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Linux News for Jan 29, 2002

  • Free Software Magazine, Issue One is published (Jan 29, 2002, 23:30)
    The Free Software Magazine, Issue 01, has just been published by Free Software Foundation, China Academy or FSF-China. It is available in html and pdf and printed copies can also be ordered from the publisher. The content is also available from a mirror in the USA at www.free-soft.org. This magazine is supported by the FSF and is a magazine dedicated specifically to free software. Its includes technical articles, news and essays about free software projects and of general interests to the community.

  • Announce: Third GNOME Users and Developers European Conference (Jan 29, 2002, 22:51)
    "This year the GNOME developers and users will be getting together for our annual European conference. Come enjoy with us a good time with fellow developers on the city of Seville, Spain and come enjoy with us some late night tapas with your favorite GNOME developer and a good time with friends and collaborators you have worked with over the past couple of years."

  • News.com: Time to rewrite the DMCA (Rep. Rick Boucher) (Jan 29, 2002, 22:06)
    "In writing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, Congress made some important, but ultimately modest, changes to the original proposal. And we persuaded ourselves that we had achieved a rough balance of interests. But in the end, Congress agreed to a fundamentally flawed bill, which created the new crime of circumvention--a crime divorced from over a century and a half of respect for the fair-use rights of consumers."

  • SiliconValley.internet.com: HP Unveils New Linux Lineup (LinuxWorld Update) (Jan 29, 2002, 21:08)
    "Among its wares on display at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo are Linux-based workstations, Linux solutions for Officejet and inkjet printers, Opencall software developer's kit, and the company's newest Linux-based servers based on open industry-standard technology and the Intel architecture for the telecommunications industry."

  • CBS MarketWatch: IBM taps Palmisano as new CEO (Jan 29, 2002, 19:36)
    "IBM's Palmisano, a decades-long IBM employee, is credited with leading a redesign of the company's entire server computer lineup, including IBM's adoption of more open industry standards such as the Linux operating system."

  • WIRED: Microsoft: A Little More 'Open' (LinuxWorld Preview) (Jan 29, 2002, 18:45)
    "Our show badges identify us as Microsoft employees, so of course people always take some pokes at us," said one Microsoft employee who plans to be present at the show. "But we're used to it, and at least at Linux events the ragging is usually pretty good-natured. It's MacWorld that's really rough."

  • osOpinion: Proposal: The Open Data Format Initiative (Jan 29, 2002, 17:59)
    "It's no mystery why every application wants to be a data sink; it's a competitive advantage to lock users into your proprietary format. But users are suffering, prevented from manipulating their own data as they see fit."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.18pre7-ac1 (Jan 29, 2002, 17:22)
    "This is just a standing still release. Most of the work was actually done by Arjan van de Ven."

  • FSF Files Statement on Microsoft Judgment under Tunney Act (Jan 29, 2002, 15:48)
    "Eben Moglen, board member and general legal counsel to the Free Software Foundation, yesterday filed a response to the Proposed Revised Final Judgment in United States vs. Microsoft. The FSF seeks to remove verbiage added by Microsoft that we believe would eliminate the value of the settlement by preventing Free Software systems from competing effectively against Windows products."

  • LinuxSecurity.com: Approaches to choosing the strength of your security measures (Jan 29, 2002, 14:08)
    "To conclude, too much security can be as much of a problem in some cases as too little. Restrictive and unjustified security measures especially those not based on a security policy can lower productivity of human and performance of technology components of a business."

  • WIRED: LinuxWorld Expo Gets Serious (LinuxWorld Preview) (Jan 29, 2002, 12:51)
    "Prior LinuxWorld expos have had the chummy feeling of a religious-revival show, where everyone is preaching to the already converted. But this year, the converted have decided to gently proselytize."

  • LinuxPR: Finally, printed documentation! (Jan 29, 2002, 12:19)
    DOSSIER's topical document collections provide a convenient new way to get printed documentation for Free and Open Source software. DOSSIER provides diverse and timely coverage, using mechanized editing, demand printing, and Internet-based ordering (via BSDMall)."

  • LinuxProgramming: Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jan 28) (Jan 29, 2002, 11:04)
    All that's new in the Python world.

  • CRN.com: Servers, Services On Tap At LinuxWorld (LinuxWorld Preview) (Jan 29, 2002, 09:12)
    "IBM is slated to introduce two new Linux servers, including its first Linux-only mainframe. Code-named Raptor, the eServer zSeries can consolidate 10, 20 or hundreds of Sun, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq servers, said Steve Solazzo, vice president of Linux marketing at IBM. It's the first mainframe to ship with Linux as the sole operating system, IBM said."

  • Linux 2.5.3-pre6 Released (Jan 29, 2002, 08:01)
    Changelog, link within.

  • WIRED: Open Source's Dot-Net Less Open (Jan 29, 2002, 07:08)
    "The thing to make really clear is that both licenses are accepted as free software and as open source," [HP's Bruce Perens] said. "The GPL says, 'For the grant of my software, you give me yours, too.' The X11 says, 'It would be nice if you gave me your improvements for my software, but I really don't care that much.' It's a different way of looking at things," Perens said."

  • Linus Torvalds: Re: A modest proposal -- We need a patch penguin (Jan 29, 2002, 03:55)
    "One 'patch penguin' scales no better than I do. In fact, I will claim that most of them scale a whole lot worse."

  • internetnews.com: Sun Plans Linux Version of iPlanet (Jan 29, 2002, 03:14)
    "Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) may focus most of its attention on its proprietary UNIX, Solaris, but with customer demand for Linux support spiking, the company revealed Monday that it will provide a new Linux version of its iPlanet Application Server software.

  • KernelTrap.org: Linux: Rob Landley's RFC on Penguin Patch Management (Jan 29, 2002, 03:05)
    "Today Rob Landley issued an RFC to the lkml discussing the glaring shortcomings of Linus' patch system, which he says has resulted in the founding of the FOLK project, the creation of four other kernel trees, and other evils."

  • CNET News.com: Linux on mainframes enters phase 2 (LinuxWorld Preview) (Jan 29, 2002, 01:41)
    "In an inversion of the usually cutting-edge world of Linux, many of the announcements coming out of the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo this week will have a retro flavor, as companies that specialize in software for the oldfangled mainframe move to embrace the comparatively new operating system."

  • Microsoft Webcast: Linux Compete for Microsoft Partners (Jan 29, 2002, 01:33)
    "Confused about how to compete against Linux? Unable to overcome customer objections? Attend this Web seminar to have your questions answered."