Originally Published: Saturday, 10 June 2000 Author: Jeff Alami
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Weekend Review: June 10, 2000

Several security problems encountered in previous kernels led to the release of version 2.2.16. Alan Cox, maintainer of the stable (2.2.x) tree of the kernel, explains. "You should consider updating your 2.2 kernel to 2.2.16 if: you have untrusted users on your system; you have publically accessible kernel sunrpc services."

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IBM announces Transmeta notebook at PC Expo. Transmeta will be making waves at PC Expo in New York later this month. IBM will be presenting a ThinkPad notebook powered by Transmeta's Crusoe processor, with the possibility of products by the fourth quarter of this year. Transmeta is well-known throughout the Linux community for hiring Linux creator Linus Torvalds, as well as creating a version of Linux known as "Mobile Linux" for its processor.

Linux-Mandrake 7.1 is released. MandrakeSoft releases Linux-Mandrake 7.1, code-named "Helium," its latest version of the distribution. Some of the notable features of 7.1 included: the option for the ReiserFS, a journaling filesystem for Linux; the XFree86 4.0 X server as an option for advanced users; Helix Code improvements to the GNOME desktop environment; better USB support for hardware such as modems, printers, keyboards, and mice; and more. "Linux-Mandrake 7.1 is our latest offering which provides a complete and powerful operating system ideal for most needs," says MandrakeSoft President Jacques Le Marois, "from the home user to the demands of an enterprise with high-performance servers, and all at low cost."


Linux supports the Ultra ATA/100 IDE standard before other operating systems. Shortly after the announcement of a new IDE standard promising faster performance, the Linux ATA Development Project announces Linux drivers. Funded by Atipa Linux Solutions and SuSE, the initial release of the drivers provides support for Ultra ATA/100 chipsets from AMD, CMD, HighPoint, Intel, Promise, and VIA. Linux is the first operating system to support this standard; the Linux ATA Development Projects touts, "again Linux beats Microsoft to future technology standard!"


U.S. District Judge rules for the break-up of Microsoft. The Microsoft anti-trust case is a story followed closely by some members of the Linux community, and may affect Linux companies' opportunities for commercial success. The most interesting implication of such a break-up would be that the strictly-application company may consider porting its applications, including Microsoft Office, to the Linux operating system.

Linux 2.2.16 is released. Several security problems encountered in previous kernels lead to the release of version 2.2.16. Alan Cox, maintainer of the stable (2.2.x) tree of the kernel, explains. "You should consider updating your 2.2 kernel to 2.2.16 if: you have untrusted users on your system; you have publically accessible kernel sunrpc services." The new kernel can be downloaded from kernel.org.

VA Linux Systems and Andover.Net merger is completed. Andover.Net, the media company operating Linux and open source sites such as Slashdot and Freshmeat, is officially acquired by VA Linux Systems today. Under the agreement, each common share of Andover.Net is exchanged for 0.425 of a common share of VA Linux Systems.

Bell Labs releases the Plan 9 operating system as Open Source. Bell Labs research developed its Plan 9 operating system for several years, and today have provided the latest release of the OS under an open source license.


Corel retires a fifth of its workforce. Software maker Corel, the company behind the Corel Linux OS and WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux, announces a wide-ranging layoff of 320 of its employees. Following a failed merger with Inprise, Corel has been running low on cash, and managed to receive $10 million in cash from a financial company, but the layoffs were inevitable. Corel CEO Michael Cowpland decides to forego his salary while the company's financial troubles remain critical.

Linuxcare receives additional funding. Linuxcare, a Linux support and services company, begins another round of financing. "The next round could very well be the last round we have to do," says Dave LaDuke, co-founder and VP of marketing. "The funding should be sufficient for Linuxcare to execute its plan to achieve profitability, with or without an initial public offering." After losing its CEO and CIO, and cancelling its IPO plans, Linuxcare is trying to get back on track.


The Debian organization proposes a bill to abolish the non-free archive. The bill, which proposes the elimination of non-free software from the Debian GNU/Linux archives, is the subject of major controversy within the organization and the Linux community. Under the Debian Constitution, the matter will be voted upon by the Debian developers.

Jeff Alami (jeff@linux.com) is the Editor-in-Chief of Linux.com. In fact, he eats, sleeps, and breathes Linux.com! Send your letters about Linux.com and Linux in general to letters@linux.com.

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