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In a move sure to warm the hearts of those who believe in Linux Gazette's motto of "making Linux just a little bit more fun!", Eric Raymond has added a new interface to the Linux kernel configuration system. This one is reminiscent of Zork and those adventure games:
Welcome to CML2 Adventure, version 1.6.1. You are in a maze of twisty little Linux kernel options menus, all different.
The main room. A sign reads `Linux Kernel Configuration System'. Passages lead off in all directions.The arch room. A sign reads `Processor type'. A passage leads upwards.
Choose your processor architecture. A brass lantern is here. There is a row of buttons on the wall of this room. They read: X86, ALPHA, SPARC32, SPARC64, MIPS32, MIPS64, PPC, M68K, ARM, SUPERH, IA64, PARISC, S390, S390X, CRIS The button marked X86 is pressed.
Courtesy Linux Weekly News. A copy of Eric's original e-mail is here.
Tridia Corporation has an ambitious marketing plan that pits its open source remote access hybrids head to head with industry leader Symantec. This is the beginning of a strategic marketing campaign to introduce the logical benefits of Tridia Corporation's open source hybrids over its closed source competitors. Among other platforms, TridiaVNC runs on Linux, and is a useful eSupport tool for Linux, in particular in mixed OS environments. Three announcements are planned beginning with a FREE TridiaVNC (virtual network computing) downloads promotion that's linked to a contest. The TridiaVNC econtest runs for 180 days, from 5/23/01 thru 11/23/01.
On May 29th, IBM and Devgen, a Belgium-based biotechnology company, announced an agreement to deploy IBM technology and Linux solutions to accelerate the drug development process. Devgen's informatics system includes a Linux supercluster, consisting of 20 IBM eServer xSeries servers and 2 pSeries servers. The high-performance system will conduct genetic research on a microscopic roundworm (C. elegans) to identify validated drug targets and in vivo active compounds. By studying this transparent worm, Devgen researchers can better understand gene interactions in humans that trigger chemical reactions in cells and cause diseases, and narrow the search for medical treatments.
Linux is a key factor in solving a variety of demanding life sciences challenges, including: Unravelling protein interactions - protein function is one of the most computationally intensive problems in the world of research today. Deciphering the interaction of more than one million proteins requires 1,000 times more compute power and generates 100 times more data. Understanding protein folding - the way proteins fold into geometrical shapes allows them to perform their biological functions. It would take around 300 years, using today's most powerful computer, to calculate the folding process for even a very small protein. High performance Linux computing power allows researchers to unravel the protein folding process. Drug discovery and development process - new drugs often cost upwards of $500 million to develop and test, and between ten and fifteen years to approve. New information technologies like Linux are rapidly becoming a major factor in reducing these costs.
Linux NetworX, a leading provider of powerful and easy-to-manage Linux cluster computing solutions, announced today support through its Evolocity cluster systems for the new AMD Athlon MP processor and the AMD-760 MP multiprocessing chipset. Evolocity is a cluster solution, which incorporates computational hardware with Linux NetworX cluster management software called ClusterWorX.
The book Linux 3D Graphics Programming is now available for purchase. The book aims to give a reader who has little or no 3D graphics experience, a well-rounded understanding of the fundamental theoretical and practical concepts involved in programming real-time 3D graphics applications using freely available tools under Linux. Topics include the X Window System, OpenGL/Mesa, 2D screen access and rasterization, hardware acceleration, and 3D vision and perception. A tutorial explains how to create 3D models using Blender, a 3D modeller included on the companion CD.
uklinux.net is a free (no subscription charges) Linux ISP for the UK. The service features include:
Also, all the profits from uklinux go to funding Open Source/Free Software.
These articles are available at the Linux Journal web site; they are not in the magazine. (You can also go to the no-frames site if you don't like frames or want minimal graphics.)
firstLinux.com have a review of Linux chess interfaces.
Stop the presses! RMS Says Free Software Is Good. Slashdot readers respond "Dog Bites Man", "Sky Blue".
Asian characters and why Unicode is inadequate
Linux forklifts in the data warehouse
Some more FUD from Microsoft (MS Word format). Courtesy Linux Weekly News. In a further twist Slashdot reported that Mr. Bill Gates believes that Linux is a like PacMan.
Finally, another Slashdot story, looking at David A. Wheeler's analysis of the true size of Linux. See the reaction here
Macro 4 has announced support for Linux on the new S/390 eServer ZSeries for its SAP certified output management solution. By running Macro 4's solution with SAP and Linux on the IBM platform, users can take advantage of the space, energy and cost savings of the latest e-business mainframe technology and be assured of dependable output across a distributed network. Large SAP implementations require many SAP application servers and it is not atypical for a sizeable company to run as many as 150 instances of SAP at once. Organisations can simplify their IT systems by moving the SAP application servers to one ZSeries box with each application running on an instance of Linux. But they still have to manage output from all of these applications. UniQPrint gives users a single point of control for cross-platform enterprise printing from an IBM eServer ZSeries platform running Linux and assures the delivery of documents from point of origin to any output destination, be it print, fax, e-mail, or Web site.
Workstation Solutions have announced new Linux and Windows platform support for its Quick Restore backup and recovery software. This broadened platform support extends the quick implementation, easy operation, and comprehensive scope of Quick Restore across Microsoft Windows 2000, UNIX, and Linux operating environments. The company also announced new Quick Restore features to improve performance, extend firewall support, control DLT tape format, and support newly available tape libraries from leading vendors.
Micro Sharp Technology, a provider of thin server solutions have announced the release of Netule Web Module I (WM-I) and Netule eMail Module I (EM-I). EM-I and WM-I are based on Linux, an extremely powerful, stable and reliable UNIX like operating system. Linux is easy to upgrade and offers a true multi-tasking solution. EM-I is a robust, thin server solution that allows users to simply, predictably and cost effectively meet eMail server needs in a shorter period of time. WM-I is intended to meet users' web server requirements in a similar manner. Each module comes with all the hardware and software needed to plug in and get started.
Internet Exchange Messaging Server (IEMS) 5, the latest messaging solution from developer International Messaging Associates, will be released June 12, 2001. IEMS 5 runs on Linux Red Hat, Caldera, VA Linux, Turbo Linux Server, Suse, Mandrake, and Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows NT.
Aladdin Systems, have announced a new licensing initiative - the StuffIt OneSource Volume License Program. StuffIt natively supports Macintosh, Windows, Linux and Solaris Unix platforms. With StuffIt, users can choose to easily manage their favourite file types, such as .zip, .sit, .rar, .tar, .gzip and many others.
Advanced Management Solutions, supplier of tools for project and resource management claim that AMS Realtime is the first and only non-browser based Project Management software available for Linux. This software is a Linux port of Advanced Management Solutions' application AMS REALTIME Projects. LINUX users can now try out this fully functional Linux version through a special free trial offer.