a non-winmodem specifically) work with Linux. Decent general configuration tips covering more than a single distribution.

  • Yahoo!/Anchordesk: The truth behind the MS-open source fight (Jul 27, 2001, 16:24)
    This column is nuanced enough that we'll warn you there isn't an appropriate three 'graph excerpt. Mr. Coursey argues that the reaction of open source backers to Microsoft is understandable, even if it's intemperate and sometimes laden with unreasonable demands.

  • Linux 2.4.8-pre1 Released (Jul 27, 2001, 15:35)
    Changelog and link within.

  • CNET: A comparison of MySQL vs. MS Access (Jul 27, 2001, 13:00)
    This review pits MySQL vs. Microsoft's Access. MySQL does fairly well overall, and notably better in some areas, ending up somewhere between Access and SQLServer in the reviewers' rankings.

  • Yahoo!/Smart Partner: Super size deal for Caldera (Jul 27, 2001, 12:00)
    In an otherwise unhappy week for the company, Caldera has something to be happy about: it's sold 4,000 OpenUnix licenses to McDonalds. McDonalds joins fast food luminaries KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut as OpenUnix customers.

  • GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the GF Board Meeting (July 24, 2001) (Jul 27, 2001, 09:40)
    This week's business: Martin Baulig steps down (time issues), GNOME 2.0 API's to free in a week, announcement of executive director coming soon, the accessibility project considered.

  • Dr. Dobb's: Webcast of Shared Source vs. Open Source Debate (Jul 27, 2001, 08:34)
    Some readers expressed unhappiness with the coverage the Craig Mundie/ Michael Tiemann debate and panel received. Here are RealPlayer streams of the event.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.2.20pre8 (Jul 27, 2001, 07:56)
    "Linux 2.2 is now firmly into maintainance state. Patches for neat new ideas belong in 2.4. Generally new drivers belong in 2.4 (possibly in 2.2 as well after 2.4 shows them stable). Expect me to be very picky on changes to the core code now."

  • LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Sun's Practical Present, Tech Support Revisited (Jul 27, 2001, 07:55)
    Last week, Sun released the results of its GNOME usability study. Michael Hall says the Linux community couldn't have asked for a nicer present than one that helps talented hackers understand an area where their coding skill does them little good: the over-cited, seldom-understood world of usability. Plus: a second look at tech support, with the one document every Linux advocate should keep taped to the wall when it comes time to help those hopeless newbies.

  • Mandrakesoft IPO - How to buy shares ? (Jul 27, 2001, 00:41)
    MandrakeSoft has sent out a message explaining some of the issues around its IPO and requesting that Mandrake users who have information on how to best participate in their own countries contribute to a special forum the company is opening to build a HOWTO.