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CalderaWant to install Linux 2.2.0 on Caldera OpenLinux 1.3? Check this upgrade list from Erik Ratcliffe. It lists packages he had to upgrade in order to install 2.2 and the level of the package required, along with a great deal of other useful tips on changes in 2.2 that may affect you.
Troy Will is starting to create an OpenLinux Printer Support Page at this address. He has invited people to send problem reports to him. He'll try to help and will log his efforts on the support page.
Last, some minor hassles with the Caldera mail archives have cropped up. As a result, the mail archives will be re-done on February 1st.
DebianThis week's Debian Weekly News is the first to become an official part of the Debian web-site. Many of the following items were gleaned from the Debian Weekly News.
Brian White has cautiously agreed to allow a source package for the Linux 2.2.0 kernel to ship with Debian 2.1. This is good news for anyone who wants to be able to easily use the new kernel with the latest version of Debian.
A draft version of a document on the Great X Reorganization was posted by Branden Robinson this week. It explains the package naming changes in the Debian X package structure that are part of the Debian 2.1 release.
Here is a recent summary of the status of the Debian Sparc version of slink. It talks about boot floppies, X and kernel issues, among other ongoing concerns.
For those of you that like the gory details, here is the list of release-critical bugs still remaining to be fixed before Debian 2.1 is released.
MandrakeThe Linux Mandrake News for January 27th is available. It covers MandrakeSoft's plans for the upcoming IT COMDEX in Paris, France. Also mentioned was the City of Garden Grove, CA, choice to use the Mandrake distribution for most of their production servers and all of their systems analysts.
Production on the Linux-Mandrake PowerPack has started and it is expected to be available "very soon". They tell us to expect some good surprises next week.
MkLinuxMichael Santos has released a New Kensington test kernel, a new version of the modified Generic #6 kernel which should restore support for older devices.
Red HatThe Red Hat XFree86 updates on update.redhat.com were upgraded to XFree86 188.8.131.52 on January 22nd. The latest version incorporates bug fixes and drivers for some new hardware, including full support for the Matrox G100/G200 PCI cards. For more information, see http://www.xfree86.org/#news.
The Rawhide site was "knackered" this week, meaning that many important packages are missing. This note from Bill Nottingham indicates that Red Hat is aware of the problem and it will hopefully be fixed with this week's release of Raw Hide.
SlackwareA Slackware Message Board has been created, to help handle the many technical questions that started rolling in after the Slackware.com web-site came on-line. Check it out at http://www.slackware.com/forum.
S.u.S.E.The non-natives are getting restless ... , that is, the non-German SuSE users are asking when SuSE 6.0 will be out. Frequently. Again and again. The answer still seems to "end of January" and the end of the month is not quite here yet ...
And yes, SuSE 6.0 is Linux kernel 2.2 ready, so people who prefer the latest kernel should be able to drop it into 6.0 without a problem.
TrinuxThe Trinux Web Mail List Index has been taken down due to problems with glimpse.
January 28, 1999