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Linux News for Aug 27, 2001

  • Linux 2.4.10-pre1 Is Out (Aug 27, 2001, 22:24)
    Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 2.4.10-pre1 prepatch. Changelog, link within.

  • Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #104 by Paul Emsley (Aug 27, 2001, 21:45)
    Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for the previous week.

  • Byte.com: He Who Controls the Bootloader (Aug 27, 2001, 21:01)
    "But the reality is that Be's failure has made a point to the world, to whit: "Don't bother trying to create a better commercial desktop OS - it doesn't matter how hard you try, how many engineers you throw at the problem, how much money you spend, or how many years you put into it. Microsoft owns that space and, worse, the public is totally complicit with that fact. People will not stop using Windows. It is a losing battle."

  • Interactive Week/Yahoo!: Make Way For The Little OS That Could (Aug 27, 2001, 20:18)
    "The fact that Linux was free didn't impress me, but here was a value proposition that money couldn't buy - an increasingly stable operating system (OS) that was less prone to security vulnerabilities in the first place, because so many interested parties were examining it continuously, and that now seemed easier for developers to secure."

  • Mandrake Linux PPC 8.0 Final Release Available (Aug 27, 2001, 19:30)
    "MandrakeSoft proudly announces the immediate availability of Mandrake Linux PPC 8.0 final release. This version builds upon the highly successful Mandrake Linux 8.0 release for the x86 architecture."

  • Enterprise Linux Today: SuSE Ships SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 (Aug 27, 2001, 19:07)
    "Apart from the operating system basis optimised for stability and security, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 comprises all server services relevant in Linux, enabling the implementation of e-mail, Internet, and application services, as well as file and print services in heterogeneous networks (UNIX, Windows 9x/NT/2000, Novell Netware, MacOS)."

  • Kernel Cousin KDE #20 by Aaron J. Seigo (Aug 27, 2001, 18:27)
    KDE is a powerful Open Source graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system.

  • PR: Ximian Announces Red Carpet Services (Aug 27, 2001, 18:12)
    "The services include Red Carpet Express, which gives subscribers priority, high-bandwidth access to Internet software downloads and Red Carpet CorporateConnect, which provides customers a centralized method for managing software version control and installation on end-user systems. For software vendors, Ximian introduced the Red Carpet Partner Program, which allows software vendors to create and manage channels to distribute their Linux or UNIX software."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.9-ac2 (Aug 27, 2001, 17:26)
    "This is just for resychronizing the mips merge with the mips folks. It isnt worth running over -ac1."

  • PerkyPants.org: GNOME 2.0 Status Interview: James Henstridge and libglade (Aug 27, 2001, 17:05)
    "Libglade is a library designed to dynamically load a user interface from an XML file on disk. These UI description files can be created using the Glade UI builder. It provides several options for connecting callbacks up to the interface including an `autoconnect' option that scans the program's symbol table for callback functions."

  • FSF Europe: Free Software Experts (Aug 27, 2001, 15:56)
    "Have you ever been depressed, possibly more than once, to discover that a so called Free Software project was financed despite the fact that it had nothing to do with Free Software? Europe will soon be financing new projects and you could help prevent similar travesties by becoming External Experts. It will then be more difficult to claim that nothing could be done: your skills are required to validate the candidate projects."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.9-ac1 (Aug 27, 2001, 15:16)
    Experimental release: Merge the fat and iso changes from 2.4.9, Merge the sunrpc changes from 2.4.9, Merge (hopefully correctly) the nfs changes, Switch to the 2.4.9 emu10k1 driver, more. Links, changelog within.

  • Enterprise Linux Today: City of Progress Chooses Bynari Groupware (Aug 27, 2001, 14:45)
    "Today, the VP of Technology for Bynari Inc., Tom Adelstein, and the CIO of the City of Largo, Harold Schomaker, announced deployment of an "All-Linux" groupware solution for the west Florida community. The City chose Bynari's Insight solution for messaging and collaboration, to replace their existing system running Novell's GroupWise product."

  • Wired: Linux, a Decade of Open Source (Aug 27, 2001, 14:07)
    "The only way I know how to describe it is that all the stars in the heavens lined up," said Bob Young, the chairman of Red Hat, one of the first companies to start a business around Linux."

  • MaximumLinux.org: Yellow Dog Linux 2.0 review (Aug 27, 2001, 13:02)
    "I've had a PowerBook G4 for a while now and never really had the change to install Linux on it until this past week. And to honest I didn't even think that they would have kernel support for the Titanium yet anyway since Apple seems to be the "odd-man-out" when it comes to Linux development. Boy was I wrong....."

  • BBC News: Linux: An installer's tale (Aug 27, 2001, 12:00)
    "Just how hard is it to kit out your PC with Linux, the free software operating system which was first announced 10 years ago on Saturday?"

  • eWeek: Linux backers grab chance (Aug 27, 2001, 11:20)
    "With the economy still slowing and corporate spending tightening, many Linux backers believe they have a significant weapon in the battle for IT dollars: low cost and adaptability."

  • iWeek: Linux At 10: Where Do We Go From Here? (Aug 27, 2001, 10:00)
    "The trend is not good" for Microsoft, Enderle said. "More and more kids are coming out of school with a Linux bent. People doing open source are often at the top of their class--similar to the people who drove Windows into the market a decade ago."

  • Linux Journal: Taming the Wild Netfilter (Aug 27, 2001, 01:05)
    "The reason you'll want to upgrade to Netfilter is because it, unlike ipchains or ipfwadm, is stateful. What this means is it can track connections and permit incoming responses to outgoing requests without creating gaping holes in the firewall. The connection tracking opens a specific, temporary hole for responses and only from the contacted server. We'll see how this works later. The drawback is that with connection tracking in use, Netfilter will need to use a little more memory because the connections are tracked in RAM. So your 4MB 386-16 may no longer be up to the job, depending on your filtering requirements."

  • Kernel Cousin KDE #20 by Aaron J. Seigo (Aug 15, 2001, 02:12)
    This week: KDE Usability Project Back On Its Feet, The Road Ahead Includes a New Release Manager, New Version of QextMDI, Possible Directions For KConfig in KDE 30, Konqueror Showing Progress, An Option For The Speed Obsessed.