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Infrastructure Linux News for May 23, 2001

  • InfoLinux: Interview With Hans Reiser (May 23, 2001, 23:00)
    Mr. Reiser is fairly candid in this interview, in which he defends the inclusion of ReiserFS in the 2.4 kernel, denounces "herd instinct" for determining the popularity of some distributions, and mentions the interesting upcoming feature of "plug-ins" for ReiserFS that will handle compression and encryption.

  • Tony Stanco: "We Are The Guardians Of The World" (May 23, 2001, 19:19)
    Tony Stanco of sent us this transcript of a speech he's given to the DCLUG and plans to make in New York next week as well. In it, he outlines the value of Free Software and the role of software developers in preserving freedom in the information age. He includes some thoughts on the nature of corporatized/proprietary software development models and why they're obsolete, examines the question of balancing efficiency and morality, and explains why "open source" advocates who stick to arguments about the the quality and efficiency of the code are only seeing half the picture.

  • New Issue of the Linux-Mobile-Guide Released (May 23, 2001, 17:19)
    The Linux-Mobile-Guide has been updated to include information on USB ethernet devices, plus some organizational changes.

  • Red Hat and Netraverse Partner: RH to Support Win4Lin Kernel Modifications (May 23, 2001, 16:14)
    Red Hat, Inc. and Netraverse, producers of Win4Lin have announced a partnership in which Red Hat will provide support to Netraverse's modifications of the Linux kernel.

  • Closing the open source door [AOL violating GPL with its 'net appliance?] (May 23, 2001, 02:56)
    The question raised by this article is whether America Online (AOL) has violated the GPL by using Transmeta's Midori Linux without bothering to provide information about how to obtain source or even the license itself. People with a less hostile predisposition to AOL than the authors may not like the tone, but an important issue regarding how the GPL can work in the "sealed box" world of embedded systems has been raised. [ A reader in our talkbacks says that two of the premises of the article: that AOL doesn't notify users of the source availability of the software, and that it uses an encrypted file system, are both inaccurate. Confirmation is welcome.]

  • Release 0.96 of the HP Ink Jet Server Is Available (May 23, 2001, 02:00)
    "Thanks to David Paschal's input, we made a change to the PCL header (header.cpp). Which will allow the hpijs driver to work with the OfficeJet 500, 600, 700 and PSC 300 series printers. This was only a problem when running in MLC mode using the ptal-printd demon.

  • Penguins Find A Way (May 23, 2001, 00:01)
    "A consignment of emergency woolly jumpers have been sent to the Australian island of Tasmania to help protect a colony of penguins from oil spills."