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Debian 2.2 released. It has finally happened: Debian 2.2 has been released. The first major release out of Debian in a year and a half contains no end of new features, additional packages, and more - see the announcement for an overview.
A worthwhile quote from the announcement:
Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 is dedicated to the memory of Joel "Espy" Klecker, a Debian developer, unbeknownst to most of the Debian Project, was bedridden and fighting a disease known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy during most of his involvement with Debian. Only now is the Debian Project realizing the extent of his dedication, and the friendship he bestowed upon us. So as a show of appreciation, and in memory of his inspirational life, this release of Debian GNU/Linux is dedicated to him.
Free software releases seem to require a press conference anymore, and Debian was no exception. The conference at LinuxWorld featured numerous Linux luminaries (including Linus) and a big screen showing an IRC session with Debian developers worldwide. LWN's Liz Coolbaugh was there; see her report for the details.
The list of new features in Debian 2.2 is long; it includes:
Congratulations are due to all members of the Debian team, who have worked for many months to get this release out.
Caldera's new management tool is coming. Caldera has announced that its "Cosmos" management product is going into a (closed) beta test. No word as to when it will be more widely available.
Corel Launches Corel(R) Linux OS: second edition. Corel has announced the release of the second edition of its Linux distribution. It will begin shipping by the end of the month. CorelDRAW has also been released.
By all accounts, the second edition is not a radical change from Corel's first effort - it's mostly a polishing and fixing up sort of release.
Debian Weekly News. The Debian Weekly News for August 15 is out. It covers, of course, the release of Debian 2.2 and LinuxWorld.
Worth a read: here's a posting from acting release manager Anthony Towns containing acknowledgements of those who slaved away to make the 2.2 release happen, a sort of post-mortem on what could have been done better with the 2.2 development cycle, and a first look forward at what Debian plans to do in the new, "woody" development cycle.
Wondering whether to try Debian? If so, consider having a look at the Debian Advantages HOWTO for a bit of advocacy...
EmbedixLineo announced the release of "Embedix Realtime," a version of its embedded distribution with hard realtime support. There is no mention in the PR of which realtime Linux patch has been used, but, chances are it's RTAI since Lineo is a supporter of that development. Lineo also announced plans to make a version of its Embedix developers kit for Windows users.
Fd LinuxFd Linux is a floppy-based mini distribution which has just had its 1.0 release. It's based on Red Hat, but, obviously, is rather smaller.
HA-LinuxWhat is HA-Linux? It's a new, high-availability distribution from Motorola, which is based on Red Hat 6.2 and runs on Motorola's boards. Some more information can be found in this announcement.
MandrakeSoft announces Corporate Server 1.0 SPARC and UltraSPARC platforms. MandrakeSoft has announced the availability of its "Corporate Server 1.0" product on SPARC systems. "This port will significantly expand the reach of Linux-Mandrake within the enterprise."
MandrakeSoft has also announced that it will be bundling OpenSales' products with the Linux-Mandrake distribution. This release also, interestingly, refers to Linux-Mandrake twice as "the world's most popular Linux distribution."
Red HatRed Hat has announced that it will provide a distribution and support for AMD's 64-bit processors.
The ROCK Linux PowerPC Port. IBM sponsored an RS/6000 B50 box for the PowerPC port of ROCK Linux. "It's not ready for production use at the moment, but most of it builds allready fine and works as one would expect. First binary releases for RS/6000 systems are planed for the next weeks."
Stampede GNU/LinuxStampede GNU/Linux 0.90 ("HappyValley") has been released. There does not appear to be any sort of announcement or release notes available; a brief news item and downloads are available on the Stampede web page.
SuSE to port Linux to AMD's 'Sledgehammer' processor. SuSE and AMD have announced that SuSE will "drive" the port of Linux to AMD's new, 64-bit "Sledgehammer" processor. Much of the work - the compiler and binutils - has already been done by SuSE hacker Jan Hubicka.
IBM to ship a SuSE disk with every European Netfinity. IBM and SuSE have announced an "advanced marketing agreement" where every Netfinity server sold in Europe will be shipped with a SuSE 7.0 disk. It will be a single-disk version of the distribution, and one which can run directly off the CD so that people can try it out easily.
SuSE 7.0 certified for Oracle 8i. SuSE has announced that its 7.0 Professional Edition is "tested, certified and optimized" for Oracle 8i. The announcement talks about the features included by SuSE which support high-end Oracle use, including raw I/O, large memory support, large file support, the logical volume manager, and ReiserFS - all of which are 2.4 kernel features or (in the case of ReiserFS) not currently included even in the 2.4.0-test series.
TurboLinux does some deals. TurboLinux would appear to have made some corporate inroads recently. According to this announcement, IBM will be using TurboLinux 6.1 for its NetVista thin client systems.
Moving upscale, TurboLinux has also announced that HP is preinstalling its distribution on all of its "Kayak" Linux workstations sold in North America and Europe.
Finally, TurboLinux and SGI have announced a deal where TurboLinux's upcoming IA-64 distribution will include SGI's "breakthrough" compiler.
64-bit GNOME. TurboLinux has ported Helix GNOME to the IA-64, and makes a big deal about being the first to do so.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
August 17, 2000