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Expert Linux 1.0 was announced this week. This is a product, not a distribution, a version of Linux built on a CD to run directly from the CD. You can pop on over to Amazon.com for more information or to order it. Expert Linux is based on DemoLinuxand all bug reports, suggestions or contributions will be fed back to the DemoLinux project.
Conectiva LinuxLinux In Brazil interviews (in Portuguese) the staff of Conectiva Linux. English text is available via Babelfish.
Definite LinuxDefinite Linux 7.0, a "100% Red Hat compatible" distribution produced in the UK, has been released. Among other things, this distribution includes StarOffice and, as usual, all the cryptographic goodies that can't currently be shipped with Red Hat, due to U.S. export laws.
Debian GNU/LinuxTwo crippling bugs were introduced into the development version of Debian this week and quickly fixed. Some weeks are like that! For more information, check this week's Debian Weekly News.
Also reported this week was a new Debian SGML/XML HOWTO.
The debian-hurd Kernel Cousin for October 6th is available, with lots of nice detail on the development project for those of you who have been wondering how this project was going.
Linux-MandrakeThe power pack edition of Linux-Mandrake 6.1 is now available. This version includes an applications CD, along with two CD's of commercial and demo applications.
Red Hat LinuxRed Hat 6.1 hit the Red Hat FTP site and mirrors this week. Happy downloading! We hear the official version won't start shipping until October 18th. Presumably a few copies will be roaming the Atlanta Linux Showcase floor next week, though.
From the LinuxViews mailing list, we found an excellent report on Red Hat 6.1. Some minor problems are mentioned, but overall the reaction seems pretty favorable.
Here is a round-up of the official press coverage:
First, the official announcement for Red Hat 6.1.
News.com reports on the Red Hat 6.1 release without going much beyond the press release. "Red Hat Linux 6.1 also provides customers with fast access to the latest software technology from Red Hat through the Red Hat Update Agent, an online customer service application for retrieval and management of software updates."
Internet.com reports on Red Hat 6.1. "Coming on the heels of Sun's recent decision to open-source its Solaris operating system, this latest version includes automatic software update notification, improved management and installation tools, and the Linux 2.2.12 kernel."
InfoWorld looks at Red Hat 6.1. "Responding to criticism from the Linux community at large about the difficulty many have in getting timely updates to the operating system, Red Hat is introducing the Red Hat Update Agent. The new software combines RPM package management technology with the inherent Internet capabilities of Linux so users can get continuous access to customized updates available across the Linux development community, officials said."
ZDNet looks at Red Hat 6.1. "But what will prove more interesting, if it works as advertised, is Red Hat's inclusion of Intel Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) 2.0 technology. PXE, as part of Intel's Wired for Management Baseline 2.0, is supposed to enable a network administrator to remotely configure systems, with a PXE complaint BIOS, from a bare hard drive to a functioning Red Hat system without lifting a finger at the local workstations."
Slackware LinuxNetscape 4.7 has been integrated into "current", the development version of Slackware, along with KDE 1.1.2, and the Gtk/Gnome packages.
SuSE LinuxThe Weekly Globe and Mail has discovered SuSE 6.2. "SuSE 6.2 brings Linux to the desktop. It has success written all over it. In my experience it makes Linux as smooth as silk, which is exactly what corporate information technology and home-users need. And I found the results addictive, particularly the feel of dealing with raw computing power."
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
October 7, 1999
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