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Developer Linux News for Aug 28, 2001

  • Ottawa Citizen: Parliamentary Library defies trade tribunal (Aug 28, 2001, 18:31)
    A Canadian trade tribunal ruled that the Parliamentary Library was obligated to accept bids from a Linux-based business, but the library is ignoring the ruling. The business owner says the ruling "is a major legal victory for software that is based on open standards, open source code and free from the tyranny of proprietary monopoly," the library says it doesn't have a budget left to implement the order.

  • Sun's Desktop Division making headway (Aug 28, 2001, 17:06)
    This is a wide-ranging interview (our way of saying 'an excerpt won't do it justice') with a collection of Sun employees working on GNOME that touches on everything from 'why's Sun backing GNOME in particular' to 'what makes an interface usable?': "Hackers are so close to the applications they develop that they might not see how these implementations could trip up someone who is not as familiar with the underlying code. Often user interfaces mimic the code that lies underneath. Most users do not think about accomplishing tasks in the order that a computer system would approach the task. They need a user interface that masks the underlying system architecture from the user level. But hackers are so in tune with their code that their user interfaces are often too revealing of this underlying architecture."

  • Leave Linux to the Geeks (Aug 28, 2001, 13:01)
    "I don't run Linux. Why? Because I'm a lazy sucker with limited computer skills and low geek self-esteem. I'm the worst kind of Windows user. I'm the guy who's read all the bad press on Microsoft, felt firsthand the bug-ridden frustration of Windows 98, and witnessed Steve Ballmer beating a competing software developer about the face and neck with a 3.5-inch floppy (OK, not the last one). Yet I continue to patronize Windows for the same reason that Sir Edmund Hillary climbed that big hill: "Because it's there."

  • CodeWeavers CrossOver Plugin Enables Display Of Windows Browser Plugins, MS Office Files In Linux (Aug 28, 2001, 11:45)
    "CrossOver Plugin is an exclusive CodeWeavers product designed to operate in conjunction with Wine. CrossOver Plugin allows seamless use of Apple QuickTime and Macromedia Shockwave Director on most Linux Web browsers including Netscape and Mozilla; what's more, the adapter allows Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and eFax email viewers to be used with Linux email clients."

  • Consulting City of Largo Completes Desktop Transition (Aug 28, 2001, 10:45)
    "In an exclusive interview with ConsultingTimes, Largo's CIO Harold Schomaker described how the city was initially looking to upgrade and migrate their GroupWise system. 'Novell was going to embrace Linux and write Linux clients. But all of a sudden that got dropped.' Schomaker and his staff explored the possibility of upgrading the existing GroupWise system to meet their needs, but the customization costs were prohibitive."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.9-ac3 (Aug 28, 2001, 06:37)
    "Ok this seems to be stable. The changes in ac3 are actually all queued fixes from before the merge. The bits outstanding are the vm changes which I want to take very slowly, and the min/max thing which needs to be dealt with."