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Developer Linux News for Oct 25, 2001

  • Linux Orbit: KaZaa client for GNU/Linux, the new sharing era begins (2001-10-25 23:58:28)
    "This is a big step for Linux users who like to download media and a small step for other Linux users. It goes to show that Linux is making progress everyday and could soon have the same level of support as Windows. This program is a bit crude and is missing many important features (as opposed to the Windows counterpart) but it gets the job done well and will probably be what I use to download media from the Internet for quite some time."

  • SearchWin2k.com: Put many operating systems under one roof (2001-10-25 23:04:43)
    "Windows emulators, like WINE, make it possible to run some Windows applications on Linux. Another approach complements storage virtualization to create a single environment, according to Diane Greene, CEO of Palo Alto, CA-based virtualization software developer VMware Inc. In this searchWindowsManageability interview, Greene explains how virtual computing differs from other approaches and why it's a boon for IT managers."

  • OSNews.com: BlueOS Uses Linux for its Kernel (2001-10-25 22:23:40)
    "BlueOS uses Linux kernel 2.4.12 as its basis, and Xfree. For now, they are building a BeOS look-alike Interface Kit and the app_server on top of XFree, so it is not just a simple window manager, but a whole new API and environment. In future versions, the BlueOS team will completely bypass XFree and have a stand alone BeOS compatible app_server which will only use some of the XFree's system calls to be able to use its 2D/3D drivers."

  • Redhatbox.org: Wow! 'ext3' really Works! (2001-10-25 19:48:17)
    "I've been toying with the idea of implementing a journalling filesystem on the Redhatbox.org server for quite a while now. The increased data integrity and speed was strongly appealing, but the thought of patching the hell out of my kernel to reach what was called 'experimental' functionality at best made ext3, the successor to the ever popular ext2 filesystem, sound like more trouble than it was worth."

  • MSN.com shuts out [some] non-Microsoft browsers; Microsoft Revises English, and Launches WinXP (2001-10-25 18:50:54)
    "Using the most recent browser from Mozilla.org to reach MSN brings a message from Microsoft saying it has "detected that the browser that you are using will not render MSN.com correctly." Mozilla.org does open-source browser development for AOL Time Warner's Netscape Communications unit." As long as there's a Microsoft story to be had for the day, might as well chuck in a bonus item about the Word 2000 spell-checker... apparently browsers aren't the only thing they're trying to erase.

  • Anandtech: What's Holding Linux Back? (2001-10-25 16:53:07)
    "Linux needs to be more approachable for novices, and those who use Windows, since that is where much of the conversion will come from. If the community can get fully behind KDE 2.x and 3.x that will help. If the KDE or Samba groups can produce a consistent, super easy and nearly automatic dialog to configure and activate Samba file sharing with Windows networks, that will also help."

  • Linux 2.4.14-pre1 Released (2001-10-25 15:16:19)
    Linux 2.4.14-pre1 is out, with a caveat that it's not usable without a quick removal of a single line. Note and link within.