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Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 22, 2001

  • Do magic with images on the shell (Jul 22, 2001, 23:00)
    "So ImageMagick is no spell book for general use. In many aspects it can't compete with The Gimp or many other graphic programs but it has some specialised features that are very useful. Its real strength lies in the possibility to automate a lot of its processes when working with it on the shell."

  • IBM developerWorks: Automating UNIX system administration with Perl (Jul 22, 2001, 22:00)
    Using perl and cfengine, this article sets out to assist in UNIX (and Linux) system administration. Includes plenty of code samples and lists a large number of areas where cfengine can assist in maintaining a system.

  • DebianPlanet: dpkg/apt-get on 'non-Debian' systems (Jul 22, 2001, 21:30)
    DebianPlanet takes up the discussion of past and future efforts to port dpkg and apt-get to non-Debian (and non-Linux) systems (like Solaris). Conectiva has shown that apt-get can be bolted on to RPM-based systems, but this discussion is more ambitious in scope.

  • Evaluating the AccessNFS Suite (Jul 22, 2001, 21:00)
    This is a review of AccessNFS, a product that allows Microsoft clients and servers to utilize NFS. Samba fans will be asking the obvious ("What's wrong with Samba for this sort of thing?") and the article attempts to answer that question, offering a modest amount of performance data in response. Red Hat 7.1 and Windows 2000 provide the testbed.

  • Open source tries to regroup at annual event (Jul 22, 2001, 17:57)
    This is a fairly jaundiced take on the upcoming O'Reilly Open Source Convention, beginning tomorrow. The article focuses on VA Linux's recent troubles, the exclusion of the Free Software Foundation from the headlining debate with Craig Mundie, and the MySQL AB/NuSphere conflict, which a Gartner analyst is on hand to characterize as part of a broader cultural clash in the open source world.

  • Richard Stallman Inaugurates Free Software Foundation-India (Jul 22, 2001, 16:30)
    "Richard M. Stallman today officially launched the Free Software Foundation of India (FSF-India), the first affiliate in Asia of the Free Software Foundation with a speech at the Freedom First! Conference on Free Software in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Yesterday, he was received as an honored state guest by government officials to discuss the philosophy behind the movement and the use of free software as a viable, cost-effective alternative for government, educational institutions, and businesses, as well as for all the people of India."

  • Linux Journal: Free Dmitry Sklyarov! (Jul 22, 2001, 15:00)
    Linux Journal goes to the root of the Sklyarov issue: the DMCA, saying the law "It facilitates corporate attacks on the free and open exchange of information that's needed to ensure continued US prominence in the technological arena."

  • CNET French Linux company [Mandrake] braves IPO waters (Jul 22, 2001, 13:30)
    MandrakeSoft stands to raise about $3.7 million from its IPO, conducted on an unregulated European market. The company started its offering at $5.41 a share.

  • Micah Yoder: Our Open Source Future: It's Just a Matter of Time (Jul 22, 2001, 12:00)
    The average eschatological prediction is kept vague so as to keep the prognosticator looking o.k. past any inconveniently missed dates. In this case, though, Microsoft's Ragnarok (Twilight of the Bobs?) has been set a little more firmly: possibly the beginning of 2005.