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Distributions come out with the 2.4 kernel. LinuxWorld presented a good opportunity for few distributions to announce new versions utilizing the 2.4 kernel. SuSE announced the release of SuSE 7.1, the first major distribution to come out with a 2.4 kernel version. An option for loading a 2.2.18 kernel will be provided as well. Also included in this release are OpenGL drivers for the FireGL1, GL2, and GL3 cards. SuSE 7.1 will be available February 12.
SOT has announced that it will release "Best Linux T-1/2001" next week. This release of the Best Linux distribution will feature the 2.4.1 kernel and KDE 2.1.
Red Hat has announced the release of 'Fisher', a new beta version of its distribution. This beta is, presumably, what will eventually become Red Hat 7.1. New features include Itanium support, tighter security out of the box, Japanese support, the 2.4.0 kernel, KDE 2.1-beta, "gcc 2.96-RH," Mozilla, and more. Check it out, and be careful out there.
Debian Weekly News. The Debian Weekly News for January 30th is out. It covers (among other things) the project leader elections: Wichert Akkerman will not be trying for a third term, and, at this point, Ben Collins is the only candidate on the ballot. Here is Ben's position statement from when he ran in 1999. Presumably his position hasn't changed much since then.
Turbolinux Server 6 for the S/390. Turbolinux has announced the availability of Turbolinux Server 6 for the IBM S/390 and eServer z900 mainframes. The company is also offering support services for Linux on that platform via Linuxcare and other support companies.
Why is deepLINUX now a news site, when it used to be a distribution?. Rick Collette, developer of SPIRO-Linux and deepLINUX, explains what happened. "I had taken a job with a company in Wayne, NE to feed my kiddo and wife, and be able to have a bit of free time to work on my Linux distro. Within a couple of weeks the CEO of that company had expressed an interest in SPIRO. I actually had a job where I could devote 100% of my time to doing what I truly loved doing, and to be perfectly honest with you folks reading this, I had never been happier in my life." Unfortunately, the narrative becomes increasing less upbeat after this point.
Review: Conectiva 6.0 (DukeOfUrl). The Duke of URL reviews Conectiva 6.0. "The second, and even more important feature that makes Conectiva unique, is that version 6.0 of their distribution has APT (Advanced Package Tool) enabled RPM package management. Finally, a better way to install RPMs. This distribution now has automatic dependency checking and the ability to pull the required files off the Internet if not available locally. Debian users may laugh at this as they have had this for years, however; this is a first in the RPM realm and will hopefully take the world by storm."
Review: SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional (LinuxGurus.com). According to this review of SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional, "SuSE 7.0 is a big step in the right direction for SuSE. The GUI installer and configuration tools are vastly improved and very usable. The incredible amount of documentation included (both print and online) far outstrips anything included with any other distribution. The hardware support is also unparalleled."
Review: Phat Linux 3.3. Here's a review of Phat Linux 3.3 which appears on the SignalGround site. "There is one thing that is both good and bad about Phat Linux...the applications that are installated [sic] are pretty much all choosen [sic] for you. There isn't any opportunity to customize what you're going to get."
Telemetry Box Distribution.Version 1.0 of the Telemetry Box Distribution has been released. The Tbox distribution is a Debian GNU/Linux 'potato' based custom Linux version for remote monitoring and maintenance of networks.
LinuxPPC's non-profit announcement. Here's LinuxPPC's announcement that it is becoming a non-profit organization. See also our interview with LinuxPPC co-founder Jason Haas for more information on this transition. The folks at LinuxPPC see the move as a way to put more back into the distribution and continue to make a living.
Embedded DistributionsTimeSys Corporation unveiled TimeSys Linux/RT Version 2.0. The platform is a Linux distribution with enhancements to meet embedded real-time quality-of-service requirements.
Mini/Special Purpose DistributionsMSC.Software Corp. released MSC.Linux, a distribution which is oriented toward clustering. The press release also mentions that HP servers running MSC.Linux were going to be displayed at LinuxWorld.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol
February 1, 2001