Infrastructure Linux News for Aug 31, 2001
LinuxWorld Expo: Some Links to Roundups and Video Clips (2001-08-31 23:21:14)
Here's a collection of links, roundups, and video clips from
LinuxWorld Expo, including video of Linus Torvalds discussing the
future of the GPL and MP3's/Real streams of Lawrence Lessig's
interesting hour-long talk on the importance of political activism
on the part of open source developers.
AnandTech: The State of Corporate IT: A case for Linux (2001-08-31 18:09:35)
From a case study involving a Washington NT shop of 7,000
employees at its primary site that decided to make the transition
to Linux: "...Red Hat had proven to be a helpful ally. Instead of
trying to push a whole-scale replacement of the infrastructure,
they had worked to supplement it. Over time Linux brought more
security, improved load balancing and an overall reduction in the
growth rate of IT spending. Point of sale terminals were reliable,
easy to manage and did not incur additional transaction costs.
Their remote access and VPN configurations handled an ever
increasing load with a higher degree of reliability and a lower
cost. Their intranet had been transitioned over to Linux, and as a
result cost less to maintain. It also eliminated interference with
IIS based consumer and vendor systems accessed from outside of the
Salon.com: The Worst Law Ever? (Two on the DMCA) (2001-08-31 17:31:11)
"...the 3-year-old law passed a major test on Wednesday: To the
dismay of critics, the U.S. Copyright Office evaluated the effects
of the DMCA without calling for a complete revision."
"EnviroLink Network , a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Internet
service provider, took offline two Web sites belonging to the
animal-rights activist group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty...
Although no charges have yet been filed, under the terms of the
DMCA, Envirolink was forced to remove the sites to avoid potential
XFree Developer Clarifies Trident Issues (2001-08-31 15:00:42)
Egbert Eich has written a mail explaining his perspective on the
situation regarding Trident's policies on the documentation of its
chipsets: "Trident appearantly didn't accept a 'source code
exception clause'. We therefore assumed that Trident Microsystems
has modified its policy of providing technical documentation. This
assumption may have been incorrect."
ConsultingTimes.com: A Distribution is (Re)born (Xandros Outlines Plans for Corel Distro) (2001-08-31 11:30:49)
"...we are really focusing on the desktop market and the
different verticals within the desktop. So we're not trying to be
something to the server community as well. We have learned a lot
from the strategic partnership with Corel. The people that we
picked up from there know what users need on their desktops, what
they don't need, and how to put a solution together that will make
people very happy. Corel Linux went through two releases and won
the PC World award for the best new technology for the year 2000
off their 2.0 version. We're basing our distribution on version
3.0, so we're excited about that."
InfoWorld: Is open source closing doors? (2001-08-31 08:08:59)
"From the machine room all the way up to the boardroom, the term
open source will always spark debate. Making source code available
for free has never sat well with corporate America; for many
executives, protecting trade secrets is as automatic as breathing.
But the use of open-source software, such as Linux, is on the rise,
bringing enterprises up against the GNU GPL (General Public
License), the basis for Linux's licensing."
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Announces Awards (2001-08-31 05:15:59)
"IDG World Expo has announced the winners of awards recognizing
achievements by the open source community at LinuxWorld Conference
& Expo, held this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
The awards included the $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award,
the Open Source Product Excellence Awards, and the OSDL Enterprise
CNET: Red Hat CEO pushes Linux in schools
"'What's really happening is money is taking over how our
children are being educated,' he said. 'The industry that has
contributed so much to the GDP of this country is all of a sudden
finding itself looking at education as a market opportunity and not
as a fundamental responsibility.'"