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Linux News for Oct 25, 2001

  • Linux Orbit: KaZaa client for GNU/Linux, the new sharing era begins (Oct 25, 2001, 23:58)
    "This is a big step for Linux users who like to download media and a small step for other Linux users. It goes to show that Linux is making progress everyday and could soon have the same level of support as Windows. This program is a bit crude and is missing many important features (as opposed to the Windows counterpart) but it gets the job done well and will probably be what I use to download media from the Internet for quite some time."

  • SearchWin2k.com: Put many operating systems under one roof (Oct 25, 2001, 23:04)
    "Windows emulators, like WINE, make it possible to run some Windows applications on Linux. Another approach complements storage virtualization to create a single environment, according to Diane Greene, CEO of Palo Alto, CA-based virtualization software developer VMware Inc. In this searchWindowsManageability interview, Greene explains how virtual computing differs from other approaches and why it's a boon for IT managers."

  • OSNews.com: BlueOS Uses Linux for its Kernel (Oct 25, 2001, 22:23)
    "BlueOS uses Linux kernel 2.4.12 as its basis, and Xfree. For now, they are building a BeOS look-alike Interface Kit and the app_server on top of XFree, so it is not just a simple window manager, but a whole new API and environment. In future versions, the BlueOS team will completely bypass XFree and have a stand alone BeOS compatible app_server which will only use some of the XFree's system calls to be able to use its 2D/3D drivers."

  • Oracle on SuSE Linux Enterprise 7 is Faster Than NT2000, Fastcenter Corp. Benchmarks Released (Oct 25, 2001, 20:20)
    "Fastcenter Oracle performance tests on exactly the same hardware show NT2000 capable of only 85% of throughput compared to SuSE Linux Enterprise 7."

  • Redhatbox.org: Wow! 'ext3' really Works! (Oct 25, 2001, 19:48)
    "I've been toying with the idea of implementing a journalling filesystem on the Redhatbox.org server for quite a while now. The increased data integrity and speed was strongly appealing, but the thought of patching the hell out of my kernel to reach what was called 'experimental' functionality at best made ext3, the successor to the ever popular ext2 filesystem, sound like more trouble than it was worth."

  • MSN.com shuts out [some] non-Microsoft browsers; Microsoft Revises English, and Launches WinXP (Oct 25, 2001, 18:50)
    "Using the most recent browser from Mozilla.org to reach MSN brings a message from Microsoft saying it has "detected that the browser that you are using will not render MSN.com correctly." Mozilla.org does open-source browser development for AOL Time Warner's Netscape Communications unit." As long as there's a Microsoft story to be had for the day, might as well chuck in a bonus item about the Word 2000 spell-checker... apparently browsers aren't the only thing they're trying to erase.

  • SuSE Linux 7.3 Now Shipping (Oct 25, 2001, 18:05)
    "We started shipping the brand new SuSE Linux 7.3 yesterday! We should have all of the pre-orders in the mail by Friday, and it should be in the retail stores (Best Buy, CompUSA, Fry's, Microcenter and Borders by the middle of next week." Pricing and a list of new features within.

  • Anandtech: What's Holding Linux Back? (Oct 25, 2001, 16:53)
    "Linux needs to be more approachable for novices, and those who use Windows, since that is where much of the conversion will come from. If the community can get fully behind KDE 2.x and 3.x that will help. If the KDE or Samba groups can produce a consistent, super easy and nearly automatic dialog to configure and activate Samba file sharing with Windows networks, that will also help."

  • Linux 2.4.14-pre1 Released (Oct 25, 2001, 15:16)
    Linux 2.4.14-pre1 is out, with a caveat that it's not usable without a quick removal of a single line. Note and link within.

  • AllLinuxDevices: First Humanoid Robot built with RTLinux In European Premiere at Milan Expo (Oct 25, 2001, 14:51)
    "Human-shaped robots are well-suited for operating within environments designed for real humans. In order to provide an experimental research platform for full-body integrated sensing and control, the prototype Humanoid Robot "H6" and "H7" are currently being developed at the JSK Laboratory at the University of Tokyo" - said Dr. Satoshi Kagami. The humanoid robot ``H7'' is developed as a platform for the research on perception-action coupling in intelligent behavior of humanoid type robots."

  • LinuxDevices.com: DIY Linux-based TV set-top MP3 player (Oct 25, 2001, 14:02)
    "Several years ago, I started a database-driven car MP3 player project called route66. It was featured in MaximumPC magazine and earlier this year as the cover story in Maximum Linux Magazine, as it uses Linux and other open-source packages. The basic design philosophy was to leverage the power of a database to make a system that learns my musical tastes and plays songs I am likely to want to hear so I can keep my eyes on the road while driving. The project ramped up quickly, and I began to abstract the concept for use in home systems as well as cars. Soon it seemed that embedded systems were really the right way to go, and I settled on the GCT-Allwell 1030N set-top box as an ideal platform for a home version of route66, because it could be made with no moving parts (hence, no noise)."

  • Linux Weekly News for October 25, 2001 (Oct 25, 2001, 13:07)
    This week: Responses to Scott Culp, Emacs 21, censored kernel changelogs, Mozilla 1.0 Manifesto, 'Lindows,' more.

  • osOpinion: Hypocrisy Taints Censure of Microsoft (Oct 25, 2001, 12:04)
    "Mr. Raymond's article goes down the fashionable path of bashing Microsoft with little real basis in fact or thought. If you ask me, Mr. Raymond is a hypocrite. Where did I see him rant about the BIND admins setting up a private, members-only mailing list for security issues in the most common DNS server in the world?"

  • Advogato: Leaving SourceForge (Oct 25, 2001, 11:15)
    "The financial situation for VA Linux looks bleak. Those of us who depend on SourceForge for development are, or should be, getting worried. Already, one of the core services provided by SourceForge has fallen into "no longer being maintained". It seems prudent to develop back-up plans."

  • Linux.com: Mandrake 8.1 Review (Oct 25, 2001, 06:53)
    "...the latest Linux-Mandrake distribution has plenty of room for improvement. My testing showed some new installation features to be simply incomplete. But this release neverthless maintains Mandrake's position as the easiest -- and one of the most complete -- Linux distributions available. Mandrakesoft has targeted new Linux users of all kinds, from network administrators switching their LAN or webserver, to developers, to home users disenchanted with Microsoft. All of these people will find switching over to Linux a little less painful thanks to Mandrake."

  • Conectiva Linux Security Announcement - openssh (Oct 25, 2001, 06:31)
    Conectiva's update to openssh addresses three vulnerabilities.