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Developer Linux News for Jan 24, 2002

  • NewsForge: Loki's Draeker: If I had to do it over, I'd create Linux native games (Jan 24, 2002, 23:20)
    "We saw porting as a transitional stage. By porting games we were able to develop the software infrastructure needed for gaming on Linux. We were also able to prove that a market for Linux games exists. The next step would have been to use what we had created to start making original games for Linux. That has always been our ultimate goal -- we wanted Linux to have its own unique, compelling games."

  • Linus Torvalds: 2.5.3-pre5 - Configurator updates (Jan 24, 2002, 21:01)
    "Due to a private flame-war about configuration options and behaviour, I just broke down and did the thing I had asked for from others for a long time - split up the huge unwieldly "Configure.help" file into many smaller ones that are closer to the option they describe."

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated 2.4 kernel available (Jan 24, 2002, 17:31)
    "A security vunlerability in the Linux CIPE (VPN tunnel) implementation has been fixed. ... In addition to the CIPE security fix, several other bugs were fixed, and some drivers were updated..."

  • Gentoo.org: AMD's official position: this is not a CPU bug (Jan 24, 2002, 16:45)
    "AMD characterizes this issue as a cache coherency problem resulting from how other components on the motherboard (the GART in particular) interact with a particular performance-enhancing feature of the Athlon Processor called speculative writes. The GART and the CPU have two different views of memory -- the GART's view does not "see" the contents of the Athlon's internal caches, and herein lies the problem."

  • eWeek: Torvalds Looks Ahead (Jan 24, 2002, 16:08)
    "I don't have any huge goals for the kernel proper. A lot of what the 2.5.x work has been is actually largely cleanup and supportability compared to many of the quite fundamental things that happened during the transition from 2.2 to 2.4. Which is just good. I've told people for years that most of the new cool stuff is in user space. All the GUI work, all the cool hacks, etc."

  • SecurityFocus.com: Linux Kernel Hardening (Jan 24, 2002, 15:26)
    "This article will cover the issues of Linux hardening, with a specific focus on kernel hardening and its use on production systems. Several kernel-hardening approaches and their usability will be analyzed."

  • GUI-Lords.org: Interview with Joseph Cheek of Redmond Linux (Jan 24, 2002, 13:02)
    "If you felt that Mandrake had poor stability, cluttered menus, or was confusing to learn and use, you might want to consider Desktop/LX."

  • f---edcompany.com: Loki Suspending Operations on January 31 (Jan 24, 2002, 09:31)
    Loki Software President Scott Draeker has evidently written a letter to distributors announcing the Linux game company's intent to suspend operations effective January 31.

  • Linux 2.5.3-pre4 Released (Jan 24, 2002, 08:27)
    Changelog, link within.

  • Marcelo Tosatti: Linux 2.4.18-pre7 (Jan 24, 2002, 02:07)
    Changelog, link within.

  • LinuxGuru.net: Two articles on Gnome and KDE configuration (Jan 24, 2002, 01:01)
    "There are two of a kind at LinuxGuru today. In the first article Get Your KDE and Gnome Menus in Line, the author goes into detail on how to get those pesky menus acting just as you would like. In the second article at Get Your KDE and GNOME Desktops in Line, the author covers configuring the desktop."