The U.S. Department of Homeland Security coordinates responses to a
Prior to IBM's involvement, Linux was the software equivalent of a
bicycle. UNIX was the software equivalent of a luxury car.
--SCO's first complaint
, ensuring that the U.S. military and
governmental sites get updates first.
The SCO Group files suit against IBM claiming breach of contract,
theft of trade secrets, and more.
The BitKeeper/CVS gateway goes live as a way of making the kernel
revision history available to those who will not or cannot use BitKeeper
Red Hat offers two new Enterprise Linux versions with lower price
However, I think the role that software commoditization and its
driving force, open source software, is given too little
attention. A large component of America's economy is information
technology, and free software undermines demand for such products,
thus hampering recovery and increasing the attractiveness of
--John Carroll, ZDNet
SuSE Linux 8.2 is announced (press release).
The Oregon State Legislature considers legislation which would
require state government to look at open source software in its purchasing
A community council for OpenOffice.org is proposed (proposal).
Two software patents allegedly covering SSL are defeated in court by
RSA and Verisign.
Security holes in glibc, the kernel, Samba, and OpenSSL keep administrators
busy applying patches.
Slackware Linux 9.0 is released (changelog).
Keith Packard is kicked out of the XFree86 core team as debates over
the direction and management of the project intensify.
It would be nice if we could expect that our programmers would act
more like airline pilots than fighter pilots: that they
acknowledge, and accept, the responsibility that they take for the
well-being of others. Until they take this step, I doubt that the
quality and security of the code that we all rely on will improve.
Red Hat pre-announces Red Hat Linux 9, surprising those who had
expected an 8.1 release.
Mandrake Linux 9.1 is released (announcement).
Schwaebisch Hall, a German town, switches to Linux for over 300
Martin Michlmayr is elected Debian Project leader (election results).
Alioth, a sourceforge server dedicated to Debian, launches (announcement).
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