The Linux Letter for May
Linux fans! I’m
back after a long hiatus, with news and tips on your favorite
inferno that has taking the tech industry by storm hasn’t left
Linux-oriented companies alone, but fortunately, the most
popular Linux distributions are published by some of the most
stable companies. Fortunately,
outfits like RedHat, SuSE
and Debian actually have
products that they can deliver, so, unlike so many Internet
companies, they actually offer something that gives them at
least a little bit of an economic base.
said, let’s take a look at the changing face of the Linux
operating system isn’t making huge inroads onto the desktop,
but in the server world, Linux is definitely holding onto, and
in many cases increasing, its market share.
and Dell are making Linux a
solid part of their server offerings and even Silicon
Graphics has a version of RedHat Linux for their newest
speaking of Itanium,
Linux is ready to run on the 64-bit processor from Intel.
RedHat has ported the OS to the processor, based on the
2.4.x kernel, making them the first vendor to officially ship an
operating system for the chip.
also shipped version 7.1 of its distribution of Linux.
It’s an incremental improvement over the previous
version, but does contain important fixes to a few services that
recently gained notoriety for their vulnerability to attacks
from the Internet. We’ve upgraded our servers and recommend that you do the
version of Debian is up to 2.2r3.
For the GNU purist, Debian is a must-have, since, unlike
other Linux distributions, it is totally compliant with the GNU
Linux, originally a derivative of RedHat, is now at version 8.0.
Although plagued by rumors of financial difficulties, the
company claims that they are the number one Linux retail seller
and have plans to financially break even within the next few
Internet beat, Opera for
Linux is now available for download.
This web browser was designed to be lean, small and fast.
It’s focused strictly on browsing…no email or news
reader is included. There
is no built in Java support either, although the programmers are
working on it for a future release.
Also, the Mozilla
project isn’t resting on its laurels.
They claim to be hard at work on the release of version
1.0, although they recently pushed the release date back a few
months. Mozilla 0.9
is available for testing on Linux.
“how about that” side of things, J.S. Wurzler Underwriting
Managers, an insurance company offering “hacker” insurance,
is now charging its clients 5 to 15 percent higher premiums if
they use Microsoft’s Windows NT software as part of their
Internet operation. Apparently
after studying 400 security assessments over the past three
years, the company found that system administrators using open
source software were better trained and tended to stay with one
company for longer than their Microsoft-administering
according to ZDNet, if you’re interested in purchasing a
policy, get your wallet out…for each million dollars in lost
revenue coverage, you’ll pay about $4,000!