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Linux News for May 30, 2003

  • Wine Traffic #172 by Brian Vincent (May 30, 2003, 23:30)
    Community Roundup: The latest message traffic for Wine development.

  • Release Digest: KDE, May 30, 2003 (May 30, 2003, 23:30)
    Today's KDE apps: KRSA 2 0.2Alpha2, Kvolmet 0.2, K3Guitune 0.2, and Album Shaper 1.0a.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, May 30, 2003 (May 30, 2003, 23:30)
    Today's GNOME apps: GENIUS 0.5.4, libgda 0.12, libgnomedb 0.12, mergeant 0.12, Background Buddy 1.21, and GNOME System Tools 0.26.1.

  • ComputerWeekly: Red Hat Reassures Linux Users (May 30, 2003, 22:00)
    "Red Hat has stressed to its customers that the SCO Group's claims against the operating system, although taken seriously by the company, are baseless..."

  • SCO Stands Defiant, German Court Grants Preliminary Injunction (May 30, 2003, 20:30)
    Today's press conference from SCO showed a confident and defiant company ready to take on all comers. Meanwhile, across the ocean, one German organization has been granted an injunction that prevents SCO from saying Linux contains illegally obtained SCO intellectual property, aka Unix source code.

  • FootNotes: Release Team's Almost-Final New Modules List for GNOME 2.4 (May 30, 2003, 20:30)
    "The release team has discussed the modules list at great length over the last few weeks (seems like an eternity...) and has compiled this list, which hopefully represents a consensus of the input we've received about each of the proposed modules..."

  • CNET News: Is This the End of Netscape? (May 30, 2003, 19:00)
    "'For the most part, it means Netscape is pretty much gone,' said Rob Enderle, an analyst for research firm Giga Information Group. 'AOL is going to continue indefinitely now on IE (Internet Explorer) and has no justification really to continue funding Netscape...'"

  • Wired/Reuters: Calif. Reviews DVD Code Case (May 30, 2003, 17:30)
    "California's top prosecutor on Thursday argued that an engineer had acted as a thief and not a free speech advocate when he published on the Internet computer code used to decrypt DVDs..." [Link repaired. -ed.]

  • AlwaysOn: Novell's New Identity (May 30, 2003, 16:00)
    "AlwaysOn talks to Chris Stone, Vice Chairman of Novell, about the company's interest in supporting Linux, its future goals, and the legacy of NetWare..."

  • eWeek: Novell Douses 'Smoking Gun' Against SCO (May 30, 2003, 14:30)
    "Some members of the open-source community thought they had found a 'smoking gun' against the SCO Group and its claims to ownership of the intellectual property rights to the Unix operating system, but Novell Inc. on Thursday poured cold water on that..."

  • searchEnterpriseLinux: Gauging the Enterprise-Readiness of Open-Source Financial Apps (May 30, 2003, 13:00)
    "Today, Linux-based applications are being used to manage and make large sums of money in the financial services industry. Meanwhile, applications for businesses outside the financial services space are few and far between. Only two open-source financial products--Nola and SQL-Ledger--have gained much notice in the business world..."

  • The Register: MobiliX v. Asterix in Plea to Top German Court (May 30, 2003, 11:30)
    "The mobile open source project formerly known as MobiliX has stepped up its fight to have its long-running trademark dispute with the firm behind Asterix and Obelix heard by Germany's highest civil court..."

  • UNIXReview: Review: Kapital 1.1, GnuCash 1.8, and Moneydance (May 30, 2003, 10:00)
    "So, putting aside my distaste of accounting, I embarked upon an exploration of personal finance accounting packages for Linux..."

  • Linux Journal: Doing It All with OpenSSH, Part 1 (May 30, 2003, 08:30)
    "The secure shell is more than a simple way to keep your passwords to yourself. In this series, I take you from the basics through some nifty features that should make you wonder why you use anything else to communicate (well, almost)..."

  • Snapshot of the Embedded Linux Market - May, 2003 (May 30, 2003, 07:00)
    "The results of's annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are now in, and they provide an interesting profile of the ascendant embedded Linux software market..."

  • Release Digest: KDE, May 29, 2003 (May 30, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's KDE app: QHacc :: KHacc 1.6.

  • Release Digest: General, May 29, 2003 (May 30, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's general app: QuickHelp Linux 1.1

  • NewsFactor: Domo Arigato, Linux Roboto (May 30, 2003, 04:00)
    "Worldwide, RTLinux robots test milk, pick fruit, and handle DNA samples, among other tasks, FSMLabs president Victor Yodaiken told NewsFactor. A Linux real-time system is for robots that require 'very precise control over positioning,' he said..."

  • WinInfo: Microsoft Feeling the Office Licensing Pinch (May 30, 2003, 02:30)
    "Regardless, the question remained: What would happen if some entity--a company, individual, or group of programmers--cloned the 10 percent of Office that most people actually used and then offered the product to the public for free or for significantly less money than Microsoft Office...?"

  • LinuxWorld: Why the Best for Linux is Still to Come (May 30, 2003, 01:00)
    "While conspiracy theories are fun, Joe Barr is certain of two things. One is that Linux is going to continue its inexorable march to the desktop. The second is that the Microsoft monopoly is not going to go gentle into that good night..."

  • A Couple of SCO Amusements (May 30, 2003, 00:00) has a blurb with links to SCO's annual report that may further explain the SCO-Novell-UNIX relationship, as well as a link to a humorous pictoral summary of recent SCO-related events, starring none other than Roscoe P. Coltrane as SCO.