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
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
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
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
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."