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We mentioned the Hard Hat Linux distribution for embedded systems from Montevista Software, Inc., last week. Unfortunately, it seems there is a conflict over the use of the name. Hard Data Ltd, a Canadian company, has been distributing a version of Linux called "Hard Hat Linux" for its customers for nearly two years. It is unfortunate to see community members become at loggerheads over such issues. Perhaps they could consider splitting the name between "Hard Hat Linux" and "Hard Hat Embedded Linux", with links between the two sites to redirect people coming to the wrong site. We did contact Montevista for their side of the story, but did not receive a response.
The Laetos Project aims to develop an end-user-friendly distribution based on GNU/Debian Linux. More information is available on their website.
Stormix Technologies sent us this press release about their new distribution, Storm Linux, for which they've made available a pre-release (alpha) version. No URLs for Storm Linux were provided, though we've contacted them and hope to get more information in the near future.
DebianThis week's Debian Weekly News is now available. It covers the impact of the perl 5.005 package on Debian, the new mailing list, debian-release, a summary against the proposed move of non-free and contrib and pointers to a long discussion about the relationship between Debian maintainers and their upstream developers.
EnochEnoch 0.6 has just been released. Enoch is geared towards high performance, providing pgcc-optimized builds for Intel Pentium, Pentium Pro/II/III and AMD K6 series processors.
MandrakeThe Linux Mandrake team has happily announced the availability of a Mandrake download site with all strong encryption in Sweden. This is the beginning of their plans to develop more mirrors (outside the US) in the near future.
Yellow Dog LinuxYDL Champion Server 1.1 will be debuted at this month's MacWorld NY. Yellow Dog Linux is a PowerPC-specific Linux distribution. This latest release extends hardware support from Apple PowerPCs, through the new PowerBook G3s to some IBM RS/6000s. It will run the 2.2.6 kernel, and up-to-date packages for KDE, Gnome and more.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
July 8, 1999
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