Linux News for Nov 01, 2000
AllLinuxDevices: Weekly Roundup: November 1, 2000 (2000-11-01 23:56:55)
It was a good week for embedded Linux: TrollTech GPL'd
Qt/Embedded, and announced that KDE apps for palmtops are already
among us; the Agenda Linux handheld is out in a limited developer's
release; and some thoughtful hackers have provided a binary archive
for those running Linux on their iPAQs. Next week Indrema launches
their developer network: is it going to matter?
David A. Wheeler: New Report Sizes Up Linux (2000-11-01 23:46:26)
"I've just released a report on the size of Red Hat Linux
version 6.2's source code."
LinuxPR: Linux@work in 12 cities in Europe in 2001
"For the third year, LogOn Technology Transfer will be
organizing a series of Linux events throughout Europe called
Linux@work. These 1-day, city-to-city events, will take place in 12
European venues in 2001."
LinuxPR: OMG Information Days Europe in 2001 announced.
"Topic: Enterprise Application Integration with CORBA and
LinuxPR: Magic Software Enterprises Uses Magic eMerchant To Help Hoffman GmbH Develop Online Presence (2000-11-01 23:37:48)
"eBusiness Site to Manage Sales of About 35,000 Items to More
Than 78,000 Customers Worldwide."
Linux.com: Another Halloween Document (2000-11-01 23:00:55)
"What I recieved appeared to be a somewhat unfortunate
tradition; Microsoft seems to have taken to using Halloween as the
time for an annual review of Linux's standing."
eWeek: VA Linux execs: Develop open-source strategy now (2000-11-01 22:46:33)
"Users aren't choosing open-source software because it's free,
Augustin maintained. They're choosing it because it's better."
Motley Fool: David Gardner Interviews Red Hat CEO [Matthew Szulik] (2000-11-01 22:25:49)
"Red Hat President and CEO Matthew Szulik was recently a guest
on The Motley Fool radio show. David Gardner and Szulik discussed a
number of issues, including the future of the company, the Linux
operating system, and Microsoft."
Security Portal: Linux Firewalling and Port Behavior (2000-11-01 22:16:40)
"I rebuilt my gateway server, and decided to go gung-ho when it
came to firewalling - a default deny policy for input, output and
forward chains. Needless to say, this breaks a lot of things."
Enterprise Linux Today: IBM developerWorks Highlights Linux Usability (2000-11-01 21:52:30)
"Industry expert to host a two week online forum on
Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory: kpackage dumps core when choosing file list or installing (2000-11-01 21:44:40)
"When choosing a file list or installing/uninstalling a package,
kpackage dumps core. A bugfix release of kpackage is available to
fix this problem."
AllLinuxDevices: The Axis 2120: A Networkable Camera with Linux Under the Hood
The Axis 2120 is a networkable camera. Michael Hall spent a
little time with one, and reports back that not only is the device
easy to set up and use, there's a Linux web server lurking in
there, cranking along at almost 100 bogomips.
Linux Gazette #59 (November 2000) is available (2000-11-01 21:29:05)
"Linux Gazette...Making Linux just a little more fun!"
CNET News.com: Linux advances on several fronts (2000-11-01 21:00:36)
"Linux is continuing its spread from the scrawniest to the
burliest computing devices, with new products emerging this week
for low-power chips all the way up to mainframes."
Silicon.com: 'Linux is Unix,' says Sun. 'No it isn't,' says IBM... (2000-11-01 20:43:44)
"IBM has accused Sun of confusing customers with its Linux
strategy and lacking sufficient understanding of the open source
OS. The conflict stems from last week's Gartner Group symposium in
Florida where Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun, irritated open source
die-hards by claiming Unix was the same as Linux."
Python-URL! for November 1, 2000 (2000-11-01 20:43:36)
"Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented
Enterprise Linux Today: Turbolinux Cluster Server 6 Powers Popular Birkenstock Web Store (2000-11-01 20:34:42)
"Turbolinux Cluster Server 6 is the application which provides
continuous up-time for the Birkenstock Web site."
Duke of URL: Linux Buyer's Guide #6 (2000-11-01 20:16:25)
"Lately we've been seeing faster and faster components emerge,
but very little happening in "new" technology. This may not be seen
as a good thing, but it does help the Linux community catch up.
Lately, have they ever caught up."
Grant Taylor: Open Letter to Linux Vendors, Developers and Admins: Line Printer Daemon Must Die! (2000-11-01 18:05:20)
"I ask vendors to commit to offering a viable alternative to LPD
ASAP (actually, some already do). For now, this will mean shipping
one or more of the imperfect alternatives described above.
Hopefully the wider exposure given to the spoolers from this first
step will help boost the development efforts needed to adapt or
create a complete good system. Only at that point may we sensibly
discontinue shipping LPD."
IBM ditches Transmeta notebook plans (2000-11-01 17:10:44)
"In a statement, IBM said: 'This particular project with
Transmeta - the Thinkpad 240 with a Crusoe chip - has been
cancelled. We are always looking for technology that will enhance
customers' notebook computing experience to include longer battery
life, and will continue to consider Transmeta, along with other
suppliers, for future Thinkpad models.'"
InfoWorld: JYACC looks to jumpstart Linux app development with open sourced POSSL (2000-11-01 16:56:54)
"The success of Linux has only just begun with applications
centered mostly around Web servers, e-mail, and print servers...
But with this [POSSL], Linux as a development and deployment
platform is positioned to grow more rapidly through an
NewsForge: The Half-Way Covenant: Companies aim for 'partly' Open Source (2000-11-01 16:20:47)
"The Puritans were among the leading intellectuals of their
time. ...they quickly developed into thriving communities... The
leaders of the colonies realized they had to choose between
ideological purity or growing their communities... they came up
with a compromise [The Half-Way Covenant]. ... The long-term result
was the dissolution of Puritan society."
ZDNet UK: Riding on the open source wagon (2000-11-01 15:49:04)
"In a market overflowing with Internet-enabled applications,
vendors increasingly are counting on the magic words "open source"
to attract venture capitalist, partner and customer interest. But
are software vendors using open source merely as a way to stand out
from the crowd? Or do open source versions of applications merit
consideration above and beyond the buzzword factor?"
ZDNet UK: Windows vs Linux: Duelling betas launch (2000-11-01 15:31:21)
"Software testers are going to be busy in the next few weeks as
new Windows and Linux betas make their way into the marketplace.
... If testers discover no serious bugs, Torvalds could release the
final 2.4 kernel some time in November."
Boston Globe: Firm to build 'compute farm' for Biogen (2000-11-01 15:16:48)
"The farm that Blackstone has designed for Biogen will increase
the company's computing capacity almost tenfold - from 18 CPUs...
to 170... The farm will connect Biogen's computer hardware to a new
Linux operating system and additional Intel-based processors."
The Register: S3 buys UK Linux in-car MP3 player maker (2000-11-01 14:54:46)
"Empeg has got a good development team that and some great
technology under its belt - the player is essentially a
custom-built system based on Linux running on an ARM processor -
but has lacked the resources to market its products to their full
The Standard: Let the Music Play: Bertelsmann and Napster Come Together (2000-11-01 14:28:38)
"The German media giant says it will loan money to Napster to
develop a secure file-sharing service and will drop its suit if the
service is implemented."
LinuxProgramming.com: IBM releases AFS as Open Source (2000-11-01 14:07:39)
"IBM is making its AFS enterprise file system product available
to the open source community under the IBM Public License (IPL).
AFS is a very scalable, highly available, and secure file system
with a very robust data management model for ease of
CBS MarketWatch: Oracle could face a Linux-like threat
"Leading supporters say that open-source database soon could
create fervor in the database market, much like Linux did in the
operating system market two years ago when it took on Microsoft
(MSFT: news, msgs). It'll also drastically change the way Oracle
and other leading database companies do business, they say."
LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: Linux-Mandrake 7.2 (2000-11-01 13:56:44)
MandrakeSoft has bolted ahead of the Liniux distro field with
the release of Linux-Mandrake 7.2, which includes KDE 2 (sort of;
some boxed sets that claim to include KDE 2 really contain an
earlier release candidate) and new versions of some very useful
system-configuration tools, including RpmDrake, HardDrake, and
CUPS. Brian Proffitt reviews, along with advice on making sure that
your Linux-Mandrake version has the latest version of KDE.
LinuxProgramming.com: Managing Projects the Open Source Way (2000-11-01 13:21:55)
"There are two words which don't get much play in Linux
development projects: Requirements and Design. Not surprisingly, it
is the lack of these two things which causes most of the problems
in open-source software. Too many developers in the Linux space
start programming before they have a good idea of what their
project functions and capabilities are. In other words, they start
in the middle, not at the beginning."
Upside: Those nagging open source details [Notes from the Open Source Database Summit]
"...Open source database developers have a reason to be
optimistic. At a time when projects such as Apache and the Linux
kernel are losing their media luster, aging database projects such
as MySQL and PostgreSQL have suddenly been recast as the
fresh-faced ingenues of the open source community."
LinuxToday.com.au: You Ought To Be Kongratulated! (2000-11-01 08:19:02)
"It massively simplifies Linux for non-technical users and is
aimed at making the sometimes cryptic operating system accessible
to everyday users."
CNET News.com: IBM puts Transmeta plans on hold (2000-11-01 08:01:06)
"The reversal couldn't come at a worse time for Transmeta, as
the company is slated to hold its initial public offering on Nov.
Internet Printing Protocol tested in Bake-Off No. 3 (2000-11-01 07:52:55)
"The IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) has been designed by the
PWG and has the approval of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task
Force) in a set of RFCs (Request For Comments) which rate the IPP
to be in an "experimental" status for the time being."
Linus Torvalds: Linux-2.4.0-test10 Changelist (2000-11-01 07:23:00)
Smart Partner: Inside the Magic Box (2000-11-01 05:58:36)
"More and more, software is being released as open source. When
are you going to take advantage of the riches?"
NewsForge: Astronomy lessons from Marcel Gagne (2000-11-01 05:49:43)
"That's how he got into writing 'Cooking with Linux.' Linux
Journal listed upcoming themes for their publication and the one
scheduled for September of 1999 was 'Cooking With Linux,' but as
the hour approached the idea for what that edition would actually
look like had not really solidified, so Marcel offered his own
suggestion, a mix of both the way he likes to live and the way he
likes to compute, a la carte. The wine, he loves, but if there was
a schtik that went well with single malt scotch he could have just
as easily gone with that, too."
FreeOS.com: Review: SuSE 7.0 Professional (2000-11-01 05:41:09)
"The professional edition, that I have reviewed here, contains 6
CD's, 4 manuals and for good measure a DVD which contains the
contents of all 6 CD's."
AllLinuxDevices: Agenda Makes Limited Number of Linux Handhelds Available to Developers
Agenda Computing has launched a special offer for members of its
developer program, offering its Agenda VR3 Developer Edition
handhelds at a reduced price. The Agenda is a Linux-based handheld
computer with a form factor similar to that of a Pilot.
Apache Today: Results of the October Netcraft Survey: Apache Still Rules (2000-11-01 02:45:00)
"The number of Apache sites dips slightly, while Microsoft IIS
gains some ground."
LinuxPR: BSDi Receives $5 Million Investment From Leading Japanese Internet Solution Provider (2000-11-01 01:50:31)
"BSDi will use the proceeds from the investment to continue to
develop and market advanced BSD operating systems and its iXtreme
Series line of Internet servers computing systems and to provide
ongoing backing for the FreeBSD Project, the developers of the
FreeBSD open source operating system."
LinuxPR: OpenSales Becomes Zelerate - Expands Service Offerings and Prepares New Applications (2000-11-01 01:45:40)
"Consulting Services Veteran to Head Professional Services
ZDNet: KDE Brings Linux Closer to Corporate Desktop (2000-11-01 01:14:46)
"KDE2 impressed us with the progress it has made in the areas of
user experience and included applications-we recommend that sites
looking at Linux as a future desktop alternative take the time to
ITworld.com: Future Computing (2000-11-01 00:52:41)
"At this point, swarm computing raises more questions than
answers. For example, do we build swarm computers with
semiconductors, or from new computing elements fashioned of
ITworld.com: Discussion with Robert Graham creator of Altivore (2000-11-01 00:45:56)
"Robert Graham created Altivore -- the open source twin to
Carnivore -- to provide ISPs with a free alternative to the FBI
black box, and to prove that it could be done. This week, you are
invited to talk with Robert Graham about Altivore, the future of
Web privacy, encryption, and more."
BSA advertising campaign in Italy: is free software unlawful? (2000-11-01 00:05:02)
"This is the main point of annoyance: to give a simple message,
they talk about "copying software" without further specifications;
but in this way they give the message that only non-free licensed
software exists. Which is a very misleading message."
Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory: kpackage dumps core when choosing file list or installing (2000-10-31 20:35:42)
"A bugfix release of kpackage is avaiable. It fixes a
segmentation fault when choosing "file list" and when installing or
uninstalling a package."