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