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Linux Mandrake donates to the Free Software Foundation. MandrakeSoft announced a donation of 2500 Euro to the Free Software Foundation Europe, the acknowledged sister organization of the Free Software Foundation in the United States. The Free Software Foundation Europe is currently in creation and it is planned to take up work in Germany, France, Sweden and Italy within the first quarter of 2001.
Lunar Penguin bites the dust. The Lunar Penguin distribution has been removed from the LWN Distributions list upon confirmation from project founder Chuck Smead that the project is dead. "I may resurrect it later but it's gone for now... :-(". This distribution was first discussed in the January 13th, 2000 Distributions Summary and was aimed at ISPs and e-business customers. (Thanks to Joseph Klemmer).
The First Annual PPC/Linux Community Awards. PenguinPPC.org presents a roast/toast for the year 2000. There are mock awards followed by a serious recognition of those who have worked hard on the project.
Review: Best Linux 2000 R3 (Duke of URL). The latest distributions review from the Duke of URL covers Best Linux 2000 R3. "The install routine is arguably one of the better ones out there, rivaled by Mandrake and Caldera. This is an installation routine a neophyte could use. It is much closer to what the new user needs - an install program that holds your hand and gets you into the system as soon as possible."
Redmond Linux beta 2 released. Redmond Linux beta 2 has been announced. Redmond Linux is a Caldera-based distribution with a target audience for non-technical desktop customers. See the August 3rd, 2000 LWN Distributions Summary for a link to an interview with Redmond project organizer Joseph Cheek. Major differences in beta 2 include glibc2.2, 2.4.0-test10 kernel and post-2.0.1 kde.
Slackware SPARC Development Tree Now Available. The "-current" tree for the Slackware SPARC port is now available on ftp.slackware.com in /pub/slackware/sparc.
Debian needs developers. Debian sent out two reports on December 22, 2000. The first report lists the packages that are looking for a maintainer. There are 71 packages up for adoption. The second report is a bug stamp list. A total of 485 release-critical bugs need to be stamped out.
Red Hat Bug Fix Advisories. The MySQL packages shipped in Red Hat Linux 7 as well as the updates had bugs which caused the DB engine to return bad results or crash. There is a new R-base package available. All R-base packages, including errata, released for Red Hat Powertools 7 experience problems with gcc optimizations. A new version of Update Agent is available which has more features and fixes many bugs present in the existing Agent. Additionally, the "new" Red Hat Network-aware Update Agent that first shipped with Red Hat Linux 7.0 is now available for Red Hat Linux 6.2.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol
December 28, 2000