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Brazilian Linux distribution wishlist poll. Linux in Brazil is running a poll (in Portuguese) asking what features users would like to see in upcoming Linux distributions.
CalderaOpenLinux 2.3? Caldera hasn't said anything about it, but Micro Warehouse claims to be selling OpenLinux 2.3 anyway. Even the little picture of the box says 2.3 on it. Another poster claimed that 2.3 is in beta now. Thus, expect an announcement sometime soon...
The 2.3 release will evidently include a bundled copy of ApplixWare.
DebianAn interim Debian release prior to 'Potato' is looking likely. Joey Hess put out this message in which he proposes to coordinate a release based on 2.1, which would include well-tested updates to the release only. 2.1 has a number of packages (kernel, XFree86, ...) which are showing their age, and this sort of update would help to make the distribution more current in a shorter time frame.
Joey's proposal is to assemble the new version, which may be called 2.2, by the end of this month. It would then be frozen for a month while people pound on it, and release would happen at the end of September. When Potato comes out, it will then be called 2.3 or 3.0. There seems to be little opposition to this idea, so it seems to have a high probability of happening.
When will Potato be released? There is still no answer to that question, but Richard Braakman has proposed that the release be frozen on November 1. He also lists the things that have to happen between now and the freeze; a fair amount of work remains.
The Herring Package Management Library (HPML) is the new name for DPKGv2 - the effort to build a new package manager for the Debian distribution. HPML is just now moving out of the specification stage into serious coding. The specification can now be found on the HPML web page. They are building everything around a central library with a well-defined API, hopefully making it easy to write programs that work with packages.
Joey Hess's pictures from LinuxWorld can be found on his web site.
LinuxPPCIBM demonstrated their new ATX PowerPC boards last week at LinuxWorld. These boards should help to populate the world with cheaper PPC systems in the near future. The folks at LinuxPPC have put out a press release stating that their distribution will work on these boards from the beginning. In fact, they worked with IBM during the development process to make sure that things would happen that way.
An ATI Rage 128 video driver for LinuxPPC was also announced this week. The Rage 128 is the video card found in Apple's G3 systems, so having a proper video driver for that card is a nice thing.
SuSESuSE 6.2 has been received by the U.S. office, finally. Shipments should commence shortly; subscription customers might have their copies by the time they read this.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
August 19, 1999
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