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Developer Linux News for Jan 17, 2002

  • FOSDEM.org: Philip Hazel, Author of Exim (Jan 17, 2002, 23:06)
    "Exim is written in standard C. It is not an ideal language because it is so easy to write code with loopholes. Just think how many buffer overflow exploits have existed in networking applications over the years. I would have preferred to use a language that has more checks for this kind of error. However, given that I wanted to write a program that was portable to a lot of systems, and which was efficient, C was the only realistic choice."

  • FOSDEM.org: Richard Dale, author of KDE Bindings (Jan 17, 2002, 22:04)
    "I wrote a utility called 'kalyptus' by adapting the kdoc documentation tool so that it generates apis, rather than documenting them. It accepts C++ headers directly, there is no need to massage the intput first into a suitable format. As the parser reads and parses all the headers into an abstract syntax tree before generating any output, there is full access to the class hierarchy, and any inherited methods."

  • LinuxPR: Gnustep, Mozilla, KDE, PHP and Gnome to hold developers meetings during FOSDEM Conference (Jan 17, 2002, 21:58)
    "The FOSDEM orgnization is pleased to announce that the Gnustep, Mozilla, KDE, PHP and Gnome will have developers meetings in Brussels during the FOSDEM meeting that will take place 16 and 17 February 2002."

  • GNOME 2.0 Desktop Alpha: "Rolig Liten Hattgubbe" (First Public Testing Release of GNOME 2.0) (Jan 17, 2002, 19:46)
    "Due for general consumption in March, the GNOME 2.0 Desktop is a greatly improved user environment for existing GNOME applications. Enhancements include anti-aliased text and first class internationalisation support, new accessibility features for disabled users, and many improvements throughout GNOME's highly regarded user interface."

  • Linux Journal: Kernel Korner: Inside the Linux Packet Filter (Jan 17, 2002, 09:18)
    "Now we are going to follow the trip of a packet from its very ingress into the computer to its delivery to user land at the socket level. We first consider the general case of a plain (i.e., not PF_PACKET) socket. Our analysis at link layer level is based on Ethernet, since this is the most widespread and representative LAN technology."

  • Advogato: A tale of two licences (Jan 17, 2002, 01:28)
    "This is the tale of how two software projects with different free licences learned to live happily together. It covers the different commercial reasons why Jtrix chose the LGPL and Mckoi chose the GPL, the pluses and minuses of each, and how they can interoperate without compromising principles or commercials."

  • Andre Hedrick: 'DO NOT USE IT (Re: linux-2.5.3-pre1 and IDE Driver Trouble) FATAL' (Jan 17, 2002, 00:11)
    A timely reminder regarding life on the bleeding edge of kernel development: "The only kernel in the development series known to work is 2.5.1. However it appears that several people can not successfully use this CodeBase either."