Linux in the news
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Linux Laptops Ltd. opens. Linux Laptops Ltd., a reseller dedicated to selling only laptop systems with Linux installed, has announced its opening. Their angle is that, by specializing in laptop systems, they can do them better than anybody else. As a result, they have systems (such as Sony Vaio's) that have been hard to find (with Linux installed) elsewhere.
Sun will be releasing its high-performance cluster tools under their "community source license." See Sun's press release for details. The tools to be made available include an implementation of the MPI interprocess communication library (already available under Linux), the Prism graphical debugger (much needed), the Sun Scientific Library, their Parallel File System, and Cluster Runtime Environment (load balancing and such). This code, once available and working on Linux, should make a lot of high-end number crunchers happy.
The Linus Torvalds Community Award returns. International Data Group (IDG), announced they will give away the "IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award", a $25,000 scholarship, at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, August 9-12, 1999 at the San Jose Convention Center.
Bundled e-commerce software. Opensales.com has announced that its e-commerce tools will be bundled with VA Linux Systems' computers starting in the third quarter. Opensales is an effort to create a source-available (license unspecified) e-commerce package. It's not yet entirely clear just what the package will do.
Printed circuit design for Linux. Cadsoft has released its Eagle printed circuit design system for Linux. Evidently there is a freely-downloadable version which can handle small boards; for bigger stuff, they want your money first. (Thanks to Uwe Bonnes).
Indybox lowers prices. The folks at Indybox have announced a lowering of prices on some of their linux-installed systems.
The Internet Engineering Task Force has announced ratification of the Service Location Protocol (SLP), v2. As part of an undergraduate research project at Utah Valley State College, student Matthew Peterson has written an open source SLPv2 DA for the Linux operating system. Documentation, source code, and binaries related to the project are available under a BSD-style software license, which allows for free commercial and non-commercial application. Additional information can be obtained from the project web site
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
June 3, 1999