Linux News for Jul 28, 2004
OSNews: Opinion: How Desktop Linux Should Behave (Jul 28, 2004, 23:30)
"Today, DL is still nothing more than a UNIX-clone with a task
bar, a start menu, and a desktop with some icons on it. But why has
DL evolved at such a glacial pace...?"
Editor's Note: LinuxWorld, The Summer of Suits (Jul 28, 2004, 22:45)
Your editor is hitting the road for a little vacation and lot of
LinuxWorld. But is LWE even worth it any more?
SearchEnterpriseLinux: LinuxWorld Preview: What Are the Unix Vendors' Plans for Linux? (Jul 28, 2004, 22:00)
"Just so you go to LinuxWorld with the back story in hand,
here's a look at Unix vendors' current Linux strategies..."
Rippleweb: Feather Linux Mini Review (Jul 28, 2004, 21:15)
"Recently, I have thought about trying out one of the
mini-distributions that are becoming more and more
OSNews: Review: Mandrake Linux 10 (Jul 28, 2004, 20:30)
"I know that a lot of people have posted reviews on Mandrake,
SuSE, Fedora, etc. but here is mine..."
LinuxDevices: Windows, Linux Grapple in Great Gadget Smack-Down! (Jul 28, 2004, 19:45)
"What really matters for the spectators, though, are the actual
devices produced by the respective competitors..."
Fedora Core Advisory: sox (Jul 28, 2004, 19:44)
"Updated sox packages that fix buffer overflows in the WAV file
handling code are now available..."
Tom's Hardware Guide: Making Open Source Software Pay (Jul 28, 2004, 19:00)
"While some home users, hackers and hobbyists have switched to
Linux or other Open Source software, businesses seem to have been
more cautious. What exactly is Open Source software? Are there
issues with licensing and technical support...?"
Mandrakelinux Advisories: XFree86, mod_ssl, postgresql, webmin (Jul 28, 2004, 18:59)
Four security advisories from Mandrakesoft.
Computerworld: Whatever Happened to UnitedLinux? (Jul 28, 2004, 18:15)
"UnitedLinux LLC began with much energy and promise in May 2002,
as four Linux vendors joined to create a standardized, certified
and robust enterprise-focused version of the open-source operating
VNUnet: Accelerating Linux in the Enterprise (Jul 28, 2004, 17:30)
"An interview with William Weinberg, newly appointed
architecture specialist at the Open Source Development Labs..."
LinuxInsider: Mozilla Usage Flat in July Following June Surge (Jul 28, 2004, 16:45)
"After a growth surge that contributed to the decline in market
share of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) for the first time in six
years, usage of the Mozilla browser flattened out during much of
Mandrakesoft: 39% Increase in Revenues for the
Third Fiscal Quarter (Jul 28, 2004, 16:00)
"During the third quarter of 2003/2004, Mandrakesoft produced a
consolidated revenue of 1.50 M€ [US$1.8 million] and a gross
margin of 1.25 M€ [US$1.5 million]..."
BusinessWire: IDG World Expo, LinuxWorld Magazine Name Finalists for LW Product Excellence Awards (Jul 28, 2004, 15:15)
"Managed in conjunction with LinuxWorld Magazine, the Product
Excellence Awards will be presented in 13 separate categories, in
addition to a Best of Show Award..."
CNET News: NASA Taps SGI, Intel for Supercomputer (Jul 28, 2004, 14:30)
"NASA has picked Computer maker Silicon Graphics Inc. and
chipmaker Intel to develop a major supercomputer based on Linux to
simulate space exploration and conduct other research, SGI
Open Source Law: Open Source and the IT Trade Deficit (Jul 28, 2004, 14:00)
"We identify one instance in which failure to move to a
functionally equivalent open source product has significant costs
for Australia and, in that example, quantify those costs at $430
million per year..."
internetnews.com: BEA Opens Up to Developers (Jul 28, 2004, 13:30)
"Looking to take the sting out of Java development, BEA Systems
released code under Apache Beehive in the hopes of getting
programmers to write service-oriented architecture (SOAs)
Linux Journal: Creating Games with Pygame (Jul 28, 2004, 13:00)
"A tutorial explaining how to use Pygame, a wrapper built on
Python and SDL, for game development and improved execution..."
LinuxDevices: Open Source Intellectual Property Services Vendor Nets $5M in Funding (Jul 28, 2004, 11:30)
"Black Duck Software has closed a $5 million funding round,
co-led by General Catalyst Partners and Flagship Ventures..."
The Virginian-Pilot: "Red Hat Academy" To Be Based at TCC (Jul 28, 2004, 10:00)
"Red Hat Inc. has selected Tidewater Community College as one of
three sites fora Red Hat Academy..."
China Daily: Linux Gaining Steam in China (Jul 28, 2004, 08:30)
"Linux, the open-source software programme, is gaining
increasing momentum in Asia-Pacific, especially China, due to
strong government backing and great demand for low-cost computing
Web Hosting Industry Review: Zend Launches PHP Certification Program (Jul 28, 2004, 07:00)
"Zend Technologies, which released PHP 5 last week, announced on
Monday that it has launched the Zend PHP certification program
DevX: WAMP Up Your Open Source Development on Windows for Free (Jul 28, 2004, 05:30)
"Apache, MySQL, and PHP, three quarters of the LAMP open source
platform that includes Linux, have made serious progress in Windows
compatibility. This short guide demonstrates how to install this
power trio on Windows for a WAMP platform..."
Release Digest: KDE, July 27, 2004 (Jul 28, 2004, 04:45)
Today's KDE apps: kload 0.2a, TypingTrainer 1.0rc2, KGeography
0.2, Media-Detect 0.53, G System 0.2, KSysMonApplet 0.2b, Syntext
Serna 2.0.b2_1, Kbioritmi 0.6.2, KDigest 0.3, KNetLoad 2.2.2, KVBA
0.5, PG Calculator 2.2-4, PwManager 1.0, TagLib 1.2, TuxCards 1.2,
Klusters 1.4.1, and kmodemlights 0.2.
Release Digest: GNU, July 27, 2004 (Jul 28, 2004, 04:45)
Today's GNU app: GnuPG 1.2.5.
Release Digest: GNOME, July 27, 2004 (Jul 28, 2004, 04:45)
Today's GNOME app: gcalctool v5.5.0.
AME Info: Just Add Linux (Jul 28, 2004, 04:00)
"Open source software combined with commercial licensed software
has become a market reality in the Middle East as open source
technologies, like Linux and Apache, which are already tremendous
IT Director: Open Source Security (Jul 28, 2004, 03:15)
"One of the main reasons that companies choose Open Source
software is because of the cost--even commoditised software based
on Open Source code is cheaper than proprietary technology..."
O'Reilly: Worried About Perl 6 (Jul 28, 2004, 02:30)
"I'm a big fan of perl--I've written lots of code in perl and I
plan to write a bunch more this fall. But now that I am browsing
the OSCON convention program, I am starting to worry about perl
OSNews: Opinion: Why Linux Isn't Ready for the Desktop (Jul 28, 2004, 01:45)
"Even a Commodore 64 running Geos could be 'ready for the
desktop' by this definition, but the fact is that when we read
'ready for the desktop' we understand 'ready to replace Microsoft
Fresh Inc.: Abuse of Power? (Jul 28, 2004, 01:00)
"It looks like the company has run out of creative juice, and is
looking for new ways to harness revenue. So they're exploring legal
ways to get paid for Open Source projects..."
IT Manager's Journal: The Long Now: Why 'Slower' is the Unnoticed New Frontier (Jul 28, 2004, 00:30)
"If you've been questioning whether open-source projects can
move beyond mimicry and 'me-too' products to create significant
innovation, you might want to take a long look at The Long Now
Foundation's open-source Timeline/Calendar project..."
LinuxWorld: What's the Best OS For My Parents? (Jul 28, 2004, 00:00)
"To cut a long story short, I need an operating system that's
easy enough for my parents to use but secure enough so that I can
firewall it and all the other stuff that one needs to do in order
to be on the Internet these days..."