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PowerPC kernel archives. To help support Linux distributions on the PowerPC architecture, Toby McNulty has started the PowerPC Kernel Archives. His web-site automatically archives and builds the latest compiles from the PowerPC kernel sources. "The trees monitored are: paulus (stable and development), benh (stable), and bk (stable and development). If you choose, the web site will notify you automatically when a new build of a certain source tree is available."
Case of Success: Red Escolar Project in Mexico (OLinux.com.br). Olinux.com.br interviews Arturo Espinosa, one of the principals of the Red Escolar Project. Arturo reports the development phase of Red Escolar is now complete; only the installation phase remains. "I'm transplanting any responsibility on my side to the Red Escolar people, as I am now working for Helix Code."
The interview does hint of both successes and small problems along the way. For successes, "As for Red Escolar Linux, we have 7 interested states of the mexican republic, and one of them is using it extensively." For problems, "We also offer a GNOME workstation, for maximum software cost reduction, but a dependency from the teachers to certain Windows-only multimedia CDs have made this impossible to accept."
We first heard Arturo speak about the Red Escolar project over a year ago. One of his inspiring goals for the project was to bring a personal identity to students. At the time, even schools with Internet access had only one mailbox per school. The ability to read and send mail with a personal identification was an important step to empower students. We certainly wish the best of luck to the Red Escolar people who will be responsible for carrying this vision, and all of Red Escolar's goals, onward.
Linux 2.4: To ship or not to ship? (ZDNet). This ZDNet article takes a look at how different distributions will be handling the upcoming 2.4 release. "Red Hat will release the final version of Pinstripe with a 2.2 kernel, and when the 2.4 kernel is ready, the company said it will provide a 2.4 kernel build that customers can run on top of the 2.2 Pinstripe release."
Alternately, Caldera has chosen to make available a "technology developer preview release" based on Linux 2.4. Though clearly a beta product, it will cost you $19.99 -- but they offer a $20 rebate.
Linux distros revamp for summer (The Register). The Register looks at upcoming distribution releases from Red Hat and SuSE. "Whether these releases matters much to anyone other than SuSE or RedHat ... we're not quite sure. As Linux systems are typically used for a specific function - for example web serving, mail serving, graphics or as development systems - then the big events in the calendar are releases of Apache, the webserver and its allied caching or clustering add-ins, or Sendmail, or XFree86, or Perl and Python, respectively."
Bluepoint Linux sales ranked number one. Bluepoint Linux Software announces that it has the top spot for software sales in China, according to Federal, "the largest Chinese software vendor." Note this is not a comparison of Linux sales, but of general software sales. "Bluepoint Linux 1.0, Tianhe Mechanical CAD and Microsoft Office 2000 (Chinese version) are currently ranked as number one, two and three on the Top 10 list".
Caldera joins Linux-on-Itanium race (News.com). Here's a News.com article about Caldera's alpha version for the IA-64 architecture. "All the companies have cautioned that their releases are prototypes, though, and Caldera is no exception. The company's Itanium twist lacks the slick Lizard installer, some password management software or the X Windows graphical systems."
New FAQs. This week's new FAQs include answers to several printing-related questions, as well as installation and disk problem questions
Coyote LinuxCoyote 1.20 Release Candidate 5 is now out. Bugfixes for PPP and PPPoE appear to be the main changes since the last development release.
DebianThis week's Debian Weekly News indicates high times for Debian. The announcement of $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award to Debian and the planned release of Debian 2.2 at next week's LinuxWorld has everyone hyped. The release announcement is already being written and a major party at LinuxWorld is planned.
A micro how-to for "upgrading" a Corel distribution to a full Debian installation was also announced.
Linux-MandrakeLinux Magazine published an interview with Linux-Mandrake's new CEO, Henri Poole, entitled Q and A with Mandrakesoft's new CEO. It appears that a full slate of new management may be planned. "I'm recruiting management for the company to assist in growing the business and meeting the challenges we're faced with. ... And in order to effectively compete we need a very seasoned executive team that has the psychological attributes that will work in this industry. It's very difficult to find these kind of people."
New PowerMacs supported by MkLinux. The MkLinux project has announced that its distribution now supports PowerMac 5200/5300/6200/6300 systems, albeit with a remaining issue or two. "Note that this is bleeding edge development, and is not necessarily stable. It is, however, mostly working."
PeeWeeLinuxPeeWeeLinux 0.48 has been released. The new version has been updated to use the RPM package manager. PeeWeeLinux is a small Linux distribution for embedded applications and floppy-based systems. They also have a new website, at http://peeweelinux.com.
StormixStormix introduced their Storm Linux 2000 series this week, including their Starter Edition and Deluxe Edition. Both are based on the (still unreleased) Debian 2.2.
The starter edition comes with Partition Magic, StarOffice 5.2 and Netscape Communicator 4.73. The deluxe edition adds some interesting additional commercial packages: "We have a one year license of StarNet Communications X-Win32, an application that allows for ease of conversion from a Windows(R) to a Linux environment, Adobe(R) Acrobat Reader 4.05, and Macromedia Flash Player 4.0. And for the game enthusiasts, we have included a Loki's turn-based fantasy game port a limited edition, of 3DO's Heroes of Might and Magic III".
TrinuxPacketstorm reported on the resumed development of Trinux:
After a year-long hiatus, Trinux is now under active development and a major release was just completed. Trinux combines Slackware Linux 7.1 with an impressive collection of precompiled open source security tools to bring you a powerful network security workstation which runs entirely in memory. The new release is the most stable and compact Trinux release to date.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
August 10, 2000