Linux News for Feb 28, 2000
Kernel Cousin wine #32 Is Out (Feb 28, 2000, 23:58)
Latest developments on the Wine Development mailing lists.
O'Reilly Network: Interview With Matt Welsh (Feb 28, 2000, 23:08)
"Dale Dougherty, publisher of the O'Reilly Network, interviewed
Matt Welsh, one of the founders of the Linux Documentation Project
and an O'Reilly author of Running Linux."
CRN: Knox Sees A Fort Knox in Web Server Back-Up (Feb 28, 2000, 23:02)
"...slim-line rack-mountable 'server appliances'... 'suitably
configured to provide specialized services such as e-mail
servicing, Web-hosting, or acting as a backup server platform'...
Best of all, 'these units are inexpensive, fast and operate well
with the emerging Linux operating system.' "
LWN: LWN reviews two firewalling books (Feb 28, 2000, 22:44)
"... somebody struggling through the process of setting up and
configuring a firewall is going to need some help. These books are
E-Commerce Times: Linuxcare Establishes Asian Operations (Feb 28, 2000, 22:38)
"...has announced the establishment of Linuxcare Kabushuki
Kaisha, a new Asia-Pacific market operation that will be
headquartered in Tokyo."
LinuxHelp.net: Setting up NFS (Feb 28, 2000, 22:36)
"NFS stands for Network File System, and it is used to share an
entire filesystem via a network. First in order to setup NFS, you
will need to have your network already up and running."
ComputerWorld: New McAfee Suite Offers Centralized Virus Protection (Feb 28, 2000, 22:31)
"The VirusScan engine can be embedded in both Linux and Solaris
applications and managed services with the McAfee Virus Interface
for Protective Early Response tools, which can detect malicious
code such as the Trinoo tool..."
IBM developerWorks: Maximum swappage -- Getting the most out of swap (Feb 28, 2000, 22:30)
"Learn how to improve the swap performance on your Linux server
by several orders of magnitude. Author Daniel Robbins takes you
through this quick tip on getting the most from your server."
ComputerWorld: Microsoft and Java: It's over (Feb 28, 2000, 22:25)
"Linux, Unix, handhelds and the resurgent Macintosh are eating
away at Microsoft's Windows base on both the front and back ends.
Losing one more competitive feature could be expensive in the long
run. But for Microsoft, keeping Java is expensive now."
ComputerWorld: Linux Bundled with SAP, Oracle, CA Apps Draws Interest (Feb 28, 2000, 22:17)
"...the concept may not appeal to current Linux users but could
draw new customers. But some Linux shops said if bundles save time
in setting up a server, that's a big win."
Network Computing: Third Time Proves To Be the Charm for IBM's WebSphere [Review] (Feb 28, 2000, 21:55)
"Although the WebSphere Application Server is cross-platform,
the WebSphere Studio runs only under Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT.
The application server... Linux support... is presently stuck at
version 2, but a Linux release of version 3 is in the works."
Linuxnewbie.org: Wendy Responds (Feb 28, 2000, 21:49)
"Did you know a lot of you REALLY like Mandrake? That was number
one on the charts. Number two was Caldera. Number three was Debian
and number four was Corel."
LinuxPR: MandrakeSoft announces the immediate availability of Linux-Mandrake 7.0 PowerPack (Feb 28, 2000, 21:43)
"The 7.0 PowerPack contains over 2000 applications, new manuals
and 100 days of email support at the price of $55 US."
GNUcash 1.3.0 Beta released! (Feb 28, 2000, 21:31)
"After months of intensive development by some really awesome
people we are proud to announce the release of GNUcash 1.3.0."
EETimes: Vendors plan to force through SDSL standard (Feb 28, 2000, 21:14)
"SDSL technology offers digital bandwidth of up to 2.3
Mbits/second over a single twisted-pair copper phone line..."
O'Reilly Network: The RHCE Experience (Feb 28, 2000, 21:11)
"Red Hat makes it clear that they're not looking for rookies to
take their test."
SEUL.org: Linux in education report #9 (Feb 28, 2000, 20:54)
"The consolidated gradebook program Grader seems to be
progressing nicely, with people actively discussing it and signing
on to help out."
PRNewswire: YARC Declares Interest in Printware (Feb 28, 2000, 20:46)
"YARC believes that its LINUX software technology can
significantly leverage Printware's Computer-To- Plate (CTP)
Kernel Traffic #56 Is Out (Feb 28, 2000, 20:43)
Mailing list threads from the Linux Kernel Development Team
LinuxPR: Insignia's Accelerated Java Solution to be Included in Lineo Embedix(TM) SDK (Feb 28, 2000, 20:34)
"Insignia and Lineo Partner to Deliver Jeode(TM) Platform."
InfoWorld: Java-based office suite maker ThinkFree is a company way ahead of its time (Feb 28, 2000, 20:27)
"Because the suite is in Java, ThinkFree wants to use the
portability of Java to make its office software popular in the
growing Linux desktop market."
WideOpenNews/The Register: Sun Hits Back at Intel Itanium Tale (Feb 28, 2000, 19:49)
"...Solaris 8 is ready for Itanium, we're going to give it and
the source away for free. Those are moves designed to help the
Intel environment most.' "
WideOpenNews: Novell Getting Serious about Linux (Feb 28, 2000, 19:19)
"Marrying NDS and Linux is an obvious, and long anticipated,
move -- particularly now that Novell has made clear that NDS, and
not its NetWare networking operating system, is its cornerstone
product for the future."
Security Portal: Weekly Linux Security Roundup - 2000/02/22 to 2000/02/28 (Feb 28, 2000, 19:05)
"...several large problems found in distributions, and several
major new tools released. Apache 1.3.12 was released, with a fix
for the cross site scripting vulnerability..."
MSNBC: Is Linux right for your small biz? (Feb 28, 2000, 18:48)
"Is this your idea of software nirvana: an application that is
reliable, robust, relatively easy to customize, able to run on any
computer platform, and free, to top it all off?"
EE Times: Free 32-bit processor core hits the Net (Feb 28, 2000, 18:33)
"A loose-knit organization called OpenCores is offering a free
32-bit processor intellectual-property (IP) core in a move that
could undermine such commercial IP licensors as ARM and MIPS."
PC World: Handheld Linux Device Debuts (Feb 28, 2000, 18:20)
"Featuring a 4-inch full-color display, the diminutive device
will come fully loaded with an embedded Web browser and e-mail
ComputerCurrents: Linux With Net Appliances (Feb 28, 2000, 18:13)
"This partnership includes an initial 400,000 Embedix licenses
for DSIC's wireless mobile devices, home networking and industrial
bpc.net: E-Commerce, PHP, and You (Feb 28, 2000, 18:07)
"PHP, however is easy to learn, easy to document, is embeddable in HTML pages, and already a few books have been published to get you on the way."
Debian Security Advisory: New version of nmh released (Feb 28, 2000, 17:54)
"The version of nmh that was distributed in Debian GNU/Linux 2.1
(aka slink) did not check incoming mail messages properly. This
could be exploited by using carefully designed MIME headers to
trick mhshow into executing arbitrary shell code."
Inter@ctive Week: Kerberos Made To Heel To Windows 2000 (Feb 28, 2000, 17:39)
"In a move that company detractors said is another sign of its
infamous 'Embrace, Extend, Extinguish' strategy, Microsoft has used
an open Internet security standard in its Windows 2000 operating
system and made modifications without openly documenting its
Wired: Crypto Confab Heats Up (Feb 28, 2000, 17:34)
"The whole thing is absurd. Trying to prevent bits from being
copied is sort of absurd," said IBM's Kevin McCurley."
PIKT, Problem Informant/Killer Tool, v1.9.0 released (Feb 28, 2000, 17:31)
"PIKT... is a multi-functional tool for monitoring systems,
reporting and fixing problems, and managing system configurations.
PIKT is quickly gathering potential as a serious security
PC Week: Untethered enterprise moves closer to reality [IBM Websphere Transcoding Publisher] (Feb 28, 2000, 17:28)
"...translates data into a wide array of protocols and languages
so it can be viewed via smart phones and handheld devices... The
server-side software, due to ship at the end of March, will run on
AIX, Linux, Solaris and Windows 2000."
Minivend 4 released (Feb 28, 2000, 17:18)
Minivend is a leading open-source Web store.
gnu.org: More volunteers needed (Feb 28, 2000, 17:07)
The GNU Project is looking for individuals to join its volunteer
software evaluation group.
The Register: L&H aims at $12bn market with Linux voice handheld (Feb 28, 2000, 17:06)
"The prototype is connected by a wire, but the production model
would be wireless."
The Register: Cowpland sees share price upside for Corel (Feb 28, 2000, 17:01)
"...Corel's most successful move, and one that cost very little,
has been to Linux... since it was this that made the Borland deal
possible by driving up the share price."
ZDNet: Hollywood's war on open source (Feb 28, 2000, 16:50)
"It's the Davids vs. Goliath. By attacking reverse engineering,
Hollywood's barrage of lawsuits over DVD code strikes at the heart
of the open-source revolution."
Freshmeat: How to Report Bugs Effectively (Feb 28, 2000, 16:44)
"Anybody who has written software for public use will probably
have received at least one bad bug report. Reports that say nothing
("It doesn't work!"); reports that make no sense; reports that
don't give enough information; reports that give wrong
IT-Director: Linux at the Top-end - chasing the Enterprise space (Feb 28, 2000, 16:41)
"Linux may have its feet firmly implanted in the Enterprise, but
we would be unwise to say that the operating system currently has
all it needs... However, what we can see is a clear desire to add
these facilities, from some of the biggest names in the industry.
Big Iron companies such as IBM and Amdahl are putting their full
weight behind the OS..."
LinuxPlanet: Rant Mode Equals One: The Numbers Don't Add Up (Feb 28, 2000, 16:29)
"Let's look closely: more competition means fewer choices? Last
I checked adding one to another number results in a higher number,
not a lower one."
BW: Epoch Internet Selects Industry-leading Vendors in Deployment of New Hosting and Co-location (Feb 28, 2000, 16:27)
"With the new hosting services, Epoch will be one of the few
national ISPs that offer a shared and dedicated Linux hosting
option. This service will be based on Red Hat's Linux."
BW: Splash Technology Announces the ColorPort for the Xerox DocuColor 2000 Series (Feb 28, 2000, 16:17)
"New Splash Product Demonstrates Splash-Linux Scalability."
VNU Net: Cookies crumble under data protection legislation (Feb 28, 2000, 16:16)
"The latest [UK] data protection legislation makes cookie
technology... illegal unless it is transparent."
BW: ibooks.com Offers O'Reilly Bestsellers in Powerful New Digital Format (Feb 28, 2000, 16:07)
"This agreement provides ibooks.com with digital distribution
rights to best-selling O'Reilly titles..."
BW: GameCom and AMD Announce Entertainment System Featuring AMD Athlon Processor (Feb 28, 2000, 16:01)
"`Net GameLink(TM) features a Redhat 6.1 Linux system for
firewalling and routing services, and state-of-the-art software,
hardware, and connectivity to provide interactive play among gamers
at a single location via an intranet or at widely-disbursed
locations via the Internet."
BW: Procom to Release NetBEUI Stack to Linux Community (Feb 28, 2000, 15:46)
"'This is our way of giving back to the community whose
technology serves as the foundation for our NAS technology,' said
Alex Razmjoo, Procom's President and CEO."
BW: OpenConnect Develops Fastest Web Server Technology in the World (Feb 28, 2000, 15:30)
"In all cases where hundreds or thousands of users were
involved, the Voodoo Engine measurably outperformed its rivals in
both speed and scalability, on a given Linux platform."
BW: Lynx and PacketStream Team Up On Synchronous Packet Streaming Technology (Feb 28, 2000, 15:24)
"'PacketStream's SPS solution, supported by LynxOS and BlueCat
Linux, overcomes the limitations of current IP networks to manage
and deliver real-time, mission-critical, value-added services
demanded by the emerging Internet market..."
PRNewswire: Argus to Develop Trusted Web Foundation for Linux (Feb 28, 2000, 15:16)
"Enterprise-Level Security Solution to Be Positioned for Linux
BW: ATEC Group Introduces Red Hat Linux Operating System for Nexar Personal Computers (Feb 28, 2000, 15:05)
"The new RED HAT Linux-based Empower PC is available from the
company's Technical Information Services (TIS) division or the ATEC
Group web site..."
BW: TurboLinux Operating System Offered as Option on Dell in Hong Kong and China (Feb 28, 2000, 14:42)
"Dell began offering customers the option to factory-load
TurboLinux in China and the Hong Kong SAR on January 31, 2000."
BW: LightningFAX Strikes Linux: Interstar Technologies to Launch Network Fax Server for Linux (Feb 28, 2000, 14:34)
"LightningFAX is a client/server network fax solution that lets
users send and receive faxes directly through their computers and
through almost any e-mail application."
BW: Corel LINUX OS to be Bundled With TheLinuxStore.com Hardware (Feb 28, 2000, 14:26)
"The agreement calls for the Corel LINUX OS to be bundled with
all EBIZ branded products..."
PRNewswire: Fujitsu Siemens Computers Extends ASP Support (Feb 28, 2000, 14:22)
"'With IA-64, the Linux open source operating system starts to
address a completely new market sector, and our PitBull security
products will give Linux applications the security required by
BW: eConnect enters Strategic Alliance to Launch eConnect's Instant Cash Trading Account System (Feb 28, 2000, 14:12)
"The transactions are routed from the user's PC to a regional
ATM card bank system for approval via an eConnect/RGTecq Linux
BW: Linuxcare Kabushuki Kaisha Opens Japanese Office (Feb 28, 2000, 14:02)
"To Bring Top-level Linux Service and Expertise to Asia."
LinuxSecurity.com: Interview with David A. Wheeler (Feb 28, 2000, 08:05)
"David A. Wheeler is the author of the "Secure Programming for
Linux HOWTO", the Linux Documentation Project's document describing
how to write secure programs for Linux."
osOpinion: A Different Approach to World Domination (Feb 28, 2000, 07:52)
"Which is more desirable (and more likely to derail the
Microsoft brain-washing), a dumbed-down operating system or smarter
osOpinion: Misconceptions About UCITA and Open Source Software (Feb 28, 2000, 07:45)
"The truth is that UCITA will have no effect whatsoever on
software released under the GPL and other well-written open source
osOpinion: A case for opening the source code to windows (Feb 28, 2000, 07:40)
"Most suggestions involving making windows open source software
have run up against this little thing in the constitution called
Silicon.com: IBM critical of Win2000 technology (Feb 28, 2000, 00:49)
"...Big Blue repeated concerns to it had with certain elements
of Win2000, most notably Active Directory, the operating system's
network management tool."
CNN/Network World: Microsoft to patch Active Directory (Feb 28, 2000, 00:24)
"...company officials acknowledged that at least one fix for
Active Directory will be in the first Win 2000 service pack. No
date has been set for the shipment of the service pack."
Security Portal: All About SSH - Part II/II - OpenSSH (Feb 28, 2000, 00:16)
"OpenSSH has developed very quickly in the last few months and has an expert team of developers behind it. It will soon surpass SSH1 and probably SSH2."