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Deeplinux: A Deeper Look. deepLinux author Rick Collette took the time to fill out our new distributions survey. That gives us more information to use in our reporting. We can now state that deepLinux is based on Red Hat, but will not be tied to future releases, it will support English, Spanish and Dutch initially, and will support the Intel x86/Pentium, IA64 and Sparc64 platforms. It will have versions targeted for a number of special purposes; check the survey for more details. Many thanks for your time, Rick!
Review: Alphanet Linux 2000 (Linux News & Care). The Linux News & Care site has put up a review (in German) of Alphanet Linux 2000. Alphanet is a new, Red Hat-derived distribution from England; it can be found at alphanet-linux.com. English text is available via Babelfish, but it's rough going. (Thanks to Peter Kis).
HispaFuentes. Another distribution new to our list (but not particularly new) is HispaFuentes, a Spanish distribution based on Red Hat 6.1 out of Madrid, Spain. (Thanks to Jesus Climent.)
innominate bootable business card. A German Linux support company, innominate, has also produced a Bootable Business Card, a rescue disk on a small CD the size of a business card. This one is localized for German users. (Thanks to Helge Kreutzmann.)
Black Lab LinuxTerra Soft adds Altivec to Black Lab Linux. Terra Soft Solutions has announced the addition of Altivec support to its Black Lab Linux distribution. Altivec evidently provides access to vector processing capabilities in the PowerPC processor, leading to serious performance gains for certain types of applications.
Caldera OpenLinuxCaldera Systems Ships OpenLinux eDeskTop 2.4. Caldera Systems Inc. announced the shipping of OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4. "It ships with the Citrix ICA client and is the first Linux high performance desktop platform -- and the only Linux product -- providing instant Internet access through preconfigured, preinstalled browser plug-ins and ISP phone numbers. OpenLinux eDesktop seamlessly bridges the gap between the LAN and the Internet as both an Internet and network client."
Corel LinuxCorel Looks to Polish Linux (PC World). Here's a PC World article about Corel's plans. "Corel will soon announce several new Linux initiatives, according to [Corel VP Rene] Schmidt. Apart from ongoing upgrades to the Debian/GNU Linux core and the 'K' desktop environment user interface, Corel will look to improve Windows interoperability, add speech enablement to the OS, and provide closer Web integration into Corel Linux."
Corel Linux Available in Russia. Russian software distributor CPS has announced Corel Linux Download special edition. The product is based upon the new Corel Linux distribution announced by Corel in late 1999.
Al Fasoldt Reviews Corel Linux (Technofile). Al Fasoldt really likes Corel Linux. "It came with an easy-to-use display adjustment method that works just like the "Display Properties" function one in Windows. One of the worst problems in most other versions of Linux is the astoundingly dumb (and often unworkable) method they force users to resort to just to change display modes (from 640 X 480 resolution to 800 X 600, for example). Corel won my heart forever for knowing how important it is to do this kind of thing right."
Debian GNU/LinuxDebian 2.1r5 released. Debian 2.1r5 was announced on March 23, 2000. This is another update of the slink version of Debian, still based on the 2.0.X kernel, containing security and Y2K updates.
Debian Weekly News (Mar 29). This week's Debian Weekly News announces that Wichert Akkerman was re-elected Debian Project Leader. The partial success of the last Bug Horizon is also covered and the rumor that Transmeta's Mobile Linux is based on Debian is confirmed.
Definite LinuxDefiniteLinux update. The primary website for the Definite Linux distribution, http://www.definitelinux.com, has been off-line for some time. We checked with Jason Clifford at Definite Linux, who assured us that the distribution and company are doing fine. The site problems are due to various ISP changes and name registration problems. Until these are resolved, the Definite Linux site can still be reached at http://www.definitelinux.net.
Linux-MandrakeReview: Linux-Mandrake 7.0 (AboutLinux). AboutLinux reviews Linux-Mandrake 7.0. "I was very impressed with the addition of the Cryptographic step - this excellent addition gets around cryptographic export regulations by installing cryptographic modules from FTP servers around the world during the course of the installation."
LinuxPPCLinuxPPC developer Jason Haas in car accident. We learn from Slashdot that LinuxPPC developer Jason Haas has been in a serious car accident and remains in the hospital. Updates on how he is doing can be found on the LinuxPPC.com site. Our thoughts are with you, Jason.
Red Hat LinuxRed Hat 6.2 officially released. Jussi Torhonen dropped us a note very early this morning (Finnish time) mentioning that Red Hat 6.2 was in the process of being mirrored out to various mirror sites, indicating the official release of 6.2 was imminent. Later this morning, the release of Red Hat 6.2 was confirmed. Note that the ship date for the release is scheduled for April 10, 2000.
Official Red Hat 6.2 announcement. Here is the official announcement of Red Hat 6.2. Red Hat eCos (embedded configurable operating system) 1.3 was also included in the announcement. eCos is an open source, non-Linux-based, small footprint operating system originally developed by Cygnus (before its acquisition by Red Hat), offered primarily for systems where even a stripped-down version of Linux is too large. "eCos 1.3 features a built-in TCP/IP stack that enables embedded devices to communicate with the Internet."
Red Hat priority customers disappointed. Red Hat customers who have access to Red Hat's Priority Online Access are promised "when you purchase Priority Online Access, you gain access to priority.redhat.com -- the dedicated FTP server for Red Hat customers. From this server, Red Hat provides dedicated bandwidth for you to access updates and automated installation of packages via the Red Hat Update Agent." Unfortunately, just as the normal mirror sites are clogged with traffic, these same customers have been accessing priority.redhat.com -- and finding that Red Hat hasn't made Red Hat 6.2 available on that server as of yet.
Slackware LinuxThe modutils package was upgraded to modutils-2.3.10 this week, build scripts submitted by Jan Rafaj.
SuSE LinuxXFree86 4.0 Available for SuSE (LinuxPR). SuSE has announced that XFree86 4.0 is now available. " It is very important to keep in mind that XFree86 4 is still very much in development, and it contains a lot of new work. That means two things: there is a lot of new exciting stuff to try, but being new code, it hasn't had nearly as much of a workout as the stable 3.3.x releases. " The SuSE rpm's are available for download as are the release notes. And, oh yeah, "Have a lot of fun!"
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
March 30, 2000