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
"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.