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Report on Kondara MNU/Linux.
Kondara MNU/Linux is a Japanese distribution based on Raw Hide. The Kondara team, lead by Toru Hoshina (aka Tohohoru) and his companies, had been providing Japanese add-on SRPM packages until they decided to release their distribution in cooperation with Digital Factory Japan co, Ltd. "MNU" is an expression of a sound made when you touch a penguin (phonetic symbols available here), and also stands for "Mount is Not Umount". The word "Kondara" is not a proper Japanese but a wordplay from an old Japanese TV animation, and indicates their resolution to devote to this distribution.
As you may have guessed, they love jokes and their web site is filled with tons of jokes (in Japanese) :-). They do a very good job and we consider it one of the most promising Japanese distributions. In fact, they were the ones who first provided the Japanized Netscape 4.7, and some say that theirs is the most stable one.
Kondara has also put up some of their page in English.
[From our correspondents at ChangeLog.net.]
EtLinux 1.2 Announced. An alpha version of PROSA's EtLinux Version 1.2 for embedded systems has been announced and is available for download. "EtLinux is a complete Linux system designed to run on small industrial computers. It has a development kit that let you recompile the distribution with the software and options that you need. For example, you can have a real-time version with corba support, leaving out the webserver. The result is available as both a compressed tar of the whole system and as an image ready to be dumped on an 8MB M-Systems DiskOnChip (/dev/fla)."
Spiro Linux. Spiro Linux has been around for a while, but just made it onto our list this week. Their target audience appears to be Corporate MIS departments. "We're currently looking at a couple of different outside support providers to add to our support team. This will make SPIRO an even MORE viable option for Corperate [sic] MIS departments." (Thanks to Chris Brandstetter.)
Debian GNU/LinuxDebian Weekly News. The November 23rd edition of the Debian Weekly News indicates that the boot floppies for the next release are on schedule and should be feature complete by early December.
Discussion of a FreeBSD-kernel-based version of Debian
got more heated last week.
Reactions varied. John
that a version of Debian based on a BSD copyrighted kernel would open
the door to third parties taking our work and making it proprietary,
and also that "we are essentially giving first aid to software that
is dying (and rightfully so) because of its license". Many others
disagree with him and have no problems with the BSD license. Others
if it wouldn't be technically better, and easier in the long run, to
port glibc to FreeBSD, and allow Debian packages to be used unchanged
with that kernel and library combination."
Reactions varied. John Goerzen worries that a version of Debian based on a BSD copyrighted kernel would open the door to third parties taking our work and making it proprietary, and also that "we are essentially giving first aid to software that is dying (and rightfully so) because of its license". Many others disagree with him and have no problems with the BSD license. Others wonder if it wouldn't be technically better, and easier in the long run, to port glibc to FreeBSD, and allow Debian packages to be used unchanged with that kernel and library combination."
Debian Weekly News, November 30th. The latest edition of the DWN mentions yet again another licensing dispute with Corel, this time because they restrict minors from downloading the Debian distribution, particularly offensive since some Debian developers are minors. People seems to be getting fed up with the continuing license problems with Corel, even though their previous responses were eventually acceptable. Educating a commercial entity as large and bureaucratic as Corel seems to be an up-hill battle.
Definite LinuxDefinite Linux supports ATI cards. Definite Linux has announced their support of ATI Rage 128 graphics cards with the release of Definite Linux 7.0.
Continuing its bid to move beyond the status of a British version of Red Hat with a few additional packages, Definite Linux has also announced new support for Intel's i810 graphics chipset, which you will find featured in many integrated graphics controllers. "Note that this is an Intel supplied binary which should work with Definite Linux, Red Hat Linux 6.x and Mandrake Linux 6.x. This RPM should also work with SuSE Linux, Caldera Linux and other distributions."
Eridani LinuxEridani Linux 6.1A released. Eridani Star System has released Eridani Linux 6.1A. Eridani Linux is an enhanced version of the Red Hat distribution; they have thrown in all the updates and a few extras of their own, including Icewm.
e-smith server and gatewaye-smith server and gateway 3.1. Version 3.1 of the e-smith server and gateway has been announced. "This interim release includes bug fixes, minor enhancements, and security improvements."
Red Hat LinuxRed Hat 6.1 reviewed (CPU Review). CPU Review looks at Red Hat 6.1. "I am quite certain that an experienced Windows user would have no problems whatsoever using a pre-configured RedHat 6.1 system as a regular user. As root, they would undoubtedly get themselves into trouble."
Slackware LinuxSecurity-related updates for Slackware 4.0 and Slackware 7.0 are discussed the Security Summary.
Slackware mirrors available. A handful of mirror sites that contain the full Slackware 7.0 release have been added to the Get Slack download page.
Storm LinuxStorm Linux 2000 to ship with new game. Stormix has announced that Storm Linux 2000 will ship with a demo version of "Krilo, a new puzzle-strategy game developed by BlackHoleSun."
Storm Linux ships BRU. Storm Linux 2000 will also be shipping with BRU, according to their latest press release.
SuSE LinuxJust a reminder that SuSE 6.3 is supposed to start shipping this week. We're starting to hear some good comments about this release, particularly the inclusion of their new security tools.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
December 2, 1999