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In retrospect. Exactly two years ago, two new distributions were turned loose. One was "maXimum CDE/OS" put out by Xi Graphics - it integrated the AccelleratedX server and Motif/CDE, was aimed at corporate clients, and was expensive. The other announcement was for a thing called Linux-Mandrake - then a version of Red Hat 5.1 with KDE integrated. Two years later, one of those distributions is doing rather better than the other...
Caldera Ships developer preview version. Caldera Systems, once thought of as being one of the more conservative distributors with regard to new software, has announced the availability of a "2.4 technology developer release preview" distribution. This version includes a 2.4.0-test kernel, a Java beta, a KDE 2.0 snapshot, and so on. Don't use this one on your production systems...
Article on Connectiva Linux 5.0 (in Spanish). Planetalinux has run this article (in Spanish) on Connectiva Linux version 5.0. English text is available via Babelfish. (Thanks to Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo).
Debian Weekly News. This week's Debian Weekly News reports that Test Cycle 3 is underway. It will end on or around August 9th. Confidence is running high that they'll be able to announce Debian 2.2 at LinuxWorld.
Debian 2.2 will also have a special dedication, to developer Joel 'Espy' Klecker, who died unexpectedly at age 21. "Almost 200 Debian developers have signed the dedication. We'll miss you Joel."
They also report that Progeny, Ian Murdock's Debian-based company, is hiring Debian developers and giving them an opportunity to work on Debian full-time. "A quick look at their staff page turns up some familiar names, including John Goerzen and Branden Robinson. Debian Weekly News has learned that other developers may be joining them soon.."
NetLOCK Technologies partners with Kondara. NetLOCK Technologies has announced a partnership with Digital Factory, the people beyond the Japanese Kondara MNU/Linux distribution. NetLOCK's security software will be integrated into future Kondara releases.
DemoLinuxDemoLinux 2.0 has been announced. For more information, check the DemoLinux home page. This latest version includes, via the magic of data-compression, more than 1GB of applications (on a 650MB CD).
DemoLinux 1.0 was based on Linux-Mandrake. The new version, 2.0, is based on Debian instead. If you try it out, like it and want to install it on your harddriver, they've now made that possible with a
Linux-MandrakeThe folks at Linux-Mandrake are building a database of ISP information to support their automated tools. They are looking for your help; check out submission form to add information about your ISP to their database. Hopefully they'll also freely share that information once collected.
LinuxPPCThe folks at LinuxPPC have been undergoing a bit of network renovation. They've donated the linuxppc.org domain to a non-corporate entity and it is now the new home of the PowerPC Linux project, the native port of Linux to the PowerPC processor. There have been few minor difficulties as a result of the shuffle of IP addresses. If you are having problems with ftp or with installing Linux on the Blue & White G3, check this note from Jason Haas. It may have the information you need to get the problem straightened out.
Max OSMax OS, a Linux distribution from Alta Terra Ventures Corp, should start shipping within four weeks. Their announcement includes a list of industry partnerships, licensing agreements, and a MaxOS certification program. Alta Terra is a publicly-traded Canadian company.
XFree86 support for IBM Netfinity servers enhanced by SuSE. SuSE proudly reported enhanced XFree86 support for the IBM Netfinity server line as the result of the work of SuSE developer Harald Koenig. "'This is just another component of the very successful cooperation between SuSE and IBM', said Dirk Hohndel, CTO of SuSE Linux AG. 'We view full Linux support for all the hardware platforms that IBM has to offer as an important part of our strategy, and IBM has been very active in working with SuSE to achieve this goal. This cooperation spans from driver development for XFree86 to the recently announced version of SuSE Linux for the IBM S/390.'"
ErsterTest: SuSE Linux 6.4 PowerPC Edition (MacUp). MacUp reviews (in German) the PowerPC version of SuSE 6.4. They liked it. English text is available via Babelfish.
TurboLinux launches Alpha version. TurboLinux has announced the availability of a version of its distribution for the Alpha processor.
Yellow Dog Linux Gone Home beta release. The beta released of Yellow Dog Linux Gone Home, a version of Yellow Dog Linux specifically for home users, was announced at MacWorld this week. "'Written from the ground up almost entirely in [the programming language] Python, our installer features auto-probing of the keyboard, mouse, CD, and hard drives, and contains a new partitioner. I have been demo'ng on an iBook ... the feedback is already helpful and the enthusiasm is amazing. There is a lot of interest in Linux at this show,' states Charles Stevenson, Software Engineer for Terra Soft Solutions."
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
July 27, 2000