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Infrastructure Linux News for Mar 24, 1999

  • CNET IE 5.0 improves on earlier releases but complicates Web builders' lives (Mar 24, 1999, 20:32)
    While acknowledging the positive features of IE5, particularly when compared to IE 4.x and Netscape Communicator 4.x, the author, a member of the Steering Committee of the Web Standards Project, details how "IE5 fails to meet the legitimate needs of Web designers and developers" in the areas of download size, and support for HTML 4.0, CSS-1, and DOM standards.

  • 1st Annual ExtremeLinux Track at the 5th Annual LinuxExpo 1999 (Mar 24, 1999, 12:53)
    Extreme Linux is looking for sponsors for their track at this year's Linux Expo.

  • USA Today: Operating outside a for-profit system (Mar 24, 1999, 12:42)
    "A cultural revolution is going on in the computer industry, one that repudiates the very notion of the commercial ownership of software. It's called the open-source movement, and its devotees believe programs shouldn't be sold, but shared."

  • PC World: Split Up Microsoft? No Way, Says Gates (Mar 24, 1999, 09:27)
    "Gates emphasized the different versions of Linux, a situation that he said yields compatibility problems. He also said that Linux's development has lacked a central, organizing entity, which has prevented the operating system from being as reliable as Windows."

  • SRO: Bristol seeks access to Caldera documents (Mar 24, 1999, 07:50)
    "Magistrate Judge Ronald Boyce continued until Friday a hearing on a request by Bristol Technology Inc. for access to all of the documentation in the Caldera Inc. vs. Microsoft Corp. antitrust case. Bristol levied an antitrust suit against Microsoft last August for alleged failure to make good on its source-code licensing terms for NT and related Win32 programming interfaces. 'We feel these cases are all linked. They're centered around Microsoft seeking to maintain and extend their monopoly,' said Bristol CEO Keith Blackwell."

  • The Press (New Zealand): Tide turning for Linux (Mar 24, 1999, 07:47)
    "Faster, cheaper, more reliable, and not owned by Microsoft: claims of such virtues have propelled Linux into the spotlight as computer network managers review their software upgrade plans."

  • MattsHouse: Here Comes Da FUD (Mar 24, 1999, 07:45)
    "The first thing that will happen is Microsoft will fabricate a benchmark that shows NT beating Linux in key performance areas. This will get a lot of attention as the Microsoft-sponsored reporters jump on it, pointing out how foolish their competition was for all of those positive Linux intros."

  • osOpinion: The Operating System is Dead. Long Live the Operating System (Mar 24, 1999, 07:42)
    "How can an operating system contain another complete operating system? Mac OS X has as its foundation an Open Source project that Apple is calling Darwin. Basically, Darwin is BSD Unix on a Mach 2.5 kernel with some Apple modifications and additions. Darwin is a complete, stand-alone operating system."

  • osOpinion: Death of OS X Server (Mar 24, 1999, 07:40)
    "I see recently, all these MAC advocates have totally become all hyped up about OS X Server and being in the corporate world. The market that Apple has opened itself up to is quite small actually. It goes along with politics, legacy, and many other reasons. Just a little background about OS X Server, this isn't something that has been totally explored by Apple. A while ago, they came out with mkLinux which wasn't based off the linux kernel, but mkLinux and it ran on low end Mac's running Linux server services due to the open source movement. Now Apple has released a similar product, and in my opinion, it's just not enough."