Linux News for Aug 28, 2001
Enterprise Linux Today: Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Adds Supercomputing Power to ASCI (Aug 28, 2001, 22:25)
"SGI Federal has teamed up with Linux NetworX to win a bid to
build three Parallel Capacity Resource (PCR) Linux cluster
computing systems totaling 472 Pentium 4 processors for the
National Nuclear Security Administration's Accelerated Strategic
Computing Initiative (ASCI) ongoing computing element. With a
theoretical peak performance of 857 gigaFLOP/s, the largest of the
three systems with 252 Pentium 4 processors, named PCR P4A, will be
one the fastest Linux clusters ever built."
CNET: Compaq: Big business still leery of Linux (Aug 28, 2001, 22:20)
"'The No. 1 reason corporations are hesitant to deploy Linux in
the enterprise surrounds the very nature of the open-source model,'
[Compaq CTO Shane] Robison said at the opening keynote address at
the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. Specifically, corporations
worry about the large number of companies and individuals
responsible for various Linux components, he said. 'Linux lacks a
one-stop point of contact.'"
ZDNet: Microsoft patents a threat to open source (Aug 28, 2001, 22:16)
Debate continues over the Mono project and whether it's
appropriate for open source developers to play ball with Microsoft
over .NET: "Samba's [Jeremy] Allison said the Mono Project is "a
very bad idea -- in fact, it's a terrible idea. By doing this they
are helping .Net become a standard. ".Net will become important if
a majority of the clients use it, but it will not be mandatory if
only, say, 50 percent use it..." Bruce Perens has also weighed
Yahoo!/Reuters: Corel to Sell Linux Operating System Unit-Sources (Aug 28, 2001, 19:30)
"A source close to the negotiations told Reuters on Tuesday that
a newly formed company called Xandros will pay $2 million for the
Linux unit, a division that comprised about 14 percent of Corel's
total business as of January 2001."
Ottawa Citizen: Parliamentary Library defies trade tribunal (Aug 28, 2001, 18:31)
A Canadian trade tribunal ruled that the Parliamentary Library
was obligated to accept bids from a Linux-based business, but the
library is ignoring the ruling. The business owner says the ruling
"is a major legal victory for software that is based on open
standards, open source code and free from the tyranny of
proprietary monopoly," the library says it doesn't have a budget
left to implement the order.
LinuxPower.org: Sun's Desktop Division making headway (Aug 28, 2001, 17:06)
This is a wide-ranging interview (our way of saying 'an excerpt
won't do it justice') with a collection of Sun employees working on
GNOME that touches on everything from 'why's Sun backing GNOME in
particular' to 'what makes an interface usable?': "Hackers are so
close to the applications they develop that they might not see how
these implementations could trip up someone who is not as familiar
with the underlying code. Often user interfaces mimic the code that
lies underneath. Most users do not think about accomplishing tasks
in the order that a computer system would approach the task. They
need a user interface that masks the underlying system architecture
from the user level. But hackers are so in tune with their code
that their user interfaces are often too revealing of this
SuSE CTO and President Says Good-Bye (Aug 28, 2001, 16:43)
"After three years in the management team of SuSE Linux, Dirk
Hohndel announced his decision to leave the company."
TechTV.com: Leave Linux to the Geeks (Aug 28, 2001, 13:01)
"I don't run Linux. Why? Because I'm a lazy sucker with limited
computer skills and low geek self-esteem. I'm the worst kind of
Windows user. I'm the guy who's read all the bad press on
Microsoft, felt firsthand the bug-ridden frustration of Windows 98,
and witnessed Steve Ballmer beating a competing software developer
about the face and neck with a 3.5-inch floppy (OK, not the last
one). Yet I continue to patronize Windows for the same reason that
Sir Edmund Hillary climbed that big hill: "Because it's there."
CodeWeavers CrossOver Plugin Enables Display Of Windows
Browser Plugins, MS Office Files In Linux (Aug 28, 2001, 11:45)
"CrossOver Plugin is an exclusive CodeWeavers product designed
to operate in conjunction with Wine. CrossOver Plugin allows
seamless use of Apple QuickTime and Macromedia Shockwave Director
on most Linux Web browsers including Netscape and Mozilla; what's
more, the adapter allows Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and eFax email
viewers to be used with Linux email clients."
Consulting Times.com: City of Largo Completes Desktop Transition (Aug 28, 2001, 10:45)
"In an exclusive interview with ConsultingTimes, Largo's CIO
Harold Schomaker described how the city was initially looking to
upgrade and migrate their GroupWise system. 'Novell was going to
embrace Linux and write Linux clients. But all of a sudden that got
dropped.' Schomaker and his staff explored the possibility of
upgrading the existing GroupWise system to meet their needs, but
the customization costs were prohibitive."
MIT Sloan Management Review: Innovation by User Communities: Learning From Open Source (Aug 28, 2001, 08:45)
"If the open-source software movement is any harbinger of future
trends, manufacturing companies need to be concerned not only about
what they produce, but also about what their customers might
produce without them."
[ This is a for-pay article we linked because it seems like it
may be of general interest to our readers. -ed. ]
Investor's Business Daily: IBM, Software Firm Take Linux-Based System To Street (Aug 28, 2001, 07:45)
"IBM Corp. plans to announce Tuesday that the electronic trading
service that supplies brokers with data from the New York and
American stock exchanges is shifting its key applications to
LinuxFreak.org: Update on 'Cyber Citizen lands Felony' (Aug 28, 2001, 06:59)
"In response to the Brian K. West story originally carried on
LinuxFreak.org, Sheldon Sperling (of the DOJ) wrote a news release.
West's legal defense has its own reply to the situation. West is
facing charges of wire fraud in connection with accusations that he
illegally accessed the records and software of a local newspaper.
West says he stumbled across a glaring vulnerability in the paper's
security and was merely trying to help out. The paper says more
happened than that."
Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.9-ac3 (Aug 28, 2001, 06:37)
"Ok this seems to be stable. The changes in ac3 are actually all
queued fixes from before the merge. The bits outstanding are the vm
changes which I want to take very slowly, and the min/max thing
which needs to be dealt with."