Linux in the news
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See also: last week's Distributions page.
CalderaReports on the caldera-users list indicate that many people are having problems with installations of Caldera 2.2 downloaded from the ftp site, whether booted from DOS, from floppy or burned onto a CD. This message describes one successful install. Other people installing from the Caldera CDs, which appear to be getting out there despite backlogs, seem to be doing much better.
A minor install bug in Caldera OpenLinux 2.2, only affects systems with riva238 video cards.
Overall impressions of OpenLinux 2.2, both good and bad, came out in this user's report to caldera-users.
DebianDowntime on the Bug Tracking system was reported by the Debian Weekly News. After four days, the system was finally back up, running exim instead of an old smail a.out binary ...
They also reported that the the long anticipated LDAP-enabled developer database was up and running and had been used to generate a list of accounts on master for people not on the Debian keyring. Check for your name, because these accounts are currently earmarked for removal.
The Y2K status of various Debian packages can be viewed at this website, maintained by Craig Small.
Dale Scheetz has resigned from his position as Secretary of the SPI board, citing his work for the LSB and other projects. Nils Lohner is expected to replace him.
easyLinuxeasyLinux is another distribution we managed to miss in our comprehensive list. Mark Meyer sent us a note to point out the omission and to mention that "eIT recently shipped the pre-final version for press-members and will start to distribute in 1-2 weeks."
G2 LinuxA pre-release announcement for the G2-Linux distribution apparently went out a while ago, but was not covered. The G2 Linux distribution is a new, "profesionally developed" Linux distribution that is scheduled to come out this summer. It is not based on either Slackware or Red Hat, but has been re-engineered from scratch using the new Linux Software Map (LSM) and Linux File system Hierarchy Standard (FHS). Its primary claim to fame, though, is its new package manager. Good luck and we hope they make their summer schedule. (Thanks to Fabian Penso).
MkLinuxNew Kensington / Apple TrackPad kernel from Michael Santos has been announced.
Red HatThe release of Red Hat Linux 6.0 was clearly the major news for Red Hat over the past week. Here is the official announcement. Check the Press Page for links to related articles.
CDs of Red Hat 6.0 in Germany are already available here.
SuSEUnofficial RPMS for some add-on packages for SuSE are being supported by Andreas Gerstlauer, including RPMS for exhm, jed, kxicq and more.
UltraPenguinUltraPenguin is dead. David Miller and Jakub Jelinek have announced that they will no longer be maintaining the UltraPenguin distribution for UltraSparc systems. It seems that just about everything that was in UltraPenguin is also in Red Hat 6.0, so the additional distribution is just duplicated effort. UltraSparc users should just go directly to the Red Hat 6.0 release.
XTeamLinuxXTeamLinux is a new linux distribution out of China featuring, not too surprisingly, Chinese support from the kernel, along with KDE, the 2.2 kernel and a graphical installer.
Yellow Dog LinuxYDL Champion Server Supports Blue & Whites is the title of the latest press release from Yellow Dog Linux, dated April 22nd. Yellow Dog Linux supports PPCs, G3s, iMacs, and now, Blue & Whites!
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
April 29, 1999