Linux in the news
All in one big page
See also: last week's Linux in the news page.
OK, here's this week's recommended reading:
- Big software struggles with open source says the Industry Standard.
It talks mostly about Mozilla's troubles. "In fact, if you go
to Netscape's Mozilla.org site and do a search to see who's checked
out code in recent months, every one of the e-mail addresses come
from a netscape.com domain."
- Inter@ctive Week has
an article about the new Linux-based NBase-Xyplex router.
"By providing carriers with a
router based on an operating system that boasts legions of
programmers and is familiar to most ISPs, NBase also is offering
service providers potential freedom from dependence on equipment
manufactures, such as Cisco Systems, that use proprietary software
to supply routing instructions."
- Nicholas Petreley
plays with GNOME 1.0. "GNOME oozes with potential. But it also
oozes with bugs. And, although I can sympathize with the design
philosophy, GNOME increases confusion by refusing to take on the
responsibility of window manager. Since I am running GNOME plus
Enlightenment, it is often difficult to tell where the GNOME bugs
stop and the Enlightenment bugs begin." (Thanks to Jay
an article in Intraware SubscribNews Alert which looks at Red
Hat's lead over the other distribution vendors. "I have a
feeling Red Hat executives may be studying Netscape's example
closely to see if they can work the fine line between wanting world
domination and staying true to their roots. Meanwhile, many of
those software and hardware vendors who publicly or privately
bemoan the domination of Microsoft are helping recreate the entire
process all over again." (Thanks to Benji Selano).
- LinuxWorld has put together
a list of Linux-related April Fool's Day pranks - all that they
Let's get the Dell articles over with now. There were quite a few, and,
almost without exception, they didn't really go beyond the press release.
Events at Netscape drew a few articles:
an article (in French) about Jamie Zawinski's departure from
Netscape. The article claims that Zawinski's resignation "probably
means the end of Mozilla development at Netscape," an unlikely
scenario. English translation available
via Babelfish. (Found in
a rambling column in Bleeding Edge Magazine which looks at the
current state of Linux and free software. "Jamie Zawinski
resigns from Netscape/AOL, and rings true with his resignation. You
*can't* wave a magical 'Open Source' wand over a project and hope
for the best. It doesn't work."
News.com article is about the recent departures from the Mozilla
project. "Widespread rumors suggest that other client
engineers, including key players who have been with the company
since its early days, will be leaving in coming weeks."
Lots of business-oriented pieces:
- InfoWorld has put out
an article about the D. H. Brown report. "The open-source
nature of the Linux OS -- hailed by enthusiasts as one of its
primary advantages -- could stymie developers in their attempts to
make the OS suitable for enterprise use, according to a study
- MSNBC has
an article about the D. H. Brown report. "Indeed, Tony Iams,
author of the D.H. Brown study, said that even if it makes no
further gains, Linux has already had a major effect in the
computing world by slowing the growth of Windows NT."
writes about Salon Magazine's makeover. "Salon says it made the
move from NT to a customized version of the Red Hat 5.2
distribution of Linux 'in order to support Salon.com's growing
- Should you consider Linux? asks a short article in ZDNet's "Small
Business Advisor." The answer kind of looks like "no." "It
would be quite unlikely to find Linux in a small manufacturing
company or construction firm. This is not a condemnation of Linux,
just a factual statement of where Linux stands in the current small
business market." (Found in NNL).
a News.com article about Compaq's new Alpha systems. "Compaq
said it's working to raise Linux to a higher level and increase its
appeal to software companies. Later this year, the company will
release in-house compiler technology that will mean software for
Linux-Alpha will run twice as fast on average..." (Thanks to
- This L.A. Times article looks at the competition between Linux and
Microsoft. "...while the users of Communicator and Linux may
not rise to the level of mass resistance to monopolization, you can
at least thank them for prodding Microsoft to serve us all
- Computer Reseller News
has figured out that Linux might be a bit of a threat to SCO, but
SCO disagrees: "SCO even has encouraged some of its users to use
Linux, said [SCO VP] Bondi. In fact, Linux may be better-suited
than SCO Unix for 'one or two' application areas, he said."
- Also in Computer Reseller News:
a case study of a VAR that went over to Linux. "As many of
our clients are small businesses, we are always on the lookout for
hardware and software that can save them capital-the less they
spend on capital assets, the more they can spend on support
services. This philosophy led us to Linux."
an article in the Montreal Gazette about IBM's support for Linux.
"Jason Woodard, program manager (open-source development) for
IBM, said Linux is moving away from its traditional Internet and
Web-server applications toward business applications."
- Linux on the fast track is the title of this News.com article about
the latest IDC report. "Linux shipments will grow 25 percent
over the next five years, compared to 12 percent growth for all
server operating systems and 10 percent growth for all client
And, to finish out, here's the rest of the stuff we were able to find:
intro pieces, FUD, and miscellaneous articles.
- This TechWeek column is a collection of recent Linux-related
happenings, ranging from CeBit to Eric Raymond's "retirement." Not
too many surprises for LWN readers. "StarOffice for Linux is
free for personal, non-commercial use. 'The product comes out of
Germany, where it already has a market share of close to 40
percent, leaving MS Office slightly behind, and Corel definitely in
the dust' ..."
- Conrad Sanderson pointed out
this interview with Linus Torvalds which appeared in Time
International a couple weeks ago. "I'm not interested in doing a
company because I'm a technical person first. I want to do what I
enjoy doing, and that includes Linux."
a Chicago Sun Times article about the upcoming Comdex event; the
article is actually mostly an introductory piece about Linux.
"Mr. Microsoft, Bill Gates, and the so-called ``Microsoft
slayer,'' software developer Linus Torvalds, will appear at the
same event for the first time when the Comdex conference opens here
April 19. But don't expect them to exchange pleasantries."
- A publication called "Windows NT Systems" has published
an article on Linux. They don't like it. "The problem with
Linux is that it is just another unadulterated version of
Unix. Your choices of graphical user interfaces are the Unix
command shell or X Window, a primitive windowing system designed
more than 15 years ago." (Thanks to David A. Maxwell).
- PC Magazine
reviews TurboLinux 3.0.1 with particular attention to its installation
routine. "TurboLinux's ease in installation, though not quite
rookie-proof, is a step in the right direction to bring Linux to
the SOHO or home."
- MacWorld has
an article about Unix and Linux on Macs. "Unlike MkLinux,
whose evolution has floundered, LinuxPPC is under very active
development, bringing continuous improvements in usability, speed,
and reliability with it."
- Here's another one of those
"Linux is hard to install" articles, this one in the Chicago Tribune.
It must be time to write one about the joys of installing
Windows... "The people at RedHat technical support are
knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and witty. The only problem is
that they're stuck supporting a project that, for non-programmers,
may be unsupportable." (Thanks to Bill Longabaugh).
Section Editor: Jonathan Corbet
April 8, 1999