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Linux News for Nov 29, 2000

  • LinuxPR: Digital Knowledge Announces Opening of First Linux Mentoring Center. (Nov 29, 2000, 23:50)
    "Linux Product Showcase to be key feature of training/mentoring facility. DKI gives open invitation to Linux Vendors to showcase their wares."

  • Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory: New ocaml package is available (Nov 29, 2000, 23:46)
    "Stripping the binaries for ocaml renders them inoperable."

  • LinuxPR: Multicast Technologies Announces The Release Of Its Multicast Player (Nov 29, 2000, 23:36)
    "The MCT Player is being released under an open-source license, which will enable other programmers to contribute improvements to subsequent player updates."

  • AllLinuxDevices: Security Review: VelociRaptor Firewall Kicks! (Nov 29, 2000, 22:43)
    "Though Veloci- Raptor is a late entrant into this market, the birth of this beasty box is going to give prior market entrants, including the CheckPoint based Nokia IP650, a run for the money. An enhanced version of AXENT's Raptor Firewall software, sitting on top of a pre-hardened Linux operating system, VelociRaptor hardware uses the sleek, 1 rack unit high, show-offy Cobalt based line of server appliances."

  • O'Reilly Network: Test Drive of Netscape 6 (Nov 29, 2000, 22:34)
    "Whenever a browser comes out with a new version, it's like an automobile manufacturer coming out with a sleek-bodied car. The lines and curves may look real nice, but you have to look under the hood and take a test drive before you can form an honest opinion for yourself. In order to beat their competitors, automakers may rush into production, which can lead to recalls because of parts failure."

  • Advogato: A modest proposal: integrating "desktop" technologies into the base GNU system (Nov 29, 2000, 22:12)
    "For Free platforms to really succeed, there needs to be a compelling technical reason for both users and developers to choose them over proprietary solutions. The key is integration: both at the application level and the services level."

  • AllLinuxDevices: Editor's Note: Which Way For Handhelds? Microsoft's Newly Doubled Market Share (Nov 29, 2000, 22:03)
    "I can hear a collective sigh go up over this news. Readers often point out that handhelds and embedded consumer computing in general are best left out of the picture where OS wars are concerned, but once again I have to respectfully disagree. While it's true that the average consumer doesn't care what's under the hood (to the point that VTech, Royal and Compaq are all, to greater or lesser degrees, opting to try Linux out on their own devices despite its miserable share of the desktop market), the issue is the future."

  • Advogato: ldd libcongress.so (Nov 29, 2000, 22:02)
    "The MARC 21 record format, coupled with the z39.50 transport protocol, is used by libraries all over the US to swap bibliographic data. But what about the Free Software world? What with the proliferation of free POSIX systems that run on cheap hardware, it would seem to be a no-brainer for small libraries and special collections. What's kept this from happening?"

  • Enterprise Linux Today: New Economy Internet Companies Embrace Red Hat Linux for Oracle 8i (Nov 29, 2000, 21:53)
    "Red Hat Linux Chosen for Its Integration with Oracle Databases And Ability to Increase Operation Speeds."

  • InfoWorld: A world with UCITA may allow fine print to outweigh the right thing (Nov 29, 2000, 21:40)
    "Sir, Firebridge Tires is aware of those reports. I want to assure you we are investigating, and when we identify the people responsible for those reports, we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law."

  • NetLedger: It's Not Just for Accounting Anymore (Nov 29, 2000, 21:38)
    "NetLedger also launched a consolidated datacenter backed by technologies from Oracle, VA Linux and Network Appliance. The data center has established NetLedger as one of the world's largest Oracle deployments on Linux."

  • CNET News.com/Reuters: Hearing provides forum for copyright debate (Nov 29, 2000, 21:30)
    "This will be the preseason skirmish to some significant legislative hearings, which have the potential of resulting in new legislation in the next two to four years in the area of copyrights."

  • Enterprise Linux Today: SGI Launches First Annual Global Developer Conference on IRIX and Linux Operating Systems (Nov 29, 2000, 21:14)
    "Conference Will Address 'Developing the Future'"

  • LinuxPR: RedWire and Pyramid sign Partnership Agreement (Nov 29, 2000, 21:07)
    "This co-operation agreement will further strenghten the Linux and expansion strategies of both companies..."

  • ZDNet: BSD to leapfrog Linux? (Nov 29, 2000, 21:06)
    "BSD is likely to rival Linux very soon in total number of users, and the BSD community is primping for center stage."

  • Linux.com: Springboard (Nov 29, 2000, 20:59)
    "For companies using Linux in new products, the code is just a springboard. The concept of selling software support for a standard doesn't work."

  • CNN/Reuters: Music technology forum awards hackers in contest (Nov 29, 2000, 20:36)
    "The Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) said it was contacting two successful challengers, who will receive $5,000 each, for participation in the HackSDMI public invitation."

  • Maximum Linux: SimCity 3000 Unlimited for Linux [Review] (Nov 29, 2000, 20:21)
    "Like all of Loki's ports, the Linux version of SimCity 3000 Unlimited is a perfect port of the Windows version. Unfortunately, Loki did such a good job doing the port that it shares all the weaknesses of the Windows version..."

  • NewsForge: WAP market getting WAPPED (Nov 29, 2000, 19:46)
    "In a truly remarkable stretch of logic, the [Wall Street] Journal suggested that the industry standards group, the WAP Forum was to blame, and so was the Open Source development model! Other more rational analysts suggest the problem lies in the fact that most WAP applications ... suck."

  • LinuxPR: ATI Selects Metro Link as Technology Access Program Partner (Nov 29, 2000, 19:35)
    "Metro Link's unique multiple platform build and test environment uniquely positions us to support ATI's products and customers on multiple operating systems like LynxOS, embedded Linux, VxWorks and QNX. It also allows us to support ATI's graphics cards and chip sets on multiple hardware architectures like X86, MIPS, PowerPC and StrongArm," said Morgan Von Essen, Metro Link President and CEO."

  • LinuxPR: Version 3.1 of Open CASCADE 3D Modeling Components Now Available (Nov 29, 2000, 19:20)
    "Presenting expanded data export format capabilities and notable enhancements in ease of use, this new version was developed following feedback and suggestions from Version 3.0 users."

  • Enterprise Linux Today: IBM Invests in Structural Bioinformatics (Nov 29, 2000, 19:13)
    "...IBM will provide hardware and software, including a high-performance cluster of eServer xSeries servers running Linux. The new Linux-based system will enhance SBI's ability to perform high-resolution protein modeling..."

  • O'Reilly Network: Insecurities in a Nutshell: Koules Local Root Exploit And More (Nov 29, 2000, 16:29)
    "It has been reported that there is a local root vulnerability and exploit for the SVGA game Koules. ... The Oracle Connection Manager Control binary (cmctl) has a local exploit that allows any user to become the user and group that Oracle is installed under. ...mgetty has a vulnerability that can permit a local user to create or overwrite any file on the system."

  • The Standard: TiVo Hopes for Christmas Cheer (Nov 29, 2000, 16:25)
    "Still, every box counts at this stage of the game. TiVo's AOL alliance is its pre-emptive strike against Microsoft's Ultimate TV platform, which has yet to appear on the horizon. But Ramsay has no doubt that when Ultimate TV does arrive, it will be a formidable competitor. 'That's who we've viewed as the main competition all along,' he says. 'We're going to keep our heads down this quarter and try and sell as many boxes as possible.'"

  • Java Developer's Journal: Corporate Linux (Nov 29, 2000, 15:14)
    "The Linux platform offers a cost-effective and flexible solution to the world of computing. The availability of software isn't a problem anymore."

  • Lou's Views: A Six Pack of Ponderables (Nov 29, 2000, 14:12)
    "What if Windows had been a truly great operating system all along? Rock solid, secure, high performing, reasonably priced, and endowed with a spectrum of first-class administration tools for everyone from newbies to network admins riding herd on dozens of servers and thousands of users? Would Linux still be a rising superstar, with regular coverage in CTO- and CIO-oriented publications like InfoWorld and ComputerWorld, and one big company after another vying for the role of Linux's best friend?"

  • LinuxPlanet: .comment: Making Money on Free Software? (Nov 29, 2000, 14:12)
    The stock market has not treated Linux stocks kindly: after soaring early, Red Hat Software and VA Linux now have market capitalizations that are more in line with the rest of the computer industry. But the more important question, asks Dennis E. Powell, is whether pure Linux plays have a successful formula to be profitable in either the short term or the long term -- and what this means for the entire Linux community.

  • Ottawa Citizen: Operating system's popularity keeps growing (Nov 29, 2000, 13:36)
    "When we first looked at Linux, not too long ago, we said that Linux would go strategic (large scale) within 12-18 months," said Burns MacDonald a senior consultant with CGI Group Inc. "But, we were wrong, it's happening now."

  • Upside: Vita Nuova breaks new OS ground [with Plan 9] (Nov 29, 2000, 13:09)
    "...transparent access to the network is a design issue currently bedeviling open source programmers and their allies in the commercial world. While interface projects such as GNOME and KDE have achieved arguable breakthroughs using the object-oriented design model, both projects are limited by the underlying 30-year-old architecture of the Unix or Unix-like systems that run them."

  • Enterprise Linux Today: In Context: Linux to Reach Critical Mass in 2001? (Nov 29, 2000, 09:10)
    "As the details of successful Linux deployments are reported -- in conferences, in the trade press, and in the market research of Gartner Group and similar organizations -- and the reports are along the lines of "we did it, it works great, and we saved $22 million in the first year," the question asked by IT managers starts to shift. It shifts from "can Linux do it?" to "how can we get Linux to do it here?"

  • Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.4.0-test12-pre3 (Nov 29, 2000, 07:28)
    "The bulk of this is architecture updates (most lately mips64). The most interesting (but fairly small) part is the VM cleanups. Any day now kiobuf's can just use PageDirty on everything, and we won't have any nasty races any more."

  • LinuxToday.com.au: Eyes Wide Shut, Minds Wide Open (Nov 29, 2000, 07:25)
    "Emacspeak is another software package aimed at the blind - one that claims to provide seamless blending of all aspects of the Internet experience into one single audio desktop."

  • Kernel Cousin Wine #71 By Eric Pouech (Nov 29, 2000, 07:16)
    Wine is a free implementation of Windows on Unix.

  • Debian Security Advisory: ed symlink attack (Nov 29, 2000, 06:09)
    "Alan Cox discovered that GNU ed (a classed line editor tool) created temporary files unsafely. This has been fixed in version 0.2-18.1."

  • OpenNMS Update v1.36 (Nov 29, 2000, 05:32)
    The mission of OpenNMS.org is to build the world's best Internet infrastructure management system with the assistance of the open source community and to make it free and open.

  • LinuxDevices.com: Embedding Linux in a DiskOnChip (Nov 29, 2000, 03:37)
    "This article guides you through the process of building a custom Linux image and installing it on the DiskOnChip in such a way that you will not violate the GPL. The image will be bootable and you will be able to distribute the hardware without any sort of spinning media; hard drive, floppy drive or CD-ROM."

  • Alan Cox: Linux kernel 2.2.18pre24 (Nov 29, 2000, 02:34)

  • SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: Linux is Oracle's developer magnet (Nov 29, 2000, 00:46)
    "The most popular operating system for developers writing software for the Oracle platform is not Microsoft Windows NT. It's not Sun Solaris. It's the open source upstart, Linux."

  • SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: Giant gets some rest, thanks to Linux (Nov 29, 2000, 00:04)
    "The company finally found relief in Linux. Today, Giant's server uptime is close to 100 percent and costs of ownership of systems running on the Linux platform is headed down."