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Alzza Linux, with a home page at http://www.alzzalinux.com/, is a Korean-based distribution, originally built on Slackware, but now built on Red Hat Linux. Maro Shim dropped us a note and mentioned that it has good Korean fonts and appears to be well-supported.
The Linux Ports page has been updated and can be found on this site. Although it does not track distributions, per se, in tracking who is working on supporting Linux on various different chips and architectures, they provide a good resource to see what distributions run on which platforms.
Caldera OpenLinuxCaldera OpenLinux 2.3 reviewed (LinuxWorld). Nicholas Petreley looks at OpenLinux 2.3. "Put simply, Caldera OpenLinux 2.2 ... was a work of art -- but Caldera OpenLinux 2.3 is a masterpiece."
Debian GNU/LinuxThe Debian Weekly News for October 20th includes coverage of Debian's presence at the Atlanta Linux Showcase, which was very noticeable. Joey Hess, normally the DWN editor, attended the show and send in a report and pictures, leaving Randolph Chung to handle editing this week's issue, which was well done, as usual.
A new version of dpkg has been announced, which fixes all major bugs against the package and some minor ones. Ben Collins came in for some special thanks for fixing some long-standing problems.
Debian developer PGP/GPG keys and other information stored in their LDAP directory has been made available via finger. Check this announcement for details.
Red Hat LinuxThe Tomsrtbt rescue disk may have problems with ext2 file systems created under Red Hat 6.1. Bill Nottingham commented, "mke2fs creates filesystem with revision 1 and with sparse superblocks by default. This possibly could confuse older tools - 4k blocksizes could also confuse it."
Reports of easter eggs in Red Hat 6.1. We hear, but have not verified, that some amusing easter eggs in Red Hat 6.1 can be found by either "cat /linuxrc" on the Red Hat 6.1 boot/rescue disk (symlink'ed to /sbin/init) or by pressing F7 in the boot disk main menu. These are harmless bits of humor, and, of course, you can presumably find them in the source code somewhere, since it is provided ...
Reports of installation problems with Red Hat 6.1 continue to trickle in. The last batch seems to focus on installer problems with systems that dual-boot with an NTFS partition as the first partition on the disk. People don't seem too happy with the suggestion to do a full install instead. Some are waiting to see if the installer on the officially bundled CD has been fixed. This resembles problems SuSE had with its 6.0 CDs last year. It will be interesting to see if Red Hat is willing to send corrected CDs to customers burned by this, as SuSE did last year.
Also note that printers don't come up correctly (see the latest lpd updates mentioned on the security page) and there are reports that ISA ethernet cards are not recognized.
Slackware LinuxWe're still seeing a lot of activity in general package updates. Windowmaker support has been improved and some security-related updates and fixes have been done.
SuSE LinuxSuSE at the Systems Tradeshow in Munich. SuSE was out in force at this European show, with daily shows featuring installations, application demonstrations and more. Their main booth spotlighted their high-availability web server running Logical Volume Manager, the SuSE Linux IMAP Server, Informix IDS-2000 Linux Edition and a beta version of SuSE Linux running on the PowerPC platform. Their report on Systems '99 is available on their site (in German).
SuSE was also present at other booths, partnered with IBM, Compaq, Computer Associates and Minolta.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
October 21, 1999
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