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Ranking as a mini-distribution due to its size (40MB), Peanut Linux promises to be a full GUI version of Linux, more up-to-date than current versions of the major distributions. It includes KDE and X Windows, though items such as the Gimp or perl must be added. They could use a spell-checker for their web page, but it looks like they are working hard. For people who find the major distributions too bloated but want more than command-line functionality, this might be one to check out. [Thanks to Dave Stevens]
Chinese Linux Extensions (CLE)Version 0.9pre1 of the Chinese Linux Extensions (CLE) has been released. This is the first update in three months and promises a large improvement in i18n and i10n support for Chinese. Check their announcement for more details. CLE is not really a distribution, per se, but is instead a collection of Chinese-related software packages currently using rpm for compatibility with Red Hat Linux, though a port to Debian is also on the way.
DebianThe Debian Weekly News for August 24th is available. It explained, by the way, that the large number of recent security advisories from Debian has been triggered by the security team preparations for the release of Debian 2.1r3, which will contain all of the security-related updates from the last few months.
Dpkgv2 has been renamed to the Herring Package Management Library (HPML) for which the design is mostly done. Here is the posting which explains the name change and gives some status on the project. They have compilable code, though no functionality. Expect to see a mailing list for the project soon.
MandrakeWho is using Mandrake? Apparently, MandrakeSoft would like to know. If you are using Mandrake for professional purposes, please drop an email to francois@Mandrakesoft.com and let them know about it.
MkLinuxA license for works developed by the MkLinux team has been proposed and feedback has been solicited.
Red HatRed Hat 6.0 introduced the use of GIDs 101 for console and 102 for utmp. Tony Nugent commented on the havoc caused by this at his local site. Several other users agreed. No comment from Red Hat on why they chose to use GIDs above 100 for these system-related accounts was seen.
Tomsrtbt"Tom's root boot" or tomsrtbt has announced Version 1.7.140. Based on 2.0.37, this updated version fixes critical problems with the handling of hard links in the pax, tar, and cpio programs. For more information, check out the tomsrtbt FAQ.
SuSESuSE Linux version 6.2 is available in the U.K. We've mentioned some of the features of the new release before, but for those who missed the coverage, it carried the 2.2.10 kernel, PAM support, and many updated major packages, such as Netscape, the Gimp, etc. It also comes bundled with some commercial software, notably StarOffice 5.1 and Wordperfect 8 (for noncommercial use).
In addition, many postings on suse-linux-e indicate that people have started receiving their SuSE shipments in the United States as well. The process is apparently going forward much more smoothly this time.
One minor error reported with 6.2: SuSE 6.2 installs ProFTP by default instead of wu-ftpd, but it will try to run wu-ftpd from /etc/inetd.conf unless you correct that during or after the install. Check out this posting for more details. SuSE has been notified of the problem.
In addition, an update for Yast for 6.2 has already been made available, due to a problem with recognizing some older DOS partitions.
TrinuxA mailing list archive for the trinux mailing list is now available at http://www.mail-archive.com/trinux%40ark.com/.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
August 26, 1999
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