Great day today for the open source gaming. Mesa 4 was just released with new features such as the implementation of OpenGL 1.3 standard. In the meantime, Crystal Space 0.90 was released for a large number of platforms. Crystal Space is an open source 3D engine with advanced capabilities.
The Gartner Group, the well known consulting and analyst firm, is analyzing Linux progress and future. Interesting read, as it offers explanations behind IBM's $1 billion investement on Linux among other information. Our Take: We don't know what the future holds, but there is a new Linux kernel just released (2.4.13) while SuSE is to start shipping its new, SuSE Linux 7.3 distribution in the United States and North America today.
"Richard Dale recently announced that he has committed C bindings for the KDE3/Qt3 libraries to KDE's CVS. Richard generated the C bindings automatically using a hacked kdoc, with relatively little manual intervention. According to him, "The bindings wrap about 800 classes 13,000 methods, with 200k of C/C++ generated." The same hacked kdoc can also generate Objective C and Java bindings, and Richard hopes to be able to consolidate generation of these various KDE bindings (Java/Objective C/C) with this one tool." Get the rest of the news at .DOT KDE.
Microsoft is moving along with the deployment of .NET by announcing the first details of what it will charge software developers to build applications linked to its .Net My Services Web services plan. For entry-level, small-scale applications, Microsoft will charge developers $1,000 a year for access to .Net My Services and $250 per application they create. For standard use, which Microsoft expects will involve the majority of users, Microsoft will charge $10,000 per year for using .Net My Services and $1,500 per application.
A new version of the interesting 100% in x86 assembly operating system, MenuetOS, was released today. The new version brings Voodoo VESA support (which was the most requested feature) and a simple Linux emulation layer. The whole OS (and all of its applications) fits in a 1.44 floppy disk, so there is no need for partitioning your hard drive if you want to try out MenuetOS. Recently, OSNews hosted an exclusive interview with Ville Turjanmaa, the MenuetOS creator.
InfoAnarchy has an interesting story about Microsoft's shady OEM practices. Everyone who believes in competition on the OS market should read it. The article is an extension of Scot Hacker's "He who controls the boot loader" article, published 2 months ago and had put lot of people into deep thinking regarding Microsoft's business practices.
"The quarter's revenue total includes $62.5 million made selling "non-core intellectual property rights" to Microsoft But it's worrying when a company has to look at what else it can sell off to help up make what it has lost in the sales of its core products. Take away the Microsoft-sourced revenue, and SGI's quarterly sales figure falls to $316.5 million - 27 per cent lower than the previous quarter" TheRegister reports on SGI's status. Our Take: Sell out may be one of the reasons why the interview we sent to the IRIX kernel team 2 months ago was never returned answered. The engineers were willing and responded immediately, but that was not the case for their marketing and PR departments which we had to go through and get their "ok".
"It certainly would not be a surprise for friction to occur when Windows and Linux developers are confined in close quarters. Now a recent post on a Borland community message board by Danny Thorpe, a well-known Borland engineer who has been involved with the Kylix project from the beginning, has stirred the pot. Thorpe, rightly or wrongly, criticized both Linux and open source in explaining why Kylix wasn't working exactly as intended at library load time." LinuxWorld features the full article. Our Take: The timing for Mr. Thorpe to publish such an article was probably a bit wrong from a marketing point of view: Kylix 2 was announced just today and such an open technical disagreement can have some negative impact at its sales in the Linux market.
After Palm announced the buyout of Be, Inc.'s intellectual property & Technology and after some consequent indications from several key people that Palm has no interest at Be's products and especially in BeOS, a number of the BeOS believers tried to find a new home. Some found confort in AtheOS, others joined BeUnited's effort to license the BeOS source code, while some developers formed efforts like OpenBeOS and BlueOS. OpenBeOS (OBOS for its friends) consists from a number of BeOS developers who are trying to recreate the BeOS Kits in a form of a new, complete and open source Operating System that has source and if possible binary compatibility with BeOS 5. One of the most important people in this effort, Michael Phipps, also part of the kernel team, is here today for an interview to OSNews.
"Move over IBM, Sun, and Microsoft. When it comes to operating systems that are scalable, reliable, and fully outfitted to run enterprise applications and e-businesses, there's a trusted name with a proven track record. It isn't Unix, Linux, IBM's z/OS, or Windows. It's the venerable OpenVMS, and it's on a path to become more affordable." Get the rest of the story at ZDNetTech.
Aqua-Soft is a non-profit company which creates Windows software which looks like MacOSX's. You do not need additional skin applications like WindowBlinds, as the Aqua Soft applications themselves are written in such a way to resemble MacOSX, 'natively'. Among the most interesting software found in that web page is of course the 'Aqua Finder'.
REBOL is a powerful software technology (ever thought that you could write a full blown GUI Instant Messenger in only 7 kb of source code?) designed from the ground up to enable a new era of distributed Internet applications. The technology provides a ubiquitous, lightweight model of distributed computing that operates across all types of computer systems. REBOL is a true distributed computing architecture. Applications and data become distributed across all devices. REBOL is completely device independent, so it does not matter what operating system or hardware is being used. Every system of the Internet becomes an independent resource that can process and communicate information. The REBOL kernel currently runs on more than 40 different operating systems -- everything from large Sun Solaris servers, to Windows and Macintosh PCs, to Linux, BeOS, down to CE handheld devices. And it is here to revolutionize the Internet, by introducing the X Internet (also called as 'XNet') through the REBOL Internet Operating System (IOS). Read more of what Carl Sassenrath, Rebol Tech's CTO and founder, has to say about the future, Rebol and the race against Microsoft's .NET Services.
FreeBSD boots in single user mode on the SPARC platform. The boot log can be found here. FreeBSD already runs on x86 and Alpha, the SPARC port seems to go well, however the PPC port is not moving that fast.
MandrakeSoft, announces the availability of boxed sets of Mandrake Linux Version 8.1 in retail outlets throughout the world and on MandrakeStore. There are four versions of the 8.1 product, each designed to suit user needs: Mandrake Linux Standard Edition 8.1, Mandrake Linux PowerPack Edition 8.1, Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition 8.1, and Mandrake Linux ProSuite old. Also, with the help of TransGaming Technologies, developers of software portability solutions that seamlessly allow cutting edge games to operate on the Linux platform, MandrakeSoft announced the release of the Mandrake Linux Gaming Edition. Designed specifically for gamers, this release bundles Mandrake Linux 8.1 Standard Edition, with Electronic Arts' The Sims, the popular virtual simulation game that allows players to create a neighborhood of simulated people known as "Sims" and control their lives.
"Apple is becoming increasingly irritated with its prime PowerPC provider, Motorola, to the extent that it talking to fellow PowerPC partner, IBM, about how the platform can continue to evolve without the chips-to-cellphones giant's participation, sources close to the Mac maker have claimed." TheRegister analyzes the situation and proposes alternatives for Apple. In the meantime, more information about Motorola's new G5 CPU are coming to light. Our Take: The article proposes that Apple should look into Itanium and Sun SPARC CPUs to port MacOSX into, but I think the author has left out a more realistic candidate, if indeed Apple is getting a divorce from Motorola: the AMD Hammer. Except Linux and some rumours that a new version of WindowsXP may run in this new AMD 64-bit CPU, I believe that MacOSX could enrich and also gain from this new platform.
Red Hat Linux 7.2 is available for sale in stores now, and for online download. See the Red Hat Linux product website for information. Key features include easy migration to the ext3 journaled filesystem, GNOME 1.4 and Nautilus, custom Linux 2.4.7 kernel, TUX, choice of GRUB or LILO bootloaders, and more. ZDNet has a review.
After the merger of HP and Compaq, they were many these who claimed that the 64-bit Unix Tru64 will cease to exist in favor of HP's HP-UX. But the official claim is that Tru64 will continue to exist: "Our major focus today for our Tru64 UNIX customers and partners remains unchanged -- to deliver on the Alpha-based Tru64 UNIX plan-of-record which includes full support on the upcoming Alpha EV7 and EV79 systems as well as further operating system enhancements for our Alpha-based customers." More news about Tru64 can be found at Tru64.org
Borland, will announce version 2 of its Kylix package Tuesday. Kylix, introduced in January, lets software developers write programs that can be used on Linux or Windows machines. The new version will add features that improve the product's support for Web services, a representative said. Web services move tasks that took place on a PC or a single server onto a network of servers, ZDNews reports. In other development news, Python 2.2b1 was released.
Kerneltrap has posted the latest in-depth kernel hacker interview with Russell King, who originally ported Linux to ARM and continues to oversee ARM Linux development: "I started hacking on Linux for my Acorn A5000 machine back in Spring 1994 while still at Southampton University, after a fellow student, Martin Ebourne, introduced it to me. An A5000 is a desktop-like ARM based machine. It was already about 3 years old and underpowered at that time, with only 4MB of RAM but it was the machine I had." Russell talks about ARM, the 2.4 kernel, the upcoming 2.5 kernel and much more.
Terra Soft Solutions, the developer of Linux solutions for PowerPC microprocessors, announced the immediate availability of Yellow Dog Linux version 2.1. YDL 2.1 offers the following updates and improvements: YDL installer now supports individual package selection, KDE 2.2.1, XFree86 4.1.0, 2.4.10 (default) and 2.2.19, Mac-on-Linux 0.9.60 which automatically grabs the ROM image from your Mac OS partition--reducing setup to a minimum. - Webmin web-based system administration tool, Mozilla 0.9.4, Ext3 journaling file system, Sound support on iBook 1 and iBook 2 (2001), Sleep support on full range of Apple portables (include all iBooks), Improved support for Apple Network Servers and support for NVidia GeForce 2 & ATI Radeon video cards.