Linux in the news
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See also: last week's Linux in the news page.
Here is this week's recommended reading:
- Network Computing has put out
another one of those 'Is Linux ready for the enterprise?' articles.
This one, however, is lengthy, reasonably well researched, and
mostly positive. "Our findings? Not only is Linux ready for the
enterprise, it currently occupies the enterprise--but not in the
manner you might expect. Linux is not powering Oracle databases
yet. It doesn't drive the financial services, and it usually
doesn't sit at the heart of all system deployments. Instead Linux
currently serves as the Swiss Army knife of networking."
Worth a read. (Thanks to Mike Gerdts).
- Northwest Airlines is using Linux to run its new generation of
flight simulators, according to
this ComputerWorld story. "The Minneapolis company auditioned
several vendors last year. Systems based on Microsoft Corp.'s
Windows NT and IBM's AIX Unix were proposed, but [Northwest
engineer] Aguglia and colleague Duane Sebens of Northwest's
Hardware Engineering unit vouched for Linux as a choice capable of
competing with more mainstream commercial operating systems."
- Lies, Damn Lies, and Benchmarks is the title of a Network Computing
column trashing the Mindcraft report. "On Mindcraft's Web site,
you'll find articles insisting that the company can't understand
why the Linux community and others went ballistic upon learning
that the tests were paid for by Microsoft and performed in its
labs. The word clueless comes to mind. Mindcraft is now locked in
a battle it can't win. The company is trying to save its name, but
it's already lost on that point."
- The Washington Business Journal has run
an article about free software with an emphasis on Zope.
"'Zope is an excellent product, but its market niche is
dominated by big players with deep pockets,' said Hadar Pedhazur, a
principal in VIG who is also chairman of Digital Creations' board
of directors. 'We couldn't outspend those companies. Going open
source was a way of showing the world what the company can do in
terms of innovation and ideas.'"
- Nicholas Petreley
reviews Red Hat 6.0 on LinuxWorld. "I swear -- the people who
created and customize[d] Enlightenment must be vampires. I've never
seen so many dark, depressing color schemes, seemingly designed to
make the text on the screen nearly indecipherable."
The Linux Expo got it's share of press coverage-
- Tech Sightings
wandered the Linux Expo exhibition floor and was not entirely
"The forlorn groups hidden away back on poverty row were Linux
when Linux wasn't cool, and they, along with many other similar
little bands, are why Linux is popular enough to attract IBM
today. But every year, there are fewer non-profits at major Linux
shows like Linux Expo."
- The (Raleigh) News & Observer ran
this article about Linux Expo. Included is a nice picture of Jon
Hall at the hot sauce challenge. "Some Linux companies declined
to come to the Expo at all because of Red Hat's involvement. While
listed as a platinum sponsor along with the German Linux
distributor, S.u.S.E. Linux, and IBM, Red Hat also pays the
salaries of the Linux Expo staff."
this brief article about how Linux is tempting new users.
"...more and more of us, as we upgrade to new machines, are
going to start putting Linux on our older PCs to give it a trial
run. Something tells me the Linux market hasn't even begun to take
Pacific HiTech has been in the news this week-
- Pacific HiTech is changing its name to TurboLinux, according to
this News.com article. "'The company has grown out of its
Pacific Rim roots,' said Lonn Johnston, vice president of
TurboLinux operations in North America. 'We have larger plans and
covers the IBM/Pacific HiTech deal. "Terms of the agreement go
beyond bundling DB2 and include optimized TurboLinux versions of
IBM's WebSphere and other middleware products, which will be
developed at a so-called virtual development lab."
Here are some articles about Linux in the business world-
- Network Computing
reviews several web cache products. "Squid 2.0, a freeware
solution, received our Editor's Choice award for its very flexible
configuration, reasonable management utilities and superior
performance." (Thanks to Michael Gerdts).
- Upside Today has
an article about VA Linux Systems. "...as I surveyed the
passing nameplates--Leonard Zubkoff, San Mehat, Mark Vojkovich,
Geoff 'Mandrake' Harrison each a worthy banner recipient in the
rafters of American Linux--it hit me that these names had marquee
value. Each name represented a personal endorsement." (Thanks
to "Chile Stew").
- The Australian Financial Review has
an article about how IBM is adding the ability to run Linux
applications to AIX. "'They're doing it in case one of the
(Linux) developers comes up with a killer application,' said Bill
Peterson, an analyst at Framingham, Massachusetts-based research
firm International Data Corp." They also mention the
- CNN has
an article about SGI opening up XFS. "So far, there are 24
flavors of Linux, none of which currently offer a journal file
system, as opposed to all of the Unix vendors and Microsoft Corp.,
which do. According to analysts, the software is crucial for Linux
in order to enter the corporate world, where reliability and
24-hour service are required."
- Computer Reseller News ran
a brief article about SGI's plans to make their XFS file system
available. "Silicon Graphics said its delay in offering Linux
solutions has to do with operating-system limitations affecting the
company's core technical computing base..."
a TechWeb article about the increasing number of Linux
applications. "BEA Systems Inc. will offer a version of its
Tuxedo distributed transaction processing software and WebLogic
application server for Red Hat Linux 5.2. The move underscores how
the Linux operating system is gaining mindshare in IT
covers the increasing number of development tools available for Linux.
"A torrent of commercial application development tools is
becoming available for Linux. But users said they aren't yet
convinced that elaborate enterprise applications belong on the
platform. And they said free tools fit the bill for smaller
- Wired News has
an article about the 1 million WordPerfect downloads. "Corel,
based in Ottawa, Canada, said that the number of downloads may be a
sign of the growing use of Linux as a desktop environment."
There are also notes about O'Reilly freeing up the Open
Sources book, and about Atipa Linux Solutions, which is selling
systems with VMWare installed.
- Here is
an introductory article in Beyond Computing Magazine. "Open
source is an attempt to set a new business model, one that would be
more likely than the free software movement to attract a wide
community of users. So far, open source has been very effective,
enabling the creation of several successful open source products
and businesses." (Thanks to David Andrews).
More on benchmarks-
- Here is
a rather scornful article in WinInfo about the various "Linux
vs. NT" benchmarks out there. "The controversial Mindcraft
study--which showed Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 outperforming UNIX
clone Linux by a wide margin--has been corroborated by PC Week and
PC Magazine, which published the results of their own tests this
week. And despite widespread disdain for the test within the Linux
community, top Linux figures refuse to take place in a retest. It
all adds up to an obvious conclusion: The truth is out there."
There is actually
a followup column by the same author, written after he had a
conversation with Jeremy Allison. "...I've always said that
Linux represents the most obvious threat to the Windows monopoly
that's ever existed. I stand by that claim today, for both the
desktop and the server." (Thanks to Paul Hewitt).
There are a variety of articles along the lines of Linux vs. Microsoft-
- Microsoft's "Linux evaluation" team is the subject of
this article on Yahoo's UK site. "Microsoft remarks about Linux
have become more pointed since August, when an internal memo
suggested that it had reached a quality comparable to commercial
software. Chairman Bill Gates, for example, recently characterised
Linux as useful only for specialised computers." (Thanks to
a News.com article about Microsoft's new "evaluation team" for
Linux. "Though Linux has its fans and detractors, it's hard to
deny that the Unix-like operating system is changing the computer
landscape." (Thanks to Conrad Sanderson).
- Micosoft's plans for responding to Linux
are the focus of this ZDNet article.
"'When a competitor reaches a certain threshold,
Microsoft starts to pay attention,' says Tony Iams, an analyst with
D.H. Brown, a Port Chester, N.Y., consulting group. 'Linux has
clearly reached that point.'"
- ZDNet has run
an article by Evan Liebovitch about Red Hat's price increase.
"The Red Hat price boost is also helping the other Linux
distributions, since it's causing Red Hat users to consider
- Inter@ctive Week
covers the linux.com debut. "Linux.com made its debut at 8
p.m. Tuesday and had 100,000 visitors in its first 30 minutes of
- The LA Weekly has
a long article about Eric Raymond. "In the last year, this
boyish-looking, unemployed 40-year-old who lives in a small
Pennsylvania town has become, arguably, the most important voice in
an exploding movement among businesses and engineers." (Thanks
to Declan Malone).
- The BBC has
an article about GNOME, including some dialog with Miguel De
Icaza. "I don't think KDE has a future at this point, it's not
completely free yet and it's bound to a single programming language
in Unix." There is also some discussion of Richard Stallman
and Tim O'Reilly. (Thanks to Alistair J Gunn).
- This week's UK Computing Magazine has a number of
references to Linux, forwarded to us by David Killick:
- Gnome paints a new face for desktop Linux
- Novell goes native with Linux NDS
- Sun helps Linux to run on Solaris
- Linux takes a bite out of Apple
- HP uses open source license for latest software technology
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol
May 27, 1999