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Please note that security updates from the various distributions are covered in the security section.
Distribution Link updates: thanks to our readers!. In response to our request last week, we received updated links for several distributions for which our own links had grown stale. That includes Eurielec Linux, now to be found at http://www.eurielec.etsit.upm.es/linux/ (thanks to Fernando Herrera de las Heras and Jesus Ortega). Linux Pro Plus, actually one of the older distributions out there, can still be found at http://www.LinuxPro.com and is still for sale over at the Linux Mall, though its long-term future is apparently uncertain.
No updates were received for CCLinux, Eonova, Linux-Kheops or nanoLinux II, so they have been removed from our list.
Red Flag Linux: Web site now available. In response to the question in some people's minds as to whether the Red Flag Linux distribution in China that we mentioned again last week actually existed, Dominic Beecher was kind enough to point out that the website http://www.redflag-linux.com/ is up and running as of January 18th. It is, of course, in Chinese, so our personal knowledge of the distribution has not greatly increased.
"There's quite a detailed page about version 1.0 (apparently based on Red Hat Linux version 6.0), and a shorter page with information about changes and improvements made in version 1.1 which is coming soon. There are also links to a downloads page (which I haven't tried, so can't guarantee that it'll work)," commented Dominic.
New Distribution of the Week: ThinLinux. Jack van den Akker wrote to inform us of a new Linux Distribution from the FirePlug Consulting Group. ThinLinux is a "ThinLinux is a general toolset which can be used to do almost anything. Packages which will install and run under the ThinLinux system might include things such as stand alone firewalls, dedicated camera servers, MP3 players, X-10 controllers, to custom device facilities for any number of interesting applications." Jack was also kind enough to respond to a number of our questions about ThinLinux in this quasi-interview.
Embedix 1.0 ships. Lineo has announced that version 1.0 of Embedix - its version of OpenLinux aimed at embedded systems - has begun shipping. Also announced was "Embedix PDA," a compatibility layer on top of Embedix which facilitates the porting of Windows CE code.
Note that Embedix is a "licensed" version of Linux, meaning that it contains proprietary software which requires a license to be purchased in order to be used. The non-proprietary portions of Embedix are available for download. For more information, see the LinuxDevices.com interview with Lineo CEO, Brian Sparks.
The LNX System. The LNX System is another new distribution in development; it aims "to be a well-engineered and well-documented system, which attempts to draw from the best practices of other systems, and develop better practices where only poor ones exist." Like any such project, it's looking for developers to help out; see the announcement for details on what they are up to.
Corel LinuxCorel Linux a Hit. Corel Linux is a hit worldwide according to this press release from Corel Corporation.
Corel Linux: for your desktop (MSNBC). MSNBC reviews Corel Linux. "COREL LINUX is terrific. Not perfect, but terrific. If you've been waiting to try Linux on your home computer, you've now run out of excuses. You put in the CD and reboot your machine and Corel does the rest."
Debian GNU/LinuxNo nominations received. Currently, no nominations have been received for the post of Debian Project Leader for the next year. The nomination period will extend for a little over one more week. This is one difficulty with a system where people must nominate themselves ... and have a clear idea of the consequence of doing so!
VA.debian.org will no longer be mirroring the Debian ftp archive, due to space constraints, according to this note. If you are using that mirror, you will want to redirect your system to some alternative.
MastodonMastodon INST0050 has been announced. This distribution, supported by David Parsons, strives to assure that a.out lives on.
You may be asking ... So, just what ARE you talking about here? Mastodon is Yet Another Linux Distribution, but it's not like any of the others. Mastodon offers:
Spiro LinuxSPIRO-Linux WETMINtS is a Web-Enabled Telephone Administration System for Linux, released under the GPL, that has been announced. "Using WETMINtS you can configure DNS, Samba, NFS, local/remote filesystems and more using your Web- Enabled cellular phone. WETMINtS is simple web enabled cellular phone software, and consists of a number of CGI programs which directly update system files. WETMINtS supports all SPIRO-Linux and other linux operating systems." They are also looking for volunteers to help with the WETMINtS project.
SuSE LinuxSuSE 6.3 vs. Redhat 6.1 (EmuTech2000). EmuTech2000 has put up a comparative review of Red Hat 6.1 and SuSE Linux 6.3. "The SuSE Linux 6.3 Package came with a 480+ page manual, 6 CD's, 2 boot-disks and 2 lovely 'Powered by SuSE Linux' Stickers:) The Redhat Linux 6.1 Package came with 3 manuals, which when combined are over 900 pages long, 4 CD's, 1 boot-disk, 6 lovely 'Powered by Redhat Linux' stickers and 1 large www.redhat.com sticker, which was not so lovely:)" Final score: 7 to 6, in favor of SuSE (on a scale of 10). Clearly, though, areas for improvement were found in both ...
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
January 27, 2000