Linux News for Aug 31, 2000
LinuxWorld: Booting without all the extras, Part 2 - More fun with run levels (Aug 31, 2000, 23:35)
"In this installment of Ask the Geek, I will talk about what
these services do and how to decide whether or not you need
BW: IBM Launches $200 Million Linux Initiative In Asia Pacific, Including Linux Development Centers (Aug 31, 2000, 23:14)
"As a key part of this initiative, IBM announced that it is
opening a series of Asia Pacific Linux development centers to help
software vendors port their applications to the Linux
PRNewswire: Computer Associates Unicenter TNG Framework Bundled With SuSE's Latest Linux Offering (Aug 31, 2000, 23:07)
"For the first time, SuSE is releasing a personal and a
professional version of its operating system."
BW: Merlin Software to Provide Support For Sun's Solaris, IBM AIX and RedHat SPARC (Aug 31, 2000, 23:04)
"Even though PerfectBACKUP+ for Solaris is still in release 5,
we continue to see between 100 and 140 downloads of the product
each month. That's roughly 20% of all PerfectBACKUP+ downloads from
BW: RadiSys Announces Partnership With MontaVista to Support Linux On Its Embedded Solutions (Aug 31, 2000, 22:57)
"Under the agreement, MontaVista is providing focused support on
RadiSys' embedded solutions for its 100 percent Linux-based
GameSpy.com: Linux Gaming (Aug 31, 2000, 22:37)
"Games and Linux, two subjects which everyone at least has an
opinion on, but at the most recent Linux World Expo there was more
than an opinion on display and more than just empty promises."
LinuxPR: Jabber.com Forms Technical Advisory Board
(Aug 31, 2000, 22:21)
"Jabber.com Announces Formation Of Technical Advisory Board
Craig Burton, Rohit Khare and Stephen Williams appointed as first
three board members."
LinuxPR: Microtrader announces partnership with e-smith, inc.
(Aug 31, 2000, 22:16)
"Winnipeg-based computer products vendor joins forces with
e-smith to provide reliable, secure, easy-to-use network server
solutions for small businesses."
Signal Ground: Linux Hardware Support Survey Part 1: Motherboards (Aug 31, 2000, 22:10)
"Our feeling is that if you're using Linux, why not give your
hard earned dollars to a company trying to support your favorite
VNU Net: SCO and Caldera open to questions (Aug 31, 2000, 22:00)
"What the world needs now is a company that can give Linux a
global infrastructure and a commitment to open source
Smart Partner: Welcome To The New Linux Clubhouse (Aug 31, 2000, 21:09)
"The lab's primary aim: to make Linux more reliable, available
and serviceable--and thus, better able to meet enterprise computing
Smart Partner: Will Linux Group Burn Sun? - The OSDL may have a hidden agenda against Solaris (Aug 31, 2000, 21:00)
"To be sure, the OSDL's primary focus is catapulting Linux into
the enterprise. But OSDL's hardware members wouldn't mind if Linux
somehow manages to eclipse Solaris, too."
CNET News.com: Red Hat holds huge Linux lead, rivals growing (Aug 31, 2000, 20:43)
"Red Hat has more of the Linux market than its next five
competitors combined, but those competitors all are increasing
their share faster."
Salon: Ain't no network strong enough [Book Review] (Aug 31, 2000, 20:32)
"Computer insecurity is inevitable," he warns. "Networks will be
hacked. Fraud will be committed. Money will be lost. People will
LinuxNews.com: What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been: A Linux Newbie Trips on the Open Source Welcome Mat (Aug 31, 2000, 20:09)
"Frebe Field first contacted LinuxNews.com in June, 2000, with
what he thought might be an off-the-wall subject--an UN-success
story. "Well, I don't know how this might sound, but ever since I
started to try to get a Linux system up and running as an
alternative to the big DoZZZe in February of 1999, it's been one
drag after another," Field began."
LinuxNews.com: Familiar Music Sounds GNU With LilyPond (Aug 31, 2000, 20:05)
"Educators and statisticians generally agree that musical
prowess and scientific aptitude are related by the language of
mathematics, often complementing each other's development."
TurboLinux Security Announcement: Package: netscape-communicator 4.74 and earlier (Aug 31, 2000, 19:51)
"There is a serious problem in netscape's java libraries that
allows an applet to act as a web server on the client machine,
exposing all files on the machine to the world."
Midgard Weekly Summary for August 31, 2000 (#45) (Aug 31, 2000, 19:42)
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.
LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: It's Raining Hardware in Portland (Aug 31, 2000, 18:59)
"Linux, grassroots phenomenon that it is, has long suffered from
the snubs of high-end aficionados, who have rightly pointed out
that enterprise computing is a tough nut to crack for anybody, let
alone an OS that has thrived primarily in areas of computing where
the hardware involved is cheap and ubiquitous."
LinuxPR: Jon "maddog" Hall speaks to the Linux Community in Japan
(Aug 31, 2000, 18:05)
"Mr. Hall will give an overview of Linux and its migration from
a desktop project to an internet server, to a supercomputer to
BSD Today: Web-mail Part II: Twig and BasiliX (Aug 31, 2000, 17:33)
"This week I'll be taking a look at two MySQL-based front-ends,
which can speed up the server access, but can also mean that the
setup is much harder."
LinuxDevices.com: Embedded Linux Weekly Newsletter for Aug. 31, 2000 (Aug 31, 2000, 17:20)
"Keep up with the fast-moving "post-PC" world of Linux-based
intelligent devices, Internet appliances, and embedded systems with
this info-packed weekly update from LinuxDevices.com . . ."
eWeek: Tech Analysis: .Net changes rules (Aug 31, 2000, 15:39)
"The Windows platform, despite its portfolio of services for
application developers, shows a lack of attention to productivity
and usability goals that are finally addressed by Microsoft Corp.'s
forthcoming .Net initiative. ... Microsoft's .Net platform will
buffer developers from error-prone tasks such as data type checking
and memory management, automating these services (much like Sun
Microsystems Inc.'s Java) in the .Net run-time environment..."
In Context: ThinkFree ASP Architecture to Open Desktops to Linux? (Aug 31, 2000, 14:50)
"ThinkFree.com has an architecture for a "fat-free ASP" that
goes a long way toward making the ASP model work -- and if it
works, for many that's one less barrier to consideration of Linux
on the desktop."
technofile: Deluxe version of Corel's revised Linux comes with a lot of extras (Aug 31, 2000, 14:35)
In some ways it's easier to use, [than Windows] especially if
you count all the ways Corel Linux handles the basic setup of the
operating system. Windows needs to catch up to be in the same
league as Corel Linux in this area.
The Register: Word processor to be integrated with MSN Explorer client (Aug 31, 2000, 14:23)
"Think of what MSN's doing as developing a simple kind of client
middleware that would be relatively straightforward to implement on
other operating systems. Say AOL's Linux Web appliance is a
success, mightn't that be a smart place to start?"
LinuxWorld.com.au: IBM invests US$200M in Linux development in Asia-Pacific (Aug 31, 2000, 13:53)
"...will see the creation of Linux Development Centres and Linux
Competency Centres across the region. ... The centres will be open
to all software vendors, whether they be start-ups working on a new
innovative use of Linux, or leading enterprise level application
developers who want to port their existing products to the Linux
Inter@ctive Week: Neoware Jumps On Earnings (Aug 31, 2000, 13:47)
"Sales of its NeoLinux software, an embedded version of the
industry- standard Red Hat Linux operating system targeted at
information appliances, now account for one percent of
CNET News.com: MSN overhaul takes many cues from rival AOL (Aug 31, 2000, 13:33)
"The MSN overhaul comes as the company embarks on a new,
companywide Internet strategy, called Next Generation Windows
Services, which is aimed at fending off Web-based rivals,
applications, and upcoming operating systems like the Linux and
Palm operating systems."
AllLinuxDevices: Natl. Semiconductor Japan to Exhibit 41 Info Appliance Products At
Tokyo Seminar (Aug 31, 2000, 13:29)
"Several information appliances powered by Geode technology and
porting Linux as the operating system will be presented at the IA
seminar, including DT Research's thin clients and WebPAD devices,
Infomatec's thin clients and set-top boxes, and Wyse's thin
IT-Analysis: Cabal to develop SMP Linux lab (OSDL) in Portland Oregon (Aug 31, 2000, 13:14)
"The move makes a powerful amount of sense. The Portland based
laboratory may well remove the final barriers holding back an open
source deluge, by providing an open laboratory with all of the
hardware a Linux developer can dream of."
AllLinuxDevices: Dialtone Internet First to Update Linux Servers For Delivering Wireless Web Content (Aug 31, 2000, 13:13)
"Dialtone Internet... today announced that all its Linux Servers
and Linux Cluster Servers are being updated to deliver web content
to wireless devices."
Stockhouse.com: Linux: How to, and How Not to, Make Money Off Linux, Part 2 (Aug 31, 2000, 11:19)
"Red Hat is taking a server software and services/support
approach to Linux while Corel is trying to push Linux applications
for the desktop. Right now, there is money in Red Hat's approach
but virtually none in Corel's. Red Hat's approach is better."
Linux Weekly News for August 31, 2000 (Aug 31, 2000, 09:30)
Leading items and editorials: Like standards, software licenses
have a nice feature, Interview with Eazel's Bud Tribble and Taking
a ride on the Galeon.
Linux.com: KDE: Konspiracy, Kalumny, Konsternation? (Aug 31, 2000, 08:46)
"A few important things the KDE team and its advocates should
realize, however, is that although GNOME is now considered by many
to be "the default desktop," that really doesn't mean
osOpinion: Has the MP3 business been pushed too far? (Aug 31, 2000, 08:27)
"The trading of MP3 files has happened for almost three to four
years before Napster was even created."
osOpinion: How Penguins Survive: Why the Free Software movement is Unkillable (Aug 31, 2000, 08:07)
"Threats don't work against the flock. Direct assault doesn't
work. There are too many penguins to deal with individually, too
little focus for serious control by an external entity. So, what
methods are left to an aggressor?"
LinuxWorld.com.au: Sydney's Installfest: SLUG Shines (Aug 31, 2000, 07:41)
"The Installfest attracted approximately 150 people who spanned
a range of computing abilities, from beginner to professional. Many
other people came along without computers in order to just learn
what Linux is all about."
EarthWeb: Linux in Manufacturing: Building Linux up [at Kaiser Aluminum] (Aug 31, 2000, 04:52)
"There are more than 20 Linux systems in the plant's production
environment... They track quality control, manage machines, monitor
the production process, and produce quality reports. Kaiser is also
using Linux to run Oracle database software that tracks chemistry
at the mill. In addition, many of Kaiser's manufacturing systems
engineers are running Linux on their workstations and Kaiser uses
Linux servers for sharing files."
Ch@nnelWeb: Linux for the Enterprise [Red Hat VP Paul McNamara Audio Q&A] (Aug 31, 2000, 03:47)
Before joining Red Hat, McNamara was president and chief
operating officer of Asset Management Technologies... He also held
a number of management positions at IBM."
CNET News.com: Conoco hopes to hit oil with slick [Linux] supercomputer (Aug 31, 2000, 03:02)
"The machine can perform 500 billion calculations per second...
Conoco used a method similar to the Beowulf approach, including its
own modifications to the Linux kernel..."
Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #58 By Zack Brown (Aug 31, 2000, 02:21)
Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for
the previous week.
SF Gate: High-Tech Establishment To Fund Linux Development (Aug 31, 2000, 02:17)
"The major sponsors have pledged to kick in "multimillions per
year per company" to equip and staff the lab... Additional labs,
including facilities in Europe and Asia, are likely to be announced
CCN: SpellCaster Announces Contract With Cisco (Aug 31, 2000, 00:55)
"TeleScope Server is SpellCaster's Linux derivative server
operating system. TeleScope Server has office server and
connectivity features designed to provide both ease of use and
lower deployment costs in multi-server environments. This operating
system incorporates the robust stability of Linux and a
user-friendly browser based user interface."
BW: Conoco Builds Next-Generation Geophysical Supercomputer (Aug 31, 2000, 00:50)
"Conoco believes that the future of geophysical computing lies
in the new Intel cluster architecture and the Linux operating
system; and we have merged these technologies with our own software
to achieve a milestone in the seismic field."
BW: Tripwire Partners With SecurityFocus.com to Expand Security Awareness (Aug 31, 2000, 00:41)
"The first initiative from the partnership will be the Tripwire
Newsletter, a monthly online publication providing critical and
timely industry updates such as security alerts, market news and
events, recommended reading, and the latest Tripwire product
Caldera Systems Security Advisory: /tmp file race in faxrunq (Aug 31, 2000, 00:35)
"The mgetty package contains a number of tools for sending an
receiving facsimiles. One of the tools, faxrunq, uses a marker file
in a world-writable directory in an unsecure fashion. This bug
allows malicious users to clobber files on the system owned by the
user invoking faxrunq."
LinuxPR: Open3 Integrates Jabber Open Source Instant Messaging
(Aug 31, 2000, 00:26)
"Announcement strengthens case for adoption of open source
technology in the enterprise."
LinuxPR: XML Days Europe --Call for participation
(Aug 31, 2000, 00:21)
"New pan-European series of events focused on XML (Extensible
Markup Language) in October 2000."