Developer Linux News for Oct 28, 2000
Freshmeat: Linux -- The New CP/M?
"...I think the important path for Linux is to fully support the
Windows Office Suite and all other major Windows applications,
yesterday if not sooner. Support of the VB environment is crucial
to this. Development of freeware and shareware clones for these
applications will follow once the Linux market is established.
InfoWorld: Linux users enjoy customizable interfaces (2000-10-28 19:09:59)
"Flexibility, logic of Gnome and KDE interfaces allow Linux
users to address their own needs, rather than the developers',
while at the same time boosting personal productivity and
FreeOS.com: Microsoft Office for Linux? (2000-10-28 18:29:52)
"Many people interested in trying out Linux often want to know
if their favorite application runs on Linux. The most popular
applications are Word and Excel, since they've become the de facto
Office suites under Windows. People are more interested in knowing
if these would run under Linux. They often ask, 'Does Microsoft
Office run on Linux?' Most Windows users don't really go around
fiddling with the operating system, but use it only to run the
application. They aren't as interested in learning, or using, the
underlying OS. They're happy as long as their favorite application
runs! If Microsoft Office does run on Linux, it would probably
compel these users to switch to Linux."
LinuxJournal: Say "No, thanks" to Offers of Illegal MS Source Code
"Anybody who wishes to be involved in free software should have
nothing to do with anything claiming to be Microsoft source code
released without license or in any informal way," said Eben Moglen,
general counsel of the Free Software Foundation and professor of
law and legal history at Columbia University."
32BitsOnline: Review of Sensiva for Linux PR1 (2000-10-28 17:02:09)
"Average users can extend the capabilities of Sensiva, one
command at a time, by drawing a symbol with the mouse (or loading a
set of predefined symbols) and assigning it to a desired command.
After doing this, performing the same motion with the mouse will
perform the desired command. The Linux version of Sensiva still has
a long way to go before it reaches the functionality and feature
richness of its Windows and Mac cousins."
Linux-World.dk: Best Linux 2000 R2 Review (2000-10-28 13:02:21)
"...I'm very pleased to see that Best Linux by default do not
start a load of (insecure) system services, including web server,
ftp server, telnet, etc. This is the way it should be. Let this be
a lesson to all other (well, many of them at least) distribution
not to do this. It can be a huge security risk with all these
system services running, if they aren't properly