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CalderaQuestions answered about Caldera OpenLinux 2.2, is a posting to the caldera-users mailing list by Erik Ratcliffe which answers several questions about COL 2.2, including a recommendation that the move from 1.3 to 2.2 be done via a total reinstall, rather than through an upgrade.
"OpenLinux Unleashed" is now "Special Edition: Using OpenLinux". Erik Ratcliffe posted this explanation of the title change of the book, reassuring people that the content of the two books are identical, though the author list has expanded. "OpenLinux Unleashed" was planned to be written by Allan Smart, Erik Ratcliffe, and Ed Orcutt. "Special Edition: Using OpenLinux" was actually written by Allan Smart, Erik Ratcliffe, Tim Bird, David Bandel, and Wil Mattos.
Linux kernel 2.2.4 RPMS are now available from Andrew McRory, the HackPak machine, as noted by this posting from Erik Ratcliffe. Before you try them out, however, you might want to check the 2.2.4 reports in this week's kernel section.
DebianBrian White has resigned as release manager for Debian. Now that Debian 2.1 is out, Brian has turned over his responsibilities to Richard Braakman. Here is the the announcement.
Debian's contacts with AOL seem to have resulted in a change of license for the AOL TiK client to the GPL. For more information, here is Brian Ristuccia's initial letter to AOL, their response and the final resolution. More details can be found on the debian-legal mailing list archives.
Debian Developers can get free Debian 2.1 CDs from Linux Central. Check this announcement for more details.
The Debian Weekly News for this week has been published. Check it out for a lot more details on what's been happening this past week.
MandrakeRPMs for Kernel 2.2.3-ac4 have been made available by the Mandrake folks.
Red HatStarbuck is Red Hat's future 6.0 platform. Most of you by now are familiar with Rawhide, which is Red Hat's name for its bleeding-edge development source code, made freely available for anyone brave enough to try it. Starbuck is, instead, the source code that will be stabilized in preparation for its release as Red Hat 6.0 sometime in May. So keep an ear tuned for Starbuck news ... it will tell you what to expect from the next version of Red Hat.
To experiment with Starbuck, look for it on this list of sites.
SlackwareSlackware 4.0.0-pre-beta is now out, according to a note from G-man. The new version contains Linux kernel 2.2.3, egcs 1.1.2, and many other updates. Check the current changelog for more details.
SuSESuSE released two security announcements yesterday. The first announcement addresses a permissions problem with /dev/kmem on SuSE systems, as well as the security problems in the 2.0.35 and earlier Linux kernel versions. The second announcement addresses security problems with Netscape 4.5.
In addition, SuSE has created two new security-related mailing lists. For information on subscribing to suse-security and suse-security-announce, check out this web page.
Last, but not least, SuSE security announcements in English are now indexed and available on the web. Congratulations to SuSE for their work to improve their support and response to security issues!
Correction: A couple of people have written to mention that our claim last week that the German version of SuSE 6.1 is already available was inaccurate. SuSE has announced SuSE 6.1 but shipments will not start until April 12th, 1999. Our apologies for the error.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
March 25, 1999