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Linux Weekly News for February 8, 2001

Feb 08, 2001, 08:21 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet, Elizabeth O. Coolbaugh, Michael J. Hammel)

Leading items and editorials: The case for competition, SuSE lays off most of its U.S. staff, It's time to make a choice about software licensing, LinuxWorld 2001 New York and We are not "Linux Weekly".

"The case for competition. Those who would criticize free software often pick on competing projects (GNOME and KDE being the classic example) as an example of inefficiency and inability to work together. Many free software supporters take a similar view. According to many, the free software community would be better off if everybody worked on a single project in each area. Think of how much more could be accomplished that way. Recent events, however, have provided us with a counterexample of utmost clarity."

"SuSE lays off most of its U.S. staff. We have now received word from several SuSE employees that they have been laid off as part of a general cost-cutting measure. Evidently, almost all of SuSE's U.S. presence will be closed down, leaving "about two dozen" people out of work. The people affected were doing installation support, consulting, and some development work. Some of them have been saying their goodbyes on the SuSE English mailing list; it is clear that they will be missed. We wish the best for all the SuSE folks...."

"It's time to make a choice about software licensing. At least, that's what we read on the front of a piece of junk mail that Microsoft, in its wisdom, chose to send to the LWN offices...."

"LinuxWorld 2001 New York. If you didn't catch the links to our LinuxWorld coverage on the daily page this past week, here is your chance to check it out. This year's conference was a study in contrasts; the exhibit floor was twice the size of last year, but several vendors canceled their attendance at the show at the last minute. The venture capitalists were no longer circling, but that didn't mean that money wasn't present. This time, it came in the form of a large new presence from the big computer companies, IBM in particular, but also Intel, Dell, Compaq and more...."

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