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Mr. Typaldos, thank you very much for your time. You have been with Xandros Corporation for less than a month. What are your first impressions? What motivated you to take up the challenge?
Let's talk about your upcoming 2.0 release. Your announcement has given us a preview of what to expect, such as your new drag and drop CD burning ability integrated into the Xandros File Manager and improved compatibility with Windows. Anything else we can look forward to?
A question about Xandros Networks. If I understand it correctly, this will be a repository of software, free or otherwise, available for a single-click installation, similar to Lindows.com's Click-N-Run. Do you mind revealing what applications can we expect to find there? Anything unique or worth paying for?
Besides the upcoming Xandros Desktop OS 2.0, will we see any other products in the near future? Just after your 1.0 release, there has been talk about Xandros Server, but this idea seems to have been dropped since. Or is it still on the cards?
It would appear that Xandros Desktop OS is a distribution designed predominantly for home users. Are there any plans to conquer the corporate desktop?
How is Xandros Corporation doing financially?
Excellent as Xandros 1.x was, it hasn't reached its potential in terms of market penetration. We haven't seen much marketing and advertising from Xandros. Is this going to change or do you believe that the "word of mouth" strategy works well enough?
The xandros.com website has some brief information about OEM deals and high-profile industry partnerships. Can you tell us more?
This is a subject often brought up by users on public forums: does Xandros contribute back to the Linux community? After all, much of what constitutes Xandros Desktop OS is free software developed by enthusiasts and packaged by Debian developers, so it's only fair that some of Xandros' work go back to the community for the benefit of the rest of us. Does Xandros do that? Does your company sponsor any open source projects?
Do you personally use Xandros Desktop as your primary operating system?
How would you answer this question from a Windows user who has just walked up to you: "I use Windows on my computer. Why should I spend $40 or $90 to switch to Xandros Desktop?"
Mr. Typaldos, thank you very much for your answers and all the best with your new job!
Distribution Newssent out an alert to the effect that several of its systems have been broken into. These include systems running the bug tracking system, mailing lists, web servers, CVS server, and some archives. The project claims that the Debian archive itself has not been affected, but some (in particular the security archive) are undergoing close inspection before being returned to the net. Everything should be back by the time you read this, however this page has been set up to provide status reports and other pertinent information. Wichert Akkerman has also provided this overview of the progress so far.
The Debian Project has released the anticipated 'woody' upgrade, officially named Debian GNU/Linux 3.0r2. This release contains many security fixes and other revisions that maintainers of stable 'woody' systems should have.Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter for November 24 is out; it looks at the release of 9.2 ISO images, the LG drive problem, some new tutorials, and more.
The Multi Network Firewall 8.2 had a version of freeswan bundled with the latest kernel update which did not match the installed freeswan package, making freeswan unusable. This update brings the freeswan package up to date with the kernel version.changes to slackware-current include an upgrade to mysql-4.0.16 and some KDE fixes among other things. announced the availability of the download version of SUSE Linux 9.0. As usual, some non-free programs are missing, and it is not possible to download (or create) installation CD images.
SUSE also announced the release of Service Pack 3 for SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8.celebrating the joys of using and configuring Knoppix. "Klaus Knopper created Knoppix. Though this distribution is rather young, it stands out for its hardware detection and autoconfiguration abilities. The packages and OS structure are based on the Debian distribution, but the hardware-discovery process uses kudzu, Redhat's hardware probing utility."
New DistributionsFirenet mini linux contains busybox and a Linux kernel. No other binary files are included. It supports inetd, telnetd, httpd, devfsd, networking, dhcpd, and more. The system uses busybox's init and implements a Debian-style SysV-init boot script, which is helpful when adding a new system service. The system is also a good example of using busybox in an embedded system. The initial public release of Firenet, version 0.1, was released November 23, 2003.
Minor distribution updatesDevil-Linux is available, with a bunch of bug fixes and added support for older computers which require ISAPNP support. Click below for more information. LEAF (Linux Embedded Appliance Firewall) has announced the release of Bering-uClibc 2.0. This version uses the Bering releases of LEAF, compiled with uClibc 0.9.20. Click below for more information. MoviX has released v0.8.1pre5 with minor feature enhancements. "Changes: Supervesafb and NVidiaTV bugs have been fixed, remote support has been added to slideshows, GIF and PhotoCD are now displayable by slideshows, the switch to the MPlayer menu has been improved, and support for serial Hauppauge remotes has been added." Puppy live-CD version 0.7.8 has been released. The ISO is now 41M, and has the "kitchen sink" in it, including Mozilla web browser and Scribus desktop publishing. Click below to see the release notes. RxLinux has released v1.5.0 with major feature enhancements. "Changes: A package editor has been added to the rxmaster ("Edit packages"). Packages can now be copied from the site-wide repository to the group or host packages repository. Files inside packages can be modified using the rsmaster Web interface. A wait loop at boot time has been added to give time to auto negotiating switches. sz, rz, and rsync are included in the base system." Sentinix 0.70.5 (beta 2) has been released. Click below for more information. SmoothWall has released v2.0RC1 with minor bugfixes. "Changes: This is the first release candidate for SmoothWall Express 2.0. ipac was replaced with RRDtool. Custom DynDNS was fixed. Some changes were made to the Web UI. The updates list location has changed. More bugs were corrected." Snootix has released v0.5-pre1 with major bugfixes. "Changes: This release should build an LFS system without trouble. If it builds LFS on three systems other than the author's, it will be moved to the default (stable) branch."
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