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 August 2001 Linux Journal

The August issue of Linux Journal is on newsstands now. This issue focuses on Platforms. Click here to view the table of contents, or here to subscribe.

All articles through December 1999 are available for public reading at Recent articles are available on-line for subscribers only at

 July/August 2001 Embedded Linux Journal

The July/August issue of Embedded Linux Journal has been mailed to subscribers. This issue focuses on Platforms. Click here to view the table of contents. Articles on-line this month include Embedded Linux on the PowerPC, Will It Fly? Working toward Embedded Linux Standards: theELC's Unified Specification Plan, Boa: an Embedded Web Server, and more.

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Distro News


SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for the 32-bit architecture by Intel was awarded the status "Generally Available for". This certification now enables companies all over the world to utilise on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and take advantage of services and support from SAP AG. For further information see

SuSE Linux, presented a new Linux solution for professional deployment at the LinuxTag expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The "SuSE Linux Firewall on CD" offers protection for Internet-linked companies' mission-critical data and IT infrastructure. SuSE Linux Firewall is an application level gateway combining high security standards of a hardware solution with the flexibility of a software firewall. Instead of being installed on the hard disk, SuSE Linux Firewall is so-called a live system that enables the operating system to be booted directly from a read-only CD-ROM. Since it is impossible to manipulate the firewall software on CD-ROM, the live system constitutes a security gain. The configuration files for the firewall, such as the ipchains packet filter settings, are placed on a write-protected configuration floppy.

News in General

 Upcoming conferences and events

Listings courtesy Linux Journal. See LJ's Events page for the latest goings-on.

O'Reilly Open Source Convention
July 23-27, 2001
San Diego, CA

10th USENIX Security Symposium
August 13-17, 2001
Washington, D.C.

HP World 2001 Conference & Expo
August 20-24, 2001
Chicago, OH

August 25-26, 2001
Dayton, OH

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
August 27-30, 2001
San Francisco, CA

Red Hat TechWorld Brussels
September 17-18, 2001
Brussels, Belgium

The O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference
September 17-20, 2001
Washington, DC

Linux Lunacy
Co-Produced by Linux Journal and Geek Cruises

Send a Friend LJ and Enter to Win a Cruise!
October 21-28, 2001
Eastern Caribbean

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
October 30 - November 1, 2001
Frankfurt, Germany

5th Annual Linux Showcase & Conference
November 6-10, 2001
Oakland, CA

Strictly e-Business Solutions Expo
November 7-8, 2001
Houston, TX

LINUX Business Expo
Co-located with COMDEX
November 12-16, 2001
Las Vegas, NV

15th Systems Administration Conference/LISA 2001
December 2-7, 2001
San Diego, CA

 Teamware and Celestix to co-operate

Teamware Group, and Celestix Networks GmbH., a supplier of Linux-based server appliances have signed a global agreement according to which Teamware Office-99 for Linux groupware will be distributed and sold with the Celestix " Aries" micro servers. Supporting a wireless standard the new system is the first wireless groupware server offered for small businesses.

 PostgreSQL: The Elephant Never Forgets

Open Docs Publishing has announced today that they plan to ship their sixth book entitled " PostgreSQL: The Elephant Never Forgets" by the first week of August 2001. This title will include community version of PostgreSQL version 7.1, the PostgreSQL Enterprise Replication Server (eRserver) and the LXP application server. This will offer to companies the security of a replication server, data backup services, disaster recovery, and business continuity solutions previously limited to more costly commercial Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) packages. Who could ask for more? The book will fully document installation procedures, administration techniques, usage, basic programming interfaces, and replication capabilities of PostgreSQL. A complete reference guide will also be included. The book is now online for development review and feedback.

 Total Impact's new "briQ" network appliance

Total Impact's new network appliance computer, the briQ weighs in at 32 ounces, and has been selected as IBM's first PowerPC Linux Spotlight feature product. As a featured product, the briQ and its benefits are profiled in the June edition of IBM's Microprocessing and PowerPC Linux website, and may be reviewed at the above link, or at Total Impact's website.

 LinuxWorld San Francisco to showcase embedded linux solutions

IDG World Expo announced today that the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, to be held August 28-30, 2001 at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, will feature an Embedded Linux Pavilion to educate attendees on the growing opportunities for Linux in embedded computing. The Pavilion will be sponsored by the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC), a vendor-neutral trade association dedicated to promoting and implementing the Linux operating system throughout embedded computing.

 Linux Links

the Duke of URL has the following which may be of interest: have an article on migrating a site from Apache 1.3 to 2.0.

The Wall Street Journal's Personal Technology section has News of an unsettling nature about Windows XP registration, and a discussion of same on Slashdot.

Other Microsoft news indicates that MS may help create .NET for Linux. Microsoft told ComputerWire it would provide technical assistance to Ximian Inc. in its work on the Mono Project, to develop a version of .NET for Linux and Unix using open source development. This story was highlighted on Slashdot

I don't want to seem MS obsessed, or anything ;-), but Linux Weekly News has a critique by Eric Raymond on Microsoft's attacks on so-called "viral licences".

More PostgreSQL news: PostgreSQL Performance Tuning.

An OO approach to the classic how to place eight queens on a chessboard so that none can attack any other problem, in Python.

If you are troubled by spam might be of interest to you.

The TRS-80, the world's first laptop, is still in use.

For the loser^H^H^H^H^Hgeek who has everything, The Joy of Linux has tons of insider trivia. As the Shashdot review begins, "It's 2001. Do you love your operating system?"

Software Announcements

 Linux NetworX launches ClusterWorX 2.0 cluster management software

Linux NetworX, a provider of Linux cluster computing solutions, has announced the launch of its cluster management software ClusterWorX 2.0. The latest version of ClusterWorX includes new features such as secure remote access, thorough system and node monitoring and events, and easy administrator customisation and extensibility.

 IBM database news

IBM has claimed three database firsts: Industry's First Database Software Supporting InfiniBand; Direct Access File System; And New Itanium-Based SystemsDB2 Universal Database version 7.2. These have been demonstrated on DB2 running on Linux.

 DocParse HTML to XML/SGML converter

Command Prompt, Inc. have released DocParse 0.2.6. DocParse is a tool for technical authors who maintain a large amount of HTML based documentation. DocParse will take any HTML document and convert it into a valid DocBook XML/SGML document. From the XML or SGML format a user can easily convert the document to XHTML, HTML, RTF(MS Word Format) and even print ready postscript. DocParse currently runs on x86 Linux only. They will release for YellowDog Linux (PPC) and MacOS X shortly. There are per seat and subscription based licensing models available for immediate purchase.

 StuffIt for Linux and Solaris ships

Aladdin Systems, has shipped its award winning compression software, StuffIt for Linux and Sun's Solaris operating systems, making StuffIt available on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris platforms. StuffIt for Linux and Solaris can be used to create Zip, StuffIt, Binhex, MacBinary, Uuencode, Unix Compress, self-extracting archives for Windows or Macintosh platforms and it can be used to expand all of the above plus bzip files, gzip, arj, lha, rar, BtoAtext and Mime. StuffIt for Linux can be downloaded at:

 Great Bridge announces enhanced PostgreSQL 7.1 package

Great Bridge, who today announced the launch of Great Bridge PostgreSQL 7.1, the latest version of the world's most advanced open source database. Great Bridge has packaged the release with a graphical installer, leading database administration tools, professional documentation and an installation and configuration support package to help application developers quickly and easily deploy the power of PostgreSQL in advanced database-driven applications.

[There are at least two other entries about PostgreSQL in this News Bytes column. Can you find them?]

 Timesynchro have a free utility for download which can be used to manage your system time. It is essentially a configuration script, using dialog and some standard stuff, for netdate. It incorporates a database of 100 servers to connect to, and the program allows to test servers and add or delete them before using them for real (some may no longer be available). When you start 'timesynchro' it automatically chooses to start in German, but selecting "Sprache" gives you the option to switch to English. You get a rather easy menu structure to choose time servers.

Thank you to Frank for summarising the website and features.

 Surveyor Webcamsat

Surveyor Corporation, makers of the WebCam 32 webcam software, has just announced a family of webcam servers that addresses the need for increased control over web content. Surveyor's Webcamsat (Web Camera Satellite Network -- Linux-based) family of webcam servers give website operators a new level of control over their streamed audio and video, allowing them the flexibility to control multiple cameras with greater ease.

 Kaspersky Labs anti-virus software

The latest version of Kaspersky Anti-Virus affords customers the opportunity of additionally installing a centralized anti-virus defense for file servers and application servers operating on OpenBSD (version 2.8) and Solaris 8 (for Intel processors) systems, and also for exim e-mail gateways (one of the five most popular e-mail gateways for Unix/Linux). Development of this anti-virus package came about as a result of responding to the needs of mid-size and large corporate customers using Unix, and particularly Linux.

Currently, Kaspersky Anti-Virus can be utilized on Linux, FreeBSD, BSDi, OpenBSD, and Solaris operating systems, and also contains a ready-made solution for integration into sendmail, qmail, postfix, and exim e-mail gateways. The package includes the scanner, daemon and monitor anti-virus technology, and also includes automatic anti-virus database updates via the Internet, an interactive parameter set-up shell and a module for generating and processing statistic reports. (Russia)

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Published in Issue 69 of Linux Gazette, August 2001
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