Linux News for Nov 01, 2001
Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting 30 October 2001 (2001-11-01 23:39:46)
This week: Discussion of the relationship with the FSF,
elections, Sun's documentation work, Update on GNOME 2, more.
Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 1) (2001-11-01 22:58:45)
All that's new in the Python world.
Kernel Cousin KDE #23 by Aaron J. Seigo (2001-11-01 22:10:33)
KDE is a powerful Open Source graphical desktop environment for
Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary
functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the
technological superiority of the Unix operating system.
GNOME 2.0 Developer Snapshots in Red Carpet (2001-11-01 21:19:31)
Jacob Berkman is making RPM's of the GNOME 2.0 development
platform available via Ximian's Red Carpet.
WinInfo: Linux Adoption Stories Not What They Seem (2001-11-01 19:37:17)
"Some high-profile Linux adoption stories have circulated lately
that feature companies such as Amazon and Intel espousing the
wonders of the open-source solution. One crucial fact these stories
don't reveal, however, is that these Linux adoptions are replacing
proprietary and expensive versions of UNIX, not Windows. And as
both Amazon and Intel are quick to point out, neither company has
even considered replacing Windows boxes with Linux."
BrowserWatch: Parts of MSN Still Off-Limits to Opera, Amaya Users
"Despite Microsoft's promises to open up the Microsoft Network
(MSN) to all browser users, some portions of that Web site are
off-limits to users of the Opera and Amaya Web browsers."
NetworkWorld: Linux makes strides in enterprise market
"Still, open-source software can be much quicker to acquire and
implement in a large organization, because such software
circumvents the often extremely complicated procurement process
such companies go through to buy anything; and avoiding the hassles
of maintaining software licenses is another advantage."
InfoWorld: Investing in Linux [Boscov's Dept. Store Goes With Linux] (2001-11-01 14:56:33)
"Earlier this year Roberts bought an IBM z900 Model 102
mainframe, using VM with Linux running underneath. This lets
Boscov's, from one location, host more than 100 virtual Linux
servers, which will gradually replace the NT servers over the next
Linux Weekly News for November 1, 2001 (2001-11-01 13:59:17)
This week: Remember the Halloween Memo?, Kernel Page on
Vacation, Netscape 6.2, OSDN Printing Summit, more.
LinuxWorld.com: Protecting your network with Snort
"The following article does not cover Snort in great detail.
Snort is a large program in terms of its available options, and
would take several articles to cover comprehensively. Instead, here
is a brief overview of the program, and some of its options."
Salon: Linux goes to the movies (2001-11-01 11:47:36)
"In the early days of the open-source movement, Linux-based
operating systems made their way into the business world through
the back door, usually shepherded by an engineer who just wanted to
get his or her job done in the most efficient way possible. That
motivation hasn't disappeared, even if some of the companies that
tried to capitalize on it are already distant memories. In fact,
today, entire industries are making Linux-based operating systems
central to their business. Take, for example, the glamorous, and
absolutely essential to modern entertainment, visual-effects
LinuxPlanet: .comment: Brain-Munching Insects and SuSE 7.3 (2001-11-01 08:37:18)
Headaches come in many forms. One of the two that currently have
Dennis E. Powell floored is the "update" routine in SuSE 7.3. Read
about why if you're planning to update to SuSE 7.3 from a working
installation of 7.2, you might want to proceed with caution.
WIRED: Windows XP: EXtra Proprietary (Red Hat's Michael Tiemann says "Boycott the Monopolist") (2001-11-01 08:18:09)
"Let's get out of this vicious trap the way we got in: by
controlling what we do with our money. If you are already running
Microsoft's products, do the sensible thing and BOYCOTT THE
MONOPOLIST. Let Microsoft's latest products sit in warehouses until
Microsoft comes to their senses and removes all the eXtra
Proprietary technologies they've been engineering over the past
several years. Wait until Microsoft offers a level playing field to
other operating systems, applications and network service
providers." [ An additional link to a second WIRED article
canvasses others in the Linux community and finds the tone more
New York Times: Justice Department and Microsoft Agree on Most of Settlement Pact
"The tentative settlement calls for a five- year consent decree
between the government and Microsoft governing the company's
conduct, according to people involved in the talks, with the
possibility of a two- year extension if the company violates the
agreement. To try to ensure enforcement, a three-member advisory
committee of independent experts would be set up."
ZDNet News: Linux developers jump on bandwagon (2001-11-01 02:03:24)
"The Web services "war" has largely been a series of battles
between Microsoft and Sun. The Sun ONE initiative attempts to
indoctrinate all Java programmers into the Web services model.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is attempting to preach openness with .Net ...
Where does Linux fit in? Clearly, the most outspoken Linux
proponents hate Microsoft, but they surely see some value in
developing Web services that interact in some way with
Windows-based systems. The most outspoken Microsoft proponents have
realized that Linux is not a threat but another platform that has
attracted smart people who are developing rich applications."
Happy Halloween: Tux Jack-O-Lanterns (2001-11-01 01:38:17)
Happy Halloween from Linux Today (where it's still October
31st). Andrew Bradford sent some pictures of appropriately-themed
jack-o-lanterns. Andrew writes: "It's a bit late in submission but
they're fun pictures and I've provided links to all of the patterns
so you can make your own--next year, of course, unless you are fast
at doing these :)"
Network World: True believers still see Linux on the desktop
"Linux evangelists are keeping the faith, even when it comes to
the elusive Holy Grail of the open-source operating system: taking
a significant chunk of the desktop market... Ask a random sample,
and you'll find about half say they use Linux on their own home or
office machines, and would recommend it to others. These people
are, of course, the hard core. Can Linux for the desktop still
catch on in the wider world?"