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Wednesday, February 5, 2003

AdAware V6 Released

Lavasoft has released the new version 6 of their AdAware utility, along with a complete, professional remake of their website. AAW is a wonderful product, and you can get a free version of it as well as the higher-end pay versions. I'm going to get the Pro version as soon as I can scrape up a few bucks for it.

UT2K3 Updates

Unreal Tournament 2003 has been updated with links to a new dedicated server release, and the Linux v. 2186 patch. The dedicated server key can be obtained here.

A.T. Hun comments: Still, it's best (and easiest) to use the auto-updater to update your Linux installation.

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Mandrake Releases to Have One Year Lives

I received an email from MandrakeSoft indicating that they are following Red Hat's lead and giving releases a 12-month lifecycle. After a year has past, Mandrake will no longer release official bug and security fixes. So basically, you either upgrade your OS or patch it yourself.

I can see why Red Hat and especially Mandrake have started to do this. In a company with limited cash flow, supporting old releases takes up a lot of valuable resources. However, it might not always be practical to upgrade the whole OS once a year. Having said that, I usually upgrade frequently just to get the "latest and greatest." After all, it only costs a couple of CD-Rs. I wonder what the rest of The Haus staff thinks? Hmm . . .

J.t.Qbe comments: I'm surprised that this hasn't been the policy already. Now that I think about it, though, this might hurt Mandrake's chances in IT departments. My boss just settled on Red Hat 7 as our standard; he doesn't want bleeding edge releases because we have to be confident that the platform is stable and reliable. Mandrake's always been more of a bleeding edge distribution than Red Hat (and I have a Mandrake 9 machine myself), but expecting an upgrade every year wouldn't fly at my company.

Personally, I do grab most new releases of Slackware, Mandrake and FreeBSD, even if I don't use them before the next rev. CDRs are cheap; the time it takes to find an older version of a distribution is much less cheap. That said, I haven't fired up Linux since I got the new version of VMS for my VAX. . .

Key3Media Files for Chapter 11

Key3Media, the company that puts on the Comdex trade shows, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This should come as a surprise to precisely no one. I went down to Comdex Chicago last spring and was underwhelmed. The road trip made it worthwhile, but none of the big players were there. According to the article, Comdex will go on as planned. Thanks Ars Technica.

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