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Developer Linux News for Aug 18, 2001

  • MachineOfTheMonth: Using your CD-RW drive as a UDF filesystem packet writer Part 2 (Aug 18, 2001, 17:28)
    "Packet writing is an interesting application of cd-rw drives but until the process can become more user-friendly and the tools can become more feedback-oriented, we'll have to wait for some time. No one wants to waste a pack of cd-rw discs on something that won't even tell them what is going on. They just sit there and wait and wait and finally, it spits out an error message."

  • Why Microsoft Smears-and Fears-Open Source [Eric Raymond] (Aug 18, 2001, 14:30)
    ESR: "Mightily has the company striven to confuse the use of software with the derivation of software, and all open-source licenses with the one license--the GNU General Public License, or GPL--that mandates that derivative works of GPL'ed code must themselves be issued under GPL terms. Among other things, these terms require that program source code be made available to anyone who requests it. But several other open-source licenses exist that do not impose this condition."

  • Linux Journal: Virtual Network Computing (Aug 18, 2001, 13:45)
    "Virtual network computing (VNC), a remote access application from AT&T Laboratories Cambridge, is a great tool for remote desktop viewing and manipulation. Its core function is to allow the user to use the VNC client to connect to a host running the VNC server and remotely use the server's desktop. Keyboard and mouse updates are sent to the server, and snapshots of the server's desktop are compressed and sent back to the client via the VNC protocol. A few of VNC's most compelling features are: excellent platform portability, an open-source code base, conservative bandwidth usage and excellent pricing (free!)."

  • Andrea Arcangeli: 2.2.20pre9aa2 & 2.4.9aa2 (Aug 18, 2001, 04:31)
    "Since I couldn't find other issues in my workloads I'd now ask everybody who complained about the lack of vma merging in 2.4 to test this patch on their systems and to report the performance difference while running their vma intensive applications. Thanks!"

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.8-ac7 (Aug 18, 2001, 04:27)
    "Ok this completes the main merging/testing stuff that was going on. VM performance reports on this kernel would be appreciated."

  • ZDNet: Caldera CEO: Challenge of the desktop (Aug 18, 2001, 02:21)
    "The challenge of the desktop is evolving. The traditional monolithic desktop is not for Linux, but the evolving thin client desktop is ideal for it. Something like 80 to 90 percent of personal time is now spent in the browser, and as the Internet becomes predominant use of desktop, applications will follow. As the desktop becomes the browser, you will see Linux become the predominant platform on devices that connect to the Internet."