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  • BSD Today: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice ... (Sep 25, 2001, 22:30)
    An article at Slashdot, titled "IP Theft in the Linux Kernel", says that some of the Linux kernel source used Søren Schmidt's BSD-licensed code without retaining the copyright ... "I think it is pretty important that we in the free world respect each other's work by giving proper credit where it's due," Schmidt said. "We cannot expect the business people to take us seriously, if we can't show that we respect the rules, et cetera, we have layed out ourselves."

  • ConsultingTimes: Profiting from Open Source: How Equant Teams up with IBM on the Mainframe (Sep 25, 2001, 21:26)
    "Who says you can't make money from Linux and open source, even in tough times like these? Don't tell that to Jimmy Lee, Director of Professional Services at Equant, provider of the world's largest IP data communication network. Last week, in The Great Server Heist, ConsultingTimes brought you Jimmy's TCO analysis on Intel vs. mainframe solutions. For this week, we conducted an extensive interview in which Jimmy tell us why Equant jumped on the Linux bandwagon, and where it is taking his customers."

  • Tonight Live: Back To Work Me Buckos and more on The Fat Lady >> on The Linux Show (Sep 25, 2001, 20:45)
    "We will be covering the hot Linux news of the last few weeks while we have been absorbed by the world events. In particular, we will talk about Red Hat and their reaching the breakeven mark."

  • Debian Weekly News - September 25th, 2001 (Sep 25, 2001, 20:02)
    This week: KDE 2.2.1 and Xinerama, Using HFS+ with Linux, Using Mosix on Debian GNU/Linux, New Treasurer for SPI, more.

  • Gnotices: City of Largo uses Balsa as the e-mail program of choice (Sep 25, 2001, 19:13)
    "While Largo has long-time migration plans to a a completely new, propertiary groupware product, their 800 users have been successfully using Balsa for a number of months. Balsa turned out to be satisfactory solution even for freshly converted Windows users. Due to small memory footprint, it has been possible to run the program for all the users on single application server."

  • AbiWord Weekly News Issues #58 and #59 by Jesper Skov (Sep 25, 2001, 18:31)
    "AbiWord Weekly News is back after a (somewhat longer than anticipated) break. I'll work my way through the archives from weeks past so we don't miss any goodies... Much stuff happened this week: new style features, improved WP import, TinderBox back to life, file->close discussion brought to an end by a patch, and request for help to make releases."

  • NewsForge: LinuxDA CEO ducks questions about GPL compliance (Sep 25, 2001, 17:43)
    "The PowerPlay III PDA is cheap: $89. It runs on an embedded version of Linux called LinuxDA, by a company called Empower Technologies . Empower's version of Linux isn't free like beer, but there has also been a question as to whether it's free like speech. Paul Leung, the CEO of Empower, isn't interested in hashing out the details with NewsForge."

  • Running Linux on the Sega Dreamcast (Sep 25, 2001, 16:55)
    "Bill Gatliff explains everything you need to do to install Linux on a Sega Dreamscast gaming console. Even the necessary Linux kernel, bootloader, and utility kernel patches are included and available for download."

  • Letter urges govt to put faith in Linux (Sep 25, 2001, 16:00)
    "As the [New Zealand] Education Ministry enters into a $10 million deal with Microsoft to supply software to the country's schools, the open source movement is stepping up pressure on the government to use free software."

  • Gnotices: Installation Guide For GNOME 1.4.1 (Sep 25, 2001, 15:09)
    "The GNOME Installation Guide was written to help unfamiliar users install a stable GNOME system that includes more than the default applications. It teaches readers how to compile GNOME on their own instead of installing precompiled packages. It also covers installation of extra GNOME programs, both those hosted by the GNOME project and those which are not."

  • DH Brown Associates: 2001 Linux Function Review (Sep 25, 2001, 14:08)
    "For the first time, the strongest Linux distributions surpass the weakest UNIX systems in overall functionality. Using the version 2.4 Linux kernel has improved the features of the operating system. In addition, all of the vendors studied - SuSE, Red Hat, Caldera, Turbolinux, and Debian GNU - have increased the breadth and depth of their bundled network infrastructure software."

  • LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Anyware's Words (Sep 25, 2001, 12:56)
    "Brian Proffitt kicks off the return of our series on Linux word processors with a look at VistaSource's Anyware Office Words, a product currently in the midst of a marketing identity crisis. Beyond the confusing naming scheme, though, lurks a functional word processor that provides a reasonable clone of the Microsoft Word interface and a decent feature set."

  • Interview: Trolltech's President Eirik Eng (Sep 25, 2001, 12:00)
    "We had the same rate of growth before the change in license. In the very early years, we were afraid that if we GPLed Qt, someone with more development muscle would create a hostile fork of Qt and, in a sense, take over our only product. You just don't take any chances with your only bread and butter."

  • Wikipedia is wide open. Why is it growing so fast? Why isn't it full of nonsense? (Sep 25, 2001, 11:02)
    "Wikipedia's self-correction process (Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales calls it "self-healing") is very robust. There is considerable value created by the public review process that is continually ongoing on Wikipedia--value that is very easy to underestimate, for those who have not experienced it adequately."

  • Enterprise Linux Today: RealScale Technologies Delivers The First High-Availability Blade Server (Sep 25, 2001, 04:04)
    "RealScale Technologies Inc. today announced the availability for delivery of the first High-Availability Blade Server cluster. Based on Intel architecture, it operates on Red Hat Linux 6.2 and 7.1."

  • Linux experts wine over virus (Sep 25, 2001, 02:30)
    "There was much mocking in the Linux camp this weekend when it was discovered that the Sir Cam virus will run under the Open Source operating system - but only under the Wine Windows emulator."

  • ServerWatch: Rackspace Offers Control Panel for Linux, Unix Servers (Sep 25, 2001, 01:14)
    "PSA is designed to increase the productivity of Linux and Unix administrators by enabling nontechnical personnel to perform common server administration tasks, such as creating new e-mail accounts or managing domains, with point-and-click functionality."

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer: Analyst Recommends Software Switch (Sep 25, 2001, 00:13)
    "'Gartner's extreme recommendation [to drop IIS in favor of an alternative web server] ignores the fact that serious security vulnerabilities have been found in all Web server products and platforms,' Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said. 'This is an industrywide challenge.'"