September 16, 2002

Weekly news wrap-up: Sun, Red Hat talk up Linux on the desktop, Perens leaves HP

-By Grant Gross -

Where's Sun headed with Linux on the desktop? There was lots of speculation this week about Sun's plans for Linux. The Melbourne Age reported, like others have, that Sun is committed to Linux on the desktop. mused about what the Sun boxes would look like.

Meanwhile, Red Hat also seems to be flirting with promoting Linux as a desktop OS again.

And two other top-notch desktop efforts pushed ahead this week. GNOME 2.0.2 Desktop RC1 was released, and RC 2 of Mandrake Linux 9.0 also arrived on the scene. (See more newly released software below.)

Perens, HP part ways

The New York Times wrote a prominent story about Open Source advocate Bruce Perens leaving Hewlett-Packard because of internal strains over Linux vs. Microsoft. What's Bruce up to next? He told us about his work on the Sincere Choice political platform, and he's looking at some consulting gigs. It doesn't hurt to have The New York Times tell the world you're looking for work.

KDE likes Mono?

First came reports from Computerwire, published at The Register and linked at Slashdot, saying KDE developers were committed to working with the Open Source .Net-like project Mono. That story suggested the KDE project could be the first real-world user of Mono, which sounded a bit odd, because Mono has roots at major Gnome project backer Ximian.

Then, KDE developers took issue with the published report, saying Trolltech is working with the project, but the KDE project as a whole isn't. Is that clear now?

Trying to recover the Microsoft tax

It's not so easy, a columnist at suggested, when he tried to return the version of Windows that came with his Toshiba laptop. Basically, the company told him to get lost.

Odds 'n' ends published a controversial rant saying, "if you port it, we will pay." Some Linux users aren't so sure about that, apparently.

Tech columnist Robert X. Cringely announced his Nerd TV project and said the downloadable audio/video show will be distributed under terms of the GNU General Public License.

Newly released

NetBSD 1.6 was released this week.

eZ publish 2.2.7 was released.

Mozilla 1.2a was "unleashed," as the Mozilla folks say it.

The first beta of Qt 3.1 was also released.

KOffice 1.2 shipped this week.

Newly reviewed

Brian Aker takes the Lingerd Apache process manager for a spin.

Robin "Roblimo" Miller writes about why Bluefish is his favorite Linux HTML editor.

Speaking of Bluefish, the folks over at reviewed both Bluefish and Blackbox. This week was brought to you by the letter B.

Speaking of Lingerd, also reviewed MultiZilla and Lingerd. writes about the rising fortunes of Mozilla, including developers talking about using it for a development platform, not just a browser.

New at NewsForge/

Among the other stories we reported first this week:

Robin reports on a LUG meeting featuring Internet pioneer Vert Cerf and how he believes Open Source software will be used in interplanetary communications. Really, it's not as far-fetched as it might sound.

Frank Sfalanga says anyone can contribute to Open Source projects.

Stock news

The Nasdaq fell for a third week in a row, but it was down only a couple of points for the week. The Nasdaq closed Friday at 1,291.40, down from 1,295.30 September 6. Only two of our 11 Open Source related stocks were up for the week, with HP unchanged when the week was over, but many of the stocks that lost ground only lost pennies per share, reflecting the overall trend at the Nasdaq.

Here's how Open Source and related stocks ended this past week:

Company Name Symbol 9/6 Close 9/13 Close
Apple AAPL 14.38 14.17
Borland Software Int'l BORL 10.36 9.32
Hewlett-Packard HPQ 13.50 13.50
IBM IBM 73.20 72.50
MandrakeSoft 4477.PA e2.19 e2.20
Red Hat RHAT 5.08 5.25
SCO Group (formerly Caldera) SCOX 1.75 1.62
Sun Microsystems SUNW 3.54 3.112
TiVo TIVO 3.86 3.80
VA Software LNUX 1.15 1.11
Wind River Systems WIND 5.48 5.35
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