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Conectiva hires Andrew Clausen. Conectiva has announced the addition of Andrew Clausen to the Conectiva payroll. Andrew is an Australian developer, currently also a student at University of Melbourne, who is working on the GNU Parted project (partition editor). The hiring was done, therefore, in order to show support for free software development. Of course, in choosing to support GNU Parted, as opposed to the Mandrake DiskDrake facility or other such projects, Conectiva is also making a choice in how they wish to distinguish their distribution from others.
Conectiva also currently employs Rik van Riel, one of the Linux kernel hackers. In hiring free software developers solely for the purpose of supporting their ongoing work, Conectiva is following in the footsteps of Red Hat, SuSE and other major Linux distributors.
Linux-Mandrake to be bundled with AZZA motherboards. The announcement that Pro Team Computer Corporation will now be bundling a copy of Linux-Mandrake with each Pro Team "AZZA" motherboard that is sold caught our eye this week. Something like 720,000 motherboards with Linux-Mandrake are expected to be shipped over the coming year.
If this seems unusual to you, remember the announcement of the Gentus Linux distribution, covered in the February 24th, 2000 Distributions Summary. Gentus is a Linux distribution from ABIT Computer Corporation, a hardware manufacturer and retailer of "mainboards and video cards". Given this trend, perhaps all hardware purchases will eventually come with their own Linux distribution -- though it isn't really clear what benefit this would give to the customer!
Bastille LinuxProgress on Bastille Linux 1.1.0 continues with the latest release of prepatch 10, containing small fixes to the IPCHAINS module.
Build Your Linux DiskA CVS repository for BYLD is now available, along with bug tracking, a mailing list and a patch manager, as of the announcement for the latest version, 1.0alpha3.
Caldera extends free support to Europe. Caldera has announced free phone and email support in German, French, Italian and English for its customers in Europe. This is the limited, 30-day phone and 90-day email support provided with the purchase of Caldera OpenLinux.
cLIeNUXRick Hohensee has got http://www.clienux.com/, the new web-site for cLIeNUX, on-line. Check our March 2nd Distributions Summary for more information on cLIeNUX.
Reprise of Conectiva Linux 5.0 Review (Linux in Brazil). Augusto Campos has kindly pointed out that the review (in Portuguese) of Conectiva Linux 5.0 that appeared in the June 1 LWN has been translated to English by Claudio Matsuoka.
Coyote LinuxThe first release candidate for Coyote Linux 1.20 has been announced. Coyote Linux is a single-floppy, firewall/router. It is planned as the operating system for the Coyote Firewall Appliance. A new company, Prairie Wolf Software, has been spun off and is the new owner of Coyote Linux (originally owned by Vortech.net).
LSB conference. Dale Scheetz will be representing Debian at the upcoming Linux Standards Base conference, June 14th through the 16th, He sounds optimistic about the results. "I'm really looking forward to this conference. Much good progress has been made and I look forward to more success at this meeting."
Linux-Mandrake 7.1 released. MandrakeSoft has announced the release of Linux-Mandrake 7.1. It's now available for download from the various mirror sites worldwide. See the new features list to see what goodies have gone into this release.
Linux-Mandrake 7.1 for Sparc beta released. MandrakeSoft has announced the release of the beta version of Linux-Mandrake 7.1 for the Sparc and UltraSparc architectures.
LuteLinuxLuteLinux 1.0.2 has been announced.
Slackware LinuxSlackware is quickly moving towards a new beta release. As part of that process, large updates have been merged into the current tree. To quote from the Slackware web-site:
mmm... GUI Packages!If you check out the ChangeLog, you'll also get the benefits of Patrick's comments on Gnome 1.2 and KDE 1.90.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
June 8, 2000