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.
Embedded DistributionsThe embedded Linux market heated up this week, most likely in response to the Lineo IPO announcement (covered on this week's front page). As a result, we saw an increase in both press releases and articles on embedded Linux players, including the following:
Cafe Linux. A new distribution, called Cafe Linux, has been announced. Cafe Linux is a Spanish-language distribution produced in Colombia. A quick look at the FTP site shows the signs of a Red Hat-derived distribution. More information (in Spanish) may be found on the Cafe Linux web site.
Bastille Linux 1.1.0.pre5. A typographical error in the source code for Bastille 1.1.0.pre4 caused the text user interface to break. This has been fixed in the new version.
Caldera Systems reports second quarter results. Caldera Systems has announced its second quarter results - the first such announcement since the company went public. For the quarter ending April 30, they brought in $1.4 million - up from $544,000 a year ago. They managed to lose $9.2 million during the quarter.
The analysts seemed pleased with the results, as exemplified by the increased Caldera estimate in Robertson Stephens Daily Growth Stock Update. "We believe Caldera is first to market with its strategy to expand past the standardized desktop Linux into Linux for eBusiness, specifically servers and eCommerce. As companies require the most scalable and robust systems for their eCommerce activities and server needs, Linux becomes an important option, in our view."
Debian Weekly News (May 24). This week's Debian Weekly News reports the end of the first test cycle and what they learned from it. Packages with release-critical bugs will be removed on the 25th and 26th and the next test cycle will begin on May 29th. This will allow them to get a full release kernel in place, rather than a pre-release kernel, and fix some problems with the boot-floppies.
Other news touched on the upcoming Debian Conference in France (planned to be a roving annual event), the ftp.debian.org server, which has been connected to an International backbone in preparation for the next release, and more.
Elfstone Linux ISO image available.First announced in the February 24th, 2000 LWN Distributions Summary, Elfstone Linux is currently available in beta form. They have released their the first ISO image of that beta, calling themselves "the World's First Motif-Enabled Linux Distribution". That, of course, is not counting old versions of Red Hat that used to include Motif support. Check the Slackware section below to see another Linux distribution that has quickly become "Motif-Enabled".
Training and Certification. LuteLinux put out two press releases this week, one on their training and certification and another one their trainer certification. It appears that they are setting up yet a third certification authority, not in coordination with either the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) or Red Hat.
Red Hat Linux
Survey.com study reports Red Hat lead. Survey.com has released a study, aimed at IT decision-makers, which reports 64.2% of them name Red Hat as the primary "open source Unix distribution" they use. The study also indicates that, among companies not currently using an "open source Unix distribution", 80% of them are considering Red Hat. The 600 study participants were only in the United States and generally represented large companies, some of them in the Fortune 500.
Bill Gates files to sell some Red Hat shares (Reuters). According to this Reuters article, Cascade Investment LLC has filed to sell $450,000 worth of Red Hat shares. Cascade is evidently controlled by none other than Bill Gates.
SlackReiser 2. New disk images to support the installation of Slackware 7 on a Reiserfs partition have been announced.
Updates to current. Gdb 5.0 and OpenMotif 2.1.30 were added to the Slackware current tree this week, among other actions.
SuSE now distributing Loki's Heavy Gear II. Loki and SuSE happily announced that SuSE is now distributing Loki's most recent release for Linux, Heavy Gear II, which uses the LGPL'd OpenAL library. "Linux games play a significant role in the success of the desktop market. Through the common efforts of the Linux community, most recently with OpenAL and the XFree86 version 4.0, ensuring enhanced 3D graphics card support, decisive steps forward have been taken."
TurboLinux and RSA Security announce deal. TurboLinux has announced a deal with RSA security wherein TurboLinux will offer RSA's "BSAFE SS-C" software with its server distribution.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
May 25, 2000