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Linux News for Sep 30, 2000

  • Charles Connell Replies to Eric Raymond (Sep 30, 2000, 21:01)
    "The moral here is we should expand the sample size of projects we study before making firm conclusions about the base principles of open-source software."

  • LWN: The Book of Linux Music & Sound [Book Review] (Sep 30, 2000, 19:41)
    "The Book of Linux Music & Sound is, first and foremost, a comprehensive catalog of the audio-oriented software that is available for Linux. ... Where the book falls down a little is with the more introductory topics. ... In general, the book assumes that you know what you want to do, and that you are most interested in picking out the right tools."

  • Dutch geeks create a CyberFlat (Sep 30, 2000, 19:25)
    "The CyberFlat consists of 18 computers which run the CyberFlat 24 hours per day. They control everything from MP3 to lights and the measure everything from doorbell to temperatures. Most of the computers run Linux Slackware. The kernels vary from 1.2.3 to 2.2.16."

  • NetworkWorld: Testing lab [OSDL] to give open-source code an enterprise workout (Sep 30, 2000, 19:11)
    "With the availability of high-powered servers for Linux development, Linux may soon see its way into the Web servers of the most elite e-business corporations. Other open-source applications used widely in enterprises also could see improvements as a result of the OSDL..."

  • European Unix Platform (EUP): Book Review: The Cathedral and the Bazaar (Sep 30, 2000, 18:49)
    "Eric Raymond provides the reader with a lot of 'Wow, I never thought of that' and 'Hmm, that is a completely new way for me to look at this'. ... So, is there nothing to complain about? Sure there is."

  • Linux Magazine: Getting the Most Out of Linux (Sep 30, 2000, 18:39)
    "Whether you're a long-time user or a rookie who's just installed Linux for the first time, taming the complexity of your system and figuring out how to get the most out of it is an ongoing adventure. That's why we're presenting our first annual all-tips article, to help you find the most direct path possible from what you want to do to how to do it with Linux."

  • Review of Linux Network Administrators Guide (Sep 30, 2000, 18:11)
    "...the 2nd edition of Linux Network Administrator's Guide is indeed so much improved on the first edition that it now makes a well-nigh indispensable companion to Hunt [TCP/IP Network Administration]. In fact, the relationship is now reversed; if there is *one* must-get book, it's now NAG rather than Hunt."

  • OS: Linux's corporate test [Linux backgrounder] (Sep 30, 2000, 17:28)
    "Linux is popular as a platform for Web and e-mail servers, but it has yet to find success in corporate data and applications or on the desktop. Those markets belong to Unix and Windows respectively. Many software developers, such as Red Hat, Caldera and Corel, have hitched their wagons to the Linux star in the hope that they can crack those markets, but will they survive the ride?"

  • LinuxGames: Loki Porting Tribes 2 (Sep 30, 2000, 16:48)
    "By popular demand, we've contracted with Loki, a company that has done many Linux conversions for other games. The server code is nearly done and they are making great progress on the client code (which will ship separately from the regular game). The server code will ship within the regular retail box."

  • Why bring home the penguin? (Sep 30, 2000, 16:41)
    "...why would somebody want to switch over from a well known and 'easy to use' OS to something used by geeks, hackers and the like. Well, the answers could be stability, a virus free (so far) world and good quality software that comes for free. My favorite answer is choice."

  • Cowpland joins Zim advisory board (Sep 30, 2000, 16:37)
    "Mr. Cowpland, who remains a director at Corel, also said that he and others are on the verge of opening an incubator facility in Hull, Que., for local Linux startups. The incubator, which would provide infrastructure and guidance for smaller firms, will likely be opened within the next couple of weeks, he said."

  • ZDNet: Power to the penguin (Sep 30, 2000, 16:20)
    This is a pretty positive take on Linux from the managing director of Deloitte & Touche's Technology & Communications Group. D&T is a "big eight" accounting firm; their Technology & Communications Group provides IT consulting services to large business organizations.

  • National Post: Corel affiliates left rowing own boat (Sep 30, 2000, 16:08)
    "The Linux startups that Corel Corp. invested in under Michael Cowpland, former chief executive, have seen their financing cut and the turnover in employees at the software maker has left them with no communication with the Ottawa-based company."

  • Report from the Global Internet Summit in Yokohama (Sep 30, 2000, 16:04)
    "In addition to Moore's Law and Metcalfe's Law... the Internet economy is characterised by four new laws... Many of these laws have been effectively played out in the synergistic explosion of the Internet and of the Linux movement. ... The community-based open source way of developing software is a paradigm shift..."

  • Duke of URL: The Big Red Hat [Review of Red Hat 7.0] (Sep 30, 2000, 15:36)
    "Overall... A great distribution for anyone with new hardware. However, a word to the wise, if stability is your primary concern, look to a distribution like Slackware or Debian. An excellent desktop system for those users out there who want the latest in hardware support."

  • LinuxWorld: Why Sun really bought Cobalt (Sep 30, 2000, 15:27)
    "And the best news of all for Sun: regardless of how the hardware picture develops, by purchasing Cobalt, Sun has implicitly endorsed Linux and put yet another nail in Windows 2000's coffin. This helps Sun eliminate the only threat that it can't fight directly."

  • Internet products fill Networld + Interop [Timpanogas clustered Netware file system on Linux] (Sep 30, 2000, 15:11)
    "Timpanogas Research Group (TRG)... demonstrated its Novell Netware-compatible clustered file system on a Linux cluster server. Called the M-Squared Clustered Netware File System, the product is the first clustered and symmetric multiprocessing implementation of the native Netware file system running on Linux."

  • Perth's Installfest: PLUG into Linux (Sep 30, 2000, 14:37)
    "As with the other installfests, a wide range of computer hardware was brought along. ... In addition to the spectrum of peripheral devices there were PowerPC machines, Macs, Sparcs and a rack-mounted computer from IBM."

  • Striking at the / [moving your root partition] (Sep 30, 2000, 14:18)
    "When you are installing / for the first time, the setup program copies stuff from CD/floppy/hard disk to the intended / partition. When you are moving /, you have to do the copying yourself."

  • NewsForge: Open Source powers Peace Corps of the Internet Age (Sep 30, 2000, 13:50)
    "The Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP), which provides access/connectivity and networks, national and international content and training to DCs using Open Source technologies, might be called the Peace Corps of the Internet Age."

  • Temporary Storage Woes (Sep 30, 2000, 13:07)
    "Are you finding less and less storage space on your root filesystem, but you can't figure out where it's all going? You may have a temporary (/tmp) directory gone amok."

  • Adding Space II: Replacing A Drive (Sep 30, 2000, 12:36)
    "There are a number of reasons one might want to do this... In any case, just how such a replacement might be accomplished without loosing data or needing a re-install isn't always clear to the uninitiated. This article will help."

  • Many Ask, Why Linux? (Sep 30, 2000, 12:08)
    "There are many reasons to select Linux over the more popular Microsoft alternative. Linux offers true multitasking and actual multi-user capabilities with the ability to switch from one user login to the next with just a keystroke. It has better virtual memory handling."

  • Duke of URL: Inside VMWare [2.0.2 Review] (Sep 30, 2000, 11:07)
    "VMware has quite an amazing amount of support for hardware. Unfortunately, it still is quite picky with new versions of XFree86 and can't do any 3D acceleration like WINE can. ... A great choice for corporate users or users who demand stability... A great piece of workstation software, but the price will drive most home users away."

  • Alan Cox: Linux kernel 2.2.18pre12 (Sep 30, 2000, 00:00)
    "Just bug fixes. The sound stuff wants a good hard testing, the other stuff shouldnt be too risky. Cyrix MTRR works again I hope. The ps/2 mouse reconnect stuff is now an option you must enable to avoid breaking touchpads."