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Friday, September 7, 2001

Kyro Linux Drivers on the Way

PowerVR is making Kyro drivers for Linux. The big debate is to whether or not all or part of the code will be open source. Let's hope they don't waste too many brain cells debating. Good Kyro drivers would be an excellent complement to NVIDIA's drivers for Linux fans. Thanks Stomped.

UT Single Player Mod

Team Vortex has released a demo of their single-player mod for Unreal Tournament called Operation Na Pali. I may just have to reinstall Unreal Tournament to give this puppy a spin! It looks pretty slick. Thanks Blue.

Bloodbath 7 Beta 1 Released

Our very own Wraith has released the first beta of his Bloodbath 7 mod for Quake III Arena. The mod makes everything go "boom" in bigger, better, and prettier ways. Check it out for yourself!

Linux Trojan Discovered

A company called Qualys "discovered" a new Trojan Horse that attacks Linux. It seems to me like Qualys is just trying to make a name for itself. The only way this Trojan can cause problems is if the root user would manually run it. In other words, it's a danger if you are a moron. The company claims this Trojan could have the impact of Code Red. I suppose that could be true, if Linux sysadmins would all suddenly get a lobotomy. Perhaps they don't understand the different between a Trojan Horse and a buffer overflow exploit? Thanks Linux Today.

DoJ Decision: Good for Linux

Dennis Powell at Linux Today claims that yesterday's decision by the Department of Justice not to break up Microsoft is good for Linux. He lists several reasons why, although the most compelling is this one. One of the DoJ's provisions under consideration is:
Requiring Microsoft to make its APIs available to competitors. This could well include its application file formats.
This could change everything. Can you imagine what would happen if they had to publish their API and especially the Word file format? WINE and every Linux Office suite would instantly improve. Let's hope this comes to pass.

J.t.Qbe comments: I've spent the last day trying to figure this out. The DoJ isn't caving in, so what are they after? According to NPR last night, they want to get on with remedies instead of having them held up in appeals. I hope they get some good remedies and soon.

Thursday, September 6, 2001

Make an Agnostic Believe

PCReview has an article entitled It's Enough to Make an Agnostic Believe. The author comments on recent happenings that have allowed Linux to become a viable alternative, even for the non-über-geek crowd. My favorite bit is this comment on most people's attitude toward software:
For normal humans the idea of being attached to software is as bizarre as being fond of the tarmac on which one drives to work.
Thanks Linux Today. As an aside, this article reminded me of one of my favorite Monty Python quotes: "It's like I've always said, 'There's nothing an agnostic can't do if he really doesn't know whether he believes in anything or not.'"

Breaking up Is Hard to Do

The U.S. Department of Justice has decided to stop seeking to break up Microsoft. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this. I know that M$ needs to be reigned in, but after the whole Judge Jackson debacle, it was seeming unlikely that M$ would actually be broken up anyway. The various state Attorneys General seem to be in favor of this decision. I guess we'll have to wait and see what actually happens.

I've a feeling that most Americans are sick and tired of the whole thing. They see no problem with Microsoft and can't fathom why people would take issue with their practices. It's kind of hard to for the government to keep throwing cash at it when no one seems to care.

The Master comments: The biggest issue with this whole thing is that people do not see the dangers of Microsoft as a monolithic giant. If this case is thrown out, the government will have a VERY difficult time trying to bring down Microsoft once they start playing big brother on everyone (passport? activation? software-renewal contracts?) but by then it will be impossible to remove this tick from the computing hide. I guess we'll see what happens. I'm sure it won't be pretty.

Pool of Radiance 2 Gold

Gone Gold is reporting, appropriately enough, that UbiSoft and SSI's Pool of Radiance 2 has gone gold and will arrive in stores on October 1. I've been pushing off buying Diablo II to see what PoR2 will be like. Qbe and I played the original quite a bit back in the day. As a matter of fact I believe it was in a PoR session that the name J.t.Qbe was born.

J.t.Qbe comments: Good memory! When was that, 1987? The original was a fun, fun game--and I just saw it on the shelf at Babbage's, as part of a collection. I wonder if the new version will live up to the name. . .

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