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News and Editorials
Linux Hebrew Support. Liz Coolbaugh was asked in December of 1999, at the Earthweb conference in New York, if she knew of any Linux distributions with Hebrew support. So far, she still has not found any fully-developed Hebrew Linux distributions. However, the following projects are working on Hebrew support for Linux. Clearly, if you are interested, they would probably appreciate assistance.KernelNotes.
Searchable Linux distributions database. Ratatosk is a new, searchable database containing information on Linux distributions. Martin Skjoldebrand finally got tired of waiting for us to get up a database of our own, to track information on all the distributions we monitor, so he created Ratatosk. He also allows distribution maintainers to create and maintain their own entries in the database.
Project Vine partners with Red Hat Japan. Project Vine announced, on July 4th, a partnership with Red Hat Japan (in Japanese). Red Hat Japan will be taking charge of sales and support of Vine Linux. Correspondent Maya Tamiya commented that the cooperation would include:
Hard Hat Linux pSOS transition kit. Montavista announced today the availability of a pSOS-to-Linux transition kit, to aid in the movement of legacy code from the pSOS proprietary embedded operating system to Linux. A similar kit is planned for VxWorks. Like all the tools from Montavista so far, the pSOS transition kit has been released as an open source project and is expected to continue to improve with feedback and participation of the pSOS community.
Due to the acquisition of Integrated Systems Inc., provider of the pSOS embedded operating system, by Wind River Systems, the pSOS community is currently faced with the need to transition to VxWorks. Last week's announcement from Lineo (see the Distributions Summary) and this week's announcement from Montavista are a clear call to that community to consider a transition to Linux instead.
Lineo, LynuxWorks face off in embedded market (Upside). Upside took a look at the press releases over the past couple of days and noticed a bit of competition between Lineo's Embedix distribution and LynuxWorks Blue Cat Linux.
Tynux Linux. Tynux Linux is a new, embedded distribution designed to support Internet-Ready Portable Devices, such as PDAs, smart mobile phones, and set-top boxes. More information on the application of Tynux to cellular telephones and the availability of boxes running Tynux is available. Note, however, that we have not yet found a link on the site to allow the distribution to be downloaded by itself. (Thanks to Martin Skjoldebrand).
e-smith server and gateway 4.0b10.The e-smith Linux distribution has been upgraded to Red Hat 6.1, according to their latest announcement. e-smith is a small distribution targeted at server and gateway appliances.
Caldera OpenLinuxHere are the latest FAQs from Caldera.
Conectiva support for high availability projects. Conectiva has put out a press release with details on their involvement in free software projects for the development of high availability solutions for Linux. "The proposed solution by Conectiva for High Availability, in two steps, is composed of four basic modules: Node Administration, Disk Replication, Service Monitoring and Robust File System. Conectiva participates actively in the development of two of these projects, Node Monitoring and Disk Replication. "
Debian GNU/LinuxAnthony Towns posted a Test Cycle 3 update and things are looking good. "By the looks of things we've just about got potato tidied up, now. There're only 16 outstanding release critical bugs against potato  most of which will have to be ignored (no fix is known, no workaround is known, and the package can't be removed), or are already largely fixed and will be uploaded soon.
There is still a short list of items that need to be completed before Test Cycle 3 officially begins, but now it looks like they have a distribution ready for release; they just need to ensure no major problems have been missed.
Debian GNU/HurdThis week's Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd contains an interesting discussion about how Unix or Linux-like the Hurd really needs to be. While a commitment to POSIX-compatibility has been made, no commitment to duplicating Unix or Linux has, leaving open the possibility of experimenting with new ideas or ideas from other operating systems. "No-one would like [to] use Debian GNU/Hurd if it were just [a] Debian GNU/Linux emulator over [a] Mach microkernel."
Linux-MandrakeMacmillan USA is packaging up Linux-Mandrake 7.1 in their "Complete Linux" product, which also includes the recently released Star Office 5.2.
Red Escolar LinuxRed Escolar Linux 1.0-14 has been announced. A transparent squid configuration has been added, along with other minor bugfixes. Red Escolar Linux is a distribution containing only free software, with applications, services and configurations for the Red Escolar school servers and workstations being implemented in Mexico.
Slackware LinuxNo big news from the Slackware folks this week, not too unusual, given the release of Slackware 7.1 last week. They moved their primary ftp server to the east coast, but everything appears to be back up and available now.
Weathering Stormix (GNULinux). The GNULinux staff took a look at Storm Linux from Stormix. "After fielding a few questions from our visitors about Storm Linux we decided to take a closer look. This is not so much a review of the distribution as it is a review of our experience. We encountered a few bumps along the way and in the end decided to scrap the install. But, we still think Storm Linux is worth checking out."
TrustixTrustix Secure Linux 1.1 has been announced. This is a maintenance update that includes some security fixes and the Linux 2.2.16 kernel.
GNU Circle MudLinux. Circle Mud Linux is a mini-distribution (three disks) specifically built to support the Circle MUD server. It is based on libc5.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
July 6, 2000