"It is difficult to keep some things out of the news. For
example, legal cases against large software companies and
developments in the area of storage management have crossed the
electronic wires in ever increasing numbers.
"To a large degree these illustrate typical examples of the
effect of modern commerce and marketing. The one area of news that,
to a degree at least, derives from a subtly different background is
to be found in developments arising from the open source community.
Latest to make the news are new releases of the well-known SuSE and
MandrakeSoft Linux distributions.
"Alongside Red Hat, German company SuSE is one of a small number
of Linux suppliers that have a relatively high profile outside of
the open source community. News is now reaching the streets
regarding the company's new Linux 8.0 release; the follow up to
last years SuSE 7.3. It is reported that version 8.0 will include
the use of the KDE 3.0 interface designed to bring a Windows or Mac
OSX graphical interface to Linux. KDE 3.0 is itself still
undergoing rapid development..."