Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 02:16:20 -0600
From: Jeff V. Merkey firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Ute-Linux Release 1.0 posted
A very early drop of the Ute-Linux base release has posted at
vger.timpanogas.org. This release is free if accessed from our FTP
server and can be downloaded and redistributed under the terms of
the GPL for any purpose. WEBMIN is has some problems that are being
corrected, and majordomo also has some issues with this release,
but everything else seems to work. The ute-backgrounds RPM has some
great art of where we live here in Utah and has supports both KDE
and GNOME. My favorite is the "Temple of the Sun" -- a holy place
to Ute American Indians here in Utah.
ISO images are also available and can be freely downloaded.
We evaluated the different open source installers and selected
anaconda due to it's use of python and the ease of maintaining a
commercial release with this tool since it's just python scripts.
Two other Ute-Linux releases will be posted within the month,
Ute-Network-Linux (based on the NWFS File System), and
Ute-Cluster-Linux (based on the M2FS clustered File System). We are
about 11 days behind schedule, but are getting there. At present,
the integrated NWFS in using the 2.2.17 kernel, and we are still
making modifications to anaconda and hope to have ute-nwfs posted
sometime this week. Updated RPM's with the 2.2.18 kernel will be
avialable end of this week, but it's not stable at present so use
at your own risk. We are also updating the RPM utilities to version
4.0 by Friday.
Ute-Linux is based on a collection of open source components and
RPMs from the Red Hat, and Open Linux releases. I had no idea how
much work was involved in doing a Linux release until we actually
did one -- I can tell you after going through this process, we have
a much deeper respect and understanding for these issues and what
the Linux guys in general deal with daily in this market -- it's an
enormous amount of work and testing.
TRG has created an automated build environment that now allows
us to create a full featured commerial quality Linux release that
can share components between the Open Source NetWare (MANOS) and
commercial Linux distributions. We will be providing the
MANOS/Linux versioning system and maintenance scripts so those
folks interested in maintaining a complete Linux distribution tree
and creating dual builds on MANOS and Linux with identical
distributions trees of RPMs and applications can do so.
We are using an RPM style tree structure for this system. This
system will be posted late this year when the first MANOS
distribution ships. The MANOS prototype integrated with Linux last
month is instrumented as a unique processor port (/arch) in the
current Linux tree in order to preserve exisiting code
compatibility issues with a different kernel, but it builds
everything as a module -- including the kernel.
As tuning and development on MANOS progresses, we will be
completing the NetWare style optimizations that will allow this
Linux fork to kick the snot out of NT and NetWare for file and
print. To date, we will be using most folks code, including the top
half of Linus' scheduler for the Linux apps. NetWare style I/O
paths and WTD paths are beneath this level, and there' also a
separate NetWare style command console to process STARTUP.NCF and
AUTOEXEC.NCF style NetWare commends so exisiting NetWare servers
can be easily upgraded to the Linux/NetWare hybrib. This console
uses W2K DLLs and NT PE EXEs instead of coff for the NOS kernel
modules (the Linux kernel now loads on MANOS as a DLL -- heresy no
We have opted for this approach because it will then be simple
for Linux or whomever to simply use the MANOS optimizations as an
/arch and /kernel option with exisiting Linux trees and a few
patches -- the most inobtrusive way to do this, and one Linus is
most likely to look at as an alternate /arch directory in the
current build tree.
TRG grants indemnification against infringement claims by Novell
to any commercial Linux companies, customers, distributors, etc.
who use patches, NWFS, THOR, Ute-Linux, MANOS or any TRG
technologies in their releases. If you are contacted by Novell, and
are a target of threats by Novell personnel, please contact TRG's
litigation department at 801-222-9635, and we will be happy to
greet Novell at the Courthouse doors on your behalf.
TRG has a release granted by a litigation settlement that Novell
agreed to in exchange for TRG dropping sexual harrassment charges
filed by TRG against Novell's Executives and Board of Directors in
1998. This release provides immunity to TRG or any companies acting
in concert with TRG against damages or patent infringement claims
by Novell for use of NetWare core technologies, excluding trademark
infringement (this is why we are out doing their file systems and
they can't do sh_t about it -- just in case anyone was
Copies of this release are available for review by companies
interested in using or dsributing TRG technologies.