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Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 24, 2001

  • FairfaxIT: Linux: The electoral test that pencil and paper meet (Jul 24, 2001, 22:39)
    Debian has been selected as the platform to form the foundation of an electronic voting system in Australia. This article provides some details behind the contractor's decision to go with open source/Free Software in general, and Debian in specific. An election is not fully open if it is based on secret, that is proprietary, software. "People have a right to know, in as much detail as they are capable of understanding, exactly how their elections are conducted. In addition, experts must be able to scrutinise the system freely for problems. As a general rule, source code is made more secure the more it is scrutinised by others."

  • Issue #29 of Georg's Brave GNU World Released (Jul 24, 2001, 20:57)
    This issue: GCompris, Free Software and education, chemical development kit, Alma modelling software, and libgcrypt.

  • ZDNet: Seventeen years old and state of the art (Jul 24, 2001, 13:00)
    We were whining about an "aging" Pentium II relegated to server duty just before coming across this column, centered around building a Mandrake 8.0 machine out of a Pentium 166. Says the columnist: "Have a look at Windows XP or Macintosh OS X. What's the oldest hardware that can run them? Two years old? In the proprietary software world, a system of Mutt's age is a doorstop. In the open-source world, it's slower and relatively less flexible than the current stuff, but hardly ready for the dump."

  • Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #7 (Jul 24, 2001, 12:00)
    This Week's Summary: CNET analysis of MandrakeSoft's IPO; PPC "Release Candidate" available soon; Spotlight on the Clara OCR Free Software project; Business Case of the Week; Security-related software updates; MandrakeForum headlines.

  • LWN: LSB-FHS2.2beta test suite available (Jul 24, 2001, 06:55)
    "The beta release of the LSB-FHS test suite for FHS2.2, for the filesystem hierarchy aspects of the Linux Standard Base is now available."

  • BBSpot: Microsoft Bundles Worm with IIS (Jul 24, 2001, 05:53)
    "I like the fact that I don't have to go out and install the upgrade myself. I was expecting one of those confusing Worm Wizard things that I always choose Typical on," said one network administrator who should remain anonymous. "The Microsoft rep told me that they would bill us when the worm installed itself. That's why I love working with Microsoft, innovation."

  • Adobe, Electronic Frontier Foundation Call for Release of Russian Programmer (Jul 24, 2001, 01:57)
    "Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today jointly recommend the release of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov from federal custody. Adobe is also withdrawing its support for the criminal complaint against Dmitry Sklyarov."