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Tomsrtbt: full survey. Tom Oehser, author of the floppy and CD-based Linux distribution, Tomsrtbt (Tom's root boot), a well-known single-floppy rescue distribution, has sent in survey information for his distribution.
6. Why did you decide to produce a Linux distribution?
NeoLinux: new embedded Linux with a specific target. Neoware Systems announced NeoLinux, a Red Hat-based distribution for "business-to-business" information appliances, including cash registers and interactive web kiosks, amongst others. They are also including their own specific packages for power management, read-write capabilities and administration. No mention was made of the licensing for these add-ons.
Minor distribution updates:
Caldera OpenLinuxNick Petreley on Caldera OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4. The second half of this article by Nick Petreley talks about his experience with Caldera's eDesktop 2.4. "All told, I had Caldera installed and all my applications configured completely to my liking in less than 30 minutes."
Corel LinuxCorel Linux Roadshow 2000 (AboutLinux). AboutLinux attended the Corel Roadshow in Vancouver. "Wendy started with a full screen telnet session, to show what Linux user interfaces in the dark ages of text only consoles was like. She typed 'ps -alx' to show what tasks were running - unfortunately the process list showed a couple of zombie wine processes. Oops."
Debian GNU/LinuxElection Results. We announced last week that Wichert Akkerman had won the election for Debian Project Leader. For those of you who like the gory details, here are the final election results. The Debian election system, while complex, is an interesting process ...
Debian GNU/Hurd. This week's Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd provides a look into the continuing development of the Hurd operating system. Discussions included arguments over security issues in the login process and the port of libgcj.
DragonLinuxThe DragonLinux website was updated on March 24th. It promises that the next release of DragonLinux will be coming out soon and hints that they are looking for beta testers. DragonLinux is a UMSDOS-based distribution that installs on a DOS hard drive without requiring repartitioning.
Linux-MandrakeLinux in France: what will be MandrakeSoft's next move? (olinux.com.br). Olinux.com.br ran this interview with MandrakeSoft's GaŽl Duval. "In the end of 1998 we were 3 people in MandrakeSoft. In the end of 1999 we were 40, and right now we are 70. The first Mandrake officially shipped by MandrakeSoft was 5.3. It's been sold at around 3000 items. Then we sold more than 200,000 6.0 + 6.1 packs. The revenues have grown consequently."
Linux-Mandrake for Alpha released. MandrakeSoft has announced the release of its 7.0 distribution for the Alpha processor. This port is "not intended for production use yet."
Red Hat LinuxRedHat 6.2: The best just got better! (Tucows). Tucows reviews Red Hat 6.2. "So far I haven't found any major bugs anywhere on the system, it has to be one of the most stable releases of Redhat I have ever seen."
DistributionWatch Review: Red Hat Linux 6.2 (LinuxPlanet). LinuxPlanet ran this review of Red Hat 6.2. "Red Hat Linux 6.2 continues to be a leading Linux distribution in terms of ease of installation. But when compared to other Linux distributions--Corel Linux, Linux-Mandrake, Slackware Linux, and TurboLinux Workstation--Red Hat Linux 6.2 is a surprisingly unsophisticated offering, sporting a stripped-down KDE interface and lacking many essential tools."
Rock LinuxROCK Linux 1.3.9. A new version of Rock Linux, Rock Linux 1.3.9, was announced on March 31st, 2000. As you can tell, it is a distribution for the bleeding edge: "Changes: A lot of new packages, bugfixes and features, new build scripts (rewritten from scratch), new gcc wrapper for better optimizazion, install disks improvements, a lot of sourcecode cleanups. This development release of ROCK Linux is based on the Linux Kernel 2.3.99-pre3 and Glibc 2.1.3. It contains allready XFree86 4.0 and Perl 5.6.0."
Rock Linux in the news. Two additional articles about Rock Linux have been reported: Rock Linux: Not for woozies! and Using Rock Linux on a Sony ultra portable laptop. "If you read Clifford's 'Rock Linux Philosophy you'll see that one of the actual concepts is the maintenance of downloading the latest (and greatest) packages. Anyone can download information to the central Rock Linux repository (through Clifford et al.). So once you know how to download and compile the latest package you can share that with others. It is a nice co-operative mode."
Slackware LinuxSlackware Support. Slackware has added a new Support section to the website. Although you can get installation support and limited technical support directly from Slackware.com, a list of companies providing a wider variety of support options has been compiled.
SlackReiser. Ross Vandegrift has put out a set of boot and root disks for Slackware 7 to allow it to be installed on a ReiserFS partition.
White Dwarf LinuxEMJ Data Systems has announced they have spun off White Dwarf Linux into its own company. The website http://www.whitedwarflinux.com/ is up, but currently content free. "We believe that with a separate identity, white dwarf can receive the focus it deserves and will rapidly move forward in the embedded Linux area."
Yellow DogApril Fool's Day. "Yellow Dog Linux adds Klingon support", claims this April Fool's story. And why not? This editor's dog is bi-lingual in English and Klingon, after all ...
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
April 6, 2000