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Developer Linux News for Jan 16, 2002

  • Borland: Open letter to the Borland developer community (Jan 16, 2002, 23:23)
    In response to freshmeat's 'An Open Letter to Borland/Inprise Concerning Licensing,' (linked within) Borland's Dale Fuller responds that problematic language in Borland licenses weren't meant for home/personal users: "Borland delivers products that are sold individually and in volume to major enterprise customers. The new end user license agreement mistakenly contains language that is specific to enterprise volume customers. This language is industry standard boilerplate for enterprise licenses, but it should not have been included in the individual product licenses. This was an error on our part and is in the process of being fixed."

  • NewsForge: Microsoft builds the government Linux market (Jan 16, 2002, 22:16)
    "Microsoft is going to go into high gear, we are told, to kill off Linux the way the company extinguished Netscape, Novell and a host of other competitors. The only problem with Microsoft strategy is that the competition is coming from a lot of sources, some of it is really, really good, and, most importantly, another set of Microsoft policies is stimulating Linux sales across the globe."

  • LinuxPlanet: .comment: The Trouble with January (Jan 16, 2002, 20:28)
    What is it with January? Every year at this time, weird bugs and malfunctions spring to life. Dennis E. Powell describes this year's crop at his house.

  • AbiWord Weekly News, #77 and #78 by Jesper Skov (Jan 16, 2002, 19:12)
    AWN editor Jesper Skov catches up his weekly reports: "The developers keep plugging away at those pesky Bugs. This week we got another feature completion (import of lists from RTF/MSDoc) and many localization and documentation updates. It seems we're heading somewhere!" Also of general interest are RPMs of the first of the 0.99 releases.

  • Boutique Kernels (A Trying Time for Linux) (Jan 16, 2002, 18:04)
    "The big VM fiasco in 2.4 really showed how erratic and opaque the decision making process of Linus Torvalds really is. For all his superb engineering capabilities, the question is starting to come up if he is also capable of handling the single most complex distributed project in mankind, Linux."

  • The kernel of pain (For large servers, the 2.4 kernel has been a disaster) (Jan 16, 2002, 16:46)
    "The 2.2 kernels may not handle large SMP machines as well, they may not handle large amounts of memory well (only 2 gigabytes), and they may have a practical limit of 2 gigabytes on a single file, but the 2.2. kernels don't crash or cause phone calls at 5:00 AM. Moreover, the 2.2 kernels don't make customers unhappy that they chose Linux as their server solution."

  • CNET USB 2 arrives in Linux test version (Jan 16, 2002, 12:04)
    "The USB support in the world of Linux is much more freewheeling than at Microsoft. The Linux USB software has been created by a largely self-appointed team of programmers, who feed batches of code to the main kernel project."

  • The Register: Open source developers face new warranty threat (Jan 16, 2002, 09:56)
    "If there's one thing free software developers hate more than writing documentation, it's fighting a long-drawn out and unglamorous legal battle. But the latest episode in the UCITA saga bodes ill for any free software author based in the United States."

  • Linux Journal: Sysadmin Corner: Unsung Heroes, Part 2 (Jan 16, 2002, 05:47)
    "It seems that several people decided I should show off their web photo album generation tool of choice. So, in response to your suggestions, I'm going to put off the cool network tool for today; let's go on the premise that you all took thousands of pictures over the holidays and are dying to make them available on the Web."

  • IBM developerWorks: Introducing XFS (Jan 16, 2002, 03:14)
    "Up until now, choosing the appropriate next-generation Linux filesystem has been refreshingly straightforward. Those who were looking for raw performance generally leaned towards ReiserFS, while those more interested in meticulous data integrity features preferred ext3. However, with the release of XFS for Linux, things have suddenly become much more confusing. In particular, it's no longer clear that ReiserFS is still the next-gen performance leader."