Linux is breaking out: 500,000 copies of Linux version of WordPerfect downloaded in January, 1999. WINE project is working on a Windows shell. GNOME 1.0, one of several graphical user interfaces under development for Linux, was released 2/28/99. See "Bringing the Linux Desktop Alive" and KDE 1.1 for information about other graphical interfaces. The Mexican government plans to install Linux in the nation's schools. (Miguel de Icaza, GNOME's 26 year old lead developer, works as a systems administrator at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.)
and burrowing deep: Stanford's Linux in a matchbox. An alternative for embedded systems?
HP, Silicon Graphics, Dell , IBM now offering Linux on servers
3/3/99: Linux Car Stereo/Computer:The first commercial MP3 car-stereo/computer is being demoed at LinuxWorld in San Jose, California this week . Empeg of Near Wells, England, is showing a car stereo that's capable of storing up to 480 hours of music in MP3 format, or about 7,000 singles. It can also surf the Web, send email, and store dates and addresses.
3/1/99: Intel buys a stake in VAResearch, which qualifies and configures hardware to run Linux. They offer Linux servers, desktops, and laptops.
Intel and Netscape have already invested in Red Hat Software, a major Linux distributor. IBM, Compaq, Novell, and Oracle announce investments in Red Hat on March 9,1999.
Could MacOS X power a Linux kernel? (Be sure to read the last paragraphs of this 3/7/99 MacWeek article.)
Linux is a freeware implementation of Unix that transforms desktops into high-speed workstations, and runs mission-critical servers as well. It's a cultural as well as a computing phenomenon.
For information on Linux's challenge to the marketplace, see NYT's For Sale: Free Operating System.(9/28/98) and an in-house Microsoft assessment in The Halloween Document. (10/31/98). See publisher Tim O'Reilly's open letter to Microscoft, responding to the Halloween memo(s), as well as his 11/99 article on open source published in Esther Dyson's Release 1.0 Newsletter. For Microsoft's public assessment of Linux, see PC Week's 3/4/99 interview with MS Group Product Manager, Ed Muth.
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