Originally Published: Saturday, 1 July 2000 Author: Jeff Alami
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Weekend Review: July 1, 2000

MySQL, one of the most popular database servers for Linux, is released under the GNU GPL, making it a welcome addition to the list of open source database servers. MySQL makes a strategic alliance with VA Linux Systems, whereby MySQL is released under the GPL and is provided at VA's SourceForge open source development center.

Monday

Slackware 7.1 is released. Over the weekend, a new version of the Slackware Linux distribution was officially released. Slackware is well-known by members of the Linux community for being one of the first distributions, and at one time it was the most common. It continues to maintain popularity among some Linux users because of its reputation and quality. New to Slackware Linux 7.1 include features such as version 2.2.16 of the kernel, XFree86 3.3.6 and 4.0, GNOME 1.2, KDE 1.1.2, and Perl 5.6, to list a few. Slackware Linux can be downloaded at Slackware's FTP server.

Is the GPL enforceable? We may find out soon, as the GPL may be on its way to be tested in court. The Free Software Foundation is looking into filing a lawsuit with an as-yet unnamed company for GPL violations. At Linux Planet, Dennis Powell provides a comprehensive editorial about the legal validity of the GPL, quoting the FSF's general counsel, among others.

Tuesday

Future NetWinders to tse Transmeta processors. Rebel.com, makers of the NetWinder line of Linux systems, announces that they will adopt Transmeta's Crusoe processor in future NetWinder products. The NetWinder is well-known for its small size (at about the size of a hard cover book) and for its low power consumption, currently using the StrongARM processor architecture.

Wednesday

MySQL is freed. MySQL, one of the most popular database servers for Linux, is released under the GNU GPL, making it a welcome addition to the list of open source database servers. MySQL makes a strategic alliance with VA Linux Systems, whereby MySQL is released under the GPL and is provided at VA's SourceForge open source development center. VA has also invested in MySQL and will work with MySQL to provide support and services for the database server.

Penguin Radio attracts interest. Penguin Radio aims to revolutionize audio delivery on the Internet. The company is working on a Linux-powered radio-like device that will connect to the Internet and receive digital audio broadcasts. Today Penguin Radio received an equity investment from Internet Partnership Group, ensuring their financing for a year's time and helping them work toward their goal of releasing the device to the market.

Thursday

Linux at PC Expo. PC Expo, which is being held in New York, has some interesting Linux highlights. Robin Miller of Slashdot reports on the event. The Linux highlights of the event included a joint keynote by Mark Bolzern of LinuxMall and Jon "Maddog" Hall of Linux International, a Linux partner pavilion, and the LinuxMall.com "Linux Summit" held on Monday.

LinuxTag 2000 starts today. LinuxTag, the largest European free software event, starts today in Stuttgart, Germany. LinuxTag is a non-profit tradeshow organized by the Linux community, and expects to attract 20,000 users for this year's event. One of the organizers of the event answers some questions about LinuxTag and what's in store.

Friday

Company develops Linux-powered mobile phone. A Korean company called Palm Palm Technology is developing a mobile phone with embedded Linux. The company has created a specialized version of Linux, known as "Tynux," which will be used for embedded applications such as Internet terminals and set-top boxes as well as Palm Palm's mobile phone.

Jeff Alami, jeff@linux.com