Linux News for May 31, 2000
Debian Weekly News - May 30th, 2000 (May 31, 2000, 23:51)
"Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian
Slashdot: TurboLinux Layoffs (May 31, 2000, 23:25)
"There was cuts in different parts. Marketing took some cuts,
sales took some cuts, some of the international offices took some
cuts, but we didn't close any. It's just a little
ZDNet: Amazon snags BookMatcher patent (May 31, 2000, 23:18)
"Amazon.com Inc. has been granted a patent on its BookMatcher
service, a process that uses collaborative filtering to make book
recommendations to patrons."
Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #50 By Zack Brown (May 31, 2000, 23:01)
Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for
the previous week.
ZDNet: Are You Being Served? An Introduction to PHP (May 31, 2000, 22:24)
"PHP can do anything you want, except sit on its head and spin.
With a little on-the-fly image manipulation and DHTML, it can
probably do that, too."
LinuxPR: OpenDocs Publishing: Announces Third book, Securing and Optimizing Linux: RedHat Edition (May 31, 2000, 21:40)
"The book is on Securing and Optimizing the RedHat distribution
of the Linux Operating System and takes a on-hands approach to
installation, compiling the kernel and advanced Network Security
and Back-up procedures."
LinuxPR: "Linux Gazette", Edici�n en Espa�ol: "La Gaceta de Linux"
(May 31, 2000, 21:27)
"La Gaceta de Linux pretende ser un medio permanente de
difusión del movimiento de Código Libre (Open Source)
y de Linux así como un mecanismo de promoción y apoyo
al uso de tecnologías abiertas en todos los países de
Linux development kernel 2.4.0-test1ac7 released (May 31, 2000, 21:22)
PRNewsqire: Opus360 and Collab.Net Link Free Agent and Open Source Developer Exchanges (May 31, 2000, 21:21)
"Under the agreement, Collab.Net will be the lead sponsor of a
new open source development section on FreeAgent.com. Collab.Net's
anchor position for the open source vertical will enable companies
using the Opus Xchange marketplace to post RFPs for open source
related software development projects they want completed."
BW: TimeSys Announces Mission-Critical Real-Time Enhancements for TimeSys Linux/RT (May 31, 2000, 21:16)
"...the first complete and open-source solution to extend the
Linux kernel to provide predictable real-time response at the Linux
application layer, thus offering the benefits of native device
drivers and applications."
LinuxPR: Open For Bidness
(May 31, 2000, 21:15)
"After much due dilly, Mosaic Venture Partners has dropped two
million American dollars on our ascii. We're getting paid to turn
large and original ideas into real and revolutionary products."
LinuxPR: Linuxsure for Integrated Network Solutions in the UK
(May 31, 2000, 21:07)
"Linuxsure provide Linux based network evaluation, integration,
migration, security and support services in the United
Marjorie Richardson: To Readers of Linux Journal & Linux Gazette--Goodbye (May 31, 2000, 21:03)
"On May 24, I resigned my position as Editor in Chief of Linux
Journal, a position I had held since February 1, 1997."
LinuxPlanet: GNOME 1.2: A Giant GUI Leap (May 31, 2000, 20:42)
"...with last week's release of version 1.2, GNOME has attained
a level of reliability and overall "completeness" that elevates it
to the level of "ready for prime time."
BW: ASP-Linux, Inc. Announces Its Plans to Launch the First Singapore-made Linux Distribution (May 31, 2000, 20:40)
"...plans to officially launch the ASPLinux - the first
Singapore-made Linux distribution, at the end of June, 2000."
PRNewswire: Elfstone Software and MSC.Software Announce Linux Team (May 31, 2000, 20:34)
"...Elfstone RTX has been chosen as core graphical interface
technology to bring MSC.Patran, the engineering industry's leading
modeling and simulation analysis software, to Linux platforms."
CCN: Corel and Spinway to Provide Free Internet Access to Corel Customers (May 31, 2000, 20:25)
"...on the Linux, Windows or Macintosh platforms."
PRNewswire: Linux Goes 3D: Hypercosm Releases 3D Web Development Tools for Linux (May 31, 2000, 20:13)
"Hypercosm has made 3D graphics programming-accessible, an issue
of special importance to the growing legion of Linux users."
PRNewswire: Sun to Acquire Dolphin Interconnect Solutions Assets and Technology [InfiniBand]... (May 31, 2000, 20:06)
"The proposed acquisition of these assets will strengthen Sun's
technology portfolio... enabling higher performance and lower cost
IW: OmniLinux Releases "Linux 1-2-3 Fundamentals" Training CD (May 31, 2000, 19:57)
"...the first computer-based training (CBT) in a series of Open
Source educational products planned for the Linux market."
ZDNet: Berst Alert: Gateway, AOL Attack Wintel (And Why the Web Pad Comes up Short) (May 31, 2000, 19:43)
"Don't sell your Intel shares yet. ... Think of it this way. You
can shut off the Queen Mary's engines and it will still coast for a
while. The Wintel cartel will be coasting for years to come."
Red Hat Security Advisory: New majordomo packages available (May 31, 2000, 19:22)
"A vulnerability in /usr/lib/majordomo/resend and
/usr/lib/majordomo/wrapper will allow execution of arbitrary
commands with elevated privileges."
Midgard Weekly Summary for 31st of May, 2000 (#40) (May 31, 2000, 19:12)
Midgard is a freely-available Web application development and
publishing platform based on the popular PHP scripting language. It
is an Open Source development project.
LhD: How Well Do Athlon (K7) Motherboard Work with Linux? (May 31, 2000, 19:11)
"Despite all this anecdotal evidence and rumors, we have not
seen many reports of problems by LhD users. Is this another case of
an outdated, static hardware compatibility list? Is ABIT trying to
drum up interest in Gentus? Or are Linux users actually
experiencing problems with the Athlon motherboards?"
USA Today/Newsbytes: Priceline sued for trademark infringement (May 31, 2000, 18:57)
"...a search of the records at the United States Trademark
Office disclosed that Priceline.com had tried four times to
register the phrases, 'Name Your Price' and 'Name Your Own
Linux kernel 2.2.16pre7 released (May 31, 2000, 18:56)
MachineOfTheMonth: Encryption for the masses [GnuPG] (May 31, 2000, 18:43)
"...GnuPG is good for encrypting stuff into something no one can
make sense of except the person in possession of the private
PC Format: Not for sale: MS product, one previous owner (May 31, 2000, 18:29)
"A certain registered eBay user has been... getting any eBay
auction of Microsoft products cancelled. The identity of this
mysterious philanthropist? Why, firstname.lastname@example.org, of
Upside: IBM: World's fastest Linux company (May 31, 2000, 18:13)
"It's been a fun experience," says Daniel Frye, program director
for IBM's Linux Technology Center. "The executives were an easy
sell. Their only question was, 'How quickly could we become a
Linux.ie: Gordon Matzigkeit [Debian & lintool developer] Interview (May 31, 2000, 17:25)
"Gordon Matzigkeit is best known for his work on Debian and
libtool. We stole a chance for this interview with him."
DevShed: The Shell Game [Using SSH To Secure Your Connections] (May 31, 2000, 16:45)
"Like telnet, SSH is a program designed to let you log in to
other computers on a network. However, unlike telnet, all the data
flowing back and forth in an SSH session is encrypted, and thus
secured from hackers attempting to eavesdrop on the
Firstlinux.com: I've installed Linux: What Next? -- more in the series (May 31, 2000, 16:32)
"Following feedback from the Linux community, Firstlinux.com
would like to announce five additional articles to the collection.
... 'I've installed Linux: What Next?' is a series of articles
aimed at helping you realise the full potential of Linux."
CNET News.com: Microsoft preps final argument in antitrust case (May 31, 2000, 16:04)
"That ruling, which could come as early as tomorrow, sets the
stage for a potentially drawn-out appeal and brings the two-year
trial to an abrupt end."
Apache Today: E-Commerce Solutions: An Apache Overview (May 31, 2000, 15:46)
"So, E-Commerce is the buzzword, but how do you actually produce
an E-Commerce site?"
spyLinux mini distro with Python (May 31, 2000, 15:28)
"spyLinux is a single disk ( tomsrtbt based ) distro with vi,
networking, and python."
LinuxHelp.net: New LICQ Newbie Installation Guide (May 31, 2000, 15:19)
"Licq is an extremely great clone of the super-popular Internet
application for Windows called ICQ."
RootPrompt.org: Cracked! Part 4: The Sniffer (May 31, 2000, 15:09)
"We had thousands of logins each day from a large selection of
places all over the world. Many of these users then connected to
other systems using telnet or FTP. Each time one of our users
connected to a system somewhere else the cracker had a new door
that he could open. A new system that he could crack or just use to
TheGeek.org: On the Need for 'the Samba of Web Browsers' (May 31, 2000, 14:49)
"My topic today is something which I've been meaning to write
about, but which events today have convinced me that I must speak
up on immediately-- namely, the slow IE-ization of the Web, and
what it means for the Unix community."
Canada Computes: Siag a good suite of Linux-based office software - without the dancing
paperclip (May 31, 2000, 14:47)
"It consists of a word processor called "Pathetic Writer," (I
love that name!), a spreadsheet program called "Siag," an animation
program called "Egon Animator," a file manager, a text editor and a
program for viewing Postscript files."
European Unix Platform (EUP): 4 issues of SANE Times [offical bulletin of SANE 2000 conference] (May 31, 2000, 14:21)
...four bulletins covering the International SANE (System
Administration and Networking) 2000 conference, which took place on
May 22-25, 2000...
ZDNet: Why Transmeta is Bill Gates' worst nightmare (May 31, 2000, 14:13)
"Paul Allen is sure to receive a phone call soon from his
boyhood chum Bill Gates. Something along the lines of: "Hey Paul,
how ya doing? How's the guitar gig going? Hope everything's fine in
your neck of the woods and, er --- ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR EVER LOVING
sendmail.net: Update: Blocking "Killer Resume" (May 31, 2000, 13:19)
"It's worth noting that in the long run, header checks are an
inadequate solution to this problem for a couple of reasons."
LinuxPR: First Linux B2B Site Makes Linux Purchasing Easy (May 31, 2000, 13:17)
"EnterLinux is now in public beta."
LinuxPR: Linux Stock News announces client addition... Linux Backup and Storage, and... Mainframes (May 31, 2000, 13:14)
"Linux Stock News (www.linuxstocknews.com) is pleased to
announce the addition of BakBone Software, Inc., to its growing
Linux.com: Headed for a Breakup (May 31, 2000, 12:40)
"If we ignore the business equations and the technical hurdles
the mini-Microsoft would face getting a Linux box on the shelf, is
having Office running on our desktop good for our OS? Linux has
garnered its successes from living in a completely open source
environment. In fact, the GNOME desktop was started partially
because KDE's QT libraries were initially not open source
compliant. It was recognized that having a closed desktop would not
CNET News.com: Napster-like technology takes Web search to new level (May 31, 2000, 11:41)
"This is just something we're doing to show what is possible,"
said Gene Kan, one of the programmers who has taken a lead on the
project. "We want to prove to the world that Gnutella is more than
just music piracy and child porn."
32BitsOnline: Idle Musings on Micro$oft and the Outbreak Express (May 31, 2000, 10:48)
"What have we learned? Microsoft truly cannot fix the problems
with Outbreak Express. They would have to gut the program. Reduce
the "functionality" and the "Added Value" to the point of making it
work like the Pine mailer."
Upside: Transmeta, AOL, Gateway Deal Big Win for Transmeta (May 31, 2000, 10:25)
"If they pull this off, it raises the specter of a large portion
of the world without Microsoft," said analyst Rob Enderle at Giga
Information Group. "Transmeta will also likely have a very
Linux Gazette #54 (June 2000) is available (May 31, 2000, 10:10)
"Linux Gazette...Making Linux just a little more fun!"
Linux Weekly News Feature: The Axis 2100 - a Linux-powered network camera (May 31, 2000, 10:03)
"The Axis 2100 is exactly what it claims to be - a network
camera. It's shaped like a flat tube, with a lens on one end, and a
twisted-pair ethernet connector on the other. It runs its own web
server internally - you can point a web browser directly at the
camera and see what it's looking at."
InfoWorld: Corel inks Internet appliance deal for Linux (May 31, 2000, 08:06)
"Under the deal, Corel will produce a North American version of
Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux that will be bundled with every
English version of Linux Technology's appliances."
osOpinion: Left Hand, meet Right Hand. (May 31, 2000, 07:54)
"Beneath that innocent demeanor, though, lurks a malevolence of
such overwhelming and terrifying potential that it sends ice cold
fingers of fear dancing up and down the spines of every red-blooded
osOpinion: Breaking Up Microsoft Is Not Enough (May 31, 2000, 07:34)
"Demonizing messengers like Mr. Taschek and myself for pointing
out the truth may make for steaming controversy on osOpinion or
LinuxToday, but it does little in terms of what really needs to
happen for Linux and the Open Software community."
Dispatches: Hooking up the schools (May 31, 2000, 07:01)
"Since Linux systems can be finicky, McGregor's group is
devoting much of its time to making sure the systems are stable and
as easy to use as a Mac or Windows PC."
E-Commerce Times: Message to Microsoft: Just Do It (May 31, 2000, 04:55)
"So what should Microsoft do? Drop the appeal. Swallow hard and
agree to work out a suitable plan for breaking up the empire."
TechWeb: Google Bets The Ranch On Linux (May 31, 2000, 04:07)
"Search engine Google has deployed 4,000 Linux servers, with
plans to increase to 6,000 this year, making it possibly the
largest Linux installation in the world."
Kernel Cousin Wine #45 By Eric Pouech (May 31, 2000, 03:51)
Wine is a free implementation of Windows on Unix.
BetaNews: New Plans [for Mozilla] at AOL (May 31, 2000, 02:54)
"BetaNews was informed this afternoon of a proposal at AOL to
expand upon the Mozilla browser and Gecko code to bring it to the
forefront of the Internet 'browser war'... to adapt the code and
develop 'micro-browser technology' for use on smaller devices such
as Nokia cell phones. ...to corroborate with IBM in developing
ZDNet: The Linux dating game; Who will get with whom in the coming round of consolidation? (May 31, 2000, 02:37)
"...some may complain -- and some already have -- that
consolidation is a Bad Thing. But I'm not so sure. If people are
concerned about Red Hat's attempts to paint itself as THE Linux
company, then the best answer is strong competition. And right now,
the commercial landscape is too rag-tag to offer Red Hat that kind
of full-frontal challenge."
InfoWorld: Gateway, AOL tap Transmeta for Net (May 31, 2000, 00:44)
"Gateway and AOL will use the Crusoe processors and Mobile Linux
in at least two jointly-branded, legacy-free Internet appliances
(IAs) aimed at providing consumers with easy access to the
Internet... The first of the two IAs will hit the market just in
time for Christmas..."
Salon: Napster at law [Q&A w/new CEO Hank Barry] (May 31, 2000, 00:25)
"Attorney-turned-interim CEO Hank Barry promises to make money,
not war, for the beleaguered music-swapping service."
CNET News.com: AOL tests Linux-based Web appliance software (May 31, 2000, 00:25)
"Using free operating systems such as Linux allows a company to
avoid license fees that would likely otherwise have to be paid to a
company, such as Microsoft, that could supply a competing operating
system. It also gives a company more control over the operating
CNET News.com/Gartner: Commentary: Gateway, AOL deal doesn't mean the end of Wintel (May 31, 2000, 00:20)
"Opting for a Transmeta/Linux approach does not mean the end of
Wintel, the Microsoft Windows-Intel duopoly, but it signifies a
growing market with more types of customers."
CNET News.com: Gateway, AOL favor upstart chipmaker over big names (May 31, 2000, 00:16)
"The choice of Transmeta, which will provide Crusoe chips and
its Mobile Linux software for the devices, is another slap at chip
ZDNet: Has Transmeta's chip finally come in? (May 31, 2000, 00:03)
"It is rumored that Gateway chose Transmeta over National
Semiconductor's Geode, an x86-based system-on-a-chip aimed at
Red Hat Security Advisory: New majordomo packages available (Jan 21, 2000, 19:07)
"A vulnerability in /usr/lib/majordomo/resend will allow
execution of arbitrary commands with elevated privileges."