Linux News for Oct 25, 1999
Cobalt's Third-Generation Server Appliance to 'Open the Floodgates' to Low-end E-commerce (Oct 25, 1999, 23:06)
"Some analysts were initially skeptical? that a webserver
running Linux? could be plugged in, turned on, and run without any
serious tech support? Cobalt has indeed pulled it off?"
Linux Newbie Guide updated (Oct 25, 1999, 22:29)
"Our goal is to help new Linux users who encounter problems
while administrating their home computers or small networks, so
that they don't have to start over from scratch. Our guide is
PRNewswire: Opendesk.Com - the First Free, Open Source Internet Workspace (Oct 25, 1999, 22:08)
"OpenDesk.com provides computer users with access to free
software applications via the Internet. Here users can access an
assortment of free productivity tools including an online calendar,
a contact manager, a bookmark manager, and email, as well as file
storage, voting, discussion and real-time messaging."
LinuxPR: Bynari International Announces Southeast Asian and Gulf Regions Allianc (Oct 25, 1999, 21:54)
"Managing Director of metSYSTEMS Malaysia to Lead Global
Linux Journal: Building a Better Mail Server (Oct 25, 1999, 21:39)
"In awarding the Linux World Editor's Choice award to
CommuniGate Pro 3.1 for "Best Mail Server in 1999," the judges
noted that CommuniGate "is also quite the speed demon compared to
the open source IMAP4 servers we've tested, such as the University
of Washington's IMAP4 server and the Cyrus IMAP server."
32BitsOnline: Myth II: Soulblighter is a great step forward in Linux gaming (Oct 25, 1999, 21:11)
"If you have ever read Sun Tzu's The Art of War, you should
already be familiar with the game Myth II:Soulblighter, the long
awaited sequel to Myth: The Fallen Lords."
E-Commerce Times: Intel Advances Linux Support (Oct 25, 1999, 20:29)
"The new Intel Linux Gigabit driver is great news for Linux
customers who need high speed connectivity to drive their
e-business," commented Phil Hester, CTO for IBM's personal systems
NetworkWorld: Lotusphere: Users await Lotus on Linux release (Oct 25, 1999, 20:13)
"Papows promised attendees of Lotusphere in Orlando this January
that the product would be available on the open-source platform in
IBM developerWorks: An Interview with Jon "maddog" Hall (Oct 25, 1999, 19:51)
"Executive Director of Linux International -- and more
importantly, someone who admits to wearing Linux underwear -- Jon
"maddog" Hall is the official "Linux Evangelist" at VA Linux, and
one of the community's most outspoken members."
imaclinux.net launches new site for iMac/iBook and G3/G4. (Oct 25, 1999, 19:26)
"The new site uses Zope to adopt a more slashdot like
environment for the iMac (both original and new DV models), iBook
and G3/G4 server/workstations."
Inprise Developer News: The lesson of Agincourt (Oct 25, 1999, 19:14)
"Open source programming underdogs may have more advantages than
their critics imagine. But whether they win or lose in the end,
it's their story that inspires."
Red Hat Security Advisory: File access problems in lpr/lpd (Oct 25, 1999, 19:05)
"There are potential problems with file access checking in the
lpr and lpd programs. These could allow users to potentially print
files they do not have access to. Also, there are bugs in remote
printing in the lpd that shipped with Red Hat Linux 6.1."
LinuxPR: Linuxlinks.com launches the Linux Package Guide (Oct 25, 1999, 18:51)
"Linuxlinks.com introduces the Linux Package Guide, another free
service dedicated to the Linux community."
BW: SuSE establishes new office in the UK (Oct 25, 1999, 18:46)
"The already established and substantial UK customer base using
SuSE Linux, coupled with the growing demand for consulting and
support services - especially from commercial users - have made it
imperative for us to establish a base in the UK," declared Roland
Dyroff, CEO of SuSE Linux AG."
BW: REBOL Internet Communications Language Featured with New Release of Red Hat Linux (Oct 25, 1999, 18:28)
"An alternative to sophisticated scripting languages like Java,
C++, and PERL, REBOL provides a common data format with a clean and
simple syntax for Internet information exchange."
LinuxPlanet: Python Squeezes the Web (Oct 25, 1999, 18:18)
"I used Python to write a server site program that runs
automatically once a week and downloads and parses pages from the
USCF's web site."
Linux.com: Slam Linux: Part Two (Oct 25, 1999, 18:07)
"It was rewarding to see Linux from a perspective I had nearly
forgotten. There were many good ideas and suggestions from these
new users. A couple themes appeared throughout many of these
PIKT, Problem Informant/Killer Tool, v1.7.0 released (Oct 25, 1999, 17:48)
"PIKT, an innovative new paradigm for administering
heterogeneous networked workstations, is a multi-functional tool
for monitoring systems, reporting and fixing problems, and managing
CPU Review: Mandrake 6.1 Power Pack: A First Look (Oct 25, 1999, 17:38)
"The Mandrake Power Pack distribution also offers 100 days of
free fax and e-mail installation support; something worth
considering for new users."
LinuxPR: The Linux Store goes 'Cool'... (Oct 25, 1999, 17:19)
"CoolKeyboards Corporation, manufacturers of the 'Linux Cool
Keyboard' announced today that they have established a distribution
agreement with 'The Linux Store', a division of EBIZ
Enterprises...to distribute the Linux Cool Keyboard"
LinuxPR: Linux India announces presence in Bangalore IT.COM 99 (Oct 25, 1999, 17:15)
"Linux India, the organisation of Linux User Groups in India,
today announced its participation in the Linux Pavilion of
Bangalore IT.COM '99, to be held on November 1-5 in Bangalore,
sendmail.net: An Interview with Eric S. Raymond (Oct 25, 1999, 17:05)
"Occasionally I do run into such skepticism. Far more often,
however, I'm told that my advocacy of open source gives voice to
deep misgivings the speaker has long held about closed-source
development but has been unable to articulate himself."
CRN: Allaire Supports Linux With ColdFusion Upgrade (Oct 25, 1999, 16:49)
"Developers will soon be able to use Cold Fusion to build
E-business solutions on the Linux operating environment."
linuxnewbie.org: ALS Mystery Tour (Oct 25, 1999, 16:27)
"I finally got around to putting together my logs of the show
and getting all the pictures up of the Atlanta Linux Showcase."
IT Director: Intel and Linux: The Lintel Alliance Perhaps? (Oct 25, 1999, 16:18)
"A Lintel alliance would make as much sense to Intel as a Wintel
one. And if Linux takes off on the desktop it will make an awful
lot more sense than a Wintel one."
ComputerWorld: Technology Flashback -- 1991: Linus Launches Linux (Oct 25, 1999, 16:04)
"The lawyer from AT&T Corp. got up and announced the new
pricing structure for AT&T Unix System V," Salus says. "The
discounted educational fee was $7,500, and the full commercial fee
was $40,000 per CPU. You can imagine what the feeling among the
guys there was."
ComputerWorld: Too Many Linuxes? No Way, Say Users; OK because flavors are interchangeable (Oct 25, 1999, 15:56)
"Meanwhile, one of the few mandates of Linux's General Public
License is that changes to the operating system itself must be made
freely available to everyone else, meaning vendors must share
anything that would give them a competitive advantage."
ComputerWorld: U.S. May Soften Source-Code Export Policy (Oct 25, 1999, 15:50)
"William Reinsch, an undersecretary of Commerce, said vendors
and users of open-source programs such as Linux complained about
restrictions on source code after the administration announced last
month that it would allow the export of compiled programs using
ComputerWorld: Sun Buys Java Tool Maker, Sets app strategy for NetBeans (Oct 25, 1999, 15:45)
"Sun's first move was to put Prague-based NetBeans' entry-level
Java tools into the open-source community. NetBeans Developer Pro
will serve as Sun's small business application development tool
Linux.com: Enterprise Linux (Oct 25, 1999, 15:34)
"The Linux business model is a very viable one. By supplying the
operating system at no charge, many upstart companies have a
reliable system which would not be possible otherwise with
established solutions like Windows NT, Sun Solaris or the
wide-ranging choices of Unix solutions from IBM or HP."
Byte.com: XML-RPC Programming with Zope (Oct 25, 1999, 15:20)
"Digital Creations' Michel Pelletier showed us how Zope can
automate the delivery of an RSS (Rich Site Summary) channel based
on a query."
Byte.com: Configuring Simple Domain Name Services (Oct 25, 1999, 15:13)
"This change meant our computers, rather than our ISP's
computers, handled this task. It seemed like a simple enough task.
Just start 'named' and edit some configuration files, right? Well,
actually, it is. But find the documentation that you need! The DNS
HOWTO was very helpful, but not enough."
Linuxtopia.com: Don't do it for Money (Oct 25, 1999, 14:54)
"I think it's great that people have found ways to make a living
by doing what they love, and working on Open Source software, but I
am bothered by people who are jumping on the Linux bandwagon simply
to cash in."
India Today: Will Linux Bust Windows? (Oct 25, 1999, 14:44)
"More incredible is the fact that Linux has arrived in India,
all the way from the University of Helsinki, Finland, with its
culture intact-the culture of openness, freedom and
AsiaBizTech: Chinese Linux Operating System Debuts in Beijing (Oct 25, 1999, 14:35)
"Beijing-based XteamLinux Software Co. has unveiled the
XteamLinux2.0 Chinese Version, its latest Linux operating
BW: The Corporation for National Research Initiatives Announces Python Consortium Created (Oct 25, 1999, 14:32)
"In the Python Consortium, partners in industry and government
join forces to ensure Python's continued support and
AsiaBizTech: Linux Likely to Become Viable PC Operating System (Oct 25, 1999, 14:29)
"Linux is now eyed with much anticipation as a key to further
lowering the prices of PCs. If Linux can be used in place of the
Windows operating system, software costs essentially will be zero,
and customers will be able to purchase PC systems at far lower
BW: Phoenix Adaptive Firewall First Linux-Supporting Firewall to Receive I.C.S.A. Certification (Oct 25, 1999, 14:21)
"The Phoenix is the first ICSA certified firewall to support
Caldera, Red Hat,TurboLinux, and S.u.S.E. Linux distributions,
further assuring business customers and value-added resellers
(VARs) that Linux is a viable platform for enterprise network
PRNewswire: Allaire Announces New Release of ColdFusion for Linux At...Developer's Conference (Oct 25, 1999, 14:19)
"With this release of ColdFusion, we are decisively answering
that demand and putting Allaire in a position to meet the needs of
the highly strategic Linux community."
BW: ParaSoft Delivers Insure++ v5.1 for Red Hat Linux (Oct 25, 1999, 14:15)
"We have recognized the strength and popularity of the Linux
movement for a number of years. ParaSoft saw this trend early on
and made Insure++'s advanced error detection capabilities available
to the growing number of developers on Linux."
BW: internet.com Acquires LinuxCentral.com, Further Expanding Its Linux Resources (Oct 25, 1999, 14:12)
"Our objective is to provide the Linux and Open Source
communities with superior content, community and commerce
services," said internet.com chairman and CEO Alan M. Meckler."
PRNewswire: Covalent Technologies Announces...Commercial Support...for Apache Web Server Platform (Oct 25, 1999, 14:08)
"There will be more acceptance of Apache from upper management
now that there is 'someone to call' if the system goes down," said
the Covalent CEO."
OsOpinion: MVP: Microsoft's Vulgar Professionalism (Oct 25, 1999, 14:04)
"The Monopoly is fighting for the hearts and minds of computer
users to switch to NT 5 and to destroy LINUX; yet, the company
kills a main source of its dominance?"
OSOpinion:The Straw Man behind the Straw Poll (Oct 25, 1999, 14:04)
"I started this as a response to a news article published by
ComputerWorld Australia. This can be found at: Linux hype misses
mark with IT managers"
Linux System Administrators' Guide 0.6.2: new maintainer (Oct 25, 1999, 01:48)
"I've recruited Joanna to maintain the book."
Stalker.com: Matching the Published Benchmarks (Oct 25, 1999, 01:36)
This document is designed to help you compare: CommuniGate Pro
Server and other messaging servers. Complete
SuSE Security Announcement - ypserv (Oct 25, 1999, 00:36)
Please update as soon as possible or disable the service if you
are using this software on your SuSE Linux installation(s).
slackware-security wu-ftpd upgrade available (Oct 25, 1999, 00:11)
The recent CERT advisory reporting multiple vulnerabilities in
WU-FTPD affects Slackware-current and Slackware-4.0.
Red Hat Security Advisory: File access problems in lpr/lpd (Oct 18, 1999, 16:06)
"There are potential problems with file access checking in the
lpr and lpd programs. These could allow users to potentially print
files they do not have access to."