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We spoke today with Scott McNeil, president of the SuSE's North American group. He reported to us yet another delay in the shipment of Linux Office Suite 99. Here is their official announcement. A bug in Applixware is cited as the reason for the delay.
Scott commented that S.u.S.E. has based their reputation in Europe on a history of shipping products that work as advertised and they are adamant that Office Suite 99 will not be shipped until it is is "polished to a high gleam". Bugs are unacceptable, even if they affect only a small number of their customers. As a result, S.u.S.E. is offering an apology to customers that have pre-ordered Office Suite 99. All customers can choose to cancel their orders, if they wish. Meanwhile, as part of their apology, a free T-shirt will go to all customers who pre-ordered S.u.S.E. before this latest delay was announced.
According to their editor, LinuxWorld will go online sometime next week. It will be interesting to see what the large trade publishers will do in the Linux world.
Novell will be porting its Network Directory Service (NDS) to Linux in conjunction with Caldera. Details can be found in this Network World Fusion article (Note that this is a registration-required site; using "cypherpunks" as both username and password will get you in if you do not wish to register). Given that Novell seems to be on the rise again, having the NDS capability available for Linux is probably a good thing. (Other press coverage of the NDS announcement can be found in Sm@rt Reseller, and The Register.
Another Linux systems VAR has opened its doors. The folks at Electronic Forge wrote in to let us know that they are up and running. They feature a nice system configuration page and relatively low prices.
Here is a brief review of Oracle for Linuxthat was posted to the net this week.
Carl Karlsson posted the solutions he found to what he dubbed, 'the hanging client' and 'the failing blk_alloc' problems with Sybase to the caldera-users list.
Linux Resourcesis reporting that Compaq is planning to increase its support of Linux on both the Intel and Alpha platforms. The bulk of the announcement is similar to what came out a while back - Compaq will assist in the installation of Linux on their machines, but will not actually sell Linux-installed computers themselves. (Thanks to Joseph Sloan).
Allaire will soon be announcing Cold Fusion for Linux. Thanks to Moshe Vainer who first sent us this link to an email thread chock full of rumors on the topic. Of course, later J.J. Allaire confirmed their commitment to create Cold Fusion for Linux on slashdot (look down in the comment section).
October 15, 1998