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How to Remove Linux and Install Windows 2000. This week Microsoft put up a catchy page on how to remove Linux and install Windows on your computer. It's an amusing thing to read, especially when you realize that they recommend using Linux fdisk to delete the Linux partitions. But there is a serious issue here which is worth noting.
The issue is one of attitude. Microsoft is saying something like "now you've had your fun, time to get that toy off your system and get serious." For all that Linux zealotry can hit extreme levels, there is no "Removing Windows HOWTO." Instead, a quick check turns up documents like:
The Ups and Downs of Corel. Corel's stock, which peaked around $43 on the NASDAQ recently, is now back down into the low teens. The latest reason for this decline can be found in this release describing Corel's fourth-quarter performance. Corel, it turns out, is back to losing money again, despite expectations to the contrary.
Corel, of course, is counting on Linux to make things better again. The company is off to a good start with a respectable distribution and a number of key distribution agreements. Corel today also announced taking a 1/3 stake in LinuxForce, a Philadelphia-based provider of support services. LinuxForce is supposed to help fill out Corel's service and support offerings around Linux.
Corel has also announced a partnership with Creative Technologies, which is intended to bring more audio and video products to Linux.
Meanwhile, Corel's distribution hits the store shelves this week. It will be interesting to see how the market responds.
LNUX == Linux? For your amusement, here's a Reuters article about Creative Technology. "Shares of Creative Technology (NasdaqNM:CREAF - news) pushed higher in early trade on Friday, buoyed by another record close on the U.S. technology-laden Nasdaq, and plans to support the Linux (NasdaqNM:LNUX - news) operating system." (Thanks to Bill Kent).
Here's another one: this press release from "ShesGotItTogether.com." "The benefits from the Linux (NASDAQ: LNUX) operating system and OC-3 connection are significant with respect to reliable, high-speed connectivity and enhanced network security."
People who have spent years in the middle of Linux can lose track of just how hard it can be for "outsiders" to understand what is going on. The idea that Linux is not a company - or owned by a company - takes some getting used to.
Red Hat announces results, stock split. Red Hat has announced its quarterly results. Revenues were $5.4 million, up from $4.4 million last quarter. They report a loss of $3.4 million for the quarter. There will be a two-for-one stock split, effective December 27 with the new shares issued around January 7, 2000.
Quicknet releases drivers under the GPL. Quicknet Technologies, Inc., makers of low-cost, single port telephony cards, has announced the release of drivers for its cards under the GPL. Quicknet has coordinated its work with Alan Cox and the drivers were included in the Linux kernel as of his 2.2.14pre15 prepatch.
Linuxcare and Motorola sign a deal Linuxcare has announced a support deal with the Motorola Computer Group - this deal is a bit unique in that they are supporting Linux in embedded applications. Linuxcare will also be supporting Motorola's training programs.
Linuxcare has also signed a support deal with Informix, see the press release for some details.
TurboLinux and NEC have also signed a support deal. The announcement describes a deal where NEC supports TurboLinux (the distribution) on its systems (in Japan), and TurboLinux (the company) provides backup support.
Atipa announces a new firewall box. Atipa Linux Solutions has announced a new Linux-based firewall appliance. It fits into a 1U rack slot, and start at $3500.
Xybernaut announces Linux partnership with SBS e.V. Xybernaut has announced "a partnership with the Software Zentrum Boblingen/Sindelfingen e.V. ('SBS'), a consortium of over fifty software development companies, to establish a center of excellence for Linux application development and support."
More Linux web sites get bought. The world's attention may be on Linux IPOs, but there seems to be quite an active market in Linux web sites as well. The latest to be bought is LinuxStart.com, which was grabbed by Internet.com. There is a press release announcing the acquisition, but not much information is to be had there.
The other news in the acquisition department is a purely unsubstantiated rumor, but the source is reliable: LinuxNow.com ("the most complete Linux reference") has been acquired by the Linux Mall. Evidently it will be run by the same crew, but as part of a larger operation.
Eltrax brings restaurant software to Linux. Eltrax has announced that its "SQUiRREL" restaurant management system is available for Linux - in fact, it has been in beta test for a year. The Linux "application gap" gets narrower every day, as more of these specialized vertical applications become available...
Aether Intelligent Messaging available. Aether Systems has announced the availability of its "Aether Intelligent Messaging" product for Linux. This product is a wireless messaging system meant for mobile applications and such; they claim it is the first such available for Linux.
Red Hat certified memory. H.Co Computer Products announces that its memory has been certified by Red Hat. Of course, memory incompatibilities with Linux have been fairly low on the list of most people's problems...
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
December 23, 1999