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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.
SuSE, Mandrake, and Linbox to distribute networking code. SuSE, MandrakeSoft, and Linbox have announced that they are joining forces to incorporate Linbox's cool network computing technologies into the SuSE and Linux-Mandrake distributions. The Linbox Network Architecture (LNA) supports diskless computers and provides a facile way to allow end-users running Linux boxes to access legacy Mac or Windows applications.
This partnership will publish the LNA specification under an open source license, with continued development centered in the Linbox R&D center in the Lorraine region, France.
One Disk Linux. One Disk Linux is a Spanish mini-distribution that fits onto a single floppy disk. It was designed for a university environment where the available computers may not have Linux installed. It allows a computer to be rebooted off the floppy and to give basic Linux functionality with networking without touching the computer's hard drive. (Thanks to Hap.)
Best LinuxEnglish version of Best Linux to debut at CeBIT. SOT has announced that it will release an English version of its Best Linux distribution at CeBIT. Best Linux is is a popular distribution out of Finland.
Coyote LinuxVersion 1.11 announced. Coyote Linux version 1.11 has been announced. This is a bug fix update of this single-floppy distribution which adds a VPN server and a more reliable DHCP server as well.
Debian GNU/LinuxBug Horizon. In an effort to improve the mechanism converging Debian towards the "zero-release-critical-bugs" horizon, Richard Braakman has announced a new approach. A new snapshot will be taken on the 28th of February and named the Bug Horizon. After that date, every package in potato that still has a release-critical bug will be removed. "I may make exceptions for essential packages like libc6... perhaps :) Assume I'm the Mad Release Manager, though." The upshot: check the list. If there is a package you care about that has a release-critical bug, jump in and fix it or be prepared to have your package disappear from the final release.
Leadership Debate Opening Speeches. The opening speeches from this week's debate have been made available, along with the nominees platforms and more information about the debate.
Debian Awards. Here is the Debian press release covering their recently-received awards, Slashdot's Free Software distribution the "Most Deserving of a $2000 award" and GeekCast.Com network's "The Linux Show" Editor's and Listener's Award for "Best Linux Distribution of the Last Millenium".
Debian Weekly News. For more Debian information, check out this week's Debian Weekly News.
DragonLinuxDragonLinux updated URL. In last week's Distributions Summary, we mentioned that our URL for the UMSDOS-based DragonLinux distribution no longer appeared to be working. We've received notes from a couple of people pointing to a working address for DragonLinux: http://www.c-cubedinc.com/dragon/. (Thanks to Brian Barlow and Ed Centanni.)
LEMLEM (Linux Embedded) 0.6 released. Version 0.6 of LEM, an embedded distribution based on Linux-Mandrake 6.1, has been released.
Linux-MandrakeLinux-Mandrake documentation on-line. Linux-Mandrake has announced new Mandrake 7.0 documentation, including a general Installation Guide and a User Guide and Reference Manual, with support for four languages, English, German, French and Spanish.
LinuxPPCLinuxPPC 2000 announcement. Here's the announcement for the next LinuxPPC release - LinuxPPC 2000. Check it out for "the Seven Wonders of LinuxPPC 2000": an improved graphical installer and disk partitioning utility, the ability to go straight into Linux without having MacOS around, new GNOME desktop software "direct from Helix Code," a Mac runtime environment, and more.
Storm LinuxReview of Storm Linux 1.0 (LinuxPower). LinuxPower has reviewed Storm Linux 1.0. "As mentioned Storm Linux is based upon the Debian Slink distribution which means that it is glibc 2.0 based. Releasing a glibc 2.0 distribution today is something I think is a major negative point about a distribution, and something which in itself makes me skeptical about using it."
However, they did have some nice comments to make as well: "My conclusion here is that Storm Linux addresses many important points to needs to be addressed in order to bring Linux further onto the desktop, their boot loader and GUI installer is top of the crop. "
SuSE LinuxSuSEfirewall beta. Here is some information on the current beta release of the SuSEfirewall.
TurboLinuxTurboLinux mailing lists. Bodo Bauer sent around a noteannouncing three new mailing lists for TurboLinux, a security announcement list, a general security list and a general forum for TurboLinux users. People on the SuSE list will remember Bodo Bauer; if he is participating in these new lists, they will be an extremely valuable resource.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
February 17, 2000