Linux in the news
All in one big page
See also: last week's Linux in the news page.
Few will be surprised, presumably, to hear that LinuxWorld has generated a
tremendous amount of press this week. Here's what we were able to dig up;
apologies for the lack of organization here...
A few other articles that we managed to dig up:
- ZDNet has a special LinuxWorld section with links to many stories. Most of them
won't be duplicated here; check out their page for more.
- Here is News.com's LinuxWorld page with links to many articles.
- Wired News ran an articleabout the Empeg - a Linux-based MP3 player for cars - that was cranking out
tunes in the Debian booth. Nice toy.
- ZDNet has a RealMedia film of Linus's keynote.
- Wired News on the show as a whole. "Ignoring the big-name companies like
Oracle and Corel that jostled for attention at the entrance to the show
floor, Tuesday's attendees streamed to an aisle at the back of the hall
known only as The Ghetto. There, Linux heroes like Richard Stallman,
founder of the Free Software Foundation, and Fred van Kempen, former owner
of the linux.com domain name, commanded a crowd of awed fans."
- Coming out party for Linux in Internet Week. "While Linux may not end up being the biggest
operating system on the planet, a who's who of
enterprise systems and applications vendors were
at the conference making their stakes."
- This PC Week article, mostly about HP. "Some critics of Linux in
the enterprise have cited its wide open development community as a major
deterrent to adoption. Too many versions of the OS and too many application
development efforts lead to chaos that commercial vendors don't experience
when developing in-house or with licensed ISVs, critics argue."
- Another PC Week article about HP, talking about their deal to offer Red
Hat's distribution on their servers.
- MSNBC talks about Corel's plans.
- InternetNews.com talks mostly about IBM and HP. "Linux, and the
whole open source movement, represents a revolution in software development
that will continue to improve the computing systems built now and in the
future with the support of mainstream tech companies offering value-added
features and support."
- CBC News has a brief article about Cowpland's keynote.
- TechWeb about HP and SAP.
- CNNabout Linus's keynote.
- PC World about Corel. "Cowpland didn't say when the desktop
distribution would be ready for release, but he said it will allow PC
makers to offer a PC running Linux for around $500."
- InfoWorld about IBM. "Cliff Miller, CEO of Pacific HiTech,
commented on the mix of cultures here at the show, as the ragtag band of
Linux developers strike deals with corporate firms that could make Linux a
more visible, significant platform for enterprise computing."
- VARBusiness on
Computer Associates' deal with Red Hat.
- PC Week on Linus's keynote.
- InternetNews.com on various announcements. "Not only is Linux
quickly becoming a real alternative for people who want to deploy Unix
servers for IT or Web purposes and don't want to pay workstation prices,
but it's also showing up on a surprising number of desktops of users as a
replacement for Windows."
- InfoWorld about HP.
- Deseret News running the AP article which appeared in many US
- USA Today about announcements in general.
- Computer Reseller News about IBM.
- Computer Reseller News about the Jarvis keynote and associated stuff.
"'For all the people that say that Microsoft has already won, I'd say
there's 4.5 billion users who have not yet chosen their operating system,'
said [Jon] Hall."
- Computer Reseller News about Mylex and SpectraLogic.
- ZDNet UKabout Red Hat's portal and other announcements.
Also articles about Corel and Linus's keynote.
- ComputerWorld on Linus's keynote.
- The National Post reports
on Corel's moves, predicting a more substantial LinuxWorld
keynote than turned out to be the case. They can't resist a dig or
two as well... "[Linux] is arguably faster and more reliable than
Windows, but writing Linux software code is harder. And because it
is free, there's little incentive for companies to spend millions
to improve it." (Thanks to A. Andres)
- AsiaBizTech reports on a Japanese restaurant chain which is incorporating Linux
systems into their ordering system in 70 restaurants.
- Jesse Berst says to be careful about betting on Linux in this
column. "Now, before you Linux-lovers whip out your flame
throwers, let me say this: I like Linux. Microsoft needs all the
competition it can get. Linux is good for consumers. But because
I'm on your side, I need to warn you not to let your enthusiasm for
Linux cloud your business judgment."
- Wired News ran an article about Troll Tech's work on the Opera web browser.
- TechWeb talks about Sun's plans to open up their chip designs.
- ZDNet is running a
story claiming that Sun will be releasing the Solaris source
under a "community license." This license looks restrictive, it
certainly is not "open source." It does not appear, for example,
that the best pieces of Solaris could migrate into Linux with
impunity. This could lead to some interesting conflicts in the
future. (Found in Slashdot).
- Here is a
fun column in the Journal of Commerce. The author talks about
his (frustrated) youthful ambition to own a VW bus. After all, you
could do anything with it. " There was no need to see 'the man'
down at the local garage. Everything was in your control. It was
true freedom.." He never got his bus, but his life has just
brightened anyway: "But now I and tens of thousands of others
are getting a new chance to find the magic. We have an opportunity
to have a machine that not only has the potential to take us all
kinds of places but that is one about which we can know -- and fix
-- almost everything. That's right. I'm taking the plunge. I'm
installing Linux, the free operating system invented by a college
student in Helsinki, on my PC."
- News.com has an article about different versions of Linux. "Database seller Sybase,
however, wasn't deterred by the different flavors of Linux. 'To us, they
all seem the same. It really seems to be one version to us,' said Jim
Griffin, senior marketing manager at Sybase."
- PC Week picks a set of 15
most influential technologies. "Open source" is one. The
"Hayes command set" is another, for what it's worth...
- The Boston Globe has an
article about Eric Raymond. "Other people have made more
fundamental contributions to the Open Source movement than software
engineer Eric Raymond....But no one has been more imaginative than
the 41-year-old Raymond in describing the ethos of the strange new
community that has grown up around the Internet." (Thanks to
- ABC News has an
article about cooperation between Intel and Cygnus. It is all
phrased in terms of making Linux work better on Pentium processors,
but it appears that they are working on the gcc compiler (which is
not specific to Linux, of course). "Expect more companies to
hop on that bandwagon. Cyrix Corp., which makes low-cost computer
processors, says it also is interested in working on Linux, once it
finalizes its 3-D Now! technology, a rival version of MMX."
- News.com is also covering
the Intel/Cygnus deal. "According to Cygnus, the company that
performed the work, Linux programs running on Intel hardware will
run 30 to 40 percent faster as a result. The improved software is
in beta testing now and should reach full distribution by the end
of June..." (Thanks to Pepe Taskinen).
March 4, 1999