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Thirteen years ago: The Internet Worm was released, rendering the entire Internet unusable for two or three days.
The Linux 2.2 kernel was poised for release, but the NFS implementation was known to be substandard. This problem has plagued Linux for a long time. That problem was finally corrected - two years later.
Matthew Szulik became President of Red Hat. That was the beginning of the change of guard, with the gradual departure of most of the Red Hat founders from the very top. Here's the current Red Hat Executive bios.
Red Hat 5.2 was announced. LWN's impressions of the release were mostly positive, but it contained so many security-related bugs and unnecessary setuid programs that Chris Evans set up a website just to track them and harass Red Hat to fix them. That website survived through the Red Hat 6.0 release and its subsequent series of updates, but now reports "no known issues".
The Debian 2.1 freeze began. Debian 2.1 was finally released four months later, in early March, 1999.
Supercomputing 1998 hosted Beowulf talks for the first time. This year SC 2001 begins on November 10, 2001 with the 3rd Annual Beowulf Bash on November 12th.
Two years ago (November 4, 1999 LWN): The DeCSS source code was made publicly available. The repercussions from this are ongoing. The curtailment of free speech peaked with a federal judge ruling that linking to a site that contained the source code was also prohibited by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Things have not really improved on that front.
Last year, Don Marti and others organized Burn All GIFs day, an event planned to eliminate all GIFs on the Internet, in protest of the Unisys patent. Many GIFs went away, including some on the LWN site, but many, many more remain. Unisys has never tried to enforce its patent.
64GB memory on the IA-32 became a reality! Support for up to 64GB of memory slipped into the 2.3 kernel series, courtesy of Ingo Molnar. This removed an embarrassing limitation of the Linux kernel. Each individual process, though, can only use up to 4GB of virtual memory.
Red Hat announced the Red Hat Center for Open Source. Money for the new center was donated, in cash and stock, by Red Hat and three of the initial founders. The Red Hat Center has focused primarily on awarding grants for activities to entities such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. While Red Hat's Bob Young and Marc Ewing remain on the current board, the renamed Center for the Public Domain is somewhat divorced from Red Hat.
Slackware 7.0 was announced. Patrick Volkerding also explained his decision to "join the crowd" and jump Slackware from 4.0 to 7.0.
The planned feature freeze for Debian 2.2 was postponed, finally occurring almost three months later, in January of 2000. The official release of Debian 2.2 happened eight months after that, in August this year.
At the time when LinuxDevices.com was launched, the use of Linux as an embedded operating system was virtually unheard of. Lineo, MontaVista, and Zentropix (who all participated in the announcement of the site's launch) had barely announced themselves as sources of embeddable versions of Linux, and Embedded Linux hadn't yet arrived on the radar screens of embedded market analysts like VDC, IDC, and EDC.
One year ago (November 2, 2000 LWN): The Python team got out from under BeOpen's corporate umbrella and moved to Digital Creations. Digital Creations, now called Zope Corporation, has proved to be a good home for Python Labs. After all, Zope Corporation's premier product, Zope, is the Python-based, open source web application. Zope Corp. remains the sponsor of Python Labs, but with the move, a newly formed non-profit organization (the "Python Software Foundation") was also created to hold the copyrights to the core Python code.
Turbolinux Inc. filed for IPO, however they remain a privately held company.
The current development kernel release was 2.4.0-test10. A 2.4.0 kernel seemed as close then as a 2.5.0 kernel seems now.
A Princeton team cracked SDMI.
Q. Still, wouldn't it have been better for opponents of SDMI if you let SDMI go ahead and deploy a flawed technology, so music lovers could teach them a lesson by copying music despite the technology?
The first Progeny Linux Beta shipped.
Trolltech announced they were going to add GPL licensing to Qt/Embedded.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
November 1, 2001