LWN.net does not shut down after our readers come through with an
amazing pile of donations. Instead, a new subscription scheme is hatched.
Of course, due to merchant account troubles, we don't actually get
most of those donations for almost two months.
Edsgar W. Dijkstra passes away (memorial
Having shown that there is, in many cases, a better way to develop
code is undoubtedly the open-source movement's biggest achievement
so far. And if Linux does one day become the standard for operating
systems, as some enthusiasts predict, it will have taught the
computer industry that it is more efficient to maintain its
software infrastructure collectively. This would be bad news for
Microsoft and Sun, but it would benefit customers--through greater
competition, lower prices and, not least, better software
Linuxcare resurfaces as "a provider of software products to simplify
server consolidation;" it announces
a new package called "Levanta."
The Mandrake, Red Hat, and SuSE distributions are certified LSB
The OpenSSH source is compromised by a trojan horse (advisory).
The 2.4.19 stable kernel is released after a very long development
Sun launches the "LX50" Linux-based server announcement).
Oracle releases its clustered filesystem for Linux under the GPL (announcement).
Martin Dalecki quits as the Linux IDE maintainer; the entire IDE
subsystem is immediately replaced by Jens Axboe's 2.4 foreport.
Lucky Green applies for patents on the use of Palladium for digital
rights management, since Microsoft claims it knows of no way to use its
"trusted computer" technology in this way (Lucky's
Xbox Linux 0.1, the first working Linux on the Xbox, is released
The fact is, technical people are better off not looking at
patents. If you don't know what they cover and where they are, you
won't be knowingly infringing on them. If somebody sues you, you
change the algorithm or you just hire a hit-man to whack the stupid
HP and Bruce Perens part ways.
BT loses its suit against Prodigy for infringement of its "hyperlinking"
OpenPKG 1.1 is released (announcement).
Mozilla 1.1 is released (release notes).
Caldera International renames itself the "SCO Group," reflecting the
fact that most of its money does not come from Linux.
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