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News and Editorials
Mission Critical Linux makes layoffs (ZDNet). Rumors say Mission Critical is up for sale, with Red Hat the expected buyer. "Mission Critical Linux has laid off much of its marketing staff and says it's developing business partnerships that will take care of publicizing its high-end Linux software. But some think the moves herald an acquisition by Linux leader Red Hat. About 17 Mission Critical Linux employees were laid off, less than 20 percent of the hundred or so total employees on staff."
Debian adds XFree86 4.1. According to their weekly news site, Debian has added the XFree86 4.1 distribution to their unstable branch.
New Red-Hat based Sparc distribution planned. A posting to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list has noted that a new Sparc distribution is in the works, though not necessarily sponsored by Red Hat.
Castle. Castle is a new distribution - as far as we can tell - from a Russian group called Alt Linux. This distribution appears to be a security-enhanced distribution with full Rule Set Based Access Control (RSBAC) support aimed primarily at server systems. Most of the information at the main site is in Russian though the Freshmeat site may provide a little more detail in English.
Debian Weekly News. The latest edition of the Debian Weekly News carries news that a German supermarket chain has switched over about 480 systems to Debian GNU/Linux. Also in this edition: XFree86 4.1 was added to the unstable branch, another project to get OpenOffice on Debian, and news of a Debian-based thin client product.
Mandrake news. Lots of news from Linux-Mandrake this week, including two new distribution releases.
SuSE sells Linux for IBM iSeries models (ZDNet). SuSE is now shipping a version of its distribution that works with IBM's iSeries of servers. The new distribution runs along side IBM's standard OS/400. The new version will retail for about $178US.
Minor Distribution updates
Coyote Linux 2.2. Coyote Linux, a single floppy distribution of Linux that is derived from the Linux Router Project, was rev'd to version 2.2 this past week. The updates in this release provide minor bug fixes.
JBLinux 2.2. JBLinux, a Linux distribution designed primarily for security and performance, was upgraded to release 2.2 this past week. This release marks a major enhancement to the product, including support for the jfs filesystem, software RAID support, XFree86 4.1.0, Mozilla 0.9.3, Galeon 0.12pre1, Evolution 0.12, and AbiWord 0.9.
Midori Linux 1.0.0. The third beta release of Transmeta's Midori Linux 1.0.0 is now available for download. Highlights of this release include the inclusion of the 2.4.6 kernel, XFree86 4.0.3 (with X starting in init instead of from Xinitrc), and complete compilation support on Red Hat 7.1.
Mindy Linux 0.37. A new release of Mindy Linux was made available this past week to add a few minor feature enhancements, such as support for OSS kernel modules and better log messages.
Sorcerer GNU Linux snapshot 20010810. Sorcerer GNU Linux is a source-based ix86 Linux distribution designed for advanced Linux administration. A new snapshot was released to address a problem where LILO was failing to install a boot block.
ttylinux. ttylinux was rev'd again this week, to version 1.10. This is a minimalistic Linux distribution that can fit in 2.88 MB of disk space.
Which Linux? (Byte). Byte's Jerry Pournelle looks at Linux-Mandrake and Slackware. "In our case, Mandrake turned on some processes that got in the way, and the USB support wasn't quite what we needed. After a week of frustrations: lost radio signal, slow fail-over to the NetWinder and its landline modem, unexpected logouts, difficult to impossible FTP, alternating with intervals in which everything worked just fine, Dan bowed to the inevitable and scrubbed Mandrake. Four hours later the system came up under Slackware. There were a couple of tweaks to FTP, and then ? nothing. It works. It's reliable. It's fast, and far more secure than a Windows 2000 system would be."
Section Editor: Michael J. Hammel
August 16, 2001