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15 December 1997

Despite a preliminary court decision freeing computer makers to leave Microsoft Internet Explorer out of their bundles with Windows 95, many of the largest say that they will continue to ship it. But that's not really the point, is it?

The OS News crew got Rhapsody installed on an Intel PC clone over the weekend. It wasn't too difficult, but as might be expected, device drivers were the biggest sticking point. The developer release supports a limited number of components, but it looks solid, and runs well even on a Pentium 133 with 32 megs of RAM.

If you haven't read it already, the latest Be newsletter came out on the 10th. It discusses Be OS' posix-compliant command line interface and has a thought-provoking essay by Jean Luis Gassee about choice in the web browser market. (Which carries over nicely to the OS market).

Salon Magazine has an interesting article about how University-produced software is changing, focusing on a Java-based product called Habanero. Habanero is part of a new trend, a middle ground between commercial and free software (I mean completely free, like Linux, source code and all). You can use it for free, but if you want to appropriate the technology, then you agree to pay royalties. The advantage is that it gives universities the incentive to produce better software. The disadvantage is that it's not totally free. Keep in mind, though, that Microsoft bought the license to Mosaic, which became Internet Explorer, for a paltry 8 million.

Wired has a short review of Caldera's DOS-based web browser, Webspyder. Along with OpenDOS, this product could be used to set up a modern computer so inexpensive it could make an NC look outrageous. Just get a 386 with 1 meg of RAM and go.

Web Week examines the past year in Java.

BSDI Internet Server 3.1 is now available. It's a bundle of the excellent BSDI OS with web and email servers, along with a cornucopia of useful applicaitions.

US household PC ownership is over 42%, according to a recent study.

Wired news is is working on a series of articles entitled The Truth About Java. You can also learn about Tuning Apache Web Servers for Speed.

The Los Angeles Times has an article about Be.

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