Linux in the news
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Please note that security updates from the various distributions are covered in the security section.
BasicLinux. BasicLinux is a multi-purpose mini-Linux that boots from CDrom, hard drive, or floppy (both 3.5" and 5.25"). The 2mb package provides the usual rescue/repair tools, but it can also dial an ISP and browse the net, or act as a router/firewall. BasicLinux provides a lot of functionality in a small footprint, and it would be a good introductory Linux "for a DOS dinosaur".
New kid on the embedded Linux block. LinuxDevices covers Esfia, a Taiwan-based embedded Linux software company and its RedBlue Linux operating system. "The Esfia RedBlue Linux operating system is an 'embedded Linux' distribution that will pave the way for future wireless communication solutions. Derived from the pre-release Linux 2.4 kernel, Version 1.0 of RedBlue Linux will include plug-and-play USB support and other features of importance to the rapidly emerging embedded Linux marketplace".
Linux-Mandrake News. Da Linux French Page (linuxfr.org) has put up an interview (in French) with several folks from MandrakeSoft. The interview is long (some 50 questions) and covers a wide range of topics. A partial English translation is available via Babelfish.
SuSE Linux News. SuSE Linux AG announced that SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional Edition has received the "Best Server Solution" award in the 2000 Penguin Playoffs competition hosted by Linux Journal magazine. SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional includes preconfigured installation packages for creating Linux servers for web, print, email, and databases, as well as an extensive set of applications to support networking and Internet functions.
Red Hat News. Compaq Computer Corp. announced the availability of ProLiant servers pre-installed with Red Hat Linux 7.0 on the ultra-thin ProLiant DL360 and the ProLiant ML330 server models.
Debian News. Debian was mentioned in a couple of awards this week, including its receipt of the Readers' Choice in the Infrastructure category at the Web Tools 2000 Conference and Exposition. Debian was also mentioned when VA Linux Systems announced they had won the 2000 Linux Journal Editors' Choice award for 'Best Web Server' with its VA Linux 2200 server running Debian GNU/Linux.
For more Debian news, check out the Kernel Cousin Debian for November 16th and the Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd for November 15th. Due to our early publishing schedule, the Debian Weekly News for this week is not yet available.
Slackware News. The Slackware development tree changelog shows a generous helping of library fixes this week, including glibc and ncurses.
LibraNet 1.8.1 released. Jon Danzig dropped us a note to let us know that LibraNet 1.8.2 was available and now contains KDE 2.0 and Mozilla M18, among other goodies. LibraNet is based on Debian GNU/Linux.
e-smith Server and Gateway. e-smith, inc announced that the e-smith Server and Gateway, the company's flagship product, has edged out over 500 applicants to be selected as one of only 60 innovative products to be reviewed at the CRN Test Center at COMDEX Fall 2000 in Las Vegas. The e-smith server is based on a customized version of Linux.
Mini/Special Purpose Distributions
Coyote Linux News. Coyote Linux v1.22 has been released and is now available. This is a bug fix release and represents the latest stable release of Coyote.
We received a note from Thomas Lundquist
Linux for Windows. Macmillan USA announced Linux for Windows. Linux for Windows is based on Linux-Mandrake 7.2, and provides users web browsing, email and a full suite of office software with K Office.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
November 23, 2000