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SilverPlatter statement: no source for you

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SilverPlatter responded on SPIN-L to a brief thread (just click around for it) asking if SP had considered the free software model. The answer, to paraphrase, was "we thought about it, but it wouldn't work with our business model." Understandable... but hey, there are other business models out there, too: just ask Cygnus, RedHat, Caldera...

SilverPlatter ERL shipping on Linux

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from the press release: "SilverPlatter is pleased to announce that ERL Database Server version 4.05 for Linux, is now in general release... SilverPlatter Information has responded to many customer requests by developing ERL Dbserver on the Linux platform. This release is fully year 2000 compliant, runs on RedHat v6 for Intel and incorporates the latest software improvements for statistics retrieval and searching." good news... and you can get it here.

Dialog Descending to its Doom?

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as seen at lisnews: Dialog is not healthy, and if the reasons don't signify the changing times in libraries who knows what what does. See the full story here, evidently from forbes.com. And don't miss the "Demolition Derby" table attached to the story, which profile the struggles of competitors... note that J Gastro is anything but obscure... hmm, maybe JWJ will have to switch to google and mp3.

oss4lib at Open Source/Open Science

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Anyone attending the Open Source/Open Science conference starting tomorrow should stop by and visit the oss4lib poster/demo table. That's right... oss4lib is taking its first road trip. I'll be mostly talking about Jake and Prospero, but am definitely looking forward to meeting folks and such. Hope to see you there... (afterward: the conference went really well, with lots of very good feedback. in particular, Jon "Maddog" Hall suggested during his talk that librarians should reclassify free software to make it easier for folks to find... and one of the folks from openscience.org suggested something like science citation index for code, so programmers could get credit for reuse of their work by others. and i got a tour of a superconductor. all in all, it was a very worthwhile day on at our friendly neighborhood national lab... look for it next year. -dc

help us test

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i am working on enabling project/topic specific discussion threads. click -comments- and add one or two to help test it out.

Netprints from BMJ up and running

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The coming service announced in Netprints: the next phase in the evolution of biomedical publishing (BMJ 1999;319:1515-1616) is now up and running at clinmed.netprints.org. Warning: useless warning page approaching...

the scoop on linux-2.4

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If you've been a linux fan for a while you're probably familiar with Joe Pranevich's timely overviews of what's new in major kernel releases. As seen at slashdot, he's recently updated Wonderful World of Linux 2.4 to cover everything in Linux 2.3.99-pre3 (i.e. the kernel is in feature-freeze (aka bugfix only) until 2.4 shows up). His overview comes from LinuxToday.com.

conference: Open Source and Free Systems/Software

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Step wrote to the list that the December 6, 1999 event to be held at Yale University is on, and sponsored by NEASIS. Speakers will include Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, and yours truly. Attendance is limited, so get signed up now...

submit-it-yourself

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there's now an easy-to-use news submission form up and ready for you to use at the oss4lib site. feel free to use this to announce new projects, upgrades, interesting articles anywhere on the net, etc. look for the Submit link in the corner...

epixtech considering open-source for some projects

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Ben writes in: "In an e-mail response to my suggestion that epixtech (formerly Ameritech Library Services) consider open source for their next product, epixtech President Lana Porter said that they have indeed been considering open source:

'We have certainly discussed this possibility about some of our products and will continue to do so. Some products certainly seem to be better candidates for this than others and we will solicit input from customers such as you when we determine which products would be good candidates for this... We try to develop quality products that provide solutions to help customers do their jobs better and having them in in an open source environment would add to their value I am sure.'

It's encouraging to see that they're thinking about the benefits of open source."