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Linux News for Oct 17, 2003

  • Editor's Note: A Few Questions for SCO From a Hypothetical Investor (Oct 17, 2003, 23:30)
    "So SCO got $50 million in private investment this week. Good for them, maybe not so good for the investors..."

  • Release Digest: KDE, October 17, 2003 (Oct 17, 2003, 23:30)
    Today's KDE apps: KExchange 0.3.2, TreeLine 0.6.0, Komport 0.4.5, and LogViewer 0.7.

  • Corvallis Gazette-Times: OSU Enlists in Mozilla's Battle (Oct 17, 2003, 22:00)
    "In the case of the so-called browser wars, Oregon State University has jumped into the ongoing struggle against software giant Microsoft's continued dominance of the browser market..."

  • KernelTrap: Problems From Removing The OOM-Killer (Oct 17, 2003, 21:00)
    "With the release of 2.4.23-pre4, the OOM-killer was removed from the 2.4 stable Linux kernel. 2.4 kernel maintainer Marcelo Tosatti reflected on recent problems this has created..."

  • eWeek: Is Microsoft Behind SCO's $50 Million Cash Infusion? (Oct 17, 2003, 20:00)
    "Hot on the heels of The SCO Group's announcement that BayStar Capital has invested $50 million in the company, questions are being raised about whether Microsoft Corp. may have had a role in that investment..."

  • eWeek: SCO Building Up a 'War Chest' (Oct 17, 2003, 19:00)
    "The ability to build up a 'war chest' of cash was too compelling to pass up--and so The SCO Group agreed to a $50 million investment deal, announced yesterday, with investment fund BayStar Capital..." More on today's SCO press conference.

  • E-Commerce Times: SCO's Brilliant Business Maneuver? (Oct 17, 2003, 19:00)
    "'Who would trust [SCO] after the IBM suit?' IDC vice president Dan Kusnetzky said. 'And they have threatened end-user customers with litigation. In effect, they have destroyed themselves as either a Unix or Linux supplier...'"

  • Gulf News: Bahrain Speeds Up E-government Drive (Oct 17, 2003, 18:00)
    "Bahrain has reposed a major vote of confidence in Linux by using the open source software as the engine to drive its future on-line services..."

  • NewsForge: Environment Canada Uses Linux to Track Hurricanes, Predict, and Analyse Weather (Oct 17, 2003, 17:00)
    "A few days later, I was on the phone with Ross Ashbourne, Manager of Informatics at Environment Canada in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Yes, he told me, not only does the Hurricane Centre use Linux, but all Canadian weather centres use Linux..."

  • Computerworld Hong Kong: MySQL Buys Alzato (Oct 17, 2003, 16:00)
    "In a bid to make its open source database more scalable and available, MySQL AB on Tuesday acquired Alzato, maker of the NDB Cluster--a data management system designed for the telecom and Internet Protocol environments..."

  • eWeek: Mozilla 1.5 Boosts Usability (Oct 17, 2003, 15:00)
    "Probably the biggest surprise about Mozilla 1.5 is that it exists at all. When the Mozilla Foundation laid out its road map earlier this year, the plan was for Mozilla 1.4 to be the last version of the big integrated Mozilla suite..."

  • The Register: SCO Blinks--Bill Us When You Can (Oct 17, 2003, 14:00)
    Not only has the SCO Group backed away from billing Linux users, they apparently have extended the deadline for SGI to pay the alleged royalties SCO believes it is owed.

  • SCO Group Receives $50 Mil Shot in Arm (Oct 17, 2003, 13:00)
    "The SCO Group on Thursday said it has received a $50 million private investment led by BayStar Capital..." An Associated Press article details the announcement and a ZDNet Australia piece gives SCO's Kieran O'Shaughnessy a chance to praise the move as an indication that SCO is not "a dying company."

  • Linux Journal: View from the Trenches: Alternative Package Sources (Oct 17, 2003, 12:00)
    "If you know where to look (or if someone tells you where), you can find all the packages you want and need..."

  • Enterprise Networks & Servers: JADE for Linux on IBM eServer zSeries Offers Open Alternative (Oct 17, 2003, 11:00)
    "Atlanta-based Jade USA... is working with IBM to give 2,000 Unisys customers a way to migrate their proprietary LINC systems to JADE on IBM's mainframe..."

  • Linux Journal: A Historic Moment in Boston (Oct 17, 2003, 09:00)
    "The upcoming Desktop Linux Conference will cover the current state of the Linux desktop and where it's heading..."

  • developerWorks: Build a Network Router on Linux (Oct 17, 2003, 07:00)
    "Zebra is open source TCP/IP routing software that is similar to Cisco's Internetworking Operating System (IOS). Flexible and powerful, it can handle routing protocols such as Routing Information Protocol (RIP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and all of their various flavors..."

  • Release Digest: GNOME, October 16, 2003 (Oct 17, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's GNOME apps: GtkSourceView 0.7.0, gURLChecker 0.7.3, GDM, GDM, totem 0.99.7, GENIUS 0.5.6, and Epiphany 1.0.3.

  • OSNews: Arch Linux: A Better Distribution (Oct 17, 2003, 03:00)
    "A few months ago I was a Slackware Junkie. I loved it, and laughed at those who used 'more automatic' distributions (ok, I didn't actually laugh). Then Arch Linux 0.5 came out and I was very intrigued by it..."

  • LinuxWorld Australia: HIC Upgrades 4500 PCs, Looks at Linux (Oct 17, 2003, 01:00)
    "The Health Insurance Commission (HIC) has begun a technology review covering its outsourcing agreement with IBM GSA and an investigation into Linux as a way to reduce operating costs..."