MkLinux DR2 -- Last week, Apple released DR2 of MkLinux, a version of the Linux operating system for Power Macintosh they're describing as a "beta quality" release. MkLinux DR2 is a significant improvement on DR1, offering much better performance, better serial, SCSI, and networking support (including AppleTalk), and many bug fixes, although support for PCI Power Macs has yet to arrive. MkLinux DR2 is available via FTP and CD-ROM, but due to its huge size, I recommend the $20 CD-ROM from Prime Time Freeware. [GD]
Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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