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Red Hat and Caldera: Top Linux contenders?

Author: JT Smith

ZDNet News pronounces Caldera and Red Hat as the most likely distributions to come out on top in an industry it says is ripe for consolidation. “We have seen the future of Linux, and its names are Caldera and Red Hat.”

Linux Media Arts to design HDTV solution for Linux

Author: JT Smith

The company is taking orders now for the video interface, according to a
press release
at LinuxPR.

Report on HP’s Linux support

Author: JT Smith

Informationweek has a small story discussing HP’s recent addition of Linux support to its core operating system support.

Yahoo! ruling held pending consultation

Author: JT Smith

In a ruling Friday
, a French judge called in technical experts to look into the problem of blocking content which violates local French law. Their decision will help decide whether to charge Yahoo! Auctions with the task of filtering French users from their site.

Interview with RTLinux project leader

Author: JT Smith

LinuxDevices.com
interviews
Victor Yodaiken, project leader for RTLinux, about the future of RTLinux.

Review: nVidia drivers for Linux 3D

Author: JT Smith

Dr. Thomas Pabst himself
reviews
the nVidia drivers for Linux 3D at Tom’s Hardware. He compares Linux performance to Windows 98.

MontaVista delivers multi-architecture tool kit

Author: JT Smith

The Hard Hat Linux Cross Development Kit, version 1.2, is now available, according to a
press release on this page
at Business Wire.

Who wrote Linux? Oh gosh, is Linux really IGOS?

Michael S. Mimoso writes “Another batch of Who Wrote Linux tall tales offers a few more possibilities into the origins of the operating system.”

I came out with my explanation of Linux’s origins — I wrote it! — right after Kenneth Brown, president of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institute, claimed that Linus Torvalds stole Linux from Minix. Now, Linux’s creators are coming out of the woodwork, as thick as flies or, if you ask me, thieves.

Link: TechTarget.com

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  • Linux

Samsung looking at Linux for appliances

Korean appliances manufacturer Samsung Electronics is reportedly prepared to use Linux as the major operating system in its products.

Link: BigNewsNetwork

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  • Linux

Saving an old laptop with Knoppix

by Peter Johansson

An old laptop of mine fubared its Linux partition beyond (easy)
repair so I decided a clean install was the way to go. When I went to
install a recent Debian system I had trouble with PCMCIA under the
2.2 kernel, and XFree gave me a blank screen under 2.4. Knoppix,
however, made everything work automagically (with the exception of
sound).

I thought for a minute… hmmm… I can compile a custom
kernel for the box as I had always done in the past, or I can simply
copy the Knoppix CD-ROM with its compressed filesystem onto the hard
disk. Since the box has only 1.5 GB of disk available, things have
always been a tight squeeze, but with Knoppix I would get a pretty
complete install in only 700 megs, albeit with the cost of some speed
to decompress applications on startup.

So I gave it a shot, and sure enough, it worked pretty darn well.

The only problem was the lack of persistent configuration. Knoppix
supposedly has some tools that will allow you to save configuration
info, but I haven’t played with them yet. But it is pretty trivial to
write a script to tweak things after the fact.

The only “problem” with Knoppix is that the CD-ROM is updated every few
weeks and that there is no way to download just the changes — the
complete ISO image must be downloaded for each upgrade.

In any case, getting a compressed Knoppix to run from your HD is as
simple as the following:

  1. Copy the contents of the CD-ROM to your hard disk. I created a 750
    meg partition for this, but strictly speaking I’m not sure this is
    necessary. (Knoppix seems to scan for its compressed disk image,
    so you might be able to stash that anywhere)
  2. Mount the boot.img file via a loop mount point to copy off the
    kernel and initrd files.
  3. Configure grub or lilo to boot with these. You’ll probably want to
    specify some boot options, at the very least, changing from the
    default German keyboard and language.
  4. Reboot. Then magic happens.

This is, without a doubt, the quickest and easiest O/S install I have
ever performed, and the “magic” part is that it was on an old laptop with such a small hard drive it would be almost impossible to make any other full-featured Linux distro and a full set of useful applications work on it.

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  • Linux