December 18 News Briefs
Salute the 2.6 kernel
17 December, 2003: The long awaited Linux 2.6.0 kernel finally been released by Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), the official Linux development shop headed by Linus Torvalds and Andrew Morton. Changes include much improved support for multiprocessor environments (up to 32 CPUs), scalability to 64-bit systems, better hard drive and embedded chip support and desktop improvements for sound, USB and Firewire.
Not only is this the first major kernel revision since 2.4.0, released in January 2001, but it also marks the official handover of Linux kernel development from Torvalds to Morton. Work on the 2.7 kernel begins in January 2004.
OpenOffice making ground
18 December, 2003: Government departments all over the world have begun to embrace the potential of the OpenOffice suite. In Israel the Department of Commerce has announced the imminent rollout of OpenOffice to replace all existing Microsoft Office desktops. The stated intention is to reduce dependency on Microsoft. In Texas, capital city Austin will switch 5200 desktops to OpenOffice following a pilot project of just 30 PCs. First department to change will be the Communications Technology Management department. In Scotland 415 of 507 public libraries now carry OpenOffice available for loan and copying. Local activist Bob Kerr is currently despatching OpenOffice CDs to 60% of UK libraries, planning to colonise the space before the Gates Foundation public library sponsorship kicks in.
New terminal server for schools
17 December, 2003: The K12 Linux Terminal Server Project has released version 4.0 of its popular thin client solution. K12LTSP, which runs on diskless workstations, has enjoyed much success in the education environment, and was downloaded by more than 50 000 organisations in 2003. The new version, based on the RedHat Fedora 1 core, includes the Gnome 2.4 and KDE 3. desktops as well as OpenOffice 1.1, Evolution, Samba and an auto detection tool for configuring PCI components such as video and sound cards.
SCO gets more DOS
15 December, 2003: SCO Systems are still unable to avert denial of service attacks which have plagued the company for nearly a week. SCO servers have been unreachable for 5 of the last 7 days and they have enlisted the help of the US Secret Service to track down the culprits. It is believed that this is linked to the company\’s claim to significant portions of the Linux operating system and its series of high profile law suits against Linux users, including IBM.
Mega Linux forum merger
17 December, 2003: Two authoritative Linux forums, Elitelinux.com and LinuxForums.org, have announced plans to merge, creating the biggest online Linux community in the world with a base of nearly 10 000 frequent users. The combined site will operate under the name LinuxForums.org.