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The Proxyfloppy Linux distribution. It seems like it's been awhile since we've found a truly new Linux distribution. Other distributions have been introduced here, but they weren't really new, just new to our list. So we were happy to see Proxyfloppy show up on Freshmeat. It appeared, fully formed at version 1.0 on September 10.
Proxyfloppy puts a bootable, minimal Linux system along with different types of web proxies and assorted tools all on a floppy, allowing a desktop system to become an anonymous proxy server. When your always-on Internet connection isn't otherwise engaged, of course. It is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and is available at nameless.cultists.org.
OK, why should I run proxyfloppy ?
A Distribution is (Re)born (ConsultingTimes). ConsultingTimes interviewed Michael A. Bego, President of Xandros about the company's plans for the Corel Linux distribution. "Bego: It's basically a Debian-based distribution. We're going to support both KDE and GNOME. We will be releasing several different applications, such as utilities, that have been in development since before 2.0, that are really very impressive."
Installing KDE 2.2 from source on Slackware 8. If you've been waiting to install KDE 2.2 on your Slackware 8 system, this article on userlocal.com tells all, or at least some. "I want to point out from the start that this is no in-depth explanation of all the various compilation options and switches that can be applied to this proccess, it is merely a description of the procedure I used to get it running on my box. If you are a very inexperienced with building programs from source or are affraid of messing up your existing (nicely configured) system, then I suggest you wait for binary, pre-build packages to become available. You should also know that during the cause of this document I deliberately remove my previous version of KDE and all it's settings to start with a completely clean slate, so if you do not want to do that then don't follow these instructions."
Debian Weekly News. This week's news on the Debian projects includes news on Jigsaw Download for distributing large filesystem images, and news of an effort to optimize Debian for Pentiums.
Mandrake News. This week's Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter includes news on the opening of the MandrakeExpert Support Center, a little update on trading their stock, and a story on moving from ext2 to ext3.
Redmond Linux Release Candidate. Redmond Linux announced build 39, also known as RC0. This build is stable but needs a lot of testing.
Virtual Linux. Virtual Linux version 1.0 was released on September 8, 2001. Virtual Linux is based on Mandrake 8.0, modified to run from CD ROM. Modifications include a new startup script, automatic search and mount of found CD ROM, hard drives, etc, and it now has cloop compression. The CD contains 1.7 GB of software.
Minor Distribution updates
Debian. The Netwinder box debussy.debian.org has been upgraded and is once again available for every Debian developer.
Red Hat Updates. Red Hat released a slew of updates last weekend.
Slackware: Slocate package at Linuxmafia.org. If you downloaded the slocate.tgz package for Slackware 8 from Linuxmafia.org before September 6, 2001, read on.
It seems the ownership and permissions were set incorrectly for the
/ directory. You can - as root
or you can grab a new package with the correct permissions. (Found on userlocal.com)
Work-Ready Linux (TechWeb). TechWeb reviews and compares Caldera OpenLinux Server 3.1, Mandrake ProSuite 8.0, Red Hat Professional Server 7.1 and SuSE Linux Professional 7.2. "We focused on how well Linux played in an existing NT environment network, what new features were provided in each distribution and how easy each package was to install, use and manage. We tested them on a Compaq ProLiant ML350, with a 933-MHz Pentium III processor, a 9-GB SCSI hard drive and 256 MB of RAM."
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol
September 13, 2001