Originally Published: Saturday, 15 July 2000 Author: Matt Michie
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Weekend Review: July 15, 2000

Chad Simonds, Webmaster of Tucows Linux, accuses smaller Linux sites of not "tell[ing] the whole story ... because they keep getting free software in exchange for glowing reviews."

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Monday

Bruce Perens, president of the Linux Capital Group, responds to Tim O'Reilly's editorial on Gated Communities. Perens believes that while the gated community is an interesting concept, he doesn't see how the benefits of Open Source can be found with a gated community.

Tuesday

MozillaZine announces a "bug-day" for Mozilla. "BugDay is a collaborative bug hunting, reporting and triaging effort that happens every Tuesday evening in #mozillazine on IRC." BugDay is a community effort to find and report bugs in Mozilla, so if you're a Mozilla user, join in on the effort.

Wednesday

Ian Murdock, founder of the Debian Project, and President and CEO of Progeny Linux Systems, a developer of Linux-based software for network computing environments, responds to Linux.com's interview. As for Progeny's first product, Linux NOW (network of workstations), Murdock explains, "Linux NOW is a system that turns a network of workstations into a single integrated system. The basic observation is that many things are much harder on a network of machines than they are on a single machine."

Thursday

Chad Simonds, Webmaster of Tucows Linux, accuses smaller Linux sites of not "tell[ing] the whole story ... because they keep getting free software in exchange for glowing reviews." ZDNet immediately jumped on the bandwagon with a similar article. Is this a problem in the Linux press?

Mark Stone responds to Tim O'Reilly and Bruce Perens with his editorial entitled Software Gates. He makes the point that with Open Source, self-interest and community interest do not conflict, so the gated community's benefit is not as lucrative as imagined.

Friday

Kaydara releases a port of FilmBox to Linux. FilmBox is a real-time character animation and motion capture system, and was the software behind the slow-motion camera effects in The Matrix.

At Penguinista.org, Brent Toderash responds to the criticisms of Tucows and ZDNet on "bought" Linux reviews. "There's nothing new going on here, but I do feel a little compelled to defend both Mandrake and the smaller Linux news publications - is a free copy of $30 software going to skew the results of the review?"

Matt Michie lives in New Mexico. He maintains a web site at http://daimyo.org.





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