Linux in the news
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See also: last week's Linux in the news page.
This week's recommended reading includes articles with differing
points of view:
- Bob Metcalfe apologizes for fanning flames with comments about
the 'Open Sores Inititive', but he
writes W2K will still beat Linux. "Nicholas Petreley
routinely defends underdog OSes. He responded to my Linux/OSI
attack last week. Petreley trusts me to change my mind about
Linux if facts warrant. He knows that deep down, I'm rooting
for Linux, or any OSnic group that gives Microsoft a run for its
money, especially after next year's antitrust breakup."
- Then there's another point of view. "The Unix vs. NT war is
getting old!", says this
OS Opinion article. "The NT rage is just that, a fad for
eager-beaver CIO's and others with purchasing power to flaunt their
obvious lack of knowledge. 'Gee, Dick over in ABCD, Inc. has migrated
from Unix to NT and has no regrets, so I guess I should, too. After
all, I run this show, not the serf SYSADMINs down in the
A comparison of Linux and BSD systems from Daemon News
provides a well-balanced look, from the BSD perspective, as to how
Linux and BSD systems support and interact with each other.
"The symbiotic relationship between Linux and the BSDs is one
that is not acknowledged or discussed often enough."
[Thanks to Joe Orton]
An opinion piece published by LinuxToday comments on
the relationship between the Linux community and the Linux industry.
"What is necessary is that the Linux community grow the Linux
industry in an organic form, like a vine producing leaves and
More Linux - Microsoft comparisons and more differing viewpoints:
- Yet another group has stepped into the NT vs Linux testing
circle. Mary Jo Foley from Smart Reseller
reports that a third-party testing lab run by Neal Nelson &
Associates is planning a suite of tests for September. Although this
benchmark, as well, is open for participation from Microsoft and the
open-source community, opinion appears to be mixed on whether or
not Microsoft will be willing to participate in these tests.
"A Microsoft spokesman, meanwhile, claimed the company has no
plans to participate on the panel or the benchmarking tests
itself." [Brigitta Shore]
- And speaking of the Mindcraft benchmarks that have already been done,
Segfault has an amusing, is slightly vituperous response. "Finally, you declare victory. You have conclusively
shown that NT is the vastly superior platform
for doing nothing of consequence at absolutely obscene prices. With
the all good conscience, you
can now send out a Press Release to the world that proudly states:
NT Does Nothing Better Than Linux".
- More Benchmarks? This
ZDnet article doesn't think they're needed. " ..some open source
companies say they are gun-shy to be part of yet another benchmark--or,
as some call it, benchmarketing--exercise."
- Does Intel walk a tightrope between Microsoft and Linux?
That's the focus of this
E-Commerce Times article. "Anand Chandrasekher, Intel's
workstation products division general manager, told the Associated
Press Tuesday that Intel's continued commitment to Microsoft doesn't
undermine Intel's relationship with Linux users."
osOpinion editorial compares Windows and Linux from a programmers
perspective. "If [I had] to choose an OS for an airplane, I'd
program in Linux. If I had to write a program for a clueless user, I
would choose Windows."
The Internet nurtures Linux proclaims CNN in this article reporting
back from the Open Source Forum in Texas. "'We want to manage
the cost of desktop operations and increase stability,' says Gene
Dickamore, business systems manager for Arup Labs, a medical reference
laboratory. 'I'm seeing major changes in how you develop software, and
this open-source OS may be real.'"
In this older CNN article,
Competition keeps Linux lean, which we seemed to have missed when it
first came out, author Joe Barr talks about the positive side of
the "bickering" some people see in the Linux community: competition
and the advantages that competition brings.
"Name a topic and it's up for debate. That's just the way it is.
Linux people have opinions of their own and they aren't known for being shy
about expressing themselves. Which can get a little disheartening if you
worry, as many do, about not presenting a united front against the
forces of the Windows juggernaut.
But it's only disheartening until you understand that the noise you're
hearing in these debates is the victory bell, the secret sauce, the
very reason Linux is gaining on (and in some cases, overtaking) that once
invincible, still heavily entrenched, but now no longer cool OS from
Redmond. It's called competition. [for both articles, thanks to
- "Linux is at least getting a second look", according to this
PC World article. "The need to increase Internet operations
is making Linux attractive to some companies because of its low cost,
stability, and easy modification, says Ransom Love, president and
chief executive officer of Caldera Systems, which distributes
Red Herring did not give Red Hat Software an award for best
private company. "Finally, we balked. Our top private company must
be more than the leading representative of an important trend. It must
also have a business model that could make its investors rich."
- More companies offer support for Linux applications, says this
CNN article. "While HP and IBM are promising to support their
Linux-compatible offerings, other companies are making support a key
piece of their products. Linux distribution companies including Red
Hat Software, SuSE, and Caldera, package, install, and support Linux.
Meanwhile, others, like Linuxcare, avoid distribution and concentrate
solely on providing service and support to Linux users."
- CNN has
an introductory article about setting up secure Linux systems.
"While advanced security can be difficult to implement, a great
deal can be achieved by taking the simple steps of knowing what you're
running and disabling services you aren't sure about. Even small sites
and single Linux systems can take steps to reduce the risk and harden their
story from The Register looks at an
MS press piece on ZDNet
and wonders if it's for real. Not because of what it says,
but rather because of the comments it generated.
"... humorously, down in the Talkback discussion section at
the bottom of the ZD story, waves of apparently ordinary users
are denouncing Microsoft; you have to get quite a way down the
list before you get to a plaintive suggestion that maybe the
story is on the receiving end of a coordinated attack by Linux
(Thanks to Ted Ede)
- Darren Remington has a new web site called
Darren's Penguin Habitat. The site will contain articles
about Linux. The first offering is introductory, meant for
people who don't know much more about Linux than the name.
"Is Linux relevant? Unless you have been a techno-ostrich
with your head in the cybersand, you have probably heard the
term Linux (rhymes with cynics.)"
- PC World
calls Linux the 'Most promising software newcomer'.
An introductory article on Linux appeared in Germany's
Econy magazine (in German).
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol
July 8, 1999