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CalderaThis Caldera customer reports, regretfully, that problems running the glibc Oracle 8 on Caldera OpenLinux 1.3 have forced him to move to Red Hat. Other reports on Oracle indicated that the install process is not smooth, but they were able to fight through the process and get Oracle up and running.
DebianHere is the announcement of the Debian 2.1 deep freeze, which took place on Wednesday, January 20th, at 15:00 EST (when the automatic install runs). This week's Debian Weekly News notes that 9 packages will be removed from the distribution due to critical bugs unless they are fixed immediately; 36 other critical bugs must be fixed before release.
The Open Group has released a test suite for the LSB. The test suite provoked some negative reaction among Debian developers, prompting Joseph Carter to start drafting a letter to the LSB about their concerns. Daniel Quinlan responded, explaining that the problems were in the LSB written material and he would like to fix them. He emphasized that The Open Group has only provided a free test suite, is following the rules for contributing to the LSB project and is not in anyway defining what the LSB should be. "...the TOG is *not* defining LSB. Linux people are defining it -- and if a company passes every hurdle we insist that they pass, why shouldn't we allow them to help?"
For more information on the past week in the Debian community, we encourage you to read this week's Debian Weekly News.
MkLinuxApparently back by popular demand, the Open Group has once again made PA MkLinux available from their site. This is MkLinux for the HP Precision Architecture.
Red HatJoin the Red Hat "Beta Team," at least if you would like to receive pre-release software from them. The Beta Team site has more information. They appear to be looking for a relatively small number of users who are willing to do some serious testing and send results back to Red Hat.
A nifty little document on how to upgrade your Red Hat XFree86 installation was made available on January 10th.
Joerg Pommnitz has made available a TrueType enhanced version of XFree86-3.3.3 for Red Hat Linux. His note also mentions having fixed a bug in the Red Hat sources that made the font server unusable.
Slackwarewww.slackware.com is now on-line. This official Slackware Linux Website is intended to serve as a centralized resource for Slackware users, promising both the latest xfgdevelopment news as well sections to provide assistance with installation and configuration. Hits on the new site surpassed 100,000 within the first three days. Given the amount of demand the LWN has seen for Slackware news, the new site should be extremely popular and will help Slackware maintain and increase the number of its users. There seems to be a great thirst for information about Slackware which has been difficult to satisfy.
S.u.S.E.We hear reports that The Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Awards are out and S.u.S.E. has won the title of favorite distribution. The choice likely came from the fact that over 80 percent of the respondents were from Germany, but still demonstrates how strongly S.u.S.E. users feel about their distribution.
TrinuxTrinux version 0.48 has been released. nmap, ntop, iptraf, arptool, and hunt have been updated or added to the classic image.
TurboLinuxTurboLinux 3.0.1 from Pacific HiTech has been released. This is one of the opening moves in Pacific HiTech's attempt to establish a presence in the U.S. market. See their announcement for more.
uClinuxA new version of uClinux - Linux for embedded systems without an MMU - has been released. This one includes frame buffer support for the Palm Pilot LCD...
January 21, 1999