Linux News for Jun 29, 2000
BSD Today: Installing OpenBSD 2.7 (Jun 29, 2000, 23:23)
"As far as OpenBSD goes, the developers pride themselves on the
ability to "emphasize portability, standardization, correctness,
proactive security and integrated cryptography." OpenBSD does an
excellent job at this."
Inter@ctive Week: Dogging Unix (Jun 29, 2000, 23:17)
"Microsoft, by adopting an existing Unix standard, had found a
formula for replacing some Unix servers with Windows 2000
PC Magazine UK: Operating Systems [Review] (Jun 29, 2000, 22:54)
"We've awarded our Editors' Choice jointly to the three
Microsoft operating systems reviewed here...In many respects,
they're not as powerful as Linux, but they do offer a better
solution for the productivity needs of most businesses."
CRN: PC Expo Embraces Linux (Jun 29, 2000, 22:24)
"Compaq representative Doug Emmons discussed Web sites and
technical support programs the vendor put in place to help its
solution providers unearth opportunities in the Linux space. "We've
gotten 40 million hits and 40,000 registrants on our site
LinuxWorld: Small is big - Embedded Linux poised for greatness (Jun 29, 2000, 21:29)
"Attendees of the small but sold-out one-day event (240 at the
conference and at least 500 at the expo) were clearly not the Linux
faithful who wistfully wonder whether you can make money with open
source. They were from a burgeoning industry sector, and were dead
serious about learning how they could use open source to build
products and make money."
Apache Today: Securing Your Web Pages with Apache (Jun 29, 2000, 20:47)
"Chances are that your Web site has at least a few pages that
you really don't want published to the Internet at large. How do
you keep the Black Hats from seeing them, whilst not impeding the
access of the White Hats that need the pages?"
Security Portal: Creating and Preventing Backdoors in UNIX Systems (Jun 29, 2000, 20:31)
"In UNIX....there are hundreds of hiding places to put your
backdoors and trojans in. The best way to defend against them is to
reduce the complexity of the system."
ClusterCompute.com: A cheap 10 node Beowulf cluster (Jun 29, 2000, 20:07)
"This is a bit of documentation on how to put together a very
low cost and extremely compact beowulf cluster. We needed a beast
like that for one of our internal pet research projects, so we
decided to see how cheap and how compact we could make the
LinuxPR: Lutris Technologies Joins The Open Group
(Jun 29, 2000, 19:59)
"Sponsor of Enhydra Java/XML Open Source Application Server to
Participate in Industry-influencing Security Program Group
NewsTraders: Red Hat COO Buckley, Others Looking To Pare Holdings (Jun 29, 2000, 19:58)
"Red Hat Inc. (RHAT) Chief Operating Officer Timothy Buckley
plans to sell 100,000 shares of the open source software
LinuxPR: A new Big Band takes on "Big Information"
(Jun 29, 2000, 19:56)
"The "Jazz" platform is a Java-based zooming user interface
(ZUI) development toolkit. Applications implemented in Jazz can
easily zoom, pan, and transform graphical and text objects
organized into a scenegraph of hierarchical cameras, nodes and
IW: AbriaSoft Announces Its First MySQL Database Software Distribution For The Open Source Market (Jun 29, 2000, 19:50)
"Abria MySQL Lite significantly reduces the cumbersome process
of installing and configuring MySQL and Apache into a quick
installation of less than ten minutes. Abria MySQL Lite offers an
integrated, turnkey install of RedHat Package Modules (RPMs) for
MySQL 3.22, Apache Web Server, PHP3 and Perl."
Reuters: IBM files to sell $2.6 million Red Hat shares (Jun 29, 2000, 19:41)
"The document showed that IBM, the world's largest computer
maker, already sold 180,000 shares of Red Hat worth $10 million in
IW: Tucows Launches The Internet's First Official BSD Download Site (Jun 29, 2000, 19:36)
"...the latest addition to its network of software distribution
sites. Located at bsd.tucows.com or through www.tucows.com, the
site is the first to support all of the OpenSource BSD titles."
Linux Magazine: Top Tech Support Questions (Jun 29, 2000, 19:34)
"I've heard a lot about the Mozilla browser and would like to
use it instead of Netscape Communicator. How do I move all of my
e-mail, addresses, and bookmarks?"
LinuxDevices.com: MiniGUI project founder joins Bluepoint Linux R&D Center (Jun 29, 2000, 19:30)
"Under the Wei's direction, the Bluepoint Beijing Research and
Development Center is developing an embedded Internet browser and
an embedded graphical user interface library."
BW: Learning Tree to Release 'Linux: A Hands-On Introduction' (Jun 29, 2000, 19:23)
"...a new course focusing on how to use Linux to establish a
productive desktop environment. This four-day course will provide
extensive hands-on experience using desktop tools, downloading
software from the Web, creating multimedia content for documents
and performing key system administration tasks using graphical
PRNewswire: Spyglass to Deliver Internet Enabling Technology for TiVo's Personal TV Service (Jun 29, 2000, 19:17)
"Spyglass Professional Services, a strategic Internet consulting
group focused on planning, designing and implementing Internet
solutions for interactive television, will work to port Spyglass
Device Mosaic to the Linux operating system and assist in the
integration of the technology with TiVo's Linux-based
ZDTV: Linux: The Power of the Penguin (Jun 29, 2000, 19:09)
"Thursday's keynote at PC Expo had Mak Bolzern, founder of Linux
Mall, and Jon "Maddog" Hall (executive director of Linux
International) extolling the virtues of "penguin power"..."
BW: TheLinuxStore.com Pairs with LinuxSolve to Resell Industry's First Secure Server Appliances... (Jun 29, 2000, 18:56)
"...to market, promote and resell LinuxSolve's line of
Linux-based server applications, running firewalls/gateways, email,
file, print and web server applications all managed via its
browser-based tools through mid-2001."
Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory: New textutils package available (Jun 29, 2000, 18:56)
"With textutils-2.0a-2, sort -n doesn't work properly. Some
locale information may also be ignored."
SJ Mercury: Ellison defends snooping on Microsoft as 'public service' (Jun 29, 2000, 18:32)
``We're helping Microsoft with its full disclosure problem,''
said Ellison, who said Oracle's investigation was a ``civic
CNET News.com: Opera Software puts its browser update onstage (Jun 29, 2000, 18:14)
"Opera... spent a year and a half building it, rewriting crucial
parts of the code from scratch... to make the browser more useful
in a world increasingly populated by non-PC browsing devices and
Web pages written to accommodate them."
VNU Net: Startup [Moonlight Systems] to charge for Linux applications (Jun 29, 2000, 17:35)
"Stacey Quandt, an analyst at Giga Information Group, said
Moonlight's revenue model is "questionable" and "goes against the
grain of the whole open source movement."
VNU Net: Progress to distribute open source database (Jun 29, 2000, 16:50)
"Progress Software has set up a unit called Nusphere to
distribute the open source MySQL database. Nusphere will operate as
part of the database tools company and will sell support services
AsiaBizTech: ISA to Market Small Linux-Mounted CPU Board (Jun 29, 2000, 16:29)
"The board uses Embedded Linux as its standard OS. Its kernel
section uses about 700KB. And it has a 16-bit bus connector
exclusively for its extension board. ISA said its power voltage is
GNULinux.com: Weathering Stormix (Jun 29, 2000, 15:55)
"This is not so much a review of the distribution as it is a
review of our experience. We encountered a few bumps along the way
and in the end decided to scrap the install. But, we still think
Storm Linux is worth checking out."
Corel.com: Corel Photo-Paint for Linux: [Free] Download Now Available! (Jun 29, 2000, 15:42)
"Combining graphics software expertise with revolutionary Linux
Trolltech.com: Qt Designer: ...Cross-platform GUI Builder for the Qt Application Framework (Jun 29, 2000, 15:28)
"...a visual development tool for the award-winning Qt
application framework. This new product will be called Qt Designer,
and it will be showcased for the first time at the LinuxTag 2000
LinuxPR: Conectiva participates in the High Availability Project
(Jun 29, 2000, 15:23)
"Conectiva is participating in the development of Free Software
projects related to High Availability, a much needed characteristic
for corporations that depend on information systems for their
LinuxPR: Linuxnovice.org Helps Novices to Administer their Computers
(Jun 29, 2000, 14:58)
"LinuxNovice.org is a web site dedicated to helping Linux
novices install their distribution, solve their problems, work
better, faster and make the most out of their new operating system.
With tips and articles and the latest Linux news, LinuxNovice.org
will help Linux novices stay on top of their system."
Far Eastern Economic Review: Out of the Hat [Bob Young Q&A] (Jun 29, 2000, 14:52)
"You are up against some extremely strong brands... Isn't that a
very big challenge? ... No . . . if Red Hat is successful at
building its brand, and if IBM are successful at delivering the
benefits of open source to their customers . . . the customer
benefits, and if the customer benefits, both Red Hat and IBM are
going to benefit."
PC World: Ellison Launches $199 Appliance [NIC] (Jun 29, 2000, 14:05)
"Low-cost computers [running Linux] from a company established
earlier this year by Oracle will go on sale to consumers July 4,
Oracle's chairman and chief executive officer said here on
RootPrompt.org: Cracked! Part 6: Talking with the Enemy (Jun 29, 2000, 13:52)
"Soon after rebuilding the system I started talking to someone
on IRC that identified themselves as the person that had cracked
our system. He was connecting from the same places that the cracker
had been coming from and seemed to know things that only the
cracker would have known, so I decided to take him at face value.
Over the first couple of weeks we talked about a variety of
subjects. I have selected some of the most interesting bits and
grouped them together to give an idea of the flavor of the
LinuxPlanet: Broadening Horizons through Other Operating Systems (Jun 29, 2000, 13:50)
"This article will look at two operating systems that approach
system design from very diverse angles: The GNU HURD system and
Plan9 from Bell Labs Innovations."
LinuxProgramming: New Java-on-Linux Releases from Sun (Jun 29, 2000, 13:32)
"IBM, in particular, has been leading the fray [on Linux] with
releases of both a 1.1.8 JDK, or Java Development Kit, and a 1.3
preview release. ...
BW: Epoch Internet Expands Tech Incubator Program to Involve Entertainment Industry
Companies (Jun 29, 2000, 13:27)
"The initiative provides qualified companies with an end-to-end
e-business technology infrastructure for a period of six months.
The Incubator Program equips selected entertainment-related
Internet companies with reliable, leading-edge hardware, software
and Web hosting, in a Linux or Windows operating environment,
e-commerce technology assessment, training and support from Epoch,
IBM and key Southern California business partners in Epoch's Los
Angeles data center."
BW: ZOOM Introduces PCI Modem with On-Board Controller (Jun 29, 2000, 13:08)
"The Zoom/FaxModem 56K PCI Plus supports Windows 95, 98, 2000,
NT 4.0, and Linux. "This is an excellent product for the growing
Linux market," said Terry Manning, Zoom's Vice-President of Sales
and Marketing. "The Model 2920 also provides enhanced system
performance for system integrators, Value Added Resellers, and
PRNewswire: NETmachines Launches RedRak/HA High Availability Web Server (Jun 29, 2000, 13:04)
"NETmachines, a leading developer of e-commerce and
Internet-based appliance and communications solutions, today
announced the availability of the RedRak/HA -- a breakthrough
high-availability webserver offering. Leveraging HA
server-clustering software developed by PolyServe, the new
RedRak/HA models extend the RedRak family of flexible Web servers
to meet the needs of even the most demanding Web server
SJ Mercury: SpeechWorks jumps into 'voice portals' via open-source software (Jun 29, 2000, 12:55)
"In a move that resembles the Linux open-source software
programming code movement, SpeechWorks is making public a system
companies could use to develop and interconnect sites on which
people call in by phone and use their voice to request news
information that is then read back to them, or conduct transactions
such as buying stocks and airplane tickets."
IBM Redbooks: Mastering Domino for Linux (Jun 29, 2000, 12:31)
"This one-hour online briefing is a subset of a classroom
workshop. The briefing discusses various aspects of installing,
configuring, and managing Lotus Domino servers on the Linux
ZDNet UK: Intel ignores Windows with iMac-like Dot.Station (Jun 29, 2000, 12:15)
"The unit will come with a 14-inch screen, a hard drive so
consumers can run applications or store data and will use the
Mozilla Web browser. An Intel Celeron processor and the Red Hat
operating system form the key to the terminals operations."
ZDNet UK: Transmeta and Linux to run the future home (Jun 29, 2000, 11:58)
"The wired home of the future will have Web pads and all manner
of networked appliances using Transmeta hardware and the Linux
Upside: Lineo, LynuxWorks face off in embedded market (Jun 29, 2000, 11:44)
"Another reason behind the sudden flurry of activity might be
the recent announcement that Lineo competitor LynuxWorks has joined
the race to become the first embedded Linux IPO."
The Register: Torvalds: main impact of MS trial psychological (Jun 29, 2000, 11:33)
"During a predictably banal interview of Linus Torvalds on Radio
Wall Street yesterday - where the interviewer clearly hoped for
some tips about how to turn Linux into a pot of gold for investors
- our hero had a couple of interesting things to say about the
Linux.com: Chivalry (Jun 29, 2000, 11:15)
"Why the doubts, then? Why do hackers and venture capitalists
alike fear that the crest of the Open Source wave has passed?
Because both are bewildered by a false dilemma. Open Source appears
caught in a paradox; to gain acceptance and exposure, one must
engage in an act of charity: giving away intellectual property.
Having gained acceptance, though, one must then make money off that
acceptance, and the act of charity limits one's ability to do
Linux Weekly News for June 29, 2000 (Jun 29, 2000, 06:41)
Leading items and editorials: MySQL goes GPL and The commercial
32BitsOnline: Brooktrout Embraces Linux (Jun 29, 2000, 06:34)
"Brooktrout announced that it is now supporting Linux across its
complete range of network and Internet hardware products."
LinuxDevices: MontaVista mounts rescue mission for pSOS users (Jun 29, 2000, 06:19)
"MontaVista, Inc. has announced a pSOS-to-Linux rescue mission,
in the form of a transition kit that facilitates the porting of
pSOS applications to Linux."
LinuxDevices: 'Instant Internet appliance' board-set (Jun 29, 2000, 06:15)
"Yamnet Technology has introduced an "instant Internet
appliance" in the form of a PC plugin card board-set and a CD-ROM
that contains pre-defined Linux configurations for a variety of
network/Internet device applications."
32BitsOnline: NEC Brings Japanese Support To Linux Project (Jun 29, 2000, 06:11)
"NEC Solutions has become the first Japanese company to join the
IA-64 Linux Project - an international association of computing
companies that is developing the Linux operating system on Intel's
LinuxPR: MontaVista Targets pSOS Installed Base
(Jun 29, 2000, 06:07)
"Hard Hat Linux supports popular first generation RTOS with
shortest open source path to embedded Linux."
LinuxPR: Antei Offers Services and Solutions Based on Open Source (Jun 29, 2000, 05:55)
"Anteil provides a basic open source application at no charge,
saving its customers the cost of licensing fees, which can be as
much as 30 percent of a CRM implementation."
LinuxPR: OpenLink Unleashes New XML & SQL Data Server For Linux
(Jun 29, 2000, 05:51)
"Virtuoso 2.0 provides a cross platform foundation for XML based
LinuxPR: LinuxCertified.com announces the weekend certification bootcamp for busy professionals (Jun 29, 2000, 05:47)
"Attendees get a Linux laptop on their arrival, along with other
class materials. They load Linux on their laptop during the class,
and use it for all the class activities and assignments. At the end
of the class they take this laptop with them to further enhance
their Linux expertise."
Cosource Digest: Affiliate Program Beta Invitation (Jun 29, 2000, 05:36)
"Cosource exists to help non-developers participate in open
source projects by providing a forum where users and developers
osOpinion: Tacky Tactics: To Bite, or Not To Bite? (Jun 29, 2000, 05:30)
"You would have to have your head in the sand to not know that
last time this was tried, Microsoft was able to essentially tailor
their own system, but that the supervisor of the Linux system not
only failed to apply as much as one security patch but used a
proprietary system for the guestbook, which subsequently proved to
be the Achilles heel."
AbiWord Weekly News for June 28, 2000 (Jun 29, 2000, 05:08)
"This week we had 13 new patches checked into the tree, from 7
Canada.com/CP: Troubled Corel receives $30 million in bailout financing (Jun 29, 2000, 01:50)
"The company's fiscal health also depends on whether its
ambitious financing plans pan out. ... If the second share offer
doesn't come through, the company could find itself in another cash
crunch later this year."
LinuxPR: ZF Linux Devices Announces Ultra-low Power MachZ, The First Real X86 PC-on-a-Chip (Jun 29, 2000, 01:38)
"MachZ, with the FailSafe System is the only X86 PC-on-a-Chip
that boots autonomously on application of power and can operate
even if system DRAM and Flash are unavailable."
LinuxWorld: Installing Austin; The Linux welcome wagon (Jun 29, 2000, 01:13)
"Installfests are often a newbie's first exposure to Linux and
its surrounding community. Will such formative community-building
meetings become a thing of the past if OEMs begin preloading
Salon: Don't tweak the geeks! (Jun 29, 2000, 00:59)
"If you were a geek, it was hard to miss. Laid out with all the
pomp and circumstance of a major cultural pronouncment, New York
Times critic Michiko Kakutani's lambasting of geek society sprawled
across the front page of the Arts & Leisure section."
ZDNet: Berst Alert: APIs: Microsoft's Hidden Full Nelson (Jun 29, 2000, 00:40)
"Windows APIs may become irrelevant before long. Microsoft has
correctly realized that the focus is shifting away from the desktop
PC. But beware. Windows APIs could soon be replaced by an
equivalent stranglehold from Redmond."
Internet Week: Will A New Model Set Inferno Ablaze? (Jun 29, 2000, 00:20)
"...the timing is right because the industry is now much more
receptive to alternative OSes. He cites the rise of Linux and the
U.S. government's antitrust suit against Microsoft as helping to
shift people's attitudes."
Linux Magazine: Top Tech Support Questions (Jun 03, 2000, 18:20)
"I purchased a new drive and want to know how to move my
directory to the new disk without destroying my current working