Linux News for May 28, 2004
Editor's Note: One (Strange) Man's Hunt for the Linux Desktop (May 28, 2004, 23:30)
Linux on the desktop? Yeah, right, as soon as I find the darn
thing under all these $#%@%! windows...
NewsForge: Linux Support for Apple G5 Xserves (May 28, 2004, 22:45)
"Terra Soft Solutions, Inc., the leading developer of integrated
PowerPC Linux solutions, has achieved preliminary Linux support for
the Apple G5 Xserve and Cluster Node..."
Sydney Morning Herald: PeopleSoft, IBM in Linux Pitch (May 28, 2004, 22:00)
"PeopleSoft and International Business Machines say they will
develop Linux-based programs as part of a campaign to sell software
and hardware to small and mid-sized businesses..."
Linux Vs. Windows: CeBIT Panelists Weigh The OS (May 28, 2004, 21:15)
"Do Linux security exploits really belong in the same league as
Windows security holes? Are OpenOffice and its derivatives actually
as good as Microsoft Office? These are just a couple of the
questions debated this week by a panel of experts at the CeBIT
America show in New York City..."
internetnews.com: A New Cocoon from Apache (May 28, 2004, 20:30)
"The Apache Foundation released the latest version of its
largest Java based project this week, an XML publishing framework
known as Cocoon..."
Globe and Mail: Ontario Offers Sun's StarOffice to Students (May 28, 2004, 19:45)
"The Ontario Ministry of Education has acquired Star Office 7
licences from Sun Microsystems Canada for all the province's 72
public and Catholic school boards..."
LinuxInsider: Showing Off Linux (May 28, 2004, 19:00)
"The trade show aisles weren't jammed at this year's annual Real
World Linux show in Toronto, but that didn't bother Larry
IT-Analysis: IBM's Linux Push (May 28, 2004, 18:15)
"Since then IBM has made the transformation to become a Linux
company, (in so far as any vendor can). All but two of IBM's cross
platform software products now run on Linux..."
Washington Post: The Penguin That Ate Microsoft (May 28, 2004, 17:30)
"Microsoft's Windows operating system runs on more than 90
percent of the world's computers, a market share that many believe
is so overwhelming that no other company can ever hope to challenge
it..." [Free registration may be required. -ed]
Computerworld Australia: Novell Australia Leads Global Linux Migration, Dumps MS Office (May 28, 2004, 16:45)
"Novell's local operation is taking a leading role in an
ambitious year-long plan to move all the company's 6000 worldwide
staff onto Linux desktops..."
internetnews.com: Mandrakesoft's Whole New Version (May 28, 2004, 16:00)
The latest release is the result of Mandrake's new process for
issuing official releases, which extends the testing period in an
effort to ensure optimal stability and performance.
Vrije Universiteit: Comparison of Linux Code with MINIX Code (May 28, 2004, 15:15)
From Andy Tanenbaum's site: "Around the middle of April, I was
contacted by a friend of mine who asked me if I wanted to do some
code analysis on a consultancy basis for his boss, Ken
CNET News: AOL to Release New Version of Netscape (May 28, 2004, 14:30)
"America Online said Thursday that it plans to release a new
version of its Netscape Web browser this summer, though the effort
does not appear to signal a return to major browser development
work for the company..."
ZDNet Australia: SCO Blasts AU Open Source Body's "Don't Pay" Call (May 28, 2004, 13:45)
"The SCO Group has moved to refute an Australian open source
industry group's position paper arguing companies using Linux
should not respond to demands from the software company for licence
SearchEnterpriseLinux: Author Dissects Inclusion of IPsec in Linux 2.6 Kernel (May 28, 2004, 13:00)
"The IPsec (Internet Protocol security) improvements in the
Linux 2.6 kernel will take networking to a new level, said author
and IT instructor Richard Petersen..."
PC World: Court Allows Lindows to Keep Its Name (May 28, 2004, 12:15)
"In a case that could have forced Linux vendor Lindows to change
its business name worldwide, a Netherlands court ruled this week
that Lindows' current limited use of the Lindows name does not
violate Microsoft's Windows trademark..."
WineHQ: Interview with Steven Edwards (May 28, 2004, 11:30)
"This week we sat down with Steven Edwards to discuss Wine,
ReactOS, and how the two projects are working together..."
NewsForge: Interview: Nirav Mehta of Newly Launched Utkarsh.org (May 28, 2004, 10:00)
"Today marks the official launch of a new open source project.
Utkarsh is an operating system based on Linux and localized in the
Gujarati language, spoken by more than 5.5 million in India's
Gujarat state and worldwide..."
Linux Journal: Scripting GNU in the 21st Century (May 28, 2004, 08:30)
"Most people tend to encounter shell scripts as attempts to
write portable utilities that run properly on most, if not all,
SearchEnterpriseLinux: KDE: Putting Linux on the Desktop (May 28, 2004, 07:00)
"Recently, HP, Red Hat and Novell took a big leap and started
pushing Linux for the desktop in enterprise environments. However,
desktop software such as KDE and GNOME deserve just as much credit
as the distributors of Linux..."
CrossNodes: Scripting Clinic: Dissecting a Live Python... Script (May 28, 2004, 05:30)
This month we're going to dissect a nice Python script
line-by-line, that you may learn something useful thereby, then go
forth and script some more..."
Release Digest: KDE, May 27, 2004 (May 28, 2004, 05:00)
Today's KDE apps: Emerge Tool 0.5, Kommander 1.0alpha1,
KLinkStatus 0.1.2, Media-Detect 0.52a, quickSearch 0.1, GwenRename
0.9.7, and ksociograma 2.0.0_RC2.
Release Digest: GNOME, May 27, 2004 (May 28, 2004, 05:00)
Today's GNOME apps: Gaphor 0.4.0, GHex 2.6.1, Fourteenth release
of PythonCAD, DiaCanvas 0.13.0, and gnopernicus 0.9.3, 0.9.4.
DistroWatch: Distributions, May 27, 2004 (May 28, 2004, 05:00)
Today's distributions: SLAX 4.1.2, ROCK Linux 2.0.1, FAMELIX
1.0, Knoppel 0.4, and LormaLinux 5.0 Beta.
SitePoint: Cross Platform Open Source More Successful? (May 28, 2004, 04:00)
"More precisely, they both run well under Windows. It may be an
obvious point but getting started with 'dynamic duo' is almost
easier on Windows than it is on *Nix, at least for a standard
NewsForge: Insurance for Linux Users: Why is it Needed? (May 28, 2004, 02:30)
"When a start-up firm called OSRM (Open Source Risk Management)
announced two months ago that it planned to offer standard product
liability insurance to Linux users and developers, many in the
Linux community wondered why..."
eWeek: Open Source Isn't Religion--Just Good Business (May 28, 2004, 01:00)
"I don't think that I'm alone in being so turned off by the
political aspects of the open-source community that I've never
really considered the business side of the equation..."
LinuxInsider: Open-Source App Servers Coming of Age with J2EE (May 28, 2004, 00:15)
"Three open-source application servers are expected to be
certified J2EE-compatible by year's end, meaning that lower-cost
alternatives to products from BEA Systems, IBM, and Oracle are on
Mandrakelinux Advisories: mailman, kolab-server (May 28, 2004, 00:14)
Two security advisories from Mandrakesoft.
Gentoo Linux Advisory: Heimdal (May 28, 2004, 00:13)
"A possible buffer overflow in the Kerberos 4 component of
Heimdal has been discovered..."