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ZDNet: Evan Leibovitch: Bleeding edge for the rest of us

Aug 01, 2000, 20:40 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The Caldera Linux Technology Preview (LTP) is an actual boxed, two-CD distribution that offers a taste of Linux to come. Based on pre-release versions of the 2.4 kernel, KDE 2.0 and the newest XFree86, the LTP is the first kit I've seen in a while that easily allows those unversed in kernel installation to examine future developments."

"The package is clearly aimed at developers, specifically to attract them to the Caldera platform. The release of the LTP parallels that of Caldera's OpenLinux Developer Network (ODN), a virtual meeting and resource area. Clearly Caldera is interested in attracting new application developers to ODN, those who may not care about the guts of the new system but want to get a head start on understanding, for example, the totally-new-for-2.4 Linux firewalling mechanism. For good measure, the LTP also includes a number of Java development tools and Sun's HotSpot, a Java virtual machine."

"The LTP is available in a box for $20 from Caldera's website. There's also a $20 rebate, so you can basically get it for the cost of shipping. Alternatively, you can burn your own CD with the downloadable version from Caldera's FTP site."

"Actually, LTP may even be easier to install than most production distributions of Linux. It uses Caldera's Lizard installer which has always been one of the better ones among Linux distros. Furthermore, this was the only installation I can recall where my "plug-and-pray" ISA sound card was recognized immediately -- no doubt a result of the 2.4 kernel's new PnP smarts."

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