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Infrastructure Linux News for Jan 18, 2002

  • BSD Today: Editor's Note: Debian/BSD (Jan 18, 2002, 23:06)
    "Basically, the Debian/BSD project is for users already familiar with Debian. So in other words, the Debian/BSD should behave the same as Debian Linux. This means that the filesystem hierarchy should have same layout; new packages should be installed the same way; services started (and maintained and stopped) the same way; and configuration files should be at the same locations and configured the same. (Or as least as close as it can get.)"

  • Linux Journal: Mark Your Calendars for CodeCon in February (Jan 18, 2002, 20:31)
    "CodeCon is the new technical conference for developers of software that enables individual freedom, including new peer-to-peer and crypto applications. The conference's ground rules specifically exclude any presenter without working code."

  • The Register: Linux Quake3 rocks Win-XP Quake3 on new P4 (Jan 18, 2002, 19:43)
    "So imagine my surprise when I benchmarked it with the only test I know that crosses the great divide between Linux and Windows -- the Quake-3 FPS benchmark -- and found that the performance of this Windows-loving kit was considerably better on Linux, at least in that context."

  • DistroWatch: Sorcerer GNU Linux Review (Jan 18, 2002, 16:06)
    "Just think about this for minute--since the vast majority of Linux software comes with source code, why is it necessary to download binary files that somebody compiled on a particular hardware platform and included all sorts of options to run it on thousands of different hardware configurations? Would it not be more logical to compile everything on your own machine, ensuring that the code is optimised for exactly your hardware?"

  • Sun/Cobalt Qube Server Reviewed (Jan 18, 2002, 14:07)
    "The Qube 3 does not perform any magic. The strengths of the system include its user interface, the architecture to add applications and perform updates, and the Web-based management tools. A typical Solaris system could perform all of the same functions -- and more -- but configuration and management of a similar system would take much longer, and would require more knowledge."

  • NewsForge: Gentoo Linux: One fast little penguin (to run, not install) (Jan 18, 2002, 12:52)
    "I was puzzling over why anyone would use a distribution that requires the user to start the installation by compiling new compilers. But over the next few days I couldn't help but question myself: Was I, a competent Linux user and software developer, afraid of trying my hand at building a desktop system from scratch? Within a week, my rationality caved to my pride, and I found myself downloading the 16-meg ISO image and burning it onto a CD."

  • osOpinion: Mainframe Advice for Linux Developers (Jan 18, 2002, 12:06)
    "Comparisons of OSes and their corresponding hardware usually only include some form of Unix, Windows, Macintosh and the occasional BeOS or OS/2. That narrow perspective unjustifiably leaves out mainframe OSes that continue to play a major role in computing these days. If you ask me, there's one OS that is especially suited to borrow ideas from the mainframe world. That OS is Linux."

  • CNET News: Commentary: The Linux alternative for PDAs (Jan 18, 2002, 11:04)
    "Linux PDAs will find a role only in situations where companies need a highly customized or specialized system, or one in which devices will be distributed to extremely large numbers of users, such as fast-food outlets."

  • VNU Net: Linux TCO '80 per cent lower than Unix (Jan 18, 2002, 02:12)
    Red Hat has made a whitepaper on the study it commissioned from IDC available for download: "Associated costs with Linux are not only dramatically lower for the hardware and software, as you might expect, but are comparable or lower for staffing, which you might not expect,..."

  • Debian Bugs: Social Contract: We Do Hide Problems (Jan 18, 2002, 00:08)
    Linked within, comments from a filed bug (not an official Debian position) regarding vulnerability notification as it might pertain to Debian's Social Contract: "Over the past few months, the GNU/Linux community has slowly adopted a way of dealing with security issues which closely resembles the approach suggested by Microsoft last year: more-or-less systematic hiding of security problems from end users, at least for some time. Some Debian maintainers seem to participate in this process, and hold back security fixes, waiting for events to happen which are external and not related to the Debian project (for example, other distributors being ready to publish fixes)."