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LinuxWorld. Here, for what it's worth, is our attempt at an issue of LWN from the LinuxWorld Exhibit floor. Many thanks are due to the folks at LinuxCare and Debian who made it possible for us to be here, connected, and working. The LinuxCare folks showed great faith in making it possible for us to be on the Exhibit floor off hours. Maybe we didn't deserve it, seeing as we couldn't resist the urge to rip off a couple of candies from the Slashdot booth...

Trying to produce a coherent summary of this conference at this point is almost pointless. First of all because it's not over. But there has simply been a tremendous amount going on here. A year ago, announcements of the type that came from IBM, HP, Corel, SGI, etc. would have been inconceivable. This week, they just get lost in the flood. We've amassed quite a few of them on the Commerce page, but it's just a subset.

Not everybody has been happy with the overtly commercial nature of this conference. But, in the end, that's exactly what it was supposed to be. Here is where we are seeing the future of the corporate side of Linux. It's big, loud, and glitzy. These companies are serious.

The Exhibit floor is dominated by the huge booths of Caldera, Red Hat, LinuxCare, VA Research, IBM, Compaq, and Corel. Sendmail, Inc. bought itself a sizeable piece of prime real estate by the doors as well. Way back, in the opposite corner, was "the ghetto," where the likes of the Free Software Foundation, Debian, Slashdot, and others hung out. Fortunately, lots of people found their way back there; the Debian booth, for example, has been generally unapproachable.

Only a few times has the commercial nature of the show become a bit overwhelming. The keynote speeches by Corel's Cowpland and Oracle's Jarvis count high on that list. They both used the attention of the Linux community to demo and pitch their (proprietary) software products. Corel's interesting announcement - their new Linux distribution - was relegated to a seeming afterthought at the end of the talk. Little was to be seen in the way of vision, or understanding of what makes Linux special.

Linus's keynote, instead, was classic Linus.

It must be said that IDG has, for the most part, run a good conference. Things have worked pretty well here. There's always room for improvements (i.e. why have all the BOF sessions at the same time, and in the same room?), but they did well. Here's the other information we have from the show. Our notes:

Other people's notes: For all of you who have sent us mail that doesn't appear in these pages, please accept our apologies. None of it has been dropped; we'll catch up next week.

The Japanese translation of LWN is up (for real this time). They have a new URL; the site is at changelog.net.

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Security coverage for this week is not comprehensive. We'll go back next week and catch up with anything we missed. See you then!

Security Reports

The Mandrake folks have announced updates to KDE to fix the recently-found security problem there.

Caldera has put out a security advisory for problems with KDE and DOSEMU. If you're running either of those packages, you probably want to get and apply the updates.

Those of you running Cobalt systems may want to have a look at this Wired News article describing how it may be possible to obtain the root password via the system's web server. The problem seems to be that home directories are served to the web; in this particular case the exploit seems to be to fetch root's shell history file and look for interesting stuff. Perhaps the most discouraging part: "Vivek Mehra, vice president of product development at Cobalt, said the hole, which could give a hacker access to a history file documenting a user's activities, wasn't specific to their appliance, but to the Linux operating system."

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Kernel development

The kernel section is on vacation this week due to LinuxWorld. We can say that 2.2.2 is still the current kernel. Folks seeking the bleeding edge can choose between 2.0.37ac8 or 2.2.2ac7.

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PCQuest Magazine, a leading computer magazine based in India has released their Linux issue for the fourth year in a row. This year's issue includes a cover CD with Red Hat 5.2, all updates up to early February, an up-to-date version of KDE (again, to early-February), and a comprehensive post-installation script that handles getting KDE setup, DNS setup and more. It sounds great and should do a lot to improving the considerable presence of Linux in India. Here is a comprehensive description of the product, along with its new focus on reaching the corporate world.


Caldera has reaffirmed their support for the LSB. This editorial, a position paper really, is worth a look.


So the big news for the week, unfortunately, is that Debian 2.1 did not make the March 2nd release, in spite of the banners displayed on our site. A security hole in procmail, an upgrade problem for laptops and some other minor issues required another, hopefully brief, postponement. The schedule is back on for March 9th.

The announcement of Linux Hardware Solutions support for the Debian Project, which covered the donation of a fabulous server for Debian use, mentioned co-location services provided at the Mindspring Enterprises' data center in Atlanta, Georgia. We hear that this connection "totally rocks", providing 100mbit bandwidth with a connection to 5 T3s. This isn't official information from Mindspring, but they've got a lot of people out there that strongly appreciate what they are doing. Perhaps a more official press release will be seen in the future.

As we mentioned on the front page, the Debian folks at LinuxWorld have been great, providing a nice place for Liz to stash and recharge her laptop. It's been fun getting to meet so many of you!


Over 100,000 copies of SuSE Linux 6.0 were sold in Germany in the first eight weeks after delivery began. Alexander Stohr forwarded his translation of the German announcement, which also apologized for the delays in delivery that resulted from the unexpected popularity.

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Please note that not every distribution will show up every week. Only distributions with recent news to report will be listed.


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Development tools


Smalltalk news this week is courtesy of Travis Griggs. His note informed us that GemStone will be releasing a GemStone NC for Linux for VisualWorks. He tells us that it is totally cool news, but we haven't had time to check it out personally ... Enjoy!

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Development projects


Check out Liz's report on Miguel de Icaza's talk for your GNOME news fix of the week (though it is short). The primary news, of course, is the announcement of GNOME 1.0, the first stable version.

Linux Accounting Project

SteveOC sent us a status report for the project. His report is fairly comprehensive and indicates they are on schedule. Material is now up on the website for public review. If you are interested, check it out. He mentions that the design calls for some "rather radical" extensions to the standard internet HTTP protocols, which is bound to be a topic of debate.


Samba 2.0.3 has been released. Here is the official announcement, courtesy of Jeremy Allison. It contains a couple of new parameters and updated documentation. A long list of bug fixes are included, and some of them look like the problems they fix have likely been really annoying to those affected ...


Good coverage of Zope news this week comes courtesy of Amos Latteier at Digital Creations. His Zope News covers all the latest tidbits for the week, including Steve Spicklemire's contributed Zope product, Emarket and a new Zope Documentation project being started by Martijn Faasen.

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Linux and business

For folks interested in the OpenMail product that HP is demoing for Linux here at LinuxWorld, they sent us a list of questions and answers about the product.

Applix has announced "its first open source initiative." It's yet another programming language. This one, called SHELF, seems to be aimed at the development of graphical user interfaces. See the announcement for more.

WebCMO has put out another survey, this one relates to adoption of, and satisfaction with, the various Linux distributions. Interestinly, they bunched all of the satisfaction numbers together - no information on individual distributions.

Troll Tech has jumped into the void and will be working on a port of the Opera web browser to Linux. They have a tremendously brief note available; more info is said to be forthcoming shortly. They will be demoing it at LinuxWorld; we'll try to have a look and report on what we see.

Press Releases:

  • Linux Magazine announcing its debut. Picked up a copy here on the floor, but haven't had a chance to read it yet.
  • Corel, their new "easy to install", "invisible" version of Linuxl.
  • Computer Associates, bundling Unicenter with Red Hat's distribution.
  • Decision One and VA Research, putting together another Linux support organization.
  • Linux Journal, Phil Hughes to be a regular guest on the "Bizness Soup Hi-Tech" radio show.
  • VA Research and Intel, porting Linux to Merced.
  • Penguin Computing, announcing record sales.
  • Red Hat launching Linux portal.
  • Oracle Oracle 8i for Linux.
  • ZDNet, "Linux Superguide" on ZDTV.
  • Infoseek, UltraSeek server for Linux.
  • LinuxCare, public availability of their problem knowledgebase.
  • Summit Strategies, analyst saying that "culture clash" and liability concerns could slow down Linux.
  • Netscape, directory and messaging server for Linux available.
  • HP, PA-Risc port.
  • HP internal open source group.
  • VA Research, got ownership of linux.com domain, will turn it into yet another portal site.
  • Silicon Graphics. Embracing open source, release of some code.
  • SAP AG, support for R/3 under Linux. This is one of the more important ones.
  • Mylex, Linux support for RAID product.
  • SpectraLogic hot Oracle backup support.
  • Pacific Hitech web server cluster.
  • Also note that Intel is buying a piece of VA Research.
  • Dell announces an upgraded line of server machines. They can be ordered with Linux.
  • MTI Technology announces their combined RAID product with Caldera. They also have announced an investement in Caldera itself.
  • LinuxCare will be shipping "free support incident" coupons with Dell machines.
  • Innovative Gaming has a new type of slot machine (gambling stuff) which runs on Linux. Hope they applied all the security patches...
  • WebFOCUS has ported its "web reporting solution" to Linux.
  • And here is Cygnus's press release describing their work enhancing gcc to take better advantage of modern Intel processors.

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Linux in the news

Few will be surprised, presumably, to hear that LinuxWorld has generated a tremendous amount of press this week. Here's what we were able to dig up; apologies for the lack of organization here...
  • ZDNet has a special LinuxWorld section with links to many stories. Most of them won't be duplicated here; check out their page for more.

  • Here is News.com's LinuxWorld page with links to many articles.

  • Wired News ran an articleabout the Empeg - a Linux-based MP3 player for cars - that was cranking out tunes in the Debian booth. Nice toy.

  • ZDNet has a RealMedia film of Linus's keynote.

  • Wired News on the show as a whole. "Ignoring the big-name companies like Oracle and Corel that jostled for attention at the entrance to the show floor, Tuesday's attendees streamed to an aisle at the back of the hall known only as The Ghetto. There, Linux heroes like Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, and Fred van Kempen, former owner of the linux.com domain name, commanded a crowd of awed fans."

  • Coming out party for Linux in Internet Week. "While Linux may not end up being the biggest operating system on the planet, a who's who of enterprise systems and applications vendors were at the conference making their stakes."

  • This PC Week article, mostly about HP. "Some critics of Linux in the enterprise have cited its wide open development community as a major deterrent to adoption. Too many versions of the OS and too many application development efforts lead to chaos that commercial vendors don't experience when developing in-house or with licensed ISVs, critics argue."

  • Another PC Week article about HP, talking about their deal to offer Red Hat's distribution on their servers.

  • MSNBC talks about Corel's plans.

  • InternetNews.com talks mostly about IBM and HP. "Linux, and the whole open source movement, represents a revolution in software development that will continue to improve the computing systems built now and in the future with the support of mainstream tech companies offering value-added features and support."

  • CBC News has a brief article about Cowpland's keynote.

  • TechWeb about HP and SAP.

  • CNNabout Linus's keynote.

  • PC World about Corel. "Cowpland didn't say when the desktop distribution would be ready for release, but he said it will allow PC makers to offer a PC running Linux for around $500."

  • InfoWorld about IBM. "Cliff Miller, CEO of Pacific HiTech, commented on the mix of cultures here at the show, as the ragtag band of Linux developers strike deals with corporate firms that could make Linux a more visible, significant platform for enterprise computing."

  • VARBusiness on Computer Associates' deal with Red Hat.

  • PC Week on Linus's keynote.

  • InternetNews.com on various announcements. "Not only is Linux quickly becoming a real alternative for people who want to deploy Unix servers for IT or Web purposes and don't want to pay workstation prices, but it's also showing up on a surprising number of desktops of users as a replacement for Windows."

  • InfoWorld about HP.

  • Deseret News running the AP article which appeared in many US newspapers.

  • USA Today about announcements in general.

  • Computer Reseller News about IBM.

  • Computer Reseller News about the Jarvis keynote and associated stuff. "'For all the people that say that Microsoft has already won, I'd say there's 4.5 billion users who have not yet chosen their operating system,' said [Jon] Hall."

  • Computer Reseller News about Mylex and SpectraLogic.

  • ZDNet UKabout Red Hat's portal and other announcements. Also articles about Corel and Linus's keynote.

  • ComputerWorld on Linus's keynote.

  • The National Post reports on Corel's moves, predicting a more substantial LinuxWorld keynote than turned out to be the case. They can't resist a dig or two as well... "[Linux] is arguably faster and more reliable than Windows, but writing Linux software code is harder. And because it is free, there's little incentive for companies to spend millions to improve it." (Thanks to A. Andres)
A few other articles that we managed to dig up:
  • AsiaBizTech reports on a Japanese restaurant chain which is incorporating Linux systems into their ordering system in 70 restaurants.

  • Jesse Berst says to be careful about betting on Linux in this column. "Now, before you Linux-lovers whip out your flame throwers, let me say this: I like Linux. Microsoft needs all the competition it can get. Linux is good for consumers. But because I'm on your side, I need to warn you not to let your enthusiasm for Linux cloud your business judgment."

  • Wired News ran an article about Troll Tech's work on the Opera web browser.

  • TechWeb talks about Sun's plans to open up their chip designs.

  • ZDNet is running a story claiming that Sun will be releasing the Solaris source under a "community license." This license looks restrictive, it certainly is not "open source." It does not appear, for example, that the best pieces of Solaris could migrate into Linux with impunity. This could lead to some interesting conflicts in the future. (Found in Slashdot).

  • Here is a fun column in the Journal of Commerce. The author talks about his (frustrated) youthful ambition to own a VW bus. After all, you could do anything with it. " There was no need to see 'the man' down at the local garage. Everything was in your control. It was true freedom.." He never got his bus, but his life has just brightened anyway: "But now I and tens of thousands of others are getting a new chance to find the magic. We have an opportunity to have a machine that not only has the potential to take us all kinds of places but that is one about which we can know -- and fix -- almost everything. That's right. I'm taking the plunge. I'm installing Linux, the free operating system invented by a college student in Helsinki, on my PC."

  • News.com has an article about different versions of Linux. "Database seller Sybase, however, wasn't deterred by the different flavors of Linux. 'To us, they all seem the same. It really seems to be one version to us,' said Jim Griffin, senior marketing manager at Sybase."

  • PC Week picks a set of 15 most influential technologies. "Open source" is one. The "Hayes command set" is another, for what it's worth...

  • The Boston Globe has an article about Eric Raymond. "Other people have made more fundamental contributions to the Open Source movement than software engineer Eric Raymond....But no one has been more imaginative than the 41-year-old Raymond in describing the ethos of the strange new community that has grown up around the Internet." (Thanks to Massimo Marengo).

  • ABC News has an article about cooperation between Intel and Cygnus. It is all phrased in terms of making Linux work better on Pentium processors, but it appears that they are working on the gcc compiler (which is not specific to Linux, of course). "Expect more companies to hop on that bandwagon. Cyrix Corp., which makes low-cost computer processors, says it also is interested in working on Linux, once it finalizes its 3-D Now! technology, a rival version of MMX."

  • News.com is also covering the Intel/Cygnus deal. "According to Cygnus, the company that performed the work, Linux programs running on Intel hardware will run 30 to 40 percent faster as a result. The improved software is in beta testing now and should reach full distribution by the end of June..." (Thanks to Pepe Taskinen).

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The Linux Application Development book that we've mentioned in previous editions is officially out, with a focus primarily on GTK+ and GDK. We hear that it is selling well [thanks for the note, Eric!] and is also on the cover of the mcp.com site.

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Software Announcements

Package Version Description
AbiWord 0.5.0 Fully featured word processor
ACPLT/KS 1.0.5pre7 Open and free communication system for Process Control (Engineering)
AGX-UserProfile 1.2.0 A 'controlpanel' to configure and administer a Linux box.
AMaViS 0.2.0-pre2 A Mail Virus Scanner, looks for viruses in e-mail attachments
Apache::Session 0.99.6 Session manager for web applications
Applix SHELF 1.0 An embedable fully featured programming language for Linux
asp2php 0.65 Converts Active Server Pages (ASP) to PHP3 scripts
Aspell .27.2 Intelligent Spell Checker
asScotch 0.2.1 The days UserFriendly comic strip in your AfterStep rootmenu
AtDot 2.0.1 Web based e-mail system
aterm 0.3.4 xterm replacement with fast transparency, tinting and NeXT scrollbar
August 0.25 A free html editor for Linux/Unix.
backupsd 1.0 APC Back-UPS shutdown software for NetBSD
BeroFTPD 1.3.4 FTP server program based on WU-FTPD
BetaFTPD 0.0.3 Single-threaded, small FTP daemon
BigBrother WebStats 0.20 Counter for websites that produces some statistics based on the info gathered
bip 1.2.1 Send messages to pagers using the Internet
BMRT Version 2.4b RenderMan compliant renderer
bookmarker 0.9 WWW based bookmark manager
build-package 1.0 Packaging Helper Applet
BurnIT 1.5pre4 Java front-end to cdrecord and mkisofs
COAS 0.14 Linux administration system
Colortail 0.1 Colorized tail.
Config tools for HTML PLAIN 0.9.17 GUI editor for templates for HTML PLAIN
crapStation 0.0.17 A collection of demobuilding tools
Crystal Space 0.12 A free and portable 3D engine based on portals
CxIV 0.55b Fully threaded discussion system with many features written in C
Dante 0.92.0-pre1 Free socks v4/5 implementation
Data::Locations 4.3 A virtual file manager which allows to read/write data to and from virtual files
Datbkr 1999030301 Tar based tape backup program with remote SSH support
Dave Gnukem 0.43 GGI-based 2D scrolling platform game, similar to Duke Nukem 1
DejaSearch 1.1 DejaSearch is a frontend to DejaNews, the leading Usenet archive
Delay 1.2a Delay is like sleep, but with a count of time left.
dhcp-dns 1.0.0 Update DNS with data from DHCPD
Dime 0.9.1 DXF Import, Manipulation, and Export library
DOSEmu 0.99.9 Application that enables the Linux OS to run many DOS programs
dvorak7min 1.2 ncurses-based typing tutor for the Dvorak layout
dyn-ip-page.sh A This script makes files containing your IP and uploads them. (alt. to DynDNS)
ECLiPt Roaster 1.01 GTK Interface to MkIsoFs and CDRecord for writing CDs on the fly
ECLiPt Secure Tunnel 0.3.1 TCP Secure Tunneling System
ECLiPt-Mirror 2.1-pre6 Full-featured mirroring script
edna 0.2 tiny HTTP server for selecting and streaming MP3 files
efingerd 0.7 Another finger daemon for linux
EFMC 0.1 EFMC (Element's Formula Mass Calculator) calculates Formula Mass
egcs 1.1.2-pre2 Experimental set of enhancements for the GNU tools
eNITL 1.0b1 Embeddable, extensible, template scripting language engine for C++ apps
faq-system 0.3.1 cgi package to manage one or more faq databases.
Flashback 0.2 Flashback is an mp3 visualization program.
FMan 0.3.0 FLTK Man page browser
FSViewer 0.1.1 File Viewer lookalike for Window Maker.
Gaby 1.0.4 An address book written in GTK
GCD 1.3 A cd-player with a gtk+ interface
gEDA 19990226 gEDA is an collection of tools which are used to make electrical circuit design,
gEdit 0.5.1 GTK+ based text editor
gentoo 0.9.24 Two-pane filemanager using GTK+, 100% GUI configurable
GHX 2.50 (99/03/03) GTK clone of the Hotline software
gIDE 0.1.0 Gtk-based Integrated Development Environment for C
giflib 4.1.0 A library for reading and writing gif images
GIMP Imagemap plug-in 0.4 GIMP plug-in for creation of clickable imagemaps.
Giram 0.0.8 Giram is a modeller, written in GTK+
glFtpD 1.15.6 FTP Daemon for Linux. Great program for an ISP or anyone!
GLib 1.2.0 The GLib library of C routines
gmixer 0.98c X11/gtk+ OSS mixer control for linux
gnome-python 0.100 Python interfaces to gnome-libs
GnomeICU 0.62 Formerly GtkICQ, now Gnome Internet Communication Utility
GnoRPM 0.6 A graphical front end to the Redhat package managementsystem
GnuDIP 2.0.5 Dynamic DNS package. Includes everything to run your own ml.org equivalent.
gpppwrap 0.2 A Gtk based graphical user interface to run ppp-scripts
Graphic Counter Language 2.00 Programming language for the development of web counters
Grip 1.3 A gtk-based frontend for CD-rippers
Groundhog 1.1 Logic game written with GTK
GTimer 1.1.1 Scheduler for your personal activities
GTK+ 1.2.0 Library for creating graphicaluser interfaces
Gtk-- 0.99.0 C++ interface for the popular GUI library gtk.
GtkAda 0.6-beta Ada95 binding of Gtk+
GtKali 0.1.11 Gtk+ interface to Kali.
gtkgo 0.0.6 Go game for Linux and Windows
guiTAR 0.1.3 A tar frontend for Gtk+
GXedit 1.22 Simple GPL'ed graphical editor using GTK
gxTar 0.0.8 Gnome/GTK+ front-end to tar/gzip/zip
Hatman 0.4.10 a high-res pacman clone
HickUP 1.1 Alpha 1 System User Profiler
Hips 1.0.1 HIPPI Switch Programming Software
Hopkins FBI for Linux Rolling Demo Adventure game
HSX 99/03/03 Hotline Server clone for Unix
httptunnel 1.4 Creates a two-way data tunnel through an HTTP proxy
icecast 1.1.1 MP3 Audio Broadcasting System
ICMPush 2.2 ICMPush is a tool that builds ICMP packets fully customized from command line.
installwatch 0.5.2 Installwatch logs created and modified files during the installation of a progra
interstar 0.5 browser based / javascript game
ipchains-firewall 1.5 Shell script to set up firewalling and IP masq rules for ipchains
iplog 1.4 tcp, udp, and icmp logging utilities for Linux.
ippl 1.2.1 IP Protocols Logger
ircII 4.4G
irssi 0.6.0 GTK+ based IRC client with GNOME panel support
ivtools 0.7.4 Application frameworks for drawing editors and spatial data servers
javaShark 0.01 A tcl/tk interface for editing and compiling java source code.
jEdit 1.4pre7 Powerful text editor
KCdCd 0.0.1 KDE frontend for the cdcd cd player.
KFTE V6 KDE port of the FTE text editor
KLab 0.1.0 User-friendly plotter/GUI for Rlab
KMonop 19990225-snapshot The Monopoly(tm) boardgame for KDE.
KNewMail 3.0b4 KDE application designed to check multiple pop3 servers for email.
Kova Adom 1.0 Collection of Hebrew support RPM packages
KPackViewer 0.51 Package viewer to ease package administration
KRunning V0.0.24a A database manager for your private running events
libmikmod 3.1.5 Full-featured sound library
libwww 5.2.6 General-purpose client side Web API written in C for Unix and Windows (Win32)
Linux Letters and Numbers Alpha 0.1.0 Educational Childrens Game for Linux
Linuxconf 1.13r14 Sophisticated administrative tool
lirc 0.5.4 Linux Infra-red Remote Control
lm_sensors 2.2.2 LM78 and LM75 drivers
lpe 1.0.1 Featureless, small editor
LyX 1.0.1 Advanced LaTeX-based typesetting and text-editing program for X11
Mailcrypt 3.5.2 Provides a simple interface topublic key cryptography with PGP
maildrop 0.62 maildrop mail filter/mail delivery agent
MailMan 1.0b9 Mailing list manager with built in web access
MasterSwitch Secure Outlet Manager 1.0 CGI interface to the MasterSwitch with unique logins to each outlet.
Melange Chat Server 1.02 Chat server written in C including a Java-client
mHockey 0.50 OpenGL based hockey game
Micq 0.4.0 Publically available ICQ clone for the console
Midnight Commander 4.5.23 Unix file manager and shell
MikMod 3.1.5 Multi-platform open-source module player
Minimalist 1.2 Minimalist Mailing List Manager
mod_dtcl 0.4.5 Apache server-parsed Tcl module, inspired by PHP
mod_fastcgi 2.2.1 FastCGI support for the Apache web server.
moodss 6.4 Modular Object Oriented Dynamic SpreadSheet
mpegCam 0.01 Captures MPEG video with a B&W Quickcam
mrtg 2.6.6 Multi Router Traffic Grapher
MySQL 3.22.19a SQL (Structured Query Language) database server
Naken Chat 1.00 Chat Server ported from Javachat
NEStra 0.51 Dynamic-Recompiling NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) emulator
Net::RawIP 0.06b Perl module for easy manipulation of raw IP packets directly from Perl
netatalk 1.4b2+asun2.1.3 A kernel-level implementation of the AppleTalk Protocol Suite
NetBeans Developer 2.1 Java based IDE - based on Swing, generates pure Swing/AWT code.
Netscape Communicator 4.51 All-in-one browser and communications suite
nettest 0.9 Notifies you if your network connection goes down audibly or through email
oidentd 1.6.1 ident (rfc1413) daemon for linux that allows users to specify usernames
OpenCCVS 19990228 Open Credit Card Verification System
ORBacus 3.1.2 CORBA 2.0 compliant ORB for C++ and Java
ORBit 0.4.0 Thin/fast CORBA ORB
Pack install monitor 1.1.4 Pack install monitor
pavuk 0.9pl6 Webgrabber with an optional Xt or GTK GUI
pcmcia-cs 3.0.9 Card Services for Linux is a complete PCMCIA or ``PC Card'' support package.
pFtp 0.05 Perl/TK ftp client, first public released version
pgp4pine 1.51 Interactive program for using PGP with email programs, specifically Pine
pgpgpg 0.11 wrapper around GnuPG which takes PGP 2.6 command line options
PHP 3.0.7 HTML-embedded scripting language
pilot-ldif 0.30 Program that uses pilot-addresses to sync the Netscape and Pilot address books
pload 0.9.3 Display ppp statistics in an X window
PPWIZARD 99.056 Powerful free HTML (or other text file) Preprocessor
ProcEdit 0.3 X11 Oracle Procedure Editor
PyGTK 0.5.11 A set of bindings for the GTK widget set
PyroTechnics 1.5 OpenGL firework simulator
Python 1.5.2 beta 2 High-level scripting language.
Quick-Tk 1999-02-28 Quick/Visual interface to Tk 4.1 script development
Qvwm 1.0beta13 Windows 95 like window manager for the X Window System
RabbIT 1.7 Mutating, caching webproxy to speed up surfing over slow links
Rasca 1.0.1 Extended MP3 Player.
Request Tracker 0.99.4 Web, command-line and email based trouble ticketing and bugtracking package
Ripenc 0.6 Bourne shell script frontend to Cdparanoia, and Bladeenc.
ripit 1.2 Front-end for Ripping/Encoding/Tagging MP3s
RXP 1.0 Validating XML parser in C
s-news 0.1.0 Small news server using suck for news transport.
Samba 2.0.3 Allows clients toaccess to a server's filespace and printers via SMB
Sambaconfig 0.72 Edit your smb.conf file with you web browser. CGI scripts & C++ source code.
ScanDoc 0.10 Themable documentation generator similar to Javadoc or KDoc
sched 0.0.1 A project scheduling system for Unix systems, with LaTeX and EPS output.
SClient 0.4b Mud Client for X windows
Scour Media Agent 2.0.0 Allows easy downloading of SMB files off Scour.Net
scrEamer 0.4 esd->SHOUTcast streamer
site-dater.pl 1.0 Generates a table of web links within a local hierarchy sorted by date.
SLinux 0.3.7 Security enhancement suite for RedHat
SMSLink 0.34b Client/server gateway to the SMS protocol
Solfege 0.2.4 GPL'ed eartraining for Gnome
Span 0.2.3 Span data across multiple removable disks
ssystem 1.6 OpenGL Solar System Simulator
star trek ency reader 0.5 Reads the star trek encyclopedia under linux
Sula Primerix 0.07 Extensible multi-server IRC Client for X
Sympa 1.5.1 An efficient multilingual Mailing List Manager.
syslog-ng 1.0.3 A portable syslogd replacement with enhanced, flexible configuration scheme.
tclreadline 0.7 GNU readline for the tcl scripting language
TeamWave Workplace 4.2 Beta 3 Shared Internet places for any-time collaboration
Terraform 0.2.7 Interactive digital terrain (height field) editor/viewer
tgif 4.0.18 Vector-based draw tool
The Linux Console Tools 1999.02.28 Allows you to set-up and manipulate the Linux console
The N.U.E. Order 0.0.2 Highly integrated Order Processing system for Online commerce.
TiMidity++ 1.3.3 Experimental MIDI to WAVE converter
tkchooser 0.59
tk_Brief 2.4 GUI for writing letters with LaTeX
TOAD 0.42.15 C++ GUI library
todo list 0.08 a set of CGI scripts that create a web-based to-do list
TProcedit 1.0 TProcedit is a terminal / telnet procedure editor for Oracle
tsbiff 1.0 Tsbiff will oversee your mailbox and notify you when new messages appears
UPSomatic 0.11 UPS parcel pricing for US sources, all destinations
Video Server 0.6.0 indexing, searching and video streaming mpeg data across the network
VK Tools 0.2e MPEG Stream Analyzer
VM 6.68 Emacs-based mail reader
WebAccountant 1.0 New open source project to develop a quality web-based accounting system.
WebDNS 0.5 CGI interface for configuring DNS servers
WebKNotes 0.3055 Web based knowledge notes database written in Perl.
WebSubmit 2.0 A web-based utility providing secure access to remote applications
Wine 990226 Emulator of the Windows 3.x and Win32 APIs.
WiredX 19981124@beta pure Java X Window System server
Wisio 0.13 An experimental project for a graphical windowing system
wmtv 0.5.2b WindowMaker TV dock.app
WSoundPrefs 0.9.2 WMSound Server Configuration Utility
WWWThreads 3.0 WWW based discussion forums
X-Chat 0.9.0 GTK+ Based IRC Client. Alot like AmIRC (Amiga).
x11amp-alsa 0.1 ALSA output plugin for x11amp
X2 4.6.2 AfterNet's powerfull IRC channel services
xcallerid 2.1.8 callerID program that pops up incomingphone numbers in an X-window
XCmail 0.99.7devel MIME and POP3 capable mailtool for X11
XDelta 1.0.3 Library and application for computing and applying file deltas
XEphem 3.2 XEphem is a free interactive astronomy program for UNIX systems with X & Motif
xfreecell 1.0.3a Another implementation of famous solitaire game
Xosview 1.7.1
Xpromacs 1.0 Project editor for managing makefiles, dependencies, linking. Runs with Xemacs.
xps 3.06 X/Motif dynamic display the Unix processes tree/forest
Xtraceroute 0.8.14 OpenGL traceroute
YAX Graphics System API 1.0 The Application Program Interface for the YAX Graphics System.
zarch 0.92 linux remake of the classic game also known as virus
zimg 1.0 zimg - Display 2-D data of arbitrary format

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March 4, 1999



Letters to the editor

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Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 11:51:43 -0500
From: Carl Thompson <cet@elinux.net>
To: editor@lwn.net
Subject: Virus scanning for Linux


     In your February 25th issue, you mentioned Sophos Inc.'s "Anti-Virus"
product for Linux servers.  The Sophos press release (and LWN) imply that
this is the first product of this kind available for Linux.  However,
CyberSoft Inc. (http://www.cyber.com) has had this type of product available
for Linux (and all Unices) for years.  Their product will even automatically
handle email attachments and recursively uncompress compressed files to look
for virii.

     I don't work for CyberSoft nor do I have any interest in their company,
but I did use their products at a previous job and do believe them to be an
excellent choice for any system administrator running Unix servers in a
heterogeneous environment.

Thank you,
Carl Thompson
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 12:33:50 -0500 (EST)
From: Conrad Sanderson <conrad@hive.me.gu.edu.au>
To: lwn@lwn.net, editor@lwn.net, kimg@cnet.com, paulf@cnet.com,
Subject: new FUDs against Linux

ok, we have the making of new FUD - that Linux versions from different
distributions are incompatible.  While this was party true when Red Hat
realeased the new glibc based distribution, other distributions have
caught  up since.   But nobody in the "mainstream" world seems to
understand that the old libc5-based stuff runs quite fine on the glibc
systems because the old libraries are still there !

They are also crying about "standards" etc.  For all practical purposes,
all the Linux distributions are so close, that this entire "standards"
thing is yet another FUD.

These new FUDs hve to be attacked and taken to task before it starts
getting ridiculous.

It would be a good idea to devote a front page of LWN to this, not just
the coverage of the "coming out" party.

cc: kimg@cnet.com, paulf@cnet.com, stephens@cnet.com, erichl@cnet.com

Conrad Sanderson - Microelectronic Signal Processing Laboratory
Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 22:21:39 -0500
From: Ian Peters <ipeters@acm.org>
To: editor@lwn.net
Subject: libgtop

In the latest edition of Linux Weekly News, you mistakenly conclude
that libgtop will remain under the LGPL.  If you reread the
announcement, I think you will find that the license is changing to the
GPL, even though he mentions this may upset some people.

Ian Peters		``Never attribute to malice what can be explained
ipeters@acm.org			by stupidity'' -- Hanlon's Razor
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 00:15:41 -0500
From: Eric Kidd <eric.kidd@pobox.com>
To: lwn@eklektix.com
Subject: Changing the world

Last year, you posted a note about the changing Linux community and
the increasing commercial influence. I responded with a bittersweet message:


It looks like the Unix revolution is happening all over again. Everybody's
jumping on the bandwagon: IBM, Computer Associates, Compaq, Oracle,
Informix, Netscape, HP, SGI, Sun, Dell and who knows how many others. Even
SCO praises Linux to skies, albeit in a self-serving fashion. Anybody who
ever worked with Unix is brushing off their skills and porting software
back from NT.

What does this mean?

Well, these companies all intend to make money. That's fine with me; the
more Linux-related jobs, the merrier. Some of companies will be good
citizens and write libre software; others will exploit anything they
can. We'll see salespeople in suits with slick proposals, and upper
management will start leaning in favor of Linux.

What a strange new world. It looks so much like the old world, doesn't it?

But there's one tiny difference. All those folks in suits are pushing free
software now, and they can't make it proprietary. Stallman saw to that
fifteen years ago when he founded the GNU project, and the results have
already been explained in Newsweek and Fortune magazine.

When the dust settles, the world will have a free operating system. Oh,
sure, Microsoft won't go away. But for those who want to hack and share and
be free, Linux will be a viable option.

You can change the world. But to do so, you must let the world change you.
Linux will loose some of its charming innocence, but in return, it will
help shape the future for the better.

The battle is only half over, of course--we've still got a desktop market
to liberate. ;-) Wooo-hooo!

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