Linux in the news
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Please note that security updates from the various distributions are covered in the security section.
Caldera OpenLinuxXFree86 3.3.5 RPM packages for OpenLinux 2.3. These packages are now available in the "earlyaccess" area of the Caldera ftp site. Note that these are not official upgrades and are provided so that people can try them out and report bugs. If you're interested, you'll find them here.
Debian GNU/LinuxDebian Weekly News. The Debian Weekly News for November 17th has been published. Top items include the new Debian Machine Usage Policy, yet another Bugsquash party, planned for this Saturday, November 20th, and a Y2K update for slink with "fixes for every known Y2K problem in Slink except a small Y2K problem in nethack (which still has no known fix)". Comments on the new Corel Linux distribution, which is Debian-based, are mentioned as well.
LASER5 LinuxLASER5 news from Japan. This press release touts the progress that the LASER5 Linux 5.0 distribution is having in Japan, having the highest domestic sales volume from Sept. 20 to Oct. 2 of all operating systems sales (including Windows 98). "It is really our pleasure to know that customers realised that the Linux is another means to replace the Windows, and the domestic distribution for Linux is superior to the major foreign brands."
Linux-MandrakeMandrake 6.1 Flattens the Linux Learning Curve . PC World reviews Linux-Mandrake 6.1. "Mandrake adopts some of Red Hat Linux's components, and software packages built for Red Hat will work on Mandrake. But Mandrake adds some real value: The developers have worked hard to configure the system to work well, right out of the box. With Mandrake, Windows users can start using Linux as a desktop OS without huffing and puffing over a huge learning curve." (Found in NNL).
MandrakeSoft names Jean-Loup Gailly CTO. Jean-Loup Gailly, better known as the author of the compression utility Gzip and co-author of the compression library Zlib, as well as a member of the team that produced the specifications for the Ada programming language, has been named CTO for MandrakeSoft, according to this press release. "It's a pleasure to be employed by a company that is so devoted to open-source and has a very high potential on the Linux market in the coming years", said Jean-Loup Gailly.
LinuxPPCMacdiscussion.com interviews Jason Haas. Jason Haas, of LinuxPPC fame, is interviewed by Macdiscussion.com. "We're seeding major Linux development projects with PPC boxes to ensure that we get PPC versions of software on a timely basis. That makes more sense than trying to have a few of our guys chase the projects around and try to figure out why something's not building."
LinuxPPC nominated. LinuxPPC 1999 Q3 has been nominated for Macworld magazine's Editor's Choice ("Eddy") awards, given annually and with winners to be announced in January at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. "The Eddy Awards, the Macintosh industry's highest distinction for breakthrough product development, are given to honor the top software and hardware products in 26 categories. LinuxPPC 1999 Q3 is the first version of the Linux operating system ever to be nominated for the award."
Red Hat LinuxRed Hat powers NetAid servers. The NetAid concerts, sponsored by the United Nations, Cisco and others, and given to promote awareness of world hunger, were powered by 400 servers running Red Hat 6.0 according to this press release.
Slackware LinuxPictures from Comdex. The Slackware guys have put up a website with pictures from their booth at Comdex.
Storm LinuxLast week, it was announced that Applixware would be shipped with Storm Linux 2000. This week brought two more announcements of this type, indicating that Star Officeand the VMWare evaluation binaries will also be shipped with the upcoming Debian-based Storm Linux 2000 release.
SuSE LinuxSuSE 6.3 announced. The official announcement for SuSE 6.3 (which will ship in early December) talks about SuSE's new graphical installer. "At last - YaST2 is here. There are now two versions of this powerful setup tool. It guarantees the Linux newcomer an uncomplicated installation. The automatic hardware detection for PCI components and the menu-driven graphical interface enables the newcomer to set up a complete SuSE Linux, including KDE, within 20 minutes." (Thanks to Pieter Hollants.)
Yellow Dog LinuxYellow Dog Linux announces 'Ruff Pack'. Yellow Dog Linux has announced the "Ruff Pack," which is, of course, a beta version of its upcoming distribution.
Black Lab Linux at SC'99. Black Lab Linux, a Linux distribution aimed particularly at high-end workstations and cluster computing and optimized for the Apple G4 platform, was demonstrated this week at SuperComputing '99.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
November 18, 1999