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Linux News for Dec 18, 2001

  • LWN: Richard Stallman on Dmitry, again (Dec 18, 2001, 22:56)
    "Here's a followup from Richard Stallman regarding his statements on Dmitry Sklyarov's deal with the U.S. Department of Justice. 'Since then, people have told me that the situation is more complicated; that his testimony won't necessarily help the prosecution much, and that the deal will make it easier for ELCOM to argue its case. I'm glad to hear that things are not as bad as they looked. So I withdraw my criticism of Sklyarov for making the deal, and I apologize if I misjudged its nature.'"

  • Red Hat Reports Fiscal Third Quarter Results (Dec 18, 2001, 21:53)
    "Red Hat, Inc., the global leader in Linux and open source solutions, today reported an adjusted net income of $1,300,000, or $0.01 per share, excluding amortization of goodwill and stock based compensation and restructuring charges, for the third quarter of fiscal 2002, compared to an adjusted net loss of $100,000, or break even per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2002."

  • NewsForge: Red Hat revamping trademark policy in response to community questions (Dec 18, 2001, 21:03)
    "Since the release of Red Hat 7.2 in October, the company has been more actively pursuing what it sees as trademark violations by CD resellers such as UnixCD.com and CheapBytes.com . Red Hat is asking those retailers to not call what they sell "Red Hat," because of customer confusion over whether the resold product is a complete version or includes service from Red Hat."

  • Linux Programming: Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Dec 18) (Dec 18, 2001, 20:24)
    All the latest news from the Tcl world.

  • NewsForge: Redmond Linux: Are we there yet? (Dec 18, 2001, 18:22)
    "The only applications included with Redmond Linux right now are KOffice, Mozilla, and a demo version of a commercial financial management program for Linux that crashed the first time I tried to start it. I needed more applications than what came with the "stripped" distro in order to use Redmond Linux in any meaningful way, and they weren't there."

  • ServerWatch: IBM Unveils Test-Drive Program for Linux iSeries Servers (Dec 18, 2001, 17:30)
    "The program makes use of IBM's partitioning technology, which allows a single physical server to be divided into dozens of virtual servers that can be accessed remotely by software developers around the world. A single iSeries server can support up to 31 partitions running Linux, according to IBM."

  • The Register: Mandrake 8.1 easier than Win-XP (Dec 18, 2001, 16:30)
    "Windows addicts curious to see how the other half lives but wary of the installation challenges Linux is supposed to present will find Mandrake 8.1 considerably easier to install and configure than Win-XP. It's quite nearly Harry Homeowner-proof."

  • GNOME Summary - 2001-12-08 - 2001-12-15 (Dec 18, 2001, 15:41)
    This week: GNOME 2.0 Developer Platform Beta, Compiling FAQ, Dependency chart, Ximian Setup Tools power forward, Is GNOME ready for the desktop?, Hacker Activity, more.

  • Ximian Announces Availability Of Red Carpet Express Subscription Service (Dec 18, 2001, 13:30)
    "Ximian, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Red Carpet Express, a time-saving subscription service that provides customers with priority, high-bandwidth Internet downloading and updating of Linux software from Ximian, leading Linux distributions, and third party vendors."

  • LinuxWorld.com: MPlayer: The project from hell (Dec 18, 2001, 12:39)
    "The bad news is the installation stinks, configuration is a black art, and the documentation is barren. Worse yet, Gereoffy and the other developers have more attitude than the law allows. At least the law in this county, and I'm the sheriff. In just a year, that attitude has gotten them on the wrong side of Red Hat, of Russian developers porting a clone to OS/2, and many of their own users."

  • AbiWord Weekly News #74 by Jesper Skov (Dec 18, 2001, 11:14)
    "AbiWord 0.9.6 was released this week (or rather Sunday). We've now entered feature freeze, and will do bug-fixes-only releases numbered 0.99.x until AbiWord is (considered by the developers to be) good enough for 1.0 (hopefully in late January 2002)."

  • Consulting Times: StarSuite Begins Long Asian March (Dec 18, 2001, 10:29)
    "StarSuite 6 appears to have set off on a long march to challenge Microsoft's Asian monopoly of office productivity applications. With the blessings of the Chinese government, Sun Microsystems established an Engineering and Research Institute in Beijing. It then signed a definitive Technology Licensing and Distribution Agreement with three leading Chinese software companies..."

  • Two Embedded Linux Companies Respond to Microsoft on WinXP Embedded vs. Linux (Dec 18, 2001, 09:02)
    LynuxWorks and Lineo have both decided to make public rebuttals of Microsoft's claims concerning Windows XP embedded vs. embedded Linux.

  • Enterprise Linux Today: Red Hat to Deliver Linux Solutions for IBM's S/390 Mainframe Computer (Dec 18, 2001, 07:37)
    "Red Hat, Inc. today announced the general availability of Red Hat Linux for S/390, the latest version of its operating system for the enterprise mainframe."

  • Linux Journal: Finally, Free Fix to Filtrix for WordPerfect 8 Linux Users (Dec 18, 2001, 06:38)
    "Blueberry Software, makers of the Filtrix utility, were contacted as well, and replied that they were working on a fix. They ended up passing that job on to Corel, and it was never done. In the meantime, a Corel WP8-Linux list member from the Netherlands came up with a fix. The patch came almost two months after WP8 Linux users were left without the ability to translate MS Word documents."

  • PR: Ximian and Hewlett-Packard Deliver Ximian Gnome Desktop Software for HP-UX Workstations (Dec 18, 2001, 05:53)
    "Ximian, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard today announced that a preview release of the Ximian GNOME open source desktop environment is now available for HP-UX workstations."

  • Salt Lake Tribune: Main Street Opens Doors to Linux (Dec 18, 2001, 00:58)
    "...it may come as a surprise that the sturdy computer program with the Penguin mascot never has been more popular. While the flightless bird may have been booted off Wall Street, it is being welcomed on Main Street as a dependable substitute for more expensive software sold by competitors such as Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. From auto dealers in Florida to grocery stores in the Arctic Circle, companies are using Linux to run Web sites, power databases, track inventory and balance the books."