Linux in the news
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See also: last week's Distributions page.
Please note that security updates from the various distributions are covered in the security section.
Linux.com is also moving into the area of cataloguing distributions, with 20 or so links to either distributions, or distribution-related sites, like Linuxberg's mirror site which provides mirrors of many of the popular distributions.
A new mini-distribution, Empire Linux, is available for download but apparently has no home page. It is in alpha (0.1 release).
Caldera OpenLinux'Special Edition Using Caldera OpenLinux' reviewed. Rob Slade has reviewed Special Edition Using Caldera OpenLinux By Allen Smart and others. "While there is a great deal of information provided in this volume, there are a number of large gaps in the material as well. The technical level of the content varies greatly from topic to topic. This book misses some areas that newcomers should have addressed, but doesn't have enough depth in many places for intermediate or advanced users."
Debian GNU/LinuxAlpha system donated to Debian. TheLinuxStore.com and Alpha Processor Inc. have announced the donation of a dual 667 MHz Alpha system to the Debian Project.
No Debian Weekly News for this week, it appears, presumably they are taking a break for the holiday season.
Linux-MandrakeLinux-Mandrake 7.0 beta available. A beta version of Linux-Mandrake 7.0 is available. It's not for production use, of course, but people with a spare system around may want to check out some of the impressive new features, including a new graphical installer, several preconfigured security levels, and a number of utilities to make life easier for the user.
Linux PPCNotes from LinuxPPC. Jason Haas has sent in Various LinuxPPC notes, including development news on the Xpmac accelerated Xserver for the Rage128 and Mach64, a new version of the BootX software for booting from the Mac OS to Linux and good news for SoundBlaster 128 card owners.
Slackware LinuxDagmar d'Surreal posted some comments on "problems" he sees with Slackware 7.0. These generally involve configuration defaults, which he would like to see improved for security's sake. Classifying them, though, as actual security vulnerabilities would be inaccurate. Nonetheless, for Slackware readers, he makes some good suggestions either for changes to the default configuration or changes you might want to make after installing Slackware 7.0
The Slackware Changelogs for the month of December are quiet, listing only some minor changes to ncurses in the current tree.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
December 23, 1999