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  • KDE wins the 'Best Open Source Project' award at LinuxWorld Expo (Aug 29, 2001, 23:40)
    " LinuxWorld Expo being hosted in San Francisco, CA, the KDE Project was honored as the winner in the 'Best Open Source Project' category."

  • Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #105 by Paul Emsley (Aug 29, 2001, 22:45)
    Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for the previous week.

  • LinuxPR: Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns Now Available for Linux (Aug 29, 2001, 21:24)
    "TimeGate Studios, Inc. and Loki Software, Inc. announce that the hit fantasy and strategy game, Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns, shipped for the Linux platform on Saturday, August 25."

  • ZDNet/Yahoo!: Nations uniting for open source (Aug 29, 2001, 16:21)
    "But behind the obvious reasons for the move to open-source and free software are more subtle issues. One of the overriding drivers behind legislation, experts said, appears to be a desire to break free of the United States' lock on the global software market."

  • The Failure of Tech Journalism (Aug 29, 2001, 14:18)
    Read initially for personal curiosity, the article gets around to (and aims a few barbs at) advocacy sites before moving on to broadsides against just about every other facet of tech journalism, including fawning Windows reviews and the cursory consideration given the worst abuses of the dot-coms: "Try and find an agnostic view of Linux or MacOS. The sites which cover them are in the business of preaching to the converted. While Mac evangelism is as silly as worshiping a dead Sci-fi writer, Linux evangelism seems to expect everyone to rely on the belief of miracles with no further evidence needed. To read Slashdot, only the lack of intellectual fervor is standing between you and the nirvana of Linux. The fact that you need a million work arounds and training sessions to get it to function on the desktop is always downplayed. Mention this and you're a 'luser who uses Windoze.'"

  • LinuxPlanet: .comment: A Dead End and a Milestone, or "What's Up, .doc?" (Aug 29, 2001, 13:03)
    If one of the unhappier realities of the Linux publishing industry is that the vast majority of Linux books are likely being written in Microsoft Word to satisfy the need editors and publishers have for rainbow-colored revision copies, one of the more pleasant facts of the Linux world is that just when you're cursing the lack of a feature in your almost-favorite app, it pops up. Or not. As he battles the forces of .doc, Dennis Powell considers KDE's pending jump to Qt-3.0 and all the happy confusion (and progress) that might entail.

  • Infoworld: Open source takes hold [Results of a CTO survey] (Aug 29, 2001, 10:44)
    "About half of the CTOs we polled trust their business to open-source application development tools and application servers. Almost all respondents reported that open-source projects save their companies time and not just a little money. They report savings ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, which is money being siphoned away from the pockets of commercial software vendors."

  • LinuxPR: Easy Software Products Releases ESP Print Pro v4.2 (Aug 29, 2001, 09:08)
    "Easy Software Products today announced the release of ESP Print Pro v4.2, a complete printing solution for UNIX. The product is based on the company's Common UNIX Printing System technology and supports AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, Solaris, and Tru64 UNIX."

  • KOffice 1.1 Released (Aug 29, 2001, 06:20)
    KOffice 1.1 is out. The project's press release, with change information and download links available within.

  • Making GNOME Accessible -- Opening New Doors At the Workplace for Users with Disabilities (Aug 29, 2001, 06:01)
    "GNOME Foundation today announced the early access release of the Gnome 2.0 Accessibility Framework. This framework paves the way for a new generation of applications that integrate with assistive technologies -- enabling all users to access the GNOME desktop."

  • ZDNet: Windows and Linux: in perfect harmony (Aug 29, 2001, 04:57)
    "We called on five Windows-on-Linux solutions--VMware GSX Server, VMware Workstation, Win4Lin, Wine, and WinToNet--to strut their stuff for us. With an emulator (or, in the case of Wine, a Windows compatibility layer), you can maintain the Linux foundation while being able to call up Windows applications as needed. And WinToNet takes a different tack; it's a Windows NT/2000-based product that can serve up Windows applications to any client with a browser--including Linux. Although each of these packages has its own set of quirks, none is terribly difficult to use, and all tend to work to varying degrees, depending on what you're looking for."

  • Yahoo!/Reuters: Russian Programmer Indicted in Copyright Case (Aug 29, 2001, 03:53)
    "Dmitry Sklyarov, 26, and ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. were named in the five-count indictment filed in San Jose federal district court, prosecutors said. They are charged with selling and conspiracy to sell technology designed to circumvent the new U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which bans the sale of technology that can allow people to thwart copyright protections in computer and electronic programs."

  • Interview With the People Behind JFS, ReiserFS & XFS (Aug 29, 2001, 01:30) interviews the project leads for three of the journaling file systems available for Linux regarding the differences between each, inclusion in the Linux kernel, and how production-ready each is.