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Developer Linux News for May 24, 2001

  • LinuxProgramming: python-dev summary 2001-05-10 - 2001-05-24 (2001-05-24 21:57:41)
    "This is a summary of traffic on the python-dev mailing list between May 10 and May 24 (inclusive) 2001. It is intended to inform the wider Python community of ongoing developments."

  • Borland Drops the Price on Kylix Desktop Developer (2001-05-24 20:44:18)
    Borland is running a promotion on the Kylix Desktop Developer edition that drops the price pretty substantially: from $999 to $199.

  • CNET News.com: Companies fight over CD listings, leaving the public behind (2001-05-24 20:06:25)
    More on the Gracenote/Roxio lawsuit regarding the use of the CDDB database, which Gracenote owns. For those just joining the story, the issue with Gracenote's ownership of a database populated over the years by vounteers. Gracenote is currently involved in a lawsuit with Roxio over the latter's use of other online databases. This article gets into some background detail, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation's involvement and the fact Gracenot's suit could prevent other developers from moving to open source alternatives.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.4-ac16 (2001-05-24 19:14:50)
    "This merges some of the pending changes. In terms of going through the code audit almost all the sound drivers still need fixing to lock against format changes during a read/write. Poll creating and starting a buffer as write does and also mmap during write, write during an mmap."

  • LinuxProgramming: KGesture: A KDE Gesture Recognition Project (2001-05-24 18:30:07)
    This is an interesting project: it brings gesture recognition to the K desktop. Initially we hoped that meant we could flap our hands around in front of the monitor to launch apps, but even if this is less cool than that, it's still cool.

  • Question of the Day: Automatically Setting Downloaded Executables +x? (2001-05-24 16:14:42)
    A few days ago Miguel de Icaza posed an interesting question on Nautilus-list centered around downloading executables from the net, which often don't have their execute bit set: "I would like to suggest that we set this bit manually if the user double clicks on a file that happens to have an a.out or ELF signature. Maybe we could popup a warning or something, but the result should be that files downloaded in this way would just work."

  • BULMA: Ext2, ReiserFS and XFS Benchmarks (2001-05-24 14:45:49)
    This set of benchmarks finds that there's no clear winner in every category, but maintains that with the added value of journaling thrown in, all provide a better "value" than ext2.

  • Software Development Online: Is Open Source for You? (2001-05-24 13:33:48)
    This is a reasonable introduction to open source software from someone who characterizes himself as a realist on the matter. There are a few mild swipes at "the zealots" but for the most part he's friendly to open source software, uses open source software, and offers a set of interesting guidelines for when it's good to go open source and when it's not.

  • GNU Project Adds a GPL FAQ (2001-05-24 05:27:40)
    The GNU Project has created a GPL FAQ that explains a host of issues including some dealing with license compatibility, how to apply the GPL to a given program, how GPL'd code interacts with proprietary software, and whether it's possible to create proprietary software with GPL'd tools (which gets asked more than you'd think.)

  • LinuxPlanet: .comment: If Not Now, When? (2001-05-24 04:29:16)
    Dennis E. Powell also takes exception to the notion that it's time write the Linux desktop's obituary. On the other hand, he offers up some points for why things aren't moving so fast: resistance to proprietary hardware support, and resistance to for-pay software among them. This week Dennis reminds us that the best technical solution doesn't always win, and the real task ahead for convincing people to make the switch to a Linux desktop lies in providing a truly compelling reason.