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Review: Debian GNU/Linux 2.2

Author: JT Smith

LinuxPlanet
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Debian GNU/Linux 2.2, and likes what it sees.

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  • Linux

Linux culture clash: Developers vs. corporations

Author: JT Smith

From a story at TheStandard.com: “Hardware and software companies are tripping over one another to praise the virtues and business prospects of Linux. But profiting from this free, open-source operating system means navigating the freewheeling culture of unpaid developers and programmers. And within that culture, increasing ‘corporatization’ is exposing tensions between those who are taking Linux mainstream and those who want to cling to its anti-establishment roots.”

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  • Linux

Transmeta hopes to raise $200 million in IPO

Author: JT Smith

One of the chip maker’s biggest investors includes Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, whose Vulcan Ventures investment vehicle currently holds a 7 percent stake equal to 3,954,333 shares, Reuters reports. Transmeta, based in Santa Clara, Calif., has applied for a Nasdaq listing under the symbol “TMTA” and will have the IPO jointly managed by Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Deutsche Banc Alex Brown.
In other news: Transmeta has begun shipping its latest notebook chip, the Crusoe 5600 processor to computer makers, CNet
reports
.

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  • Open Source

Captive chimps seek cooking lessons

Author: JT Smith

From a BBC story: A group of captive chimps in Spain have started to purée their food. This is the first known case of chimps preparing food purely to please their palettes. “They’ve started this behaviour in this case because they’re captive and have more time and are bored,” said chimp expert Dr. Jane Goodall.

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  • Management

Intel releases Linux application development kit

Author: JT Smith

Intel Corporation and its Dialogic subsidiary have announced the availability of its Linux application development kit. With platform support for this mainstream operating system, Dialogic enables the Linux developer community to create robust voice-based Internet and e-Commerce applications like voice portals, multimedia messaging and Web-enabled contact centers, said a press release on LinuxPR.

Examining the /proc filesystem

Author: JT Smith

“If logs are a peek at your system’s private diaries, then the /proc filesystem (or pseudo-filesystem, since it doesn’t really exist) is a means of looking into the very soul of your system.” — from Linux’s Tell-Tale Heart, Part 6 at Linux Journal.

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  • Linux

Informix, Compaq, SuSE team up on e-business platform

Author: JT Smith

Informix Corporation has announced that the Informix Dynamic Server.2000 database engine running with SuSE Linux on Compaq Computer Corporation Alpha processor is now available for customer shipments, according to LinuxPR. This new release of IDS.2000 is an effort to bring the power and memory capacity of Compaq’s 64-bit Alpha system to the Linux market place.

Company to release new version of Win4Lin Desktop

Author: JT Smith

NeTraverse has a announced the October 2000 availability of the 2.0 release of Win4Lin Desktop, which allows Linux users to run popular Windows applications such as MS Office, Quicken and Lotus out of the box at native speeds, according to a press release from Business Wire.

Conference attendees impressed with progress of Linux

Author: JT Smith

From Infoworld’s LinuxWorld wrapup: “Two years ago, it was just a hobbyists operating system, but it’s not for just hobbyists anymore,” said Jerry Deruntz, a senior CAD systems engineer at Lattice Semiconductor.

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  • Linux

ESR: You can sell Linux to the boss

Author: JT Smith

MaximumLinux covers Eric S. Raymond’s “selling Linux to the boss” speech at LinuxWorld: “The problem with ‘free software’ is it sounds far too ambiguous,” Raymond says. “They think free sounds shotty, worthless and some even think ‘communist’.”

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  • Linux