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Linux/PPC Developer Release 1.1. Version 1.1 of the Linux/PPC Developer Release has been announced. "The Linux/PPC Developers, a loose coalition of programmers, have developed the Reference Release as a basis for other PowerPC Linux distributions. This release is not intended for general use but as a set of common software to be used by Linux distributors as the basis of their PowerPC products." The Linux/PPC Developer Release is based on Red Hat 6.1.
MSC.Linux. Supporting a Linux distribution couldn't be that hard, right? Here's another company, MSC.Software, which has pre-announced a new Linux distribution, MSC.Linux. "Initially, MSC.Linux will focus on high performance numerical applications with a special emphasis on the use of distributed memory parallel hardware, such as Beowulf clusters. These features will accelerate the availability of Linux for high performance computing systems at a very competitive price."
The domain name msclinux.com has been recently registered, but no information is currently provided on that site.
For those who are counting: Tucows released its Linux distribution download statistics. "According to TUCOWS' December figures, Corel attained the highest percentage of downloads at 37 per cent, with Red Hat holding firm in second position at 20 per cent and Debian trailing in third place with 11 per cent. Other companies recording downloads included: Mandrake nine per cent; SuSE seven per cent; Slackware six per cent; and, Caldera six per cent."
Complete LinuxMacmillan Complete Linux 7.0. Macmillan has announced its "Complete Linux 7.0" product. Like its previous distributions, this one is based on Linux-Mandrake. Unlike some of its predecessors, it will have a version number consistent with Mandrake's - Macmillan's "Complete Linux 6.5" release created a certain amount of confusion in the market.
This time around there are actually two separate versions of the distribution. "Complete Linux" is aimed at new users, with PartitionMagic and StarOffice bundled, and a one-click installation process. "Deluxe Linux", instead, is a repackaging of the Linux-Mandrake PowerPack, and is meant for more experienced users.
Macmillan has some other Linux products in the works, a secure server distribution, and a "professional suite" distribution which includes more bundled software, including the secure web server. There is also the possibility of a "web page development kit" for Linux in the near future. [Jonathan Corbet, LinuxWorld show floor.]
Debian GNU/LinuxDebian Weekly News. This week's Debian Weekly News is a two-week edition. It gives a status report on the Debian Leader elections; Ben Collins, Joel Klecker, Matthew Vernon, and current DPL Wichert Akkerman have finally stepped forward to nominate themselves. Other items covered include the first test cycle for Debian potato, new boot floppies, the question of whether or not Transmeta's Mobile Linux is based on Debian and the re-emergence of the KDE on Debian debate.
Linux-MandrakeLinux-Mandrake 7.0 reviewed (GeekNews). GeekNews reviews Linux-Mandrake 7.0. "The partition manager (DiskDrake) has quite a few nice features such as auto allocate if you're just not sure how to chop your disk up. As well, they have an option to save your partition information to floppy or even restore it from a floppy. Good job MandrakeSoft, in my mind, this was a feature that was long over due in a Linux graphical disk partitioning tool. It takes a bit of the fear out of partitioning your hard disk for Linux."
MandrakeSoft introduces Linux-Mandrake PowerPack 7.0. MandrakeSoft has announced its Linux-Mandrake PowerPack 7.0 product, which will be unveiled at LinuxWorld.
Linux-Mandrake 7.0 announced for the Sparc. MandrakeSoft announced the availability of Linux-Mandrake for Sun UltraSPARC(TM) platforms.
Spiro LinuxInterview with SPIRO Linux' Rick Collette. GeekNews has put out an interview with Rick Collette, head developer of SPIRO Linux. Look for information on why SPIRO includes KDE, not Gnome, mysql, not postgresql and Zope.
"Geeknews.org: Why have the option to install a Zope server?
Rick Collette: I used to work for an online shopping mall of
sorts. And one of the guys there SWORE by this thing called
Zope. After I started digging into it, I realized what a powerful
tool it really was. Netscape, Sun, and IBM all sell a product called
an Application Server. These server products are not near as robust
or easy to use as Zope, and the price CERTAINLY cannot be beat. I see
a trend in app servers becoming as normal as Web Servers, so we
decided to include it as an option.
Rick Collette: I used to work for an online shopping mall of sorts. And one of the guys there SWORE by this thing called Zope. After I started digging into it, I realized what a powerful tool it really was. Netscape, Sun, and IBM all sell a product called an Application Server. These server products are not near as robust or easy to use as Zope, and the price CERTAINLY cannot be beat. I see a trend in app servers becoming as normal as Web Servers, so we decided to include it as an option."
TurboLinuxTurboLinux announces 6.0 distribution. TurboLinux has announced the availability of TurboLinux 6.0 in both workstation and server versions. The workstation version includes a lot of the usual stuff: including StarOffice and a trial version of VMWare. The server version tosses in BRU and OpenMerchant.
Slackware LinuxSlackware booth at Linuxworld. The Slackware folks are out at Linuxworld, booth #134, and are ready with T-shirts, CDs and "other Slackware propaganda" for all their fans.
SuSE LinuxTerabyte memory expansion for Alpha processors. SuSE put out a press release regarding recent additions to Linux kernels 2.2.14 and 2.3.40 to support up to 2 terabytes of memory for a single task on the alpha architecture. "The now completed 2 terabyte expansion for the alpha architecture comes from SuSE Labs and is again based on the work of SuSE employee Andrea Arcangeli."
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
February 3, 2000