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If you didn't notice the interview with Ransom Love that we mentioned in our press section, take another look. For die-hard Caldera fans, it provides an optimistic glimpse of the future for this distribution. Love says VARs provide and service networks for about 80 percent of small businesses. He believes if he can win over the VARs, Caldera will be the one for other Linux distributors to try to catch. .


The APT programming team announced version 0.1.6 of the APT package manager. This version contains a number of fixes, including ones for compilation problems on the Alpha and PowerPC platforms.

Debian has announced security updates for netstd and bind.

Red Hat

Apache version 1.3 has been introduced into Rawhide version 1.0.4. Red Hat would appreciate it if people wanted to try the packages out and report any problems.

Current reports are that egcs version 1.1.x will not be included in Red Hat 5.2.


Reports from users playing with 5.3 are starting to trickle in. One negative comment was that YaST has slowed down. In response, it was pointed out that the manual now recommends loading the basic system onto the disk and then running YaST to speed things up.

A couple of users were very upset when their sound no longer worked after the upgrade to 5.3. S.u.S.E. has provided a web page which covers the issue. There are also some reported problems with PCMCIA support and a nasty bug in YaST, but the engineers are working on it, so fixes should be available soon.

Overall, the reports indicate that 5.3 is a rougher transition than 5.1 and 5.2 were.

September 10, 1998

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