Linux in the news
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Please note that security updates from the various distributions are covered in the security section.
Gentoo Linux (formerly Enoch). Enoch Linux, a distribution that we've mentioned a couple of times in the past two years, has changed its name to "Gentoo Linux" and moved to a new location: http://proteinpak.com. (Thanks to F.Odenkirchen.)
Loop Linux 4. A minor update to this small Linux distribution has been announced. Loop Linux can be installed and run from a Dos/Win95/98 system.
Debian GNU/LinuxDebian 2.2 code freeze. The code freeze in preparation for the release of Debian 2.2 has been officially announced. It is expected to be about two months between the freeze and the release of Debian 2.2. A new "unstable" tree has also been started, code name "woody", to contain new software that won't make it into Debian 2.2. "Debian releases are code-named after characters from the movie Toy Story. Woody is the main character, the cowboy action figure."
Bugfix procedures. Richard Braakman outlined the procedures for getting bugfixes into the source code now that the freeze is in place.
Debian Leader Elections. Now that the holidays are over, nominations are being taken for the position of Debian Leader. Note, you can only nominate yourself and are duly warned that it is a "thankless position".
Release-critical Bugreport. It appears that 199 release-critical bugs remain, according to the latest Bug Report.
Debian Weekly News. This week's Debian Weekly News should be available by the time this edition goes to press, or shortly afterwards.
Easy LinuxeasyLinux translation project. The easyLinux translation project is looking for volunteers.
Linux-MandrakeLinux-Mandrake 7.0 released. Linux-Mandrake 7.0 has been announced. This looks like a very nice release of this distribution.
Some of its new features: DrakConf, a new desktop configuration panel for easily configuring hardware devices such as video cards, keyboard, mouse (including USB keyboards and mice), support for over 50 languages, preconfigured security levels and MandrakeUpdate, a tool for automatically applying updates.
Red Hat Linux
Red Hat 6.1 for Alpha shipping. Red Hat has announced that the Alpha (processor) version of its 6.1 distribution is now shipping.
ShareTheNetShareTheNet 2.1 is now available. For those who don't remember this distribution, it is aimed primarily at Windows users, to provide a reasonably secure gateway system without requiring any knowledge of Linux. The new version also supports web, ftp, and mail services and an improved administrative interface.
SuSE LinuxSuSE Linux - a vendor gets security conscious (Security Portal). SecurityPortal ran this article about SuSE's security features. "SuSE also has an advantage over American Linux vendors; in the US the export of strong crypto is heavily restricted (i.e. a Linux vendor would be out of luck currently), and the RSA algorithm is patented, making use of it difficult. SuSE is based in Germany, which is an increasingly crypto friendly country..."
SuSE: Alpha version now available for download. The Alpha version (processor) of SuSE 6.3 is now available for download.
XFree86 3.3.6 is now available for SuSE.
Stale Distribution LinksThe following distribution links no longer appear to point to valid pages and will be removed from our distribution list, unless someone can provide us with updated links or information on the distribution.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
January 20, 2000