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Developer Linux News for Apr 28, 2001

  • LinuxProgramming: Bugzilla 2.12 Released (Apr 28, 2001, 22:17)
    "There has not been a Bugzilla release for a while, but development has continued, and the Bugzilla team is proud to announce release of Bugzilla 2.12."

  • The Economist: Has Microsoft Changed? A kinder, gentler gorilla? (Apr 28, 2001, 21:17)
    Reader Gary Edwards wrote in with this link to an Economist story plus a rather lengthy commentary of his own: "The Economist article cuts to the chase and explains the MS dilemma through the lens of current MS activities. It's simple. They shot the sheriff and are now preparing to ravage the citizenry with heavily disguised .NET temptations. But will anyone ever trust them again?"

  • LinuxJournal: Why Python? [Eric Raymond] (Apr 28, 2001, 20:07)
    A small exchange regarding Python in our earlier link to the latest release of CML2 (that's a friendlier tool for kernel configuration slated for inclusion in 2.5.1 or 2.5.2) jogged our memories about an earlier essay we came across by none other than the author of CML2 himself: Eric Raymond. LT missed it the first time, so here's a link now.

  • DukeOfURL: Promise FastTrak on Linux HowTo (Apr 28, 2001, 16:00)
    "Today we're going to deal with Promise's IDE RAID controller, which may turn some people off with its binary-only drivers (3Ware's are open source), but what it lacks in its licensing, it makes up for in its outstanding price. For about $75 USD a Promise FastTrak 100 PCI can be had, compared to $150 for 3Ware's comparable card. Both cards are capable of both RAID 0 and RAID 1, so I'll let you be the judge of which card is truly better."

  • NewsForge: TransGaming puts DirectX in Wine (Apr 28, 2001, 12:00)
    "In addition to the technical challenges posed by re-implementing and reverse-engineering an evolving standard, the company has invented a new business model where subscribers help determine development directions. All of the code produced will eventually enter the standard Wine distribution."

  • Linux 2.4.4 is out. (Apr 28, 2001, 05:54)
    Linux 2.4.4 is out. Changelog and link to mirrors within.

  • LinuxPlanet: gnotebook: Assessing What We Owe (Apr 28, 2001, 05:54)
    It's widely understood that Eazel, the company behind GNOME's Nautilus, is in no small amount of financial trouble. Enough so, in fact, that the company has started accepting contributions via PayPal. The question this raises is one of how GNOME users should react: either thanking them for the code and moving on, or pitching in as a way of recognizing the company's contributions.

  • LinuxProgramming: Eric S. Raymond: CML2 1.3.1, aka "I stick my neck out a mile..." (Apr 28, 2001, 00:19)
    "I'm going to stick my neck out a mile and say that I think this is a stable release. Doing so, of course, is in reality a clever plan which ensures that at least three embarrassing bugs will be discovered within the next 24 hours..." This is a tool designed to ease kernel configuration and compilation for "non-gurus" slated for introduction into the 2.5.1 or 2.5.2 kernel.