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.
ix86 Linux for the PC. Another distribution out of Germany, ix86 Linux is dubbed "the distribution for the interested private user" (Babelfish translation). This distribution appears, from the Babelfish translation of the site, to support either a minimal 486 install or a slightly larger Pentium install with XWindows support by default, with Gnome as an option. It uses qmail for the default mailer and does not use a package manager, working instead directly with the source tarballs.
Linux from Taiwan: Linpus Linux. Ambrose Li sent us a tip about another new Linux distribution, Linpus Linux, made by Linpus Technologies in Taiwan. The websites are, of course, all in Chinese, but from this picture, we were able to deduce that this is a Red Hat Linux compatible product.
Corel LinuxCorel Linux Deluxe: A First Look (AboutLinux). AboutLinux reviews Corel Linux Deluxe 1.0. "Corel Linux Deluxe is the first distribution (that I am aware of) that ships with a penguin!"
Debian GNU/LinuxDebian Weekly News. This week's Debian Weekly News announces another Bug Horizon on March 27th, and plans to begin the test cycle for the release of Debian 2.2 after that. It also notes that this week is the one year anniversary of the release of Debian 2.1, gives an update on new maintainers and mentions that the Debian elections close tomorrow, March 16th.
Debian GNU/Hurd. The latest Hurd news is available via the Hurd Kernel-Cousin.
FreeBSDFreeBSD 4.0-RELEASE announced. A new version of FreeBSD has been released. Learning, apparently, from their sibling OpenBSD, a much heavier emphasis on security shows up in this version, including support for OpenSSL, OpenSSH, encrypted telnet and IPsec support. Two new systems calls, jail(2) and jail(8), have been added "for additional flexibility in creating secure process execution environments. ". For more details, check the release notes.
ROCK Linux 1.3.8 has been released. The Rock naming scheme follows that of the Linux kernel, so the 1.3.X tree is the development tree. It includes a new automated system setup. Check the CHANGELOG for more details. ROCK Linux is a distribution for skilled Linux/Unix Administrators who want to be able to compile all the packages for a system on the system itself at installation.
ROCK in the news. This European Unix Platform (EUP) article describes how to configure a ROCK Linux System as an ISDN Dial-on-Demand Router.
BSDi/Walnut Creek press release. Here's the press release from BSDi describing the merger with Walnut Creek CDROM. It contains more information on the merger, and includes a mention that Yahoo will be taking an equity investment in the new company.
Walnut Creek is the parent company for Slackware, currently, which is why we mention this merger here. The Slashdot interview with Bob Bruce, president of Walnut Creek, Jordan Hubbard, FreeBSD core team member and release co-ordinator, and Gary Johnson, CEO of the new company, focuses more on the impact on FreeBSD, which will gain up to twenty new developers.
Slackware, though, will also be impacted. "Our Slackware division will be spun off as an independent company: Slackware Linux, Inc. But our Linux and BSD developers will continue to work closely together. Patrick Volkerding has moved out here from Minnesota and is now managing Slackware development on a day-to-day basis. We will be releasing Slackware 7.1 by summer."
Slashdot has promised an interview with Patrick Volkerding in the near future.
SuSE LinuxOracle on SuSE Linux. Tips and other information on installing Oracle8i, Oracle8, WebDB, and Application Server on SuSE Linux is now available.
SuSE road show. SuSE has announced a roadshow tour of Germany, starting on March 20, with stops in cities like Munich, Stuttgart, Bonn, Berlin, and numerous others. Details can be found on the roadshow schedule page, which, surprisingly enough, is in German.
SuSE and Enlighten Software partner for Linux management. SuSE and Enlighten Software have announced a deal that will see Enlighten's system monitoring code bundled with SuSE's 6.4 distribution.
Lutris Technologies Teams With TurboLinux to Offer Enhydra. Lutris Technologies Inc. and TurboLinux Inc. announced a joint effort to certify and distribute the Enhydra Java/XML application server for the TurboLinux operating system. Enhydra is an Open Source Java/XML application server.
TurboLinux opens offices in Latin America. TurboLinux has announced the opening of offices in Argentina and Brazil.
XTeamLinuxXteamLinux 3.0 launched. Xteam software (which "is honored to have the greatest potential to be 'China Red Hat'") has announced the release of XteamLinux 3.0. Not too surprisingly, multi-lingual support is high on the list for this distribution. In addition, a new configuration tool is apparently included, along with enhanced Samba support.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
March 16, 2000