Originally Published: Saturday, 3 June 2000 Author: Jeff Alami
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The Week in Review: June 3, 2000

The second Linux company to announce wide-ranging layoffs and expense cuts is TurboLinux, makers of the TurboLinux distribution and clustering software. Amidst this week's layoffs, TurboLinux has announced the appointment of a new CEO. T. Paul Thomas, the President of TurboLinux, is now the President and CEO of the company.

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Monday

The world of embedded Linux solutions just got bigger with the announcement of a Linux-powered version of the CerfBoard hardware product by Intrinsyc. At less than 5.5 square inches, saying that the StrongARM-powered CerfBoard has a small footprint would be an understatement.

Itching to find out what's so great about GNOME 1.2 before installing it? Christian Schaller of LinuxPower.org provided an overview of some of the new features of this latest version of GNOME.

Tuesday

Internet.com launched Apache Today, a repository of Apache news and information. With an all-star cast of well-known Apache experts including Ken Coar, Martin C. Brown, and Ryan Bloom, Apache Today aims to provide news and original in-depth articles.

Wednesday

The second Linux company to announce wide-ranging layoffs and expense cuts is TurboLinux, makers of the TurboLinux distribution and clustering software. "The main reason we're doing it is just market realities," said Lonn Johnson, TurboLinux' VP of Marketing. "In the old days, not just Linux companies but lots of companies were going as quickly as possible to grab market share, build products, develop technologies, and do all kinds of stuff. The market said, 'That's cool, you can worry about profitability later.' You can certainly see in the last month, that that's no longer cool, and you need to have a pretty clear path to profitability."

In lighter (or possibly sweeter) news, open source has been applied to the latest market -- the soft drink market. OpenCOLA is the name for both a network search application and a new soft drink. In the spirit of open source, the recipe for openCOLA will be provided under the GNU General Public License.

Thursday

Linux Journal, a monthly printed Linux magazine, has hired Don Marti as its Senior Technical Editor. Don Marti is the Publicity Director for the Silicon Valley Linux User Group. Marti co-founded Electric Lichen LLC, which was acquired by VA Linux Systems last year. Additionally, Marjorie Richardson has departed from her position of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.

Friday

Amidst this week's layoffs, TurboLinux has announced the appointment of a new CEO. T. Paul Thomas, the President of TurboLinux, is now the President and CEO of the company. Cliff Miller, the previous CEO and Chairman, is now the Chairman of the company.

Yet another game port is in the works at Loki Entertainment Software. The development of a Linux port of Interplay's Descent 3 was announced on Friday. One of the more interesting things about this port is that it will support the Rock 'n' Ride simulator. Heavy Gear II for Linux was recently released by Loki, and ports of Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, SimCity 3000, and Soldier of Fortune are in the works.

Jeff Alami (jeff@linux.com) notes that this is the first of the Week in Review series, to be published every Saturday morning. Any comments about this new series would be greatly appreciated.





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