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ZDNet Weekly Linux Newsletter

Aug 30, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Back by popular demand — the “other” ZDNet weekly Linux Newsletter (the non-embedded one) . . .

WELCOME TO ZDNET'S LINUX NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 29, 2000

1. ZDNet Buys Linux Hardware Database
2. FreePad: The future is here
3. Can Caldera win SCO resellers?
4. SCO FORUM “tradeshow” especially interesting this year
5. VA Linux gains on analyst praise
6. Three top columnists examine DVD hacker case
7. Breaking GNU ground
8. Review: Intel's InBusiness Small Office Network

TOP STORIES

ZDNET BUYS LINUX HARDWARE DATABASE
ZDNet has purchased the Linux Hardware Database, the largest repository on the planet of info about Linux drivers and the hardware products they support. You can find out how well most common hardware products work under Linux by searching for them in the LhD. If you are already a Linux user, you can rate the products you have used and help spread the word about the best hardware products to use with Linux: story

FREEPAD: THE FUTURE IS HERE
A wireless Webpad that's “grandpa-tested” for ease of use, Screen Media's FreePad will arrive in the US within a few months. This extensive preview offers a glimpse of the future for those who just can't wait: story

CAN CALDERA WIN SCO RESELLERS?
SCO enjoyed a widespread and highly successful network of Unix integrators and solutions providers — can Caldera leverage this resource effectively following the SCO acquisition? story

SCO FORUM “TRADESHOW” ESPECIALLY INTERESTING THIS YEAR
Regular ZDNet contributor Evan Leibovitch reports from the trenches of SCO's annual developer and integrator forum, an event at which “everyone was still digesting the news: “story

VA LINUX GAINS ON ANALYST PRAISE
VA's fourth quarter earnings impressed analysts, which in turn impressed investors, which in turn up-raised VA stock by 18 percent: story

DVD CASE VERDICT MALINGERS ON…
This week, three of ZDNet's most well-respected opinion columnists chose to write about the so-called “DVD Hacker” case. This is a landmark case for reverse-engineering rights as they apply to Linux developers, users and the computing public in general:

    * Michael J. Miller, editor of the largest computer magazine in the US, PC Magazine, calls the case against the Hacker Quarterly, far more important than the recent case against Napster: story

    * Jesse Berst agrees that the ruling against Hacker a miscarriage of justice and a blow against freedom of speech: story

    * Peter Coffee, technology editor of eWeek, writes that source code is speech and must be protected as such: story

    * For more background on the Hacker/DVD case: story

OPINION: BREAKING GNU GROUND
The editors of /eWeek/ agree: it's time for IT to learn about the GNU Public License: story

REVIEW: INTEL'S INBUSINESS SMALL OFFICE NETWORK
The good news is that this workgroup server is nearly idiot-proof. The bad news is that at almost $2K, the embedded NT system offers far too little: story

RESOURCES

LINUX KNOWLEDGE BASE
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