Infrastructure Linux News for Jan 17, 2002
ServerWatch: Penguin Computing Adds to Relion Product Line
(Jan 17, 2002, 22:36)
"Linux vendor Penguin Computing Tuesday announced three
additions to its Relion server line: two 1U rackmount servers and a
server class workstation. Each product contains the latest
generation of Intel Pentium III processor chips."
Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: stunnel (Jan 17, 2002, 19:38)
"All versions of stunnel from 3.15 to 3.21c are vulnerable to
format string bugs in the functions which implement smtp, pop, and
nntp client negotiations. Using stunnel with the "-n service"
option and the "-c" client mode option, a malicious server could
use the format sting vulnerability to run arbitrary code as the
owner of the current stunnel process."
Embedded Linux Journal Online: Real Time and Linux, Part 1 (Jan 17, 2002, 17:24)
"Linux is well tuned for throughput-limited applications, but it
is not well designed for deterministic response, though
enhancements to the kernel are available to help or guarantee
determinism. So-called real-time applications require, among other
things, deterministic response. In this article I examine the
nature of real-time applications and Linux's strengths and
weaknesses in supporting such applications. In later articles I
will examine various approaches to help real-time applications
satisfy hard real-time requirements. Most of these issues are with
respect to the Linux kernel, but the GNU C library, for example,
plays a part in some of this."
LinuxOrbit: Backing up to CDs Made Simple (Jan 17, 2002, 15:52)
"...accidents do happen, whether you accidentally type "rm -R /"
or someone breaks into your machine from the internet. That's why
you need a good backup plan. If you have a cd burner and some blank
discs, then this tutorial is just for you."
The Register: SGI transfers 3D graphics patents to MS
(Jan 17, 2002, 14:48)
"SGI insisted at the time these are "non core" technologies, but
sources close to the Mountain View are emphatic that these
represent the bulk of SGI's 3D intellectual property assets, a view
confirmed by documents disclosed to The Register."
Linux Weekly News for January 17, 2002 (Jan 17, 2002, 14:02)
This week: The MPAA reaches into Europe; Aunt Tillie and kernel
compilation; Deleting distributons from the list; IDC: Linux is
cheaper than Unix; Korea migrates 120K civil servants to Linux
desktop; Lineo spins off hardware businesses; more.
NewsForge: And in this corner, it's 'everyone's Linux'... (Jan 17, 2002, 13:08)
"ELX is a simplified, KDE-based distribution that is very
similar to Redmond Linux . Both of them have put a lot of effort
into making their setup routines and default desktops as
Windows-user-friendly as possible, while still including more
sophisticated GUI and command line admin tools. And both are
succeeding. If anything, ELX is even closer to Windows, as far as
GUI- level administration, than Redmond Linux."
osOpinion: Time To Restructure Tech Support (Jan 17, 2002, 11:30)
"What if a survey was written that asked all levels of users
what problems they've encountered during networking? The survey
would consist of users asking questions and others answering the
questions the users asked. The answers can be cross-referenced with
other data and other surveys for different results."
O'Reilly Network: Does Publicly Funded Research Have to Result in Open Source Code?
(Jan 17, 2002, 03:15)
"A debate is heating up in the academic community over whether
software that is generated by publicly funded research must be
released with an open source license. The Internet is one example
of how releasing research code benefited the public, but the trend
seems to be changing now, and universities are more likely to
consider the profit opportunity. The Bayh-Dole Act paved the way
for the privatization of publicly funded resources, but not
everyone is happy with the results."