Linux in the news
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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.
Think Blue Linux. You've read about it, now you can get access to it ... a Linux distribution for the IBM S/390. Think Blue Linux is a distribution from Thinking Objects Software, GmbH. The website itself claims to be running on Linux for S/390, which is based on Red Hat 6.1. Both rpms and srpms for the distribution are currently available. (Thanks to Fred Mobach.)
Motorola Computer Group launches high-availability distribution. Motorola Computer Group has announced the release of its HA Linux distribution. This distribution is aimed at telecommunications applications that require very high amounts of uptime; it includes hot-swap capability, and is available for the I386 and PowerPC architectures.
The announcement stimulated a lot of interest in the media this week:
News.com: News.com covers Motorola's new high-availability distribution. "Telecommunications companies, disdainful of computers that crash, would be a powerful new segment of customers for Linux." (Thanks to John Kleint).
ComputerWorld: ComputerWorld writes about Motorola's high-availability distribution. "Motorola said it intends to offer its kernel modifications for hot-swap Peripheral Component Interconnect support, also part of its high availability features, to the open source community. The company said it hopes to see its modifications included in a future version of the Linux kernel."
WholeLinux introduces SuperAuk DSL MultiServer. WholeLinux introduced SuperAuk DSL MultiServer software, a complete shrink-wrapped package that turns an inexpensive PC into a DSL server. WholeLinux is entirely a software product, essentially a Red Hat 6.1-based distribution with an automatic, web-based installer designed to tailor a PC into a DSL network appliance within a few minutes. Along with the e-smith gateway and server, this WholeLinux product demonstrates the blurring between the distribution of an operating system with applications and the creation of a generic product.
LinuxWars: Distribution War III (AboutLinux). AboutLinux has put up the latest in its 'Distribution Wars' series, comparing Caldera OpenLinux 2.3, Mandrake Linux 6.1, RedHat 6.1 Deluxe, and SuSE 6.3. "I hope the other distributions adopt Linuxconf; having a consistent GUI system administration tool would be very beneficial to new users."
Linuxcare Bootable Business Card. The Linuxcare Bootable Business Card, a Debian-based distribution tailored as a rescue disk, is finally available for download. Now you won't have to rush to the Linuxcare booth at every Linux show looking for your freebie ... though that still may be the most fun way to get one!
For those of you with older versions of this card, you might want to note that it has now been improved, allowing installation of Debian GNU/Linux directly from the card and also the use of the X Windows system (depending on hardware). [From the Debian Weekly News.]
Debian Weekly News. The March 7th edition of the Debian Weekly News covers the past two weeks. The first Release-Critical Bug Horizon was met and has been declared a success, with 20 packages slated for removal. Project leader elections close soon, so vote now if you haven't already!
Linux-MandrakeDrakX: Mandrake's GUI installer (AboutLinux). AboutLinux.com reviews the Linux-Mandrake graphical installer. "DrakX has a definite tendency to ask for permission too often; why wouldn't you want DrakX to try to find PCI devices?"
Linux-Mandrake 7.0 PowerPack available. MandrakeSoft has announced that its 7.0 release, PowerPack edition, is now available in the U.S.
Linux-Mandrake consultants list. The folks at MandrakeSoft have put up a list of Linux-Mandrake consultants. It currently contains 135 entries in over 20 countries.
Red Hat LinuxRed Hat Linux Now Optimized for Oracle8i. Red Hat, Inc. announced the availability of the Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition product line that has been optimized for Oracle8i.
Slackware LinuxThe absence of updates and information to the Slackware.com site has been explained and is over. Apparently, the entire Slackware Core team has moved to California. Meanwhile, the -current tree for Slackware has been updated with the 2.2.14 kernel, XFree86 3.3.6, and some minor bug fixes.
SuSE LinuxA couple of press related items for SuSE this week:
Linux still not ready for desktop, says SuSE (InfoWorld). InfoWorld talks with SuSE CEO Roland Dyroff. "The Linux distributor's next update to its flavor of Linux, Version 6.4, will be released next month, Dyroff said. The new distribution will feature an improved graphical installation interface and a different desktop design. SuSE is also readying for release a new manual for beginning users of the operating system in German and English to coincide with the launch of the new version."
SuSE will zur globalen Linux-Company werden (Yahoo). Yahoo has put up an interview (in German) with SuSE CEO Roland Dyroff. English text may be had via Babelfish.
SuSE says the desktop is in sight (ZDNet). ZDNet UK talks with SuSE's Dirk Hohndel about Linux on the desktop. "So will Linux ever make any sort of dent into Microsoft's formidable 90 percent market share on the desktop? Hondel [sic] reckons the current trend toward the open source model has only one conclusion: that Linux will become as prevalent as Windows on the desktop within the next two to three years."
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
March 9, 2000