Linux News for Sep 29, 2000
LinuxNews.com: Metrowerks Happily Honeymooning with Lineo (Sep 29, 2000, 23:59)
"Metrowerks, the Motorola subsidiary that invested $22.5 million
in their new embedded Linux partner Lineo on September 25, is
happily settling into what the company hopes will be a long and
Enterprise Linux Today: PentaSafe Security Ships Security Software With Red Hat Linux Version 7 (Sep 29, 2000, 23:56)
"PentaSafe's 10 Point Security Check Up Report for Linux Quickly
Checks Linux Systems for Frequently Overlooked Security
Enterprise Linux Today: CEI Wins $1.4-Million ASCI Contract to Apply Beowulf Cluster for Visualization (Sep 29, 2000, 23:53)
"Results of research will be applicable to aerospace,
automotive, chemical, scientific markets."
Kernel Cousin Samba #26 (Sep 29, 2000, 23:49)
Samba is an open source software suite that provides seamless
file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients.
LinuxPR: HIARC CAB Software Provides Linux Users with Online, Centralized Archiving and Backup (Sep 29, 2000, 23:47)
"HIARC CAB provides businesses with an online central point of
management for their data backup and retrieval needs."
LinuxPR: OpenWatcom.org to Use Perforce the Fast Software Configuration Management System (Sep 29, 2000, 23:40)
"The Open Watcom project requires an industrial strength source
control system, that's why we selected Perforce for the job."
LinuxPR: RadioWallStreet.com: The Linux League Friday Edition
(Sep 29, 2000, 23:39)
"Newly appointed Linux League Commissioner and weekly
RadioWallStreet.com contributor, Francis Gaskins, will host a panel
of guests to review Linux trends."
LinuxPR: Quintalinux and Red Flag Software in Cooperative Marketing Agreement
(Sep 29, 2000, 23:37)
"Adding Red Flag to our line of Linux solutions further broadens
our product line and enables us to serve the fast-growing market
for Linux-based systems."
DevShed.com: How To Build the Apache of Your Dreams (Sep 29, 2000, 21:41)
"While it is a good starting point, the generic Apache
configuration is probably not optimal for you. A little knowledge
of the standard modules and what they do can make for a faster,
more secure web server, simpler configuration files, and a host of
new and exciting features."
LinuxPR: Dell and Hewlett-Packard Join First-Ever Linux Plug Fest In Burlingame, CA October 22-26 (Sep 29, 2000, 21:11)
"This event is being held to drive compatibility between the
newest hardware and the latest Linux kernel implementations."
Lotus.com: Eric Raymond replies to Charles Connell (Sep 29, 2000, 20:26)
"Chuck Connell aims some mighty rhetorical blows at a set of
propositions that he believes are premises or consequences of the
open-source development model. He specifically quotes, and attempts
to refute, my work in The Cathedral and the Bazaar and subsequent
MacSlash.com: Jason Haas speaks about LinuxPPC (Sep 29, 2000, 19:54)
"The company's next version of their software, LinuxPPC 2000 Q3,
can be described by the maxim: 'Evolution, not Revolution.'"
Enterprise Linux Today: IDC outlines server market trends (Sep 29, 2000, 19:30)
"A new power base in consumer markets, along with open source
platforms and mass commoditisation, will drive the server market
through the next decade."
LinuxPR: Computer I/O Introduces Configurable Network Data Servers For OEMs And Systems Integrators (Sep 29, 2000, 16:43)
"The DirectServer Series is easily configurable to meet a wide
range of digital and analog I/O, and telecommunication data
LinuxPR: "Professional Linux Programming" New from Wrox Press
(Sep 29, 2000, 16:39)
"Completely up to date and comprehensive, this book will allow
existing Linux Programmers and aspiring developers alike to take
advantage of the opportunities available in the open source
OpenCascade.com: Open CASCADE Application Framework programming sample available (Sep 29, 2000, 15:41)
"Following your numerous requests on the forum and in the
mailing lists we have made available an OCAF sample for Open
CASCADE version 3.0 which will help you to understand and use this
powerful Open CASCADE functionality. ...runs on two Linux
platforms: Red Hat 6.2 and Mandrake 7.1."
ZDNet UK: Sun considers ditching Linux [on Cobalt server appliances] (Sep 29, 2000, 15:23)
"...senior Sun executives... leaning toward replacing Linux with
a version of Solaris that is optimised for appliances."
Slashdot: Yup, Somebody Cracked Slashdot
(Sep 29, 2000, 15:12)
"As they say, the weakest link in any security system is human:
on one of our test boxes, we had a "Clean" copy of Slashcode
installed, with default data... including the temp admin password
(God/Pete). It didn't take much after that to get into Slashdot
Linux Magazine: Linux Takes a Page from the PC [- IDC analyst] (Sep 29, 2000, 13:58)
"While looking at recent studies on operating-system usage, it
struck me that Linux bears an amazing similarity to another
technology that was gradually picked up by corporate IT in the
1980s: the personal computer. Although the technology itself is
different, the issues and obstacles are still the same."
KBasic: A VB-Like Rad/IDE For KDE Is Under Development (Sep 29, 2000, 13:41)
"KBasic is a programming language which brings a complete BASIC
to KDE. It will include a great IDE with a form designer and a
complete binding to KDE like controls (CommandButton, TextBox,
ComboBox, Image, Html) and the other KDE features."
LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: SuSE Linux 7.0 Personal/Professional (Sep 29, 2000, 13:38)
"In all, I found SuSE to be among the most user-friendly of the
Linux distributions I have seen to date and it is likely going to
stay on my desktop for some time to come. This ease of use is
exactly what SuSE is aiming for, as I learned in an interview with
Volker Wiegand, President of SuSE Inc., the U.S. division of
Salon: The Gnutella paradox (Sep 29, 2000, 13:09)
"But according to critics, Gnutella is hardly ready for prime
time -- and is facing dilemmas almost as worrisome as the Napster
lawsuit. Over the last month, users of the system have noticed a
dramatic slowdown in responsiveness, and a number of reports have
revealed serious instabilities in the Gnutella network. The
open-source software developers who nabbed the program after
America Online forced its programmers to abandon it are still
striving to learn how to work together. And Gnutella's legal status
is also murky: The RIAA is already hinting that it may be preparing
a strategy to attack Gnutella."
AllLinuxDevices: Analysis: Sun sees a future in server appliances (Sep 29, 2000, 12:54)
"But Cobalt represents a notable change of tack for Sun on other
fronts, too. Its hardware is based around Intel-compatible AMD
processors, a first for a vendor that has always relied on the
mettle of its own Sparc technology. Furthermore, Cobalt is a big
Linux supporter, a Unix variant that Sun has hitherto eschewed in
favour of its own more mature Solaris operating system."
The Register: IBM, Toshiba team on Linux cluster systems (Sep 29, 2000, 12:02)
"IBM and Toshiba are to co-operate on the promotion of Linux
cluster systems, the duo announced today."
KDE.com: Report from first KDE documentation and localization meeting (Sep 29, 2000, 08:12)
"This success demonstrates that there are strong energies
willing to bring Unix Operating Systems and Free Software to the
citizen with a documented, easy-to-use graphical interface, in
their own language."
Linux.com: Gimp vs. Photoshop: An Amateur Artist's View (Sep 29, 2000, 07:59)
"A Photoshop user dropped in front of a Linux desktop running
Gimp will find that most of the menu layout is similar to that of
Photoshop. In terms of tools, the Gimp matches tool for tool
against the most current version of Photoshop."
Linux.com: Your "Old" 486 & LINUX (Sep 29, 2000, 07:50)
"The 486 makes a perfect firewall/router/IP-masquerading
machine. The Linux Router Project (LRP) has created a GNU/Linux
distribution that runs from a single floppy."
LinuxSecurity.com: Linux Advisory Watch, September 29th 2000 (Sep 29, 2000, 07:24)
"Perhaps one of the more serious advisories released this week
is the LPRng format string vulnerability outlined by Caldera."
osOpinion: What Every American Should Know About Copyright (Sep 29, 2000, 07:20)
"Due to Napster and DeCSS, copyright has found its way into the
spotlight, at least in some Internet circles. Unfortunately, this
has happened almost 25 years after the major portion of the damage
LinuxLookup.com: Mandrake 7.2 Beta [Review] (Sep 29, 2000, 07:12)
"Mandrake's primary aim seems to be combating the difficulty of
installation/use complaints that have plagued Linux. These guys are
up to the challenge."
Slashdot Database Compromised by 'White Hat' Hackers (Sep 29, 2000, 03:15)
Visitors to Slashdot this evening were greeted by a story
announcing that the popular site's database had been compromised.
[ Ed. Note: Contains a sizable screenshot ]
Upside: Red Hat struggles to be seen in embedded space
(Sep 29, 2000, 03:14)
"Ten months after the merger, however, the integration of the
two companies seems a bit awkward. Despite the outwardly can't-miss
combination of Cygnus' engineering talent and Red Hat's marketing
savvy, the company has spent almost the entire year watching a host
of competitors sprint past it in hopes of becoming the world's top
supplier of embedded Gnu/Linux software and services."
LinuxPR: Magic Software Partner, e-Carisma, To Provide Magic eService To Satyam Europe (Sep 29, 2000, 00:55)
"Web-Based CRM Solution To Support Expanding European
LinuxPR: Jupiter Systems Announces Linux support for the Jupiter 870 series display wall controller (Sep 29, 2000, 00:51)
"With expansion capability to 124 screens and support for both
live video input and analog RGB input, the Jupiter 870 display wall
controller takes the Linux operating system to new heights of
BSDToday: FreeBSD 4.1.1-RELEASE is now available (Sep 29, 2000, 00:33)
"The 4.1.1-RELEASE enhanced with cryptographic code and other
Upside: The Great Open Source Debate wages on (Sep 29, 2000, 00:21)
"The debate... began with Red Hat's Tiemann describing the open
source development process as "revolutionary" and irreversible. ...
Sticking up for the proprietary side was Wind River's Fogelin, who
described open source as less cause and more symptom of the changes
gripping the embedded systems market."
CNET News.com: VA Linux trying to make inroads into Japan (Sep 29, 2000, 00:04)
"VA Linux Systems and Sumitomo have created a subsidiary to help
VA establish a toehold in the notoriously hard-to-enter Japanese
market. ... NTT Communicationware, NEC and Toshiba Engineering also
have agreed to invest in the VA subsidiary, but completion of those
deals awaits regulatory approval from the Japanese and U.S.