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Please note that security updates from the various distributions are covered in the security section.
News and Editorials
More about RunOnCD. Last week we asked our readers to help us out with a Korean distribution called RunOnCD. Thanks to Seunghun T. Lee and Yun Song we now know that an English download page is still available for RunOnCD 2.1, dated December 7, 2001. You can also find English language site for RunOnCD here, with a ReadMe file in English. Naturally the entry in the LWN List has been appropriately updated. You will find RunOnCD in the 'CD-based' section. (Thanks to Seunghun T. Lee, Yun Song and Norwood Sisson)
OEone 1.0 Review, Part II. Here is part 2 of Joe Klemmer's review of the OEone Linux distribution. "As is always the case, a few hours after the publishing [of part 1] I was able to contact the tech support for OEone. With there help I have been able to install and try HomeBase Linux. Here is my take on this product."
EvilEntity Linux. Some say the Linux desktop is dead. Undead Linux seeks to counter that opinion by offering EvilEntity Linux, an easy to install, easy to use, i686 "Windows replacement" Linux desktop for the home computer. EvilE comes with the Enlightenment Window Manager and lots of toolkits like EVAS, FLTK, GTK, QT, Xforms, and others. It uses the Emelfm File Manager, with support for Mime types, and a full application suite. The initial release, EvilE DR-0.2.4d, showed up on Freshmeat on April 26, 2002.
Server optimized Linux. SoL (Server optimized Linux) was built from the original source packages and is optimized for heavy-duty server work. It contains all common server applications, and features XML boot and script technology that makes it easy to configure and make the server work. SoL 13.37 was released April 22, 2002.
Debian GNU/Linux. The Debian Weekly News for April 24 is available. It looks at the new GNU/FreeBSD base tarball, XFree86 4.2 and Woody, the HURD ABI update ("no effort has been made to make this an easy transition"), the fate of Debian 2.2 after the Woody release, and more.
This month, The Debian Project will be participating in 3 events: in Brazil, Mexico and Germany.
This woody release status update says woody is mostly ready to go. Just a few technical details need to be worked out before the official release.
Mandrake Linux. The Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter for April 24, 2002 contains information on Mandrake 8.2 PPC, and how to get packaged Mandrake 8.2; Linux printing; using GnuPG; and much more.
MandrakeSoft has released various bug fixes for ML 8.2.
Red Hat Linux. Red Hat has updated ppp packages available for Red Hat Linux 7.2. These updates fix a bug which hampered interoperability with other PPP implementations.
Slackware Linux. The Slackware-current changelog continues to grow at a rapid pace. We missed several changelog notices last week, due to some internal miscommunication. We do apologize for that. This week, the list of changes just for May 1 is quite long.
See this week's security section for sudo updates to Slackware-stable.
SuSE Ships SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for 64-bit IBM eServer zSeries. SuSE Linux announced the shipment of the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for 64-bit IBM eServer zSeries.
Minor Distribution updates
LEAF. LEAF (the Linux Embedded Appliance Firewall) has released Bering 1.0-rc2 with major feature enhancements including support for Freeswan 1.97 IPSec and PPTP tunneling, and it comes with the latest Shorewall 1.2.12 firewall and Iptables 1.2.6a.
Netstation Linux. Netstation Linux has released development version 0.7 with major feature enhancements including a svgalib version of vncviewer, new Xfree86 4.x support (experimental), support for telnet sessions, and more.
SuSE touts user-friendly v8.0 (Register). This review of SuSE 8.0 focuses on the distribution's friendliness toward desktop users. "Version 8.0 is based on version 2.4.18 of the Linux kernel and includes an improved desktop interface, KDE 3.0, which is closer to the Windows desktop environment most users are familiar with."
SuSE 8.0 arrives without StarOffice (ZDNet). ZDNet notices that StarOffice is not included with SuSE 8.0. "Another key change to SuSE Linux 8.0, officially released on Friday in Professional and Personal editions, is the inclusion of KDE 3.0, the latest version of the popular graphical user environment. The new KDE is base on a new set of developer tools called Qt 3."
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol
May 2, 2002