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July, 2001

So, the question is whether all of this will make any difference? The Free Standards Group has the backing of most of the leading Linux players, such as Caldera, Red Hat, SUSE and Turbolinux, as well as IBM and Intel. However, announcements of support don?t actually amount to much unless they are supported by action, so until we see LSB and LDPS compliant products from the majority of these vendors we will not be in a position to conclude that these efforts at standardisation have proved successful.
-- IT-Director

The Linux Standard Base specification v1.0 is released (announcement). [Slackware]

Slackware 8.0 is released (announcement).

The Debian Woody freeze begins (announcement).

Ximian launches the 'Mono' project which seeks to create a free .NET platform (announcement).

The TOLIS group acquires BRU, thus ensuring that it will remain available for Linux (announcement).

e-smith is acquired by Mitel Networks (announcement). [MySQL]

Debian Conference 1 is held in Bordeaux, France.

MySQL AB and NuSphere get in a fight over NuSphere's MySQL.org site (and other matters). MySQL AB now runs that site. [Dmitry]

Dmitry Sklyarov is arrested in Las Vegas after Adobe complains about the Advanced eBook Processor.

Linux NetworX picks up a $5 million investment (announcement).

Atipa closes its doors, with its (few) remaining staff absorbed into a company called Oculan.

[isamu] Scyld Beowulf Professional Edition is released (announcement).

The University of Tokyo makes a Linux-powered humanoid robot (home page).
Usenix by its choice of a US location is encouraging other programmers, many from eastern european states hated by the US government to take the same risks. That is something I cannot morally be part of. Who will be the next conference speaker slammed into a US jail for years for committing no crime? Are usenix prepared to take the chance it will be their speakers?
-- Alan Cox quits the ALS committee

The DotGNU project launches as another challenge to .NET (announcement).

The PhpNuke project forks with PostNuke going off in a different direction.

Transvirtual gets $4 million in funding.

The Code Red virus ravages the net, Linux users smile smugly. [DeMuDi]

Slackware discontinues its Sparc port.

The Debian Multimedia Distribution launches (web page).

Zope 2.4 is released, and Digital Creations changes its name to Zope Corp.

Microsoft's Craig Mundie speaks at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention.

Chuck Mead becomes President of the Linux Professional Institute (announcement).

Johannes Nussbickel becomes CEO of SuSE (announcement). The company also lays off 10% of its workforce.
Yet Mr. Sklyarov still languishes in jail, puzzled, no doubt, about how a free society can jail someone for writing code that was legal where written, just because he comes to the United States and gives a report on encryption weaknesses.
-- Lawrence Lessig in the New York Times.

Lineo lays of 13% of its workers.

The Ottawa Linux Symposium is held (LWN coverage).

Adobe backs down and calls for Dmitry Sklyarov to be free. Too little, too late.

O'Reilly editor-in-chief Frank Willison dies of a heart attack (memorial page). [Conectiva]

Conectiva Linux 7.0 is released (announcement).

MandrakeSoft goes public, raising 4.3 million Euros (announcement).

The reasons to use open source software are quantified in this lengthy study by David A. Wheeler.

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