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Jul 27, 1999, 13:41 (1 Talkback[s])
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Here are some announcements and newsbites of assorted interest.

  • Linux-Mandrake at LinuxWorld Expo
    Gaël Duval says, " We are very pleased to announce that we (some representatives and developers from Linux-Mandrake) will be at LinuxWorld Expo on august, 10-12 1999 - San Jose, CA. You will find us at the Pick Systems' stand. Come to meet us!
  • Poll running for Storage Review
    Mike pointed us to a poll at this site, requesting people to vote for the operating system that they are interested in. Mike points out that they do a good job of reviewing hard drives - it sure would be nice if they did some Linux-based testing.
  • First pics of Amiga MCC -- Transmeta screen shot
    James Russell noticed that Amiga has confirmed that Transmeta is at least a part of the team for Amiga MCC. At this link you'll find the video snapshot showing Linus Torvalds and the name Transmeta.
  • Heretic 2 for Linux!
    Natas says, "Its official guys...we are getting Heretic2 for Linux! Read the Loki Portal Site for more information!"

    Also in Loki games news...

  • Bungie Anounces Myth II for Linux
    David Figueiredo pointed us to a press release from May that talks about Myth II for Linux. David said, 'Bungie Software, long a leader in both multiplatform development and high-end games, casts a vote of confidence for Linux by announcing that their recent hit title 'Myth II: Soulblighter' will soon be available for the open-source platform."

    To port and distribute the title, Bungie has turned to Loki Entertainment Software, the premier company bringing triple-A titles to the Linux platform. As Loki's president Scott Draeker points out, "Linux is not just for servers any more! Many of the ten-million-plus Linux users would like to play games on their operating system of choice." Loki recently released "Civilization: Call to Power", and will be porting "Railroad Tycoon II" and "Eric's Ultimate Solitaire" in the near future. Among other game companies, id Software recently announced that it will be releasing Quake III: Arena for Linux.

  • Berliner Tageszeitung interview with Richard Stallman
    Fred Mobach says, "At the site of the Berliner Tageszeitung you can read an interview (in German) with Richard Stallman, who visited the Wizards of OS conference in Berlin, Germany. It's a good interview, it's like reading RMS's own papers.
  • Porting NetZero to Linux?
    Andrew Bowser passes this along:

    Here is a snippet from a Usenet exchange on a NetZero, the free (ad-supported) ISP, and Linux. Seems the company is interested in porting/developing/modifying a Java app to work on Linux boxen. (To access NetZero's free Internet service, you have to endure a permanent Java-based ad window.)

     Subject: Netzero on Linux
     Author: Czouch 
       Date: 1999-07-10
    Sources: comp.os.linux.hardware, comp.os.linux.networking

    If you're willing to try and write the Java code for our banner, go right ahead. It needs to be a floating Java box, always in the foreground, that cannot be stuck (i.e. when you change to another area of your virtual desktop, it moves to alwyas stay on the visible screen).

    Don't worry about it too much, though. I was just informed yesterday that, after our MacOS port is finished later this year, work is going to begin on the OS/2 and Linux versions. In fact, I was told that our original release actually did run under Linux.

    So, it looks like it's only a matter of time....


  • Aberdeen offers Servers
    Dan Lark noticed that the major online reseller is now offering Linux systems on this webpage