Linux News for Oct 30, 2000
LinuxWorld: Paint-on processors and nanotechnology (Oct 30, 2000, 23:55)
"Peer-to-peer distributed computing and clusters are two
recurring hot topics in the Linux world. What'll it be like,
though, when those technologies truly take root, and we each have
not two or ten external processors working for us, but a thousand,
or a million?"
LinuxNews.com: Move Over, Spartacus--Here Comes DeCSS (Oct 30, 2000, 23:09)
"If I couldn't distribute DeCSS," remembers Mr. Bad, "I would
Enterprise Linux Today: TurboLinux & VERITAS to Integrate Backup & Recovery Into Enterprise-Ready Linux (Oct 30, 2000, 23:01)
"VERITAS NetBackup Client to Ship With TurboLinux Workstation
Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory: malformed name and version in perl-Chart package fixed (Oct 30, 2000, 22:16)
"A bugfix release of kpackage is avaiable. It fixes a
segmentation fault when choosing "file list" and when installing or
uninstalling a package."
Enterprise Linux Today: Metro Link Porting X Window System Products to IA-64 Linux and Monterey (Oct 30, 2000, 21:29)
"Metro Link's commercial-grade X server, Motif, and OpenGL
products will allow users of high-powered graphics programs to work
in a free-software Linux environment rather than in proprietary
Trustix Security Advisory - ping gnupg ypbind (Oct 30, 2000, 21:11)
"Trustix recently released several updated packages."
Tcl-URL! for October 30, 2000 (Oct 30, 2000, 21:06)
Tcl (Tool Command Language) is used by over half a million
developers worldwide and has become a critical component in
thousands of corporations. It has a simple and programmable syntax
and can be either used as a standalone application or embedded in
application programs. Best of all, Tcl is open source so it's
Conectiva Linux Security Announcement - gnupg (Oct 30, 2000, 20:57)
"gnupg up to and including version 1.0.3 has a flaw in the
signature checking code."
KDE.org: The People behind KDE: Reginald Stadlbauer (Oct 30, 2000, 20:48)
"I got involved after I read an article about KDE written by
Kalle in the CT (big german computer magazine) shortly after I
installed Linux the first time in summer 1997. I was not happy at
all with the windowmanagers available...."
eWeek: Dev tool goes open source (Oct 30, 2000, 20:40)
"The drive to provide enterprise developers with robust Linux
environments is gathering momentum."
eWeek: Four scripting languages speed development; JSP scores high; PHP "does the job" (Oct 30, 2000, 20:23)
"With our priorities of speedy development, ease of use, and a
complete and powerful API, ColdFusion really stood out. We also
recommend the use of JSP (JavaServer Pages), which is represented
here by Tomcat, as a good choice for enterprises. ASP and PHP did
the job, but they weren't our first picks."
Linus Torvalds: 2.4.0-test10-pre7 (Oct 30, 2000, 20:20)
"Ok, this one contains at least a preliminary fix for the
problem with truncate together with a concurrent page access - the
bug that causes oopses in block_read_full_page() and
Enterprise Linux Today: Software AG's Alf Goebel Discusses Tamino (Oct 30, 2000, 20:14)
"Software AG realized that that the golden days for proprietary
applications were drawing to a close."
Enterprise Linux Today: Macro 4 launches first Output Management solution for Linux on S/390 (Oct 30, 2000, 20:06)
UniQPrint gives Linux users a centralized point of control for
ZDNet UK: Will free software come to the rescue of the UK's health
service? (Oct 30, 2000, 19:34)
"'Free software concepts make particular sense in medicine,'
says Dr Douglas Carnall, associate editor of the Journal. 'Once a
customer is 'locked into' proprietary software, its makers can
demand premium prices, safe in the knowledge that the client would
find it even more expensive to change. Much better instead to
invest time on a system licensed under the General Public Licence
that will always be free,' he says."
LinuxPR: Nusphere Hosts First Official MySQL Training Program In North America (Oct 30, 2000, 19:03)
"...will host Polycon's MySQL open source database training
seminar from November 13-17 at the NuSphere corporate office in
LinuxPR: LinuxManiac.de: New German Linux community service
(Oct 30, 2000, 19:01)
"LinuxManiac.DE is a new service for the German Linux community,
that informs about latest software news. Additionally it will be a
nice repository for software-related information."
LinuxPR: Yet Another Society Community Funded Perl Development Grant
Awarded to Damian Conway (Oct 30, 2000, 18:59)
"Blackstar... an on-line video sales company, offered US$27,500
in matching contributions at the start of the fund raising,
amounting to half of what was needed to buy out Dr. Conway's
obligations at Monash University in Australia. Other major
contributions came from VA Linux... Manning Publications...
O'Reilly Publications... and from several individuals."
LinuxPR: Server Pages For Xbase Arrives;� Linux and Win32 Beta Testers Invited
(Oct 30, 2000, 18:55)
"Max Server Pages development focuses on creation of HTML
templates with embedded Xbase control structures, expressions,
commands and functions."
Jerry Pournelle finally admits he's a Microsoft shill (Oct 30, 2000, 18:15)
"The problem is that Microsoft Applications work. They work
well. They're not all I would like them to be -- Outlook
periodically goes off on it's own to do things I don't understand,
as we'll see in an upcoming letter from Dr. Hume -- but they do
work. Unfortunately all the various office suites for Linux DON'T
work very well. And I have tried them all. I have written about
them in great excitement when I got them. Then I didn't write any
more. It's not because I didn't try them, it is because I will not
recommend something I won't use, and frankly I cannot do my work
with any of those. I only wish I could. Corel's Word Perfect as a
word processor isn't bad, but the entire office suite just doesn't
do it for me, and I don't think it will for most readers. Office
2000 has its faults but it does the job."
Boson 0.5 Released (Oct 30, 2000, 17:43)
"Boson is a real-time strategy game, like Command&Conquer or
StarCraft. It is designed to run on Unix (Linux) computers, uses
the QT Toolkit and the QwSpriteField library. A minimum of two
players is required, since there is no artificial intelligence yet.
Boson is still in very early development and not playable yet."
Opera.com: Opera 4.0b2 for Linux is now available (Oct 30, 2000, 17:19)
"Opera for Linux has been tested on RedHat Linux 6.2, Debian
Potato 2.2, Slackware 7, NetBSD 1.5_ALPHA2/i386, and Linux Mandrake
7.1; we'll be releasing versions regularly now with the progress
updated. There are now also ports to other platforms working nearly
as well as the RedHat Linux 6.2 version is. We're compiling on
pretty much everything and making use of tools that are different
between platforms to make Opera work as well as possible."
FreeOS.com: Open source movement key for Internet growth in India (Oct 30, 2000, 17:16)
"Comparing the Indian Internet market to others like the U.S.,
net activist John Barlow said that countries which did not have
deep ties to the industrial economy would be more unfettered to
harness the Information Age. Indians have a particular strength in
being able to deal with uncertainty, ambiguity and chaos, according
Enterprise Linux Today: Tesco to use Linux in 20,000 checkout lanes in eight countries
(Oct 30, 2000, 16:24)
"The three-year agreement allows Tesco to deploy the
ASP/thin-store concept initially in more than 800 stores in the
U.K., Ireland and France... The Linux-based solution will support
Tesco's global IT strategy for implementing and maintaining a
single point-of-sale system across all its 20,000 checkout lanes in
LinuxProgramming.com: The Coming End of Anonymity? (Oct 30, 2000, 16:01)
"Watching some of the industry news lately, I've reached an
inescapable conclusion: It's only a matter of time before someone
tries to ban online anonymity."
The Register: Redmond strives to cram Great MS Hack back in box (Oct 30, 2000, 15:47)
"If you think about what actually happened, even according to
Microsoft, your confidence in the Microsoft version of events does
tend to ebb. ... Microsoft incidentally says that the code couldn't
have been downloaded because that would have been recorded, rather
than that it couldn't be downloaded because it was secure."
LinuxFormat.co.uk: The Microsoft Break-In: What are the implications for the open source community? (Oct 30, 2000, 15:36)
"...it would seem that although they may not want it to be, Wine
and Winelib are actually essential to Microsoft's attempts to
embrace Linux. ...if people that had seen the source code
contributed to Wine, would Microsoft attempt to claim damages, even
though the software would currently seem central to Microsoft's
LinuxNewbie.org: Installing Snort 1.6.3 on SuSE 6.x-7.x (Oct 30, 2000, 15:10)
"Snort is a lightweight network intrusion detection system,
capable of performing real-time traffic analysis and packet logging
on IP networks."
The Register: Linux Growth Rate Slows in Japan (Oct 30, 2000, 15:08)
"According to IDC Japan's latest stats, for the Japanese server
OS arena, Linux will account for 7.8 per cent of the market come
the end of 2000. That's due to a 144.4 per cent increase on the
number of shrinkwrapped or bundled copies of the open source
operating system shipped during the year."
Apache Today: NuSphere to Contribute Row-Level Locking to MySQL Database (Oct 30, 2000, 14:23)
"NuSphere, provider of NuSphere MySQL, the leading packaged
software product for the open source database marketplace,
announced today that it is partnering with the MySQL open source
database community to develop a row-level locking capability for
the MySQL database. Code-named "Gemini," this project will be part
of MySQL Version 4, targeted for release in the spring of
Financial Post: Red Hat boss joins board of Toronto Internet software company (Oct 30, 2000, 14:14)
"In convincing Mr. Young to join its board, Tucows has scored a
coup not only for itself, but also for the Canadian Internet
industry as a whole."
AsiaBizTech: Linux Seen Winning Nearly 8 Percent of Japan's Server OS
Market in 2000 (Oct 30, 2000, 14:03)
"Broken down by type, shipments of the Linux operating system
are expected to jump 144.4 percent to 41,200 units. This 2.4-fold
burst in growth will propel Linux to a 7.8 percent share of the
overall server OS market in 2000, compared to a 4.0 percent share
the previous year, IDC Japan said."
AllLinuxDevices: TrollTech Will Release Qt/Embedded under the GPL
(Oct 30, 2000, 14:01)
In an interview, TrollTech CEO Haavard Nord said his company
held off on releasing Qt/Embedded under the GPL while they observed
the effects the licensing change had on Qt/Unix. According to Nord,
the move encouraged commercial developers interested in purchasing
licenses, which "affected revenue in a positive way" as several
high-profile companies including Ericsson (makers of the upcoming
Linux-based ScreenPhone), Hewlett Packard, and IBM decided to adopt
Qt/Unix for projects."
Hackers Saw Microsoft Source Code (Oct 30, 2000, 13:56)
"Microsoft has admitted that source code for some of its
products under development was seen by hackers who gained access to
its corporate network."
LinuxPR: Linux-Mandrake 7.2 "Odyssey" now available for download [Official Announcement]
(Oct 30, 2000, 13:38)
"The Linux-Mandrake 7.2 (Odyssey) is immediately available via
different Internet servers. ... With this new version, MandrakeSoft
confirms its commitment to empowering people by releasing a
fully-secured solution which is one of the most complete and
easy-to-use operating systems ever."
Apache Today: JYACC Unveils Web-Development Tool POSSL
(Panther Open Source Software for Linux) (Oct 30, 2000, 13:37)
"POSSL is an enterprise application development environment that
simplifies the building of transactional, component-based Web
applications. The POSSL technology is based on Panther, a proven
development environment used by Fortune 500 companies around the
globe to build enterprise-level, mission-critical applications. The
Panther software, including an Enterprise JavaBean (EJB) component
builder, is most widely recognized as a development environment for
IBM WebSphere Application Server. POSSL's source code license is
modeled after the BSD license; it allows unrestricted use of the
POSSL code in both open source and proprietary software."
Rant Mode Equals One: Microsoft Forks Windows on Purpose (Oct 30, 2000, 13:28)
Paul Ferris shows how the Open Source and Free Software movement
is actually responsible for the recent heist of the Microsoft
source code. Really! No Foolin'! Honest! (Right)
NY Times: Copyright Office Backs Ban on Code-Breaking Software (Oct 30, 2000, 13:22)
"In a decision giving copyright holders greater control over the
way people use books, movies and music that are distributed in
digital form, the United States Copyright Office on Friday endorsed
a new federal law making it illegal to break the technological
safeguards for such works."
Apache Today: Apache Guide: ApacheCon Europe 2000 (Oct 30, 2000, 13:10)
"After lunch, I went to Ryan's talk about modules on Apache 2.0.
2.0 gives modules much more control over the order in which they
are called, and how they interoperate with other modules. Filters
are a new way for content to be modified while it is on the way out
to the client. Some very cool things are going into 2.0. In answer
to the question that was asked every 5 minutes ("When is 2.0 coming
out?"), Ryan said that we could expect a beta release soon. As with
any Open Source project, things are ready when they are ready,
which is when people have time and motivation to work on it. If you
need something sooner, download the code and start working."
LinuxPlanet: .comment: KOffice is a Good Start (Oct 30, 2000, 13:02)
"So yes, the framework is in place, the design intelligent and
thoughtful. The applications are a little rough-edged and limited
and it's not likely that this incarnation of KOffice will grace
many offices. But what this version does demonstrate is the
enormous potential of the KDE2 office suite. It's to be hoped that
it's enough to bring many others onto the bandwagon, producing at
last a good, fast, and free set of professional quality
productivity applications for the Linux desktop."
Hardware Central: Transmeta's Crusoe, Hot Rod or Performance Hog? (Oct 30, 2000, 12:25)
"In actuality Transmeta has developed a whole new approach to
microprocessor design, and not just another processor. Currently an
entire processor with the accompanied instruction set is
implemented in hardware (for example a x86 processor such as the
Intel Pentium III), and then the software is written specifically
to make use of that instruction set. Transmeta chose to do it
differently; rather than implementing the entire x86 instruction
set of the processor in hardware, the Crusoe processor consists of
a compact hardware engine surrounded by a software layer."
Linux.com: Linux: Growing Pains (Oct 30, 2000, 06:25)
"A recent example is the attempt by the Gnome group to provide
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) scripting support in its office
suite, to be known as Gnome Basic."
Security Portal: Weekly Linux Security Digest 2000/10/23 to 2000/10/29 (Oct 30, 2000, 06:09)
"This week it's ypbind, some more Apache (1.3.14 was released),
PHP (from last week), and MySQL. Oracle has also had quite a few
problems revealed this week - three advisories on separate problems
from separate groups."
LinuxSecurity.com: Linux Security Week - October 30th 2000 (Oct 30, 2000, 06:05)
"This week, advisories were released for apache, gnupg, ping,
ypbind, ypserve, mysql, cyrus-sal, curl, ppp-off, and
Zio Budda: Install Xfree4.0 under Debian 2.2 (Oct 30, 2000, 04:47)
"Purtroppo non è ancora disponibile, sotto Debian, una
serie di pacchetti ".deb" che includa il nuovo XFree 4.0.
Poichè questa nuova versione del server grafico include
delle novità davvero interessanti (oltre che fornire delle
prestazioni velocistiche di molto superiori alla serie 3.3.x)
è davvero un peccato non poterne usufruire."