Linux News for Jul 29, 2000
Christian Science Monitor: The war over patents on the Web: Who owns an idea? (Jul 29, 2000, 23:43)
"A 1998 case in the US Court of Appeals, State Street Bank &
Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, flatly concluded that there
were no statutory grounds for opposing business-method patents.
Coupled with the rise of e-commerce, this unleashed a flurry of
ZDNet: How to use FTP to copy a folder from the server? (Jul 29, 2000, 23:13)
"If you want to download these files for whatever reason, and
you mounted the files to an actual mount point (not simply looked
at the files via a client), then you should be able to do a cp
ZDNet: How do you install AOL Instant Messenger for KDE? (Jul 29, 2000, 22:39)
"The program you mentioned... is a java application. It wasn't
specifically designed for Linux but it does run on Linux if you
have Java properly installed."
GNULinux.com: Interview with Joseph Cheek of Redmond Linux (Jul 29, 2000, 22:03)
"For [the] personal edition at least, if you have to use the
command line to do anything it will be an error on our part. A
Linux Magazine: Drive Image Copies While You Wait (Jul 29, 2000, 21:39)
"DIPro can easily replicate a disk or partition to another disk,
but its real power is in using an intermediate image file. ... Once
created, the image file can be multicasted to all workstations on
the network that are running the PowerCasting client."
Linux Magazine: eDesktop: A User's Dream [Review of Caldera OpenLinux 2.4 on a ThinkPad] (Jul 29, 2000, 21:11)
"The most important eDesktop feature from a system
administrator's viewpoint is Webmin, an open source, browser-based
system-administration tool that Caldera developed and used first on
its eServer product."
Linux Magazine: The Concise Guide to XFree86 [Book Review] (Jul 29, 2000, 20:41)
"In the third section, Hsiao presents enough detail about
configuring XFree to make just this roughly 100-page section worth
the price of the entire book. ... Anyone who wants to learn how
XFree86 works will find Hsiao's book to be a painless way to build
a solid foundation."
O'Reilly Network: Linux Professional Institute Certification, Part II (Jul 29, 2000, 20:14)
"I found Exam 102 to be a bit more substantial than Exam 101.
Some of the questions appeared to be looking for more depth or more
specific information. The questions didn't try to mislead or trick
you, though, and I found nothing ambiguous or poorly worded."
osfaq.com: Supercharge Linux (Jul 29, 2000, 19:41)
"Do you desire more speed from your Linux system? We all do, so
in this article we will cover ways of speeding up Linux."
Linux Journal: Open Source Linux: Web Programming [Book Review] (Jul 29, 2000, 19:12)
"In this book, the reader is guided through an extensible and
scalable web application development methodology. The tools used to
carry out the methodology include Perl, CGI, HTML and XML. The
recommended methodology is based on object-oriented and decoupled
linux.ie (Ireland): Getting started with CVS. (Jul 29, 2000, 18:40)
"CVS (Concurrent Versions System) is a utility used to keep
several versions of a set of files, and to allow several developers
to work on a project together. It allows developers to see who is
editing files, what changes they made to them, and when and why
Linux Journal: LinuxPPC on the Macintosh PowerBook (Jul 29, 2000, 18:05)
"What some people may not realize is that Linux for the PowerPC
chip, usually on a Macintosh platform, is not far behind
[Intel-based Linux] and has experienced similar growth in the last
Linux Magazine: Rocking and Rolling the MP3 Way (Jul 29, 2000, 17:36)
"The most important concept in understanding how MP3 encoders
work is the trade-off that exists between sound quality on the one
hand and bit rate and file size on the other. ... The higher the
bit rate, the larger your MP3 output file is and the better your
sound quality will be (and the longer it will take to encode the
Linux Magazine: VXA-1: Swift, Silent Backups (Jul 29, 2000, 17:04)
"...the VXA-1 stores your data on tape in 64-byte pieces, each
tagged with error-correction information and an identifier that
indicates its place in the data stream. This allows the drive's
four heads to try to read each data packet independently..."
CNET News.com: Cobalt may sue Apple over Cube rights (Jul 29, 2000, 16:38)
"Given Cobalt's history, a suit likely would take issue with the
name, rather than the shape, of the computers. Cube Computer filed
a suit against Cobalt in December 1998, alleging that Cobalt's Qube
infringed on the trademark of Cube Computer."
LinuxPR: DigitalRenegades Launched to... Provide Supporters of Free Information a Greater Voice (Jul 29, 2000, 16:09)
"...a new, not-for-profit, advocacy site meant to provide a
means for supporters of maintaining free information on the
Internet to post their opinions on the digital copyright debate in
a manner that is more permanent than simply posting on a discussion
CNET News.com/Gartner: IBM hedges bets by offering Linux on all platforms (Jul 29, 2000, 16:04)
"Since 1999, IBM has made several announcements in support of
Linux. IBM has done so because it wants to position itself as a
leader, in case Linux takes off in a big way."
LinuxUser.co.za: Tricks with /etc/issue (Jul 29, 2000, 15:44)
"In this short article I will show you how to change what you
see on your login screen, and also how to add a bit of colour."
Valley of the Mage Consulting announces the availibility of free services for developers (Jul 29, 2000, 15:24)
"...free shell accounts (under RedHat Linux 6.2) and other
services for use in free software development."
Technocrat.net: Are buffer-overflow security exploits really Intel and OS makers fault? (Jul 29, 2000, 15:04)
"On processors with an execute-protect bit on their VM pages and
an operating system that uses it properly, buffer-overflow security
bugs can never introduce new executable code into a process. We can
make this facility available in operating systems like Linux as
users transition to processors like Intel's new ia-64
architecture... and the ALPHA and MIPS chips."
LinuxNovice.org: Web Server Statistics with Webalizer (Jul 29, 2000, 14:33)
"Webalizer is a free web server log analyzer. It provides very
detailed traffic report that can help webmasters understand where
their traffic is coming from and where it is going. Webalizer
generates reports in both table format and graphical..."
O'Reilly Network: Living Linux: Linux and the Tools Philosophy (Jul 29, 2000, 14:06)
"That this operating system has survived in form for more than
thirty years should tell us something about the temerity of its
design considerations. And one of these considerations -- perhaps
its most endearing -- is the "tools" philosophy."
O'Reilly Network: 12 Tips on Building Firewalls (Jul 29, 2000, 13:35)
"A firewall implements your security policy. ... If you haven't
made explicit decisions about what you want the security policy to
be, it's probably not the best policy for your site, and it will
certainly be difficult for you to maintain it over time."
About.com: [Synching] Linux and Windows CE (Jul 29, 2000, 13:05)
"The trouble is, there isn't really any software around designed
specifically for connecting Linux and Windows CE. Luckily, Windows
CE devices talk to the outside world using standard protocols like
PPP and TCP/IP..."
About.com: Mailing From Scripts (Jul 29, 2000, 12:38)
"...the /bin/mail binary can still be used, but is horribly
outdated -- it's a text-only mailer with almost no features at all.
It is good, however for one thing: automated mailing, such as
sending e-mail from a shell script."
About.com: Calling Commands When Booting [init script] (Jul 29, 2000, 12:06)
"If you find yourself needing to run a certain command or series
of commands each time you start your Linux system, you can often
automate the process by editing the local init script..."
LinuxDevices.com: Embedded PowerPC Linux Boot Project now at SourceForge (Jul 29, 2000, 02:27)
"I'm pleased to announce the Embedded PowerPC Linux Boot Project
at ppcboot.sourceforge.net. With support from Wolfgang Denk, we can
offer a flexible way to boot embedded PowerPC based devices using
Linux. We are also looking for sponsors to support our development
team in the future!"