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New DistributionsWhile Liz Coolbaugh was on vacation, reader/contributor Fred Mobach was still hard at work. He sent in so many new distributions for inclusion on our distributions list that we were only able to partially process them for this week's edition. The rest will show up next week.
Red Hat News. We mentioned last week that Red Hat 7.1 for the Itanium was released. Along with that, we failed to provide a pointer to the release notes and to both mirrors and a Red Hat/IA64-specific mailing list.
Judging by the conversations this past week on the Red Hat Seawolf mailing list, the "more secure" defaults of Red Hat 7.1 have ruffled a few favors. In this case, sendmail users should note that although a default sendmail.cf file is provided in Red Hat 7.1, it will look only at the loopback device. This is apparently documented in the Release Notes, but is easy to miss.
If you're planning on upgrading to Red Hat 7.1 anytime in the near future, particularly via a fresh, full install, start walking through the release notes now to watch out for similar pitfalls. We sympathize, but a more secure default installation is the right way to go.
Linux-Mandrake News. The July 9th issue of the Linux-Mandrake Community Newsletter announces the availability of Mandrake Linux 8.0 ProSuite Edition, a version of Linux-Mandrake designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses. In addition, the PPC Beta mailing list has a new web archive.
Their business case of the week takes a look at the Hotel Jan II Sobieski in Poland, which we covered in February of 2000 in this article, originally published in Linux Plus and translated to English by Pawel Moszumanski.
Also announced this month was the new MandrakeExpert of the Month contest. As per the name, they will be rewarding the best voluntary expert from MandrakeExpert.com. Hardware prizes will be awarded and winners may be authorized to receive payments for their responses.
Debian News. This week's Debian Weekly News reports plans to add capabilities support to Debian by default. It also covers the status of release-critical bugs that need to be fixed as part of the current Debian freeze.
Check it out also for the latest debian art, BugSquash party reports and Debian Day at LinuxTag 2001.
Meanwhile, on the Hurd front, the Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd for July 17th reports some good bug fixes, progress on the F3 CDs, raising the Hurd profile and why the HURD will be POSIX-compliant but not always UNIX API-compliant. Don't expect it to be LSB-compliant either, folks ...
Slackware News. Although the Intel Changelog for Slackware has been quiescent since Slackware 8.0 was announced on June 30th, the Alpha Changelog finally started registering new modifications on July 17th, the first activity there since May 31st. Presumably, after a well-earned vacation, the Slackware team is back to finish off the non-Intel ports of Slackware 8.0. In this case, e2fsprogs was upgraded to 1.22, procinfo was upgraded to -18, psmisc was upgraded to -20.1 and bugfixes went into gpm, procps, in.comsat, and netconfig.color. Also seeing upgrades this past week were man-pages, vim, automake, mutt and wget. Unmaintained postscript docs were removed.
No activity has been posted for the Sparc port since June 1st.
EnGarde Secure Linux News. The first edition of the EnGarde Secure Linux Newsbrief is out. The Newsbrief is intended to be a monthly newsletter describing EnGarde development, news, tips, etc. It's even available in Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Croatian.
We're again pleased to see another distribution stepping forward to keep their customers better informed (it makes our job easier, too ...). Unfortunately, the inaugural issue had more generalities than specifics. The next full release of Engarde Secure Linux will be coming "this fall" and readers are directed to the mailing lists and IRC groups to dig up their own specifics.
Scyld Beowulf News. Scyld Computing Corporation has announced the release of Scyld Beowulf Professional Edition. This version includes a great many new features, including increased hardware support, a batch queue system, and automatic node addition. "New enhancements on the latest Professional Version include, full Alpha support including simplified installation tools, full Myrinet and Gigabit Ethernet support, the Scyld Beowulf Batch Queue system (BBQ), automatic node addition, web based administration and job monitoring, advanced hardware health and status monitoring, Parallel Virtual File System (PVFS), NFSv3, and ROMIO file systems, library, and much more".
Yellow Dog Linux News. The Terra Soft Team will be bringing Camp Yellow Dog to MacWorld this year and they are inviting people to come enjoy a bit of the Colorado Rockies with the team that produces and maintains Yellow Dog Linux. "Terra Soft's booth #1342 will feature a tent, camping chairs, a mountain backdrop, the Terra Soft team in hiking boots, and live acoustic guitar played by the designer of the famed YDL logo. ... 'If you find that your feet are tired and you would enjoy some conversation, we'll have a chair for you at the camp fire,' states Kai Staats, co-founder & CEO of Terra Soft Solutions, Inc."
Minor Distribution updates
Yellow Dog Linux 2.0. The Duke of URL reviews Yellow Dog Linux 2.0. "Linux is making huge strides on the PowerPC architecture, especially since its supported machines list is much more extensive than OS X's own list. It has a quick interface and all the UNIX tools any user could ever need and want. In addition to this, with OS X being pushed, Apple users seem to be warming up to the *NIXes out there, and just might be more ready for Linux than some Windows users."
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
July 19, 2001