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.
Nuclinux - a new single-floppy distribution. The initial announcement for Nuclinux went out on April 18th, 2000. This distribution appears to be primarily for acquiring internet access on a networked machine, complete with programs for web browsing, accessing mail and remote machine access (telnet only, no ssh).
Bastille LinuxA patched version of Bastille Linux 1.0.4 has been announced, Bastille 1.0.4p1, to fix a confusing step in the installation process that was causing problems for some people.
Caldera OpenLinuxCaldera Systems has put out a set of press releases, including this announcement that OpenLinux eBuilder is now available. It includes the IBM WebSphere application server and the "ECential Open Commerce Framework" from Evergreen. There is this announcement that they will be offering training at the Linux Business Expo. And finally there is an announcement that SolutionBank has signed up as Caldera's first "eSolutions Provider."
German, French and Dutch support. Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. has announced the first version of Corel Linux with German, French and Dutch support. The press release incorrectly calls this the "First Multilingual Linux O.S.", a claim that is, shall we say, questionable, given the number of distributions with multiple language support, many of them with much broader support than just four European languages.
Can Corel Rope Linux Desktops? (ZDNet). ZDNet looks at Corel's future in this lengthy article. "But the bigger question, especially among investors and analysts, is whether the company can successfully pull off its move into the Linux market."
Coyote LinuxA new prepatch for Coyote Linux has been released, Coyote Linux 1.20pre2.
Debian GNU/LinuxThis week's Debian Weekly News announces the first new Debian developer in a long time: Brendan O'Dea. Hopefully Brendan will soon be joined by other people who've been waiting in the queue for approval. The first test cycle for the next release of Debian is scheduled to begin on May 2nd and will last two weeks, with an evaluation afterwards as to whether additional test cycles are needed. Other topics this week included dpkg progress, documentation registration, installation from floppies and fixing package priorities.
DemoLinuxA beta version of DemoLinux 2.0, dubbed DemoLinux 1.9, has been released. It includes the StarOffice suite, which is apparently causing some problems, since they have applied for a license from Sun and have not yet received one. DemoLinux 1.9 is based on Debian Linux.
MaxOSMaxOS beta to be released in May. The MaxOS folks have put up a product page describing the upcoming MaxOS distribution and indicating that the first beta release will happen in May. (MaxOS was profiled in this LWN feature back in March).
Red Hat LinuxAd agency doffs Red Hat (Raleigh/Durham BusinessJournal). The Raleigh/Durham Business Journal has run this article on how Red Hat got dumped by its advertising agency. "Red Hat Software's advertising agency dropped the account only six months after winning the business, complaining that the Linux distributor doesn't have its marketing act together."
ROCK LinuxThe latest snapshot of ROCK Linux contains support for the base features of ROCK Router Linux and also ROCK Telnet Terminal. The former is a version of ROCK Linux tailored for routers and the latter is a floppy-based version that "can auto-detect it's IP-Address using bootp or rarp and open some telnet sessions to a hardcoded server ip".
Slackware LinuxUpdates to slackware-current over the past week include sc-7.2, jove-4.16, elm-2.5.3, gpm-1.19.1 and sendmail-8.10.1. The gpm update closes a security hole, see the security page for more details.
SuSE LinuxSuSE: Netscape package updates. SuSE has released updated Netscape packagesfor SuSE Linux 6.4 after reports of instability with the Netscape 4.72 originally shipped. The problem was tracked down to a compiler bug that affected the X11 libraries. An upgrade is recommended for anyone using Netscape with SuSE Linux 6.4.
Linux is suited for Boris Becker (Yahoo Germany). Strong praise for Linux comes in this Yahoo Germany article, which takes a look at SuSE Linux 6.4 (Babelfish translation). The author praises the ease of installation, the support for USB mice, keyboards and printers, clean automatic support for sound and continuing improvements in DVD support. The Reiser file system is mentioned as well.
TurboLinuxTurboLinux Clustering (ZDNet). ZDNet reviews the high-availability clustering offering from TurboLinux. "We also tested automatic fail-over by the time-honored technique of killing the power to the system that wasn't running TurboCluster's Advanced Traffic Manager (ATM). We don't recommend you try this at home. While the system performance took an immediate nosedive, within a minute the remaining server was automatically shouldering the whole load." (Thanks to C?sar A. K. Grossmann).
Oracle takes equity stake in TurboLinux. Here's a very brief Reuters article stating that Oracle has taken an (unspecified) equity investment in TurboLinux.
Vine LinuxVine Linux 2.0. A new version of Vine Linux, Vine Linux 2.0, was announced on April 14th. Vine Linux is a Japanese Linux distribution. Vine Linux 1.X was based on Red Hat 5.1. We do not have any details on version 2.0 as of yet (oh, for a babelfish that understood Asian languages ...).
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
April 20, 2000