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Alta Technology has announced a new line of rack-mounted Linux cluster systems, built with either Intel or Alpha chips. Their announcement has details and some pictures. These systems feature a small footprint, scalability up to "thousands" of nodes, and a gigabit ethernet interconnect option. Now if only we could get one of those to build kernels on...
SSC is now announcing the availability of "The Artists' Guide to the GIMP", by Michael J. Hammel. See their news page for some info and a cover photo. Hammel knows his stuff; check out his web site for examples of his GIMP work. This book should be eagerly awaited by many. Computer Literacy Bookstore says the book is not in stock, but, according to this LinuxToday storythe books have been shipped to them. Thus they should be hitting mailboxes shortly.
Lest anybody think Microsoft is failing to take full advantage of the existence of Linux in its antitrust trial strategy: here is a press release from them trashing the testimony of Tuesday's witness: Professor Franklin M. Fisher, who evidently defended IBM in a similar action almost twenty years ago. "Not since Judge Robert Bork, who abandoned his long-held views on antitrust when hired last year by Netscape, has the world of antitrust law and economics seen a more dramatic ideological reversal. Professor Fisher's testimony would give readers of his 1983 book whiplash. Professor Fisher's economic theories also conflict with the realities of America's competitive and dynamic software industry. He makes much of the fact that there are numerous applications available for Microsoft Windows, alleging that this is a barrier to market entry -- a claim that is at odds with real- world events such as the remarkable rise of Linux." Linux is mentioned a couple of other times as well.
As a postscript, see this PC Week article where Microsoft sneeringly claims to have proved that Prof. Fisher doesn't know what Linux is...
WebCMO has published the results of their survey on the demographics of Linux users. These results can be seen on their web site. We're an awfully masculine crowd...
StarOffice Wars? Here is a lengthy document on a (mostly) unsuccessful attempt to refit an Australian office with Linux and StarOffice.
The "VirSim" VeriLog debugging environment will be supported under Linux, according to this EE Times article. The dearth of electronic design tools for Linux is finally beginning to fade.
IBMackey posted an unofficial Word Perfect 8 Install FAQ. It has received very favorable comments and some suggestions for improvement. It is definitely something to check out before you start your Wordperfect install.
January 7, 1999