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Please note that security updates from the various distributions are covered in the security section.
Distribution site updates. Franz Niedermeyer was kind enough to point out that the site we had listed for the muLinux home page, http://mulinux.nevalabs.org/, is actually just a mirror of the site maintained by the authors, http://sunsite.auc.dk/mulinux/.
At the same time, Michael "Soruk" McConnell pointed out that the URL for Eridani Linux has changed and is now http://www.eridani.co.uk/.
Coyote Linux 1.03. A new version of this single floppy distribution has been announced. Based on the Linux Router Project, it is "geared for people that have an ethernet-based Internet connection such as a cable modem or DSL that they wish to share with other computers on a LAN. "
DemoLinux approaches first official release. Version 1.0pre4 has been announced, indicating that the team is working its way towards the initial launch.
DOSLinux becomes LoopLinux. This announcement for LoopLinux 1 indicates that the DOSLinux project has been renamed, presumably to avoid problems with the use of the DOS name. It is a small Linux distribution that can be installed under any form of the DOS operating system.
Corel LinuxReview: Corel Linux (LinuxTicker). LinuxTicker ran this review (in German) of Corel Linux 1.0. The non German-capable can go to the Babelfish link, but it appears to not like this page, so the "feed it one paragraph at a time" approach may be necessary.
A followup from Corel on the issue of allowing minors to download Corel Linux was posted on December 2nd. This time Corel is not backing down and they even have Richard Stallman on their side. They indicate that they are just trying to make the license conditions legally enforceable, not stop a minor from using Corel Linux. "In order to be effective, however, the contract must be binding upon the persons who enter into it. In some jurisdictions, contracts entered into by minors are deemed by law to be not binding upon them or to be voidable at the option of the minor." So, as long as the parent or guardian of a minor is willing to agree to the terms on their behalf, minors can use Corel Linux.
Stallman sums it up this way, "They (like you) are free to distribute copies or decline to distribute copies, when and as they wish. If they want to distribute copies only to adults, or only people with red hair, that is ok. Asking people to agree that they will use the software only in accord with the license is ok, provided the license is a free software license. " On the other hand, he points out that, if the situation bothers you, the GPL allows you to download the software to your own site and serve it up as you wish. Or, as most people will do, you can choose to ignore the license and download it no matter what ... but if you abuse the license, they'll use the clause in the contract to show that you should be held accountable for misrepresentation, a legal "cover-your-ass" move.
316 Bugs Away. "Only" 316 release-critical bugs remain in between us and the next release, according to the latest BugScan Report.
Software in the Public Interest, Inc. has a new address, just in case you had some donations you wanted to send their way ...
Debian PAM mini-policy. Ben Collins has written up information on Debian's PAM policy in response to the many questions he has been receiving.
LinuxPPCLinuxPPC unveils new web site. LinuxPPC has announced its new web site. "Running on the Apache web server and the PHP3 system, the new site is 100% buzzword compliant, and visually stunning."
Red Hat LinuxLinuxWars: Distribution War II. Bill Henning has updates his Distribution Wars II article to include Red Hat 6.1.
Slackware LinuxA new Slackware-current tree has been created, so development on the next release has begun. At the same time, though, some additions to the new tree will apparently also be broken off as patches or released as patches to the older trees, to make the dissemination of security patches for older releases easier. Check the homepage for more details.
Spiro LinuxSpiro Linux sold. Inventive Communications has announcedits acquisition of Spiro Linux. "Rick Collette, chief developer of this enhanced version of Linux, will continue to be the primary maintainer of the Spiro-Linux distribution."
SuSE LinuxSuSE announces training in Germany. SuSE has announced (in German) the availability of its training programs in several German cities, including Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Cologne. English text available via Babelfish.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
December 9, 1999