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CalderaCaldera has announced their OpenLinux Power Bundle, containing Caldera OpenLinux 1.3 and PowerQuest PartitionMagic 4.0 for $89.
This ZDnet article covers Microsoft's decision to withdraw its motion seeking to have Caldera held in contempt of court. This is not a major victory for Caldera, but it is an interesting development, for those following Caldera's lawsuit against Microsoft.
DebianThe second edition of the Debian Weekly News, covering January 5th through January 12th, is now available. The new edition has been expanded and greatly improved. It now has sections on "Interesting Package Releases", "Packages in Trouble" and "Followups" to previous items. The primary news is also more extensive.
Picking a couple of top items from the Debian Weekly News, release-critical bugs for slink now number less than 40, so a deep freeze of slink is planned soon. To further the process, a Bug Squashing Party is being planned. Wickert Akkerman is coordinating this.
On another note, a minimal Debian GNU/Hurd system is now available. That should speed up progress on the GNU/Hurd project.
Paul Slootman has provided debs for 126.96.36.199a-8pre9v2.1 on the Alpha. He followed up with an addendum warning of problems with the version of X at higher than 8pp.
A report to Debian-Sparc indicates that there may be a problem with the resc1440.bin image on ftp.debian.org. The same image from ftp.cdrom.com had no similar error. This report has not yet been confirmed.
MkLinuxA vmlinux development kernel with Adrian Sun's updates to the in-kernel HFS support is likely to be available by Wednesday.
Red HatThis report from Tony Nugent indicates that the perl package shipped with Red Hat 5.2 is broken. In this case, it caused a problem with an older version of majordomo. The report was confirmedby Kayvan Aghaiepour Sylvan. The perl package available with RawHide appears to fix the problem.
SlackwareAccording to the slackware change log on ftp.cdrom.com, the current version of Slackware has been modified to remove the user "operator" from the default passwd and shadow files, as well as /etc/aliases.
In addition, for users other than root, "." has been restored to the default path (see last week's Distribution Section for details on why it was originally removed.)
TrinuxJoey Maier of the Trinux Doc team has provided a handy "Table of NICs and Kernel Modules", to help quickly determine what module is needed for what Ethernet card. Of course, the usefulness of the Table is not limited to Trinux ...
January 14, 1999