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Time for this week's new distribution: Armed Linux has made its existence (and a beta version) known. Their plan seems to be to create "the easiest to use distribution" for first time users. "Armed Linux, a small group of professional developers, has experience in software and web design and support. Currently unfunded, they are open to offers for venture capital."
CalderaIt's been a busy week for Caldera, both good and bad. The Caldera's official announcement that OpenLinux 2.3 is shipping came out, along with a press release from Motorola's computing group, announcing that their systems are shipping now with OpenLinux 2.3.
InfoWorld ran this story about the release of Caldera OpenLinux 2.3. "The new version allows corporate IT shops to carry out remote mass installations, and has all of its new features tested for the year-2000 changeover."
On the downside, Erik Ratcliffe, from Caldera Systems, dropped us a note to point out that their User to User Forums are curently off-line due to a major hardware failure on their mailing list server. They hope to have the system back up and functioning by mid-week. A check on the site prior to publication found no new information.
Complete LinuxReviews 'r' Us has run this look at Macmillan's Linux Operating System 6.0 release (which is built on Linux-Mandrake). "The best Distribution of Linux available yet. If you have ever wondered what Linux would be like, Buy this now. Its cheap, and all you will ever need to buy for a lifetimes Linux use. Incredible value, and the best documentation by far."
CorelCorel has issued a call for beta testers for its upcoming (Debian-based) distribution. Here's your chance to get the jump on a slick-looking product.
DebianIn followup to last week's BIND 8.2 feature, we are happy to report that Debian and ISC appear to have found an amicable solution. A bind-norsa package will be distributed along with the bind package. Kudos to all parties for handling this issue in a mature manner! The end result benefits us all. For more information on the issue, check out last week's LWN and the comments that followed on Slashdot.
Good progress on GNU/HURD has apparently been made over the last week, with over 44 updated packages going in.
Meanwhile, that's having an impact on other Debian development discussions. For example, it has been proposed that Debian move to GRUB for the default boot loader. Pros and cons of the issue were discussed, with no final decision. Check the the Debian Weekly News for September 14th for more details.
DemoLinuxThe first DemoLinux CD is out. DemoLinux is a project to create an entirely CD-based Linux system that people can try out without the need to do any sort of installation at all.
LinuxPPCLinuxPPC 1999 Q3 has just been announced. Lots of new stuff is included, included support for Mac G3 systems.
MandrakeReports were floating around that Mandrake 6.1 was already available for download, although it has not been announced. The Mandrake Download page states unequivocally, " WARNING! Linux Mandrake 6.1 (Helios) is not out yet!". A quick check of the ftp sites did confirm that a 6.1 directory has popped up. Presumably, they are busy getting all their ducks in a row before making a formal announcement. At this point, use the software on the download area only at your own risk; if they haven't announced it, they may not yet have finished testing the ftp site after moving over the new software.
Red HatRed Hat has sent out an update describing their status and actions as they prepare to be flattened by hurricane Floyd. Currently the web and FTP servers are up, the mailing lists are not. We wish them luck.
SlackwareCurrent progress with Slackware can be checked via the Changelogs. The past week doesn't show anything too exciting.
SuSEThe Guardian looks at SuSE 6.2. We think they liked it. "My view is that, if you study SuSE Linux, you'll see a revolution in the making that will devastate current hi-tech business models, causing a fundamental shift in the computing world. I found that Linux was the Aladdin's Cave of computing."
Yellow DogTerra Soft has announced "Yellow Dog Champion Server 1.1," which is optimized for a set of IBM RS/6000 server systems.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
September 16, 1999
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