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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.

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.

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...

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...

Docster: does Lars Ulrich read The Lancet?

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If you're a librarian and you haven't thought through what napster means yet, get thinking. Many folks are perturbed about how easy it is to violate copyright using napster. "Docster: Instant Document Delivery" describes a napster-like system for libraries which builds copyright compliance in from the start.

O'Reilly donates books for NEASIS conference

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in support of the upcoming NEASIS conference on Open Source and Free Systems/Software: Implications for Libraries, everybody's favorite tech publisher--O'Reilly and Associates, natch--has kindly donated door prizes. three copies each of Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution and The Cathedral & the Bazaar arrived at my door recently... come to the conference (at Yale University on Dec 6, 1999) and you just might take one home.

seen the projects list lately?

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folks, we've got a whopping 25 free software projects listed at the oss4lib projects page. rumor has it, too, that Bill Gates' recent decision to refocus on software is a smokescreen sabbatical so he can repartition his house to dual-boot linux, so you know the open source buzz is catching. if you haven't taken a look lately, what are you waiting for?

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."