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Red Hat declined to comment on the possibility of an IPO. "We hear those
rumors so often that we can't even comment on them," said spokeswoman
-- Stephen Shankland, News.com
Microsoft takes its first step into open source development, contracting with ActiveState to do Perl development under the Artistic license. People noted and watched to see if they would use this to embrace and extend the perl platform. The jury is still out on that.
LinuxDev.net comes on-line, with Linux news specifically tailored for developers. By the end of December, they reported over 260,000 visitors to the site.
Debian announces a new logo, one that took months of effort to discuss and judge. In spite of all that, they managed to choose a very nice one!
The first Philippine Linux conference, entitled Linux '99, was held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Makati City, Philippines.
The Fun With Perl mailing list is announced.
The Linux Professional Institute announces initial corporate sponsors, including Linuxcare, IBM, Macmillan USA, Computing McGraw-Hill, Linux Journal, and New Riders Publishing, along with SuSE, Caldera and New Wave Technology.
The Australian Open Source Symposium is held in Melbourne, Australia.
(June 25th and 26th) Ian Jackson and Stephen Tweedie head to Birmingham, U.K., for the UKUUG - Linux '99 Conference.
A remote denial-of-service problem turns up in the 2.2 kernel. Alan Cox produces a patch within hours, apologizes for taking so long.
Software in the Public Interest becomes a non-profit organization.
Carsten "Rasterman" Haitzler quits Red Hat with a certain amount of evident bad feeling. He heads west, and ends up at VA Linux Systems. (Resignation note here).
Sun Microsystems releases its high-performance clustering tools under the "Sun Community Source License." (Announcement here).
But the mere fact that there is now an official SEC document that includes
the text of the GPL serves as fairly astonishing proof that the rules of
the software business really are being rewritten.
-- Andrew Leonard, Salon
The Open Source trademark fades away because the US PTO was unwilling to register it as a trademark. This release describes the Open Source Initiative's response, including a plan to create a separate "OSI Certified" trademark - a plan which remains unimplemented at the end of the year.
VA Linux Systems hires Jon 'maddog' Hall away from Compaq.
Guylhem Aznar takes over management of the Linux Documentation Project. He brings with him a set of ambitious plans to revitalize the project, which had slowed down somewhat over the years. (LDP here).
LinuxPPC 5.0 is released.
PostgreSQL v6.5 is released; new features include a top-quality locking scheme and hot backups. (Announcement here).
VA Linux Systems' board includes Eric Raymond, who is the unofficial
spokesman of the open-source movement. He saved the company some
embarrassment by vetoing the name "Linux.com"...
Linux Expo '99 Paris is held (report here).
Eric Raymond speaks at Microsoft (report here).
VA Linux Systems gets investments from Intel, SGI, Lehman Brothers, Sumitomo Corporation, and others.
Hewlett-Packard announces a line of Linux-based workstations (announcement here).
Eric Raymond releases "The Magic Cauldron"; this paper is the third in the series that started with "The Cathedral and the Bazaar."
The Open Source Movement's ideology is utopian balderdash. And Linux is
30-year-old technology. The Open Source Movement reminds me of
communism. Richard Stallman's Marx rants about the evils of the profit
motive and multinational corporations. Linus Torvalds' Lenin laughs about
-- Bob Metcalfe, InfoWorld
The Mindcraft benchmark is rerun with Linux experts present. NT still wins; Linux comes out with set of things to fix. Many of the fixes happen within a few weeks.
Slashdot is acquired by Andover.net (announcement and commentary here).
Announcing....KRUD. Tummy.com announces "Kevin's Redhat Uber Distribution," which is a value-added repackaging of Red Hat 6.0.
TurboLinux Workstation 3.6 is released.
The Apache Software Foundation is created (announcement here).
Qt 2.0 is released (announcement here).
LinuxTag '99 is held at Kaiserslautern University (summary here).
The Linux Portaloo is launched by Alan Cox.
Sun releases the JDK 1.2.2. Still only a pre-release of the JDK 1.2 from Blackdown is available.
IBM releases their version of Sun's JDK 1.1.6 for Linux, including their just-in-time compiler technology. This port looks to take the lead for performance.
Yet Another Perl Conference is held at Carnegie-Mellon University (writeup and pictures here).
NVidia releases open source drivers for all of its chipsets (drivers here).
Matrox releases specs for its G400 chipset.
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