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Linux Weekly News for July 20, 2000

Jul 20, 2000, 08:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet, Elizabeth O. Coolbaugh)

Leading items and editorials: Unix sucks, StarOffice is to be released under the GPL, SCO may be purchased by Caldera, Complete rewrite planned for Perl 6 and Linux in the telephony market.

"Unix sucks. Or, at least, that's what Miguel de Icaza had to say in his opening keynote speech at the Ottawa Linux Symposium. This talk was, as he put it, "designed to insult everybody," and it may well have succeeded. Certainly Miguel, who has always been an energetic speaker who is unafraid of speaking his mind, was in fine form at OLS...."

"StarOffice is to be released under the GPL. Sun took a step toward truly free software this week with the announcement that StarOffice, acquired by Sun last year, is to be released under the GPL. This is an interesting donation by Sun, especially when one looks at what the plans for this code are...."

"Complete rewrite planned for Perl 6. At the ongoing Perl Conference 4.0, a meeting of the perl5-porters list was held to discuss Perl's long-term future. As a result, Larry Wall and Nathan Torkington announced plans for a complete rewrite for Perl 6. Frustration has developed as Perl has become increasingly difficult to improve, extend, and embed. The core will be reimplemented, to improve speed, and they'll try to take the opportunity to remove "cruft" from the current implementation...."

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