Developer Linux News for Sep 16, 2001
Programming: KParts Explained (2001-09-16 23:52:05)
"There are two kinds of KPart: components and plugins.
Components provide a widget that you can display, and may extend
the application's menu to add the component's specific actions. A
plugin has no widget. This is usually one menu entry that provides
one new feature. To make this possible, the menus of an application
are defined in a XML file."
LA Times: Computer Vs. Net Device: More Vs. Less (2001-09-16 17:55:24)
"BICBox of Newbury Park has an interesting compromise between a
PC and a network appliance. It gives users the reliability of a
system that can't be messed up by the user along with some of the
flexibility of a PC. The $299 BICBox doesn't come with a monitor or
a hard drive, but it does come with Linux; for an additional $99,
you can use Windows 98 Second Edition."
Mojolin: Linux on the Desktop -- missing the mark (2001-09-16 15:52:51)
"The major problem with moving Linux to the desktop is the fact
that it was not first to market. Microsoft got there first and so
owns the market. You see the same thing with RedHat within the
Linux using community. It's an old rule of thumb, first to market,
no matter how imperfect your product, and you get the lions share
of that market. Why? Well, once people start using and learning a
product, they are reluctant to start over again with a new, better
product. It takes them out of their comfort zone."
Debian Planet: HOWTOs: Filesystems - Part I (2001-09-16 14:05:36)
"There has been much hype about journaled filesystems for
GNU/Linux in recent months, and Debian Planet has hosted its fair
share of articles concerning various alternative filesystems. In
this series of articles we will take you through these filesystems,
giving background information, history and tips. Furthermore in
each article we will install and use the filesystem covered and
provide benchmarks (which should only used in comparison with those
disclosed within other articles within this series)."
Linux Journal: Open Letter to Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO, Walt Disney Company
"The SSSCA, which you are in the middle of buying from Congress,
would outlaw the software that powers the independent Internet, the
Internet that had many of us crying on our keyboards this week,
from loss, relief or rage. At times like this, a slightly cracked
monkey means more to us than a perfectly coiffed mouse."
[ Readers with triggers and story ordering set up should note
that this article is the first we've added under the new 'Law and
Licenses' category. -ed. ]
Wired: Computing Made Good, Easy (2001-09-16 10:07:22)
"Non-technical users can capture the productivity benefits of
the Unix design philosophy without abandoning the standard desktop
with graphic user interface. One example is the "Good Easy"
environment developed by usability expert Mark Hurst. Based on the
Macintosh OS 9 operating system, it is used at Creative Good,
Hurst's consultancy business."