Net Xpress: Consortium is formed by four Linux companies

November 22, 2004|SHEILA J. CLARK

The Linux Core Consortium was launched Wednesday by four Linux companies: Conectiva of Brazil, Mandrakesoft of France, Progeny of the United States and Turbolinux of Japan. The group's goal is to "create a common core implementation of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 2.0" guideline. After accomplishing its goal, the end product will serve as the nucleus of each respective company's future Linux releases.

This is the second time that top Linux companies have attempted such a feat. You may recall the now-defunct UnitedLinux project, which included Conectiva, Turbolinux, SuSE Linux, and now Linux's greatest foe, the SCO Group.

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* Last Thursday, AOL announced the release of an update to its software that includes free security, better protection from Spam and SpIM, and enhanced pop-up blockers for its users. The new version is called the AOL 9.0 Security Edition software and it features McAfee VirusScan Online. In the past, AOL charged a nominal fee for McAfee VirusScan. The AOL 9.0 SE is free to subscribers of its $23.90 dial-up access service and its $14.95 "Bring Your Own Access" ("BYOA") service. Read more about AOL 9.0 SE or download a copy of the software. Note: The file download is about 70MB in size.

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* For a limited time and in conjunction with the Lraiser promotion, Linspire is offering the Lraiser Starter Kit for just $22.22. The kit includes a copy of the Linspire 4.5 operating system and five copies of LinspireLive!, the live CD featuring the Linspire OS. The kit is the perfect compliment to anyone who is eager to help spread the word about a great alternative operating system based on Linux. It also will give you an inexpensive way to acquire a copy of Linspire. Order a copy of the Lraiser kit. Anyone can download LinspireLive! free. Note: It's a huge download, so if you have a broadband Internet connection, it would be much better.

* TUX, the first and only magazine for new Linux users, will launch Feb. 1. It may be purchased at major bookstores and newsstands. Each issue of the magazine will include a free CD-ROM. Pre-orders for subscriptions currently are being taken at the official Web site. The magazine will be published by SSC Publishing of Nevada. Read more

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