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Linux Weekly News for April 12, 2001

Apr 12, 2001, 15:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet, Elizabeth O. Coolbaugh, Michael J. Hammel)

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Leading items and editorials: The Unified Embedded Platform Specification. The end of free beer? SourceXchange shuts down

"The Unified Embedded Platform Specification. Embedded Linux has been much in the news, due to the semi-annual Embedded Systems Conference. One of the more interesting items has been the announcement from the Embedded Linux Consortium on the creation of the "Unified Embedded Platform Specification."

"The end of free beer? Libranet Linux surprised a number of people a couple of weeks ago with its new download policy. Those wanting an ISO image of Libranet 1.8.2 can download it for free as always. If, however, you want version 1.9.0, you'll have to pay $15 first. Free downloads for this (Debian-based) distribution are now a thing of the past."

"SourceXchange shuts down. In the battle for corporate funding of open source software, many models have been created. One of the first, and most obvious, was the matching of qualified developers with companies who had specific needs. At least two projects were started in 1999 to address this market: CoSource and SourceXchange. While the fate of CoSource is currently unknown, SourceXchange, which was originally started as a joint project between technical book publisher O'Reilly and Hewlett-Packard, has finally decided to call it a day."

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