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Infrastructure Linux News for Apr 23, 2001

  • The 4th English issue of the Linux NetMag is available (Apr 23, 2001, 23:00)
    Andy Ziegler writes in with news about the latest issue of Linux NetMag.

  • PostgreSQL, Introduction and Concepts book review (Apr 23, 2001, 19:00)
    "Quite frankly, I'm glad this book exists, because the limiting factor for me in terms of learning about databases has been not having a book like this around. Now that I have this reference, I can apply my thirst for knowledge to that endeavour. In terms of the street cred of the author: he is a founding member of the PostgreSQL development team and has taken the time and trouble to document how to use it, complete with sample code, common pitfalls, and to document his inside knowledge and experience. A nice lagniappe (bonus) is the companion website, with corrections and links to more material. All in all, a worthwhile effort - and a useful addition to any developer's library."

  • Wired: Can't We All Just Chat Along? (Apr 23, 2001, 18:30)
    "Like most conflicts, though, the IM Wars also have their conscientious objectors: They're a bunch of open source programmers working on an open messaging system called Jabber, and they say that the big firms' chest-beating is missing the real point. Messaging should be a part of network infrastructure, they say, as open as e-mail -- and it shouldn't matter how many users each service has."

  • EE Times: Lexra fires 32-bit volley in CPU core war (Apr 23, 2001, 17:30)
    "Cheng also claimed that the LX4380 will be shielded from legal attacks by MIPS Technologies because Lexra has removed the capability to do software emulation of unaligned loads and stores. Rather, Lexra said it will use the open-source Linux operating system, which Cheng said can be recompiled without these instructions."

  • ZDNet: Of arrogance and embedded systems (Apr 23, 2001, 17:05)
    John Taschek has several targets in today's rant: he calls Wind River's purchase of BSDi a lie, he calls Linus Tovalds arrogant, and he deems "open-source movement henchman" Bruce Perens even more arrogant. Let the flaming begin!

  • Japanese Edition of SuSE Linux 7.1 released (Apr 23, 2001, 15:30)
    For those of you needing a Japanese edition of SuSE Linux, here's your shot.

  • Encryption Saves the Day (Apr 23, 2001, 14:55)
    With recent news regarding lawsuits over emails, companies firing employees over using email services for their own use, mistrust, insecurities, etc., I often wonder why more people haven't gotten hip to using encryption, or at least PGP signing email. An SSL certificate, PGP, something, anything to provide a definitive method of protection for themselves. How important is one's life to them? When people are ordering merchandise over the net, are they that naive to think that the world is a safe place? Aside from that, my biggest gripe is still focused on why many haven't yet shifted to at least PGP signing an email as a standard de facto action.

  • Enterprise Linux Today: SCO and Caldera Release Technology Preview of AIX 5L (Apr 23, 2001, 14:00)
    Working with IBM, SCO and Caldera release a preview of AIX 5L, a 64-bit UNIX OS for Intel Itanium processors that can run Linux applications.

  • eWeek: Linux takes another step forward [Red Hat 7.1 review] (Apr 23, 2001, 13:30)
    Jason Brooks reviews the newly released Red Hat Linux 7.1 and likes what he sees, saying that it's filled with advances for both server and desktop system.