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Infrastructure Linux News for Sep 01, 2001

  • CNET: Commentary: Making the move to Linux (2001-09-01 22:00:30)
    "...Microsoft's aggressive pricing is driving the momentum of Linux. Enterprise customers are angry about the larger bite that Microsoft is now taking out of their budgets with its latest Client Access License pricing. If a reliable version of Linux can be used on Web servers at a lower total cost of ownership, it will find enterprise customers ready to listen."

  • Linux Journal: Vi IMproved--Vim and Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2 (2001-09-01 20:09:28)
    "Vim enhances the original vi so you can edit faster, but the Happy Hacking series of keyboards removes features to achieve the same goal. There's no top row of function keys or anything right of Enter. Escape moves down to just left of the number one, which is why we're mentioning this keyboard in an review of a book about Vim--there'll be no more 'Mom, can you make me some sandwiches? I'm going to go hit Escape today, be back for dinner.'"

  • Evild3D.net: A Look At VectorLinux 2.0 (2001-09-01 18:10:25)
    "...VL has almost become the defacto distribution for evil3D gaming boxes. Why? Small, quickly installed, and the ability to take on any sort of package you want to throw at it. Version 2.0 has recently been released by the VL team and has all the earmarks of being an even better distro. But, can the new edition keep up the trend of massive improvement over the last?" {

  • Linux.com: Setting Up a Home Computer Lab to Learn Linux Networking (2001-09-01 16:04:17)
    "All you need are the space, hardware, and the software. In this article, I'll discuss each of these so that you too can set up your own lab."

  • IBM developerWorks: Words of wisdom from one of Linux's most vocal supporters [Jon "maddog" Hall] (2001-09-01 14:09:15)
    "The problem is really that more traditional companies are not working with a clean slate; they have legacy systems that they want to integrate Linux into, but they can't just sweep whole systems aside during installation, because they need to maintain uptime availability. It's quite a bit different from building a whole new bank of Web servers and being able to plan from square one. In the future there will be a huge market for established companies who say 'My software is doing 90 to 95% of what I want it to do, and I'll pay someone to get that last 5%.' Well, it might cost 20 or 50 thousand dollars, but it'll be cheaper than retraining 100 people."

  • Why should open source software be used in schools? (2001-09-01 12:07:29)
    "...throughout many school systems, the software in use on computers is closed and locked, making educators partners in the censorship of the foundational information of this new age. This software not only seeks to obscure how it works, but it also entraps the users' data within closed, proprietary formats which change on the whim of the vendor and which are protected by the bludgeon of the End User License Agreement. This entrapment of data is a strong, punitive incentive to purchase the latest version of the software, regardless of whether it suits the educational purposes better, thereby siphoning more of the school's limited resources away from the school's primary purpose. The use of such closed software in education may be justified only where no suitable open source solution exists."

  • CNET: Chipmakers angle for Linux support (2001-09-01 10:10:47)
    "'Linux gets software into market more quickly than waiting for support from Microsoft,' said Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron. 'Linux is a wonderful operating system for rapid deployment. The Microsoft operating systems ultimately get used in very large volume, but when (a chip) is first coming out, those operating systems aren't typically available.'"

  • ZDNet Closes AppWatch (2001-09-01 05:03:15)
    "It's been nearly a year since CNET Networks acquired John Rowell's directory of Linux distributions and other open-source software. We're proud to have brought this excellent site to our ZDNet audience during a time when open source became a key consideration for IT decision makers everywhere. It is with regret, therefore, that we announce the closure of AppWatch.com."