Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 27, 2000
InternetNews.com: Napster Files Appeal (Jul 27, 2000, 22:15)
"Napster Inc. Thursday requested U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Ninth Circuit for an emergency stay of the injunction ordered
yesterday that, if allowed to take effect, will functionally shut
down Napster as of midnight Friday."
InternetNews.com: Court Nixes Napster (Jul 27, 2000, 21:54)
"When the infringing is of such a wholesale magnitude, the
plaintiffs are entitled to enforce their copyrights."
Slashdot: Ian Murdock Answers (Jul 27, 2000, 19:57)
"Here are the answers to the questions we asked Ian Murdock,
original Debian instigator and current President/CEO of Progeny
Linux Magazine: From MP3s to Bottled Water: It's All Open Source (Jul 27, 2000, 18:36)
"...the open source software market and the music biz in the
Napster era bear a remarkable resemblance to the market for bottled
water. ... The real difference, of course, is that... for the music
industry it is the open distribution network coming late to the
LinuxDevices.com: Embedded Linux Weekly Newsletter for July 27, 2000 (Jul 27, 2000, 17:20)
Catch up with the fast-moving "post-PC" world of Linux-based
intelligent devices, Internet appliances, and embedded systems.
LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Why Are We Defending Napster? (Jul 27, 2000, 17:18)
"Napster attempts to supercede the rights of artists by
providing the means to illegally trade copyrighted materials. In my
mind, this goes directly against the spirit of Open Source, which
is why the whole-hearted support of Napster in the Open Source
community boggles my mind."
AllLinuxDevices: LinuxCE: When It Absolutely, Positively Shouldn't be Running Windows (Jul 27, 2000, 15:16)
"The LinuxCE project has decided they aren't going to let the
manufacturer's intent, or all that specialty hardware, stop them
from taking Linux with them wherever they go, and they've set out
to repurpose WinCE machines with a vengeance."
PS2.IGN.com: Sony Announces GScube Development System (Jul 27, 2000, 14:12)
"...this is sixteen PlayStation2s rolled into one. It is NOT a
game system, though... It's a computer graphics workstation,
comparable to the systems created by Silicon Graphics and other
companies to produce high-quality CG movies."
LinuxPR: Donovan Systems announces regional partnership with Red Hat Asia-Pacific (Jul 27, 2000, 12:48)
"Donovan Systems and Red Hat have announced a regional
partnership that puts Red Hat Linux on Donovan's powerful 64-bit
platform and provides for increased Red Hat Linux support, training
and certification in Asia."
Apache Today: Apache Usage in the Most Popular Web Sites: Take That, ENT (Jul 27, 2000, 12:35)
"Let's be honest: if you're looking for a Web server on a site
that generates a decent amount of traffic, it's going to be more
important that Apache is the basis for the immensely popular
About.com, not that IIS redirects traffic on www.kmart.com."
The Register: Script kiddies fell Kuro5hin (Jul 27, 2000, 11:41)
"Vandals have forced one of the premier open source salons to
shut up shop. Kuro5hin is temporarily out of action while its
volunteer management finds a way of coping with a variety of denial
of service attacks sustained by the site this week."
PC World: MandrakeSoft Makes Linux Easy (Jul 27, 2000, 11:30)
"We looked at one of the most popular distributions, the
recently updated Linux-Mandrake from MandrakeSoft. Version 7.1
places an emphasis on user-friendliness and includes tools to
gently ease you into your first Linux experience."
AppWatch: FreeBSD 4.1-RELEASE is out (Jul 27, 2000, 11:18)
"This is the first release of FreeBSD that can operate with IPV6
exclusively (not using IPV4). Kernel related improvements include
support for "racoon", the KAME IKE daemon, a new event notification
facility called kqueue (can replace poll/select, offering improved
performance), and support for Intel's Wired for Management 2.0
(PXE) in the boot loader (allows network booting using DHCP)."
osOpinion: Avoiding Bad Software Design (Jul 27, 2000, 08:38)
"This is ostensibly what Open Source is about, after all; if you
see a problem, you fix it and submit your fix back to the
community. Everyone wins. The hungry are fed, the homeless given
shelter, and the enslaved made free. Kumbayah!...except it doesn't
really work like that."
osOpinion: Netscape Ruined The Web (Jul 27, 2000, 08:22)
"Netscape released Navigator/Communicator version 4.0 in 1998 to
much fanfare but with little regard for the standards."
osOpinion: Linux in the home - everywhere in the home (Jul 27, 2000, 08:16)
"My point here is that Linux *is* ready for primetime. You can
do anything in Linux that you can do in Win32, and more. And
usually, you can do it for free."
ZDNet: John C. Dvorak's Inside Track (Jul 27, 2000, 07:54)
"Linux and the open-source movement have China written all over
them, because they play entirely in the public domain."
Debian Security Advisory: New version of userv released (Jul 27, 2000, 07:09)
"The version of userv that was distributed with Debian GNU/Linux
2.1 / slink had a problem in the fd swapping algorithm: it could
sometimes make an out-of-bounds array reference. It might be
possible for local users to abuse this to carry out unauthorised
actions or be able to take control for service user accounts."
CNET News.com: LookSmart pays portals to use its service (Jul 27, 2000, 03:00)
"Undercut by a free, open-source competitor, directory provider
LookSmart has gone from charging portals for its data to paying
them to use it."
CNET News.com: New player [TimeSys] emerges in embedded Linux race (Jul 27, 2000, 02:33)
"But the company also has its own individual flavor, said
chairman and cofounder Ragunathan Rajkumar. First, its Linux/RT
version is "hard real-time," meaning that it's guaranteed to
respond within a fixed amount of time--a tricky programming issue
but one that makes the software appealing to some specialized
Advogato: Against FreeNet (Jul 27, 2000, 02:26)
"The FreeNet developers use lofty language, talking of `free
speech' and so on, but I beleive that there is no greater threat to
our democratic institutions in existence."
Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #55 By Zack Brown (Jul 27, 2000, 02:07)
Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for
the previous week.
LinuxPR: Lineo Releases: RTnet -- real-time networking
(Jul 27, 2000, 00:44)
"Real-time performance over standard IP networks."