Linux News for Jan 28, 2003
InformationWeek: Langa Letter: Linux Has Bugs: Get Over It (Jan 28, 2003, 23:30)
"Fred Langa contends that some Linux proponents harm their cause
by hiding from the facts--it's just as buggy as Windows XP..."
Tonight Live: Son of "Hack Our Guest" the Next Generation (Jan 28, 2003, 22:00)
"In particular, Red Hat & the EOL (End of Life) for their
currently supported products, does anyone find this a tad annoying?
PLUS: WorkSpot's Cute VNC application, More on the HP religious
Business 2.0: A Big Test For Linux (Jan 28, 2003, 20:30)
"Will the licensing efforts of a key patent holder derail
Linux's corporate growth?" Business 2.0 gives its two cents on the
SCO Group patent brouhaha.
AP/Boston Globe: Programmers Try to Build Bridge Between .Net, Linux (Jan 28, 2003, 19:00)
"A lot of people are watching Miguel de Icaza, a young Mexican
programming whiz behind an unusual project he named 'Mono,' Spanish
NewsForge: Dept. of Homeland Security Site Switches to Linux from Windows 2000 (Jan 28, 2003, 18:00)
"Experts say that it is unlikely the change is a reaction to
'Slammer,' the MS SQL server worm that rocked the Internet last
Xandros.com: Xandros Desktop Standard 1.0 Released (Jan 28, 2003, 17:00)
"The new release is built upon the same code base as the
original Xandros Desktop 1.0, now known as Xandros Desktop Deluxe,
and shares much of its older sibling's power, compatibility, and
ease of use..."
Sydney Morning Herald: The Geek Behind the Penguin (Jan 28, 2003, 14:30)
"The 33-year-old is probably the closest thing the geek world
has to a folk hero... the man who, as a student at Helsinki
University 12 years ago, wrote a world-class computer operating
system and set it free..." Interview with Linus Torvalds
MandrakeSoft Bankruptcy Plan Gets Court Approval (Jan 28, 2003, 14:30)
A small but meaningful step in the bankruptcy lawsuit of
MandrakeSoft passed yesterday when the French courts approved the
company's fiscal plan to return to normal operations.
KDE.org: KDE 3.1 Released (Jan 28, 2003, 13:00)
KDE 3.1 is officially out and about. Details, links within.
DesktopLinux: Debian Tops Poll, Project leader Bdale Garbee Discusses Surge in Interest (Jan 28, 2003, 11:30)
"DesktopLinux.com talked to Bdale Garbee, Project Leader for
Debian and got his impressions during a year that Debian saw
commercial products based on it reach the market..."
Larry McVoy on BitKeeper, Linus, and Perens (Jan 28, 2003, 10:00)
"The story of how BitKeeper has come to be Linus Torvalds' (and
many other kernel hackers) tool of choice in maintaining the Linux
development tree is worthy of a book. Here's the Cliff Note's
version of McVoy's contribution to Linux kernel development,
BitKeeper, and countless hours of flaming on the role of open
source and proprietary software..."
GhanaWeb: Copyright Law May Aid Open Source in Ghana (Jan 28, 2003, 08:30)
"Open source advocates here at the conference argued that the
government, which most likely also uses pirated software, can make
some savings on licenses if it adopts open source software such as
NewsForge: Voila! Workspot Linux is Instant and Portable "Magic" (Jan 28, 2003, 07:00)
"Workspot is an online Linux desktop. You go there in any
browser (java-enabled is better), login, and start up Red Hat Linux
within that browser. It is so cool, I really want it to be
something that people go for. I want it to succeed..."
EE Times: Japanese Manufacturers Back Off Proprietary OSes (Jan 28, 2003, 06:00)
"Japanese consumer electronics manufacturers are backing away
from efforts to push proprietary operating systems into wider use
and are turning instead to open-source OSes, specifically
Release Digest: GNOME, January 27, 2003 (Jan 28, 2003, 05:00)
Today's GNOME apps: GNOME-Applets 2.2.0, GNOME-Sensors 0.9a,
gtk-doc 1.0, gThumb 2.0.1, Quick Lounge 1.1.2, orbitcpp 1.3.2,
gedit 2.2.0, and XML Security Library 0.0.12.
KernelTrap: Linux: Anticipatory I/O Scheduler (Jan 28, 2003, 04:00)
"With his recent release of 2.5.59-mm5, Andrew Morton explained
the anticipatory I/O scheduler that he has recently merged from
Nick Piggin. The resulting thread is an informative read,
explaining how and why this noticeably increases
The Register: Red Hat Intros 12 Month Only Support on 'Consumer' OSes (Jan 28, 2003, 03:00)
"However, if Linux is being used in a commercial environment
then IT managers are not going to be particularly enthusiastic
about even the possibility of having to upgrade to a new version
every 12 months. Red Hat's current death list EOLs RH 7.1-8.0 at
the end of this year..."
CNET News: Red Hat Boosts Service Subscription Plan (Jan 28, 2003, 02:00)
"Red Hat is bolstering its service subscription plan with
technology the Linux seller gained in its acquisition of NOCpulse
CNET News: Commentary: The Way of Linux (Jan 28, 2003, 01:00)
"In 2003, Linux and open source will go mainstream as
cost-sensitive IT executives discover the compelling economics of
Linux on Intel processors. Smart CIOs will set aside the religious
wars to see the truth: Open source is good enough for many data
Mandrake Linux Advisories: msec, fetchmail (Jan 28, 2003, 00:58)
Two security advisories from MandrakeSoft.
Reuters: Sun in Good Shape for 2003, CEO Says (Jan 28, 2003, 00:00)
"But the Sun chief disagrees. "It's conventional wisdom, which
isn't actual wisdom, that the high end gets clobbered and business
is going to Intel, Microsoft and Linux. It's just not the case,"