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See also: last week's Back page page.
A security resource site that has been the source of good information we've used over the past year is Rootshell.com. It was surprising to review our links of the week for the past year and note that we had not yet mentioned them.
Reviewing past Links of the Week has been amusing, to say the least. Checking out our editions from last March, no wonder that links were easier to find, when we were busy introducing Slashdot and FreshMeat. Both of these sites, of course, predate our first edition by several months, but we mentioned them for anyone who happened to run across our site before hearing about theirs.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet
July 15, 1999
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From: Mike Richardson <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: MS Buys RedHat Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 09:03:55 +0100 There has been some speculation that M$oft might buy up all the RedHat stock. It has been pointed out that this would not give them any useful control over RedHat, so presumably there is no immediate threat. But what if they could. Suppose that RedHat offered anough stock that M$oft could buy control, and suppose that M$oft forgot their "Linux is a viable competitor" arguments to the DOJ. What would they gain? I suggest that the answer is pretty well zero. IPR? Hardly, everything is available under the GPL, they can obtain it anyway if they want, just as I can. People? I think that you wouldn't be able to see for all the dust as the people who make RedHat distinct bolt. Income? RedHat sales would go down like a lead brick. I think we can ignore this one. Mike Richardson Series 1 Software England
Date: Fri, 09 Jul 1999 03:50:53 -0500 From: Tom Adelstein <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Lotus Notes on Linux In your article you say: It seems Lotus will only come kicking and screaming into the fold after all...it ends with the comment, "What Lotus won't be doing, however, is bringing the Lotus Notes client or SmartSuite Millennium Edition 9.5 office suite to Linux... In a press release published at LinuxToday we stated (http://linuxpr.com/releases/124.html) "We're beginning to source some important breakthroughs for Linux. One of our consultants has a Lotus Notes client running on Linux and we'll post the how-to very soon. That's a milestone for moving the Linux desktop into the enterprise." Also, several references within IBM internal forums exist discussing Lotus Notes running on Linux desktops in production environments. What is IBM going to do, deport companies and their own personnel who want to run the Client on Linux? In our call center we're running Notes server on an OS/2 in a token ring environment with Linux clients. How about that!
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 19:35:25 +0200 From: Bernhard Weiss <Bernhard.Weiss@KryptoKom.de> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: CORBA - IIOP/GIOP Hello dear reader, to expand our Linux based "High level firewall" we look for someone who is capable and interested to give a one or two day inhouse introduction on CORBA. The focus should be IIOP/GIOP and the implications in their use through firewalls in Intranet, Extranet and Internet. An additional topic might be interoperability between different implementations. The CORBA basics should be included, to help understanding the whole concept. The presentation language may be english or german and it should be given at our main location in Aachen/Germany. Financial terms are to be negotiated. Please refer to our homepage for informations about KryptoKom: Homepage in english http://www.kryptokom.de/english/index.html Homepage in german http://www.kryptokom.de/ Thanks and regards Bernhard Weiss -- Bernhard Weiss KryptoKom GmbH Technology Service Dennewartstr. 27 D-52068 Aachen email@example.com http://www.kryptokom.de Office Marburg Central Office Aachen Phone: +49 (0)6424 / 964497 +49 (0)241 / 963 - 1380 FAX: +49 (0)6424 / 964495 +49 (0)241 / 963 - 1390
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 13:53:08 -0700 From: Anand Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Designing the Linux for the Masses Hi, If you look from the programmers point of view Linux fulfills all the seven criterias that you have outlined. But then the system is made by programmers for programmers. I guess if general users can't think the way programmers think they will have to live with Windows ;-). Why do programmers care. They are not making Linux for altruistic motives. They just want to have the best systems for themselves. We will and are getting GUIs but they will also fulfill those criterias only for programmers. Unless users take it upon themselves to write an operating system for themselves, or they can continue to use Windows and live with its stability (or rather the lack of it). Of course there will be a time when Linux will have GUIs for normal users too. Because programmers are making our GUIs very very configurable. It melds with their idea of choice in everything. They will also make it easier to make those configurations. That will be the time when some intelligent (we are not oriented towards normal users, they don't pay us, they don't make any additions, if they can't even use the interfaces made by us, so we can call them stupid, for our purposes, and as Scott Adams says everybody is an induhvidual in some field), normal users will be able to dumb down the GUI to normal users tastes. I don't know why anybody would like less freedom. But maybe normal users need chains around them to prevent them from poking around where they don't have any business. But this is what Orwell predicted. So maybe we are entering a time when they will need chains. But I would rather be free. My advice would be to have the freedom, but just don't go around messing with things that you don't understand. That is what freedom is, if you screw up you go to jail, rather being in jail from the beginning. I hope you won't lull yourself into thinking that programmers want to make Linux the best system for everybody. They care too much about themselves. If you want to do that start a company and hire designers and programmers to do that, of course you will be charging money for what you produce. We will see what eventually becomes more used the free stuff or the more dumb user friendly. I believe the masses don't want to spend money on GUIs, and they will take whatever is free. As long as their favourite browser, or app runs on it ;-). -anand