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Infrastructure Linux News for Oct 26, 2001

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: kernel22 (Oct 26, 2001, 20:26)
    "Rafal Wojtczuk found a vulnerability in the 2.2.19 and 2.4.11 Linux kernels with the ptrace code and deeply nested symlinks spending an arbitrary amount of time in the kernel code. The ptrace vulnerability could be used by local users to gain root privilege, the symlink vulnerability could result in a local DoS."

  • Issue #32 of Georg's Brave GNU World (Oct 26, 2001, 18:41)
    This month: Free Software helps stop child labor in Nepal, HTMLDOC, GNU Passwords on Car, Sketch (vector drawing) and Logidee-tools (more efficient creation of courses and tutorials.)

  • LinuxDevices.com: Commercial YOPY PDAs to begin shipping next month (Oct 26, 2001, 15:00)
    LinuxDevices.com is reporting that the YOPY, a long-awaited Linux-based multimedia PDA from Samsung division G.Mate, will begin shipping next month.

  • IBM developerWorks: Solaris-to-Linux porting guide (Oct 26, 2001, 13:50)
    "With the growing popularity of the Linux operating system, it's not surprising that many IT shops are examining what it might take to move their existing applications and development environments to Linux. Whether you are thinking about adding Linux as an alternate deployment platform for your code or about doing your primary development there, porting to Linux need not be difficult (particularly if your UNIX applications are written to common standards). Here, we provide a roadmap to guide those who are contemplating using Linux."

  • CNET/Yahoo!: Slashdot sees revenue in ads, fees (Oct 26, 2001, 13:05)
    "When Slashdot increases ad sizes, it plans to introduce a subscription service for people who want to pay for an ad-free version. Jeff Bates, who runs the site, said Thursday that Slashdot will launch the new ads and subscription service early next year. The cost of the service has yet to be determined."

  • O'Reilly Network: Using the VI Editor (Oct 26, 2001, 12:17)
    "Everyone knows they should have a passing knowledge of vi, but most people groan at the thought of using it. In today's article, I'd like to demonstrate some of the tricks that vi has up its sleeve. It really is a powerful little editor and I'm constantly amazed at its number of built-in shortcuts."