Version 1.0 of the GNU Bayonne telephony server is released (announcement).
Kernel hacker Leonard Zubkoff is killed in a helicopter crash
Given the understanding of system vulnerabilities that existed
nearly thirty years ago, today's "security enhanced" or "trusted"
systems would not be considered suitable for processing even in
the benign closed environment.
-- Karger and
Schell, who think Multics did it better.
KOffice 1.2 ships (announcement).
UnitedLinux releases a closed beta, raising the usual questions
about GPL compliance.
Where suppliers of digital information or software attempt to
restrict 'fair use' rights by contract provisions associated with
the distribution of digital material, the relevant contract
provision may be treated as void. Where the same restriction is
attempted through technological means, measures to defeat the
technological means of protection in such circumstances should not
be regarded as illegal.
on Intellectual Property Rights
The "Slapper" worm hits the net; it infects systems through the
OpenSSL vulnerability, for which patches had been available for some time.
XFS, User-Mode Linux, and lots of other things are merged into the 2.5
Red Hat's "bluecurve" desktop draws criticism for its attempts to
merge the GNOME and KDE desktops into a single environment. Other changes,
such as the removal of the Taiwanese flag, also prove upsetting.
Version 5.0.0 of the GRASS GIS system is released (announcement).
Sun donates an elliptic curve cryptography implementation to OpenSSL
under a somewhat problematic license (at least for some people) (announcement).
LindowsOS 2.0 is released (announcement).
Turbolinux sells its Linux software business to Software Research
The Native POSIX Thread Library is released, giving Linux
top-quality threading support at last (announcement).
The First Lulu Tech Circus is held in Raleigh, NC; Lulu is the
latest project by Red Hat founder Bob Young.
Mandrake Linux 9.0 is released (announcement).
Linux is not about free software, it is about community.
It's not like Novell, it isn't going to run out of money--it
started off bankrupt, in a way.
-- Microsoft CEO
The Phoenix project hits the web; Phoenix is a new
lightweight browser based on Mozilla.
Tcl/Tk 8.4.0 is released (announcement).
Regal deploys Linux point of sale systems in hundreds of theaters
Fritz's Hit List demonstrates the ridiculous breadth of the CBDTPA;
list, maintained by Edward Felten, includes Billy the Big Mouth Bass,
the TinkleToonz Musical Potty (which maybe should be outlawed),
audio greeting cards, and more.
Jon 'maddog' Hall takes a job at SGI (announcement).
PostNuke leader John Cox and 30+ developers depart to form the
Xaraya project (announcement).
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