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Developer Linux News for Oct 29, 2001

  • Byte.com: Linux Kernel Pillow Talk (2001-10-29 23:46:51)
    Moshe Bar comments on the recent kernel VM spats: "And you thought the netherworlds of dry kernel engineering were free of politics, egos, and prima-donnas? Guess again. The events of the last four to six weeks and the e-mails flying to and from the Linux kernel mailing list show how Byzantine and complex the dynamics of decision finding, features design, and implementations can be."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.13-ac5 (2001-10-29 22:21:15)
    Changelog, links within.

  • LinuxWorld.com: Why your organization needs Linux (2001-10-29 21:22:58)
    Joe Barr advocates Linux in a speech: "A few of us continued to talk afterwards. Steve told me how he had tried XP and decided there was no way he was going to upgrade. He said he didn't know how much longer it would be before Microsoft would "expire" support for the version of Windows he runs today. His unhappiness with Microsoft was palpable. Steve's feedback convinced me that Stallman has it right when he says we should use free software for the freedom it provides, not just because it's better, or because it's more cost effective."

  • Network Computing: The Law and Open-Source Software (2001-10-29 14:06:38)
    "Open-source licensing benefits from a strong community of developers who are more committed to writing good code than to litigation. Vituperation from the community against open-source offenders is enough to bring most license challenges to a halt. This benefit, however, is also a burden where the courts have not been able to interpret the licenses. This may change as more and more enterprises become involved with open-source development."

  • Guest Commentary: Web Services, Java and .NET by Ganesh Prasad (2001-10-29 09:27:00)
    This article is a sequel to an earlier one that laid out a strategy for taking on the Microsoft .NET challenge. It contains responses to issues raised after the earlier article. My article of August 2001, "Will Open Source Lose the Battle for the Web?", struck a chord, to put it mildly. Tremendous discussion has taken place in the talkback forums, and I have received the odd e-mail as well, so it was only appropriate for me to digest these and respond.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.13-ac4 (2001-10-29 01:35:14)
    "Radeonfb seems to have the odd problem but the rest now looks solid."