Linux News for Nov 27, 2002
OSNews: The Top 5 Misconceptions About LindowsOS (Nov 27, 2002, 22:00)
"A lot has been said about Lindows. We will talk about some of
these issues here and debunk them..."
Japan Today: Microsoft to Promote Open-Source Software in Japan (Nov 27, 2002, 20:30)
Microsoft is countering the Japanese government's new interest
in open-source technology by pushing its Shared Source Initiative
program. But will Tokyo settle for half measures?
Canopener.ca: Government of Canada Funds Open Source Business Opportunities Study (Nov 27, 2002, 19:00)
A joint Industry Canada, Public Works and Government Services
Canada, and Treasury Board Secretariat request for proposals has
gone out for a study on Open Source Business Opportunities in
Canada. Link to mailing-list announcement within.
CNET News: Microsoft Targets Defectors with Discounts (Nov 27, 2002, 17:30)
"Microsoft said it plans to offer smaller companies a more
lenient licensing plan intended to stem defections to Linux or
other open-source software..."
NewsForge: MandrakeSoft CEO is Glad to Learn about Open Source (Nov 27, 2002, 16:00)
"When asked why he thought MandrakeSoft picked him to be the new
helmsman, Bancilhon does a verbal double-take. 'Why did they pick
me? Well, because they needed a professional manager that had the
experience of starting new companies in Europe and the US, and they
needed somebody to take the company to the next stage of
Mozilla.org: Mozilla 1.2 Released (Nov 27, 2002, 14:30)
Just in time for the US Thanksgiving holiday, Mozilla 1.2 has
been announced. Links to Release Notes, Download Page within.
Linux and Main: First LUG in Burkina Faso (Nov 27, 2002, 13:00)
"The reach of Linux grows more and more as time goes on. We
receive word, now, of a new Linux user group in a country not
normally associated with high-tech, at least in the minds of those
who have never been there..."
LinuxMedNews: AMIA Announces Open Source 'Exploratory Initiative' (Nov 27, 2002, 11:00)
LinuxMedNews has a short blurb on the American Medical
Informatics Association's recent decision to explore "Open Source
activities in the interests of health care system
Codewalkers.com: Monty Widenius [Interview] (Nov 27, 2002, 09:00)
"Yes, we have are very interested in a close collaboration with
the PHP people. In fact, we already work closely with them to
ensure that the MySQL interface that is included with the latest
PHP versions are kept up to date..."
OSNews: Review of Xandros Desktop 1.0 (Nov 27, 2002, 07:00)
"Linux users might be a little surprised that during boot up
Xandros doesn't have kernel or init messages scrolling up the
screen... It's just one of the touches designed to bring Linux a
little closer to the Windows experience, kinda like the little
flare music as the desktop opens and closes..."
Business 2.0: SimCode? (Nov 27, 2002, 05:30)
"Open-source folks--and the rest of us--will learn a thing or
two from massive multi-player games..."
Release Digest: GNOME, November 26, 2002 (Nov 27, 2002, 05:00)
Today's GNOME apps: gnometab-0.7.1, meld-0.6.2, Gnome Clipboard
Release Digest: KDE, November 26, 2002 (Nov 27, 2002, 05:00)
Today's KDE apps: Renamer 0.95, Kgpg :: Kicker Applet 0.1.2,
Kgpg 0.9.3, Scribus 0.9.3, and KVocabulary 0.2.5.
LinuxLookup: Mandrake 9.0 Review (Nov 27, 2002, 03:00)
"As I have been working with this release, I have had this
reoccurring thought--'This looks like YALR (Yet Another Linux
Release)'. There is little to distinguish this product from the
other distributions that I've installed in the last three
Update: Siliconvalley.internet.com: DVD De-scrambling Poster Avoids Liability in Calif. (Nov 27, 2002, 01:32)
""The California Supreme Court ruled this week that a Texas
programmer accused of publishing DVD decryption software on the
Internet would not be forced to stand trial in California..."
[Original story link has timed out; a new link to the story
from an alternate media source has been established. -ed.]
Update: Alan Cox: Linux 2.5.49-ac2 (Nov 27, 2002, 01:14)
Changelog, link within. [-rc2 released on same day as -rc1;
original story updated. -ed]
LinuxDevices.com: A Developer's Review of Qplus, An Open Source Embedded Linux Toolkit (Nov 27, 2002, 01:00)
"The pure open source options for embedded Linux toolkits have
been few in number, perhaps because constructing a usable system
from scratch using the freely-available sources is not difficult
for an experienced Linux user, or one with some time to invest in