Linux in the news
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Please note that security updates from the various distributions are covered in the security section.
News and Editorials
Linux for the Timid, Part 2 (Linux Journal). Linux Journal takes a look at DragonLinux, one of the Linux distributions that can be installed under Windows without requiring disk repartitioning. "Tell me how this sounds. A full-featured, no-commitment Linux OS with networking, K Desktop Environment (KDE), 2.2.6 kernel (so you've got great support for modern hardware), a bevy of tools, network applications (e-mail, PPP), games, you name it, weighing in at a mere 150MB (44MB download size). No need to create a new Windows partition, and perfectly easy to remove if you decide this was a bad idea (you won't). " [From Linux Power].
ASP-Linux, Inc. announces a distribution. A company called ASPLinux has announced its plans to launch a new distribution - said to be the first created in Singapore - at the end of June. The list of advanced features it will provide is "true 32 bit processing, multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, proper memory management and TCP/IP networking" - these folks are on the bleeding edge. The distribution is apparently aimed at application service providers, and will also include some clustering options.
Build Your Linux Disk 1.0alpha1. The alpha release of BYLD (Build Your Linux Disk), a package to help you build your own Linux floppy-based distribution, has been announced. CDROM and even EEPROM support is talked of in the future.
spyLinux 1.0.15. spyLinux, an acronym for "(s)mall (py)thon (Linux)", is a single-floppy-based distribution that supports basic utilities, networking and a Python interpreter. The initial release of spyLinux was announced Tuesday, May 30th.
The author, Jeff Clement, explains his reasons for creating spyLinux on his web-site: "I create spyLinux because I have a pile of old 486 machines and to make them do something useful. I don't have any extra HDDs so that's out. I figured a machine with a Python interpreter can be almost anything. I can offload scripts to be run onto the machines, I can run web servers, chat servers, network monitoring, etc. This is why I created spyLinux to have a single disk distro which I could use for almost anything."
Caldera - New FAQs. Caldera has released a list of new FAQs made available in the past week. 14 new FAQs were announced, with subjects including video-related problems, printcaps, Webadmin, burning cdroms and more.
Debian Weekly News (May 30th). This week's Debian Weekly News indicates that the second Debian test cycle has begun. At this point, the attitude toward the remaining 80 or so release critical bugs is getting fairly pragmatic. Richard Braakman commented, "I hope that we can simply ignore most of them. At this point I don't mind releasing potato with a handful of broken packages, if they are not overly popular ones. The test period will show which of the bugs are truly critical."
Although security fixes for Debian continue to go in at a rapid pace, information on packages that have been fixed is hard to find; it is certainly missing from the Debian Security Page. Joey Hess talks about the cause of the problem in this week's DWN. They need more help on their security team, but new members need to be people that are already well-known and trusted.
Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd (May 24). For those of you interested in tracking the on-going development of the Debian GNU/Hurd project, another Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd is available.
Linux-Mandrake 7.1beta (The Duke of URL). Patrick Mullen has put out an in-depth review of Linux-Mandrake 7.1beta, the latest version of Linux-Mandrake which he comments is just about ready to roll out the door. "The product in the limelight here is XFree86 4.0. XFree86 4.0 implements something Windows users have been enjoying for years. Direct hardware access. This will no doubt help the push for more 3D drivers, as we have seen at least nVidia step forward and pump out XF86-4.0 compatible drivers almost immediately after its release."
LinuxPPC. If you're interesting in playing MPEG movies on your LinuxPPC machine, you'll want to check out the new instructions for doing just that.
Rock Linux BOF at SANE.
Linux BOF at SANE 2000
in Maastricht, The Netherlands apparently took the prize for
longest BOF, running from 4 PM Wednesday to noon on Thursday.
It sounds like Rock was pretty popular:
This week's updates. Not a lot of changes went into the current tree this week. A security fix for fdmount was put out; check the Security Summary for details. A new xlock package was created. It includes xlockmore-4.16.1 without calling it a security fix, but older versions of xlockmore do contain an exploitable buffer overflow, so upgrading to this newer version is recommended.
TimeSys Linux/RTTimeSys has put out a press release highlighting the real-time features in their TimeSys Linux/RT distribution.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
June 1, 2000