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Linux Weekly News for October 19, 2000

Oct 19, 2000, 08:17 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet, Elizabeth O. Coolbaugh)

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Leading items and editorials: When is the right time to release free software?, The StarOffice source is out and Sharing the Dream of Flight.

"When is the right time to release free software? Red Hat has taken some grief recently for releasing development versions of the compiler and C library with Red Hat 7. One reason (of many) that has been put forward to explain this decision is that Red Hat is seeking to help stabilize the development of gcc 3.0 by increasing the development version's user base. By increasing the number of testers (also known as "users"), Red Hat 7 will flush out the remaining bugs and provide motivation for the gcc team to get 3.0 out there...."

"The StarOffice source is out. Right on time, Sun released the source for StarOffice - now renamed OpenOffice. There is obviously interest in this release - the download traffic on the first day was such that Sun's server evidently crashed from the load. We would be tempted to comment on how that server is probably running Solaris, but that would be a cheap shot. In any case, a new distribution scheme via Akamai has been set up, and downloads are now fast...."

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