September 24, 2000

Weekly news wrapup

Author: JT Smith

By Grant Gross

Managing Editor
New releases, new life

In the news this past week: Mozilla released a roadmap for its browser project. ZDNet called it a "bumpy road."The roadmap itself is at

Red Hat prepares to release its 7.0 version this week. Maximum Linux offered a preview, saying increased security and ease of use would be among the big changes. The company also announced a new subscription-based service; eWeek, among others, reported. (See our own Jack Bryar√Ęs column, too.)

Maybe not a new release, but a new beginning? Corel got some much-needed help from an anonymous investor, to the tune of $56 million, reported Reuters. Yes, count 'em, that's six zeros behind the 56.

Linux: The worldly OS

An interesting story from Africans are embracing Linux because of its cost. "The free software model makes sense for Africa. It puts Africa and the rest of the world on an equal level," says software researcher Githogori wa Nyangara-Murage. "Under the proprietary software model, Africa is just investing in unattainable dreams because we cannot afford to pay all this money that the continent is paying proprietary software." In a semi-related story, reported that the newly formed GNOME Foundation will have a large impact on the South African IT industry.

And now for something completely different. takes readers through the "boring and obtuse" but important issue of Open Source licensing. Linux World supplied its own take on the issue: that programmers may soon need to hire lawyers just to get through the mess.

Who's afraid of the big, bad RIAA?

Early in the week, the Recording Industry Association of America said that during the first half of 2000, it had notified more than 4,500 U.S. music Web sites that they were offering "illegal" downloads, reported Reuters. Several universities responded with a big yawn, refusing to ban the music download service Napster from student computers, reported and others.

New at NewsForge this week

Columnist Jack Bryar takes issue with Red Hat stock being downgraded partly because of its Linux services business model. Jack examines the pros and cons of trying to make money by providing Linux services.

Columnist Julie Bresnick profiles iCast vice president of technology Jack Moffit. No, he's not a private eye, although his name sounds like a character out of a pulp detective novel.

Finally, the NewsForge "discuss the news" page is working. Read about the rules (or lack thereof).

Those are just a few of the 320 stories posted on NewsForge this past week.

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