Linux News for Feb 28, 2001
Linux.com: A Brief History of Computer Hackerism (Excerpt Part One) (Feb 28, 2001, 23:50)
"Now it came to pass that Microsoft had waxed great and mighty
among the Microchip Corporations; mightier than any of the
Mainframe Corporations before it, it had waxed. And Gates' heart
was hardened, and he swore unto his Customers and their Engineers
the words of this curse...."
Caldera Announces Q1 Results: SCO Acquisition Cited as Cause of Greater Losses than Q4 (Feb 28, 2001, 23:33)
"Caldera held a teleconference today to announce its quarterly
financial results. According to the company, net losses for the
quarter totalled less than this time last year, and were only
higher than last quarter because of the expenses associated with
its acquisition of SCO."
AllLinuxDevices: LynuxWorks' BlueCat Linux Now Available For Intel XScale Microarchitecture (Feb 28, 2001, 22:50)
"BlueCat to ship with Intel's XScale evaluation kit."
NewsForge: Opera for Linux: We wish them luck but... (Feb 28, 2001, 21:38)
"I finally got around to a full day of playing with the
(proprietary) Opera Browser 5.0 Linux beta. It's the fastest
browser I've ever used in any operating system, but I'm not ready
to spend $39 or look at annoying ads in return for using it."
CNET News.com: Linux catching up to Windows in server market (Feb 28, 2001, 21:07)
"Although the figures show that Windows shipments increased 20
percent, Linux outpaced it with a 24 percent increase."
NewsForge: Linux 2.4 hardware support: Several improvements (Feb 28, 2001, 21:00)
"Not only does Linux 2.4 have increased support for various
devices, but it changes the way in which it handles many previous
Linux Documentation Project Weekly News 2001-02-27 (Feb 28, 2001, 20:30)
"The Linux Documentation Project is developing free, high
quality documentation for the GNU/Linux operating system. This
includes the creation of HOWTOs and Guides, and collaboration with
other documentation groups."
KDE.org: Printing Mania: New KDE Printing Architecture Unveiled (Feb 28, 2001, 20:17)
"KDE developer Michael Goffioul today announced that he is
actively addressing an area in KDE that warrants improvement:
printing. He has committed source code to KDE CVS for a new KDE
printing system to replace the limited Qt printing framework."
searchEnterpriseLinux.com: IBM working to make Linux work; Q&A with IBM's Scott Handy (Feb 28, 2001, 20:10)
"Yesterday, IBM announced the Linux Lens program, which pays for
the education and training costs for business partners to become
certified for Linux. The company is also planning a 40-city tour
featuring specific training sessions for executive, sales and
technical forces at business partners. Speaking from IBM's
PartnerWorld in Atlanta, Handy talked about what the company is
doing to make Linux a viable alternative to enterprise
Debian Security Advisory: New version of sudo released (Feb 28, 2001, 20:08)
"Todd Miller announced a new version of sudo which corrects a
buffer overflow that could potentially be used to gain root
privilages on the local system. The fix from sudo 1.6.3p6 is
available in sudo 1.6.2p2-1potato1 for Debian 2.2 (potato)."
Enterprise Linux Today: Linux Poised for Breakout Year At Retail Counter - IHL Consulting Group (Feb 28, 2001, 19:32)
"Retail giants poised to roll out tens of thousands of Linux
point of sale (POS) terminals in North America in 2001; large
department stores and specialty hard goods retailers taking the
LinuxPR: CollabCAD, Built with Open CASCADE, Provides Distributed Access for Online CAD Systems (Feb 28, 2001, 18:42)
"This Web-enabled, distributed software is designed to provide
one or more designers with secure, simultaneous access to a CAD
model. It can be thought of as a geometry workbench that allows
accessing geometry in the STEP, IGES, STL and VRML formats for
interfacing with third-party solutions."
Linux-Mandrake 8.0 Beta 1 "Traktopel" is available (Feb 28, 2001, 17:56)
"Interested in kernel 2.4.2, in KDE 2.1, in latest GNOME and
Nautilus or just eager to install the latest Linux-Mandrake? We are
proud to announce that all of this and much more is in the first
Beta release of Linux-Madrake 8.0. Here is a quick overview of the
CNET News.com: Microsoft could win antitrust appeal, legal experts say (Feb 28, 2001, 17:49)
"...the whole case essentially hangs on monopoly maintenance,
which could collapse if the Court of Appeals decides Netscape posed
no competitive threat to Microsoft, or Microsoft's competitive
actions did not prevent Netscape from effectively distributing its
Web browser. The Court of Appeals dismissing either point would
likely lead to a complete reversal in favor of Microsoft..."
LinuxPlanet: .comment: Can Microsoft Hurt Linux? In a Word, No. (Feb 28, 2001, 17:24)
All eyes are on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia this week, where Microsoft looks to have the ruling
against it overturned. Will the outcome matter to Linux? Not
according to Dennis Powell, who says Microsoft's up against
something as difficult to pin down as water, and as tough to beat
as a hard game of whack-a-mole.
SJ Mercury: Looking for wisdom and hints of outcome in Microsoft's antitrust appeal (Feb 28, 2001, 16:42)
"Urowsky... made more than one pair of eyes go wide when he
claimed that PC makers aren't the software company's real
customers, that the people who buy the computers are the real
customers. ... Actually, Microsoft specifically denies that you and
I are its customers in other courtrooms."
The Register: Gilmore, Hedrick differ on anti-CPRM gameplan (Feb 28, 2001, 15:49)
"Hedrick has issued his own "suggestion" to the T.13 mailing
list, promising to give away a command parser that bounces unknown
new commands, so obliging a CPRM-vigilant OS to track and reject
all such command sets. His threat poses a dilemma for drive
manufacturers which may be inclined to sneak CPRM in through the
back door: they'll effectively lose the Linux market."
IT-Director: Linux: Crashes to the ground (Feb 28, 2001, 15:40)
"When escaping a planet's atmosphere, thrust has to be
maintained. Failure to do so will see a vehicle stall and lead to
the eventual break-up of the craft. Sections, pilots and equipment
will tumble at ever-increasing velocity in descending back to the
planet's surface for total annihilation. Much likened to the
prospect of Linux, once a momentum of great significance, it is now
showing signs of stalling."
LinuxPlanet: Infocrossing and S/390 Linux: An ASP's Story (Feb 28, 2001, 15:15)
We've heard all about the high-profile deployments of Linux on
IBM's mainframes. Scott Courtney takes a look at Infocrossing, an
ASP running Linux on IBM's storied S/390, and learns how it
provided something more proven than Microsoft's Win2k Datacenter
NewsForge: Linux people don't need to be protected (Feb 28, 2001, 15:14)
"Linux people are smart, supposedly. We should credit them with
enough intelligence to read, examine, digest, consider, and harvest
from all the different points of view that exist in our wide
LUGS (Linux Users Group of Singapore) Awards 2001: Call for nominations (Feb 28, 2001, 14:28)
"The search is now on! The Linux User Group of Singapore will
present the annual LUGS Awards at the Singapore Linux Conference
2001, held from 21-24 March 2001 at the Singapore International
Convention and Exhibition Centre."
Bradley M. Kuhn: Free Software in the Land of Opportunity (Feb 28, 2001, 07:35)
"Thanks to the GNU GPL, I always knew that I could stay
competitive in my business, because I would always be able to learn
easily about new innovations as soon as they were made. This gave
me a unique ability to innovate myself. I could innovate quickly,
and impress my employers. I even was able to start my own
consulting business. My own business! The pinnacle of the American
Alan Cox: Linux kernel 2.4.2-ac6 (Feb 28, 2001, 07:33)
LinuxPlanet: Lou's Views: Playing Hardball with Microsoft (Feb 28, 2001, 07:32)
If you thought Jim Allchin's recent comments were bad, Lou
Grinzo argues you'd best brace for worse: "Microsoft is not only
far better at this game than you imagine, they're far better at it
than you can imagine." Need some proof? Consider a Redmond-funded
magazine with a stable of pseudonymous writers, or the curious case
of Professor Flack.
searchEnterpriseLinux.com: Mount Linux: Management by subscription (Feb 28, 2001, 07:20)
"But instead of joining the crowd to create a Linux
distribution, the five programmers who founded Mount Linux in 1999
decided to make Linux easy to adopt in another way, by making Linux
easier to manage."
searchEnterpriseLinux.com: IBM pushes Linux education at PartnerWorld 2001 (Feb 28, 2001, 07:07)
"For Big Blue, Linux is the Big Glue, a ubiquitous operating
system that will tie all of IBM's servers together."
FreeOS.com: Answering machine on your Linux box (Feb 28, 2001, 07:03)
"Given the right tools, your modem can double as an answering
machine too. Linux doesn't leave your modem out in the cold. There
is a very good utility that can be used to setup your modem to
provide the same functionality."
Bell Labs: Claude Shannon, Father of Information Theory, Dies at 84 (Feb 28, 2001, 06:55)
"He then proceeds to so thoroughly establish the foundations of
information theory that his framework and terminology remain
LinuxPR: O'Reilly's Ultimate Tour Guide to Securely Transferring Files
(Feb 28, 2001, 06:49)
"SSH: The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide" covers the Secure
Shell in detail for both system administrators and end users."
OpenNMS Update v2.9 (Feb 28, 2001, 06:46)
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.
Kernel Cousin Wine #84 by Eric Pouech (Feb 28, 2001, 02:44)
Wine is a free implementation of Windows on Unix.
ApacheToday: Part VI: Forking and Executing Subprocesses from mod_perl (Feb 28, 2001, 01:10)
"It's desirable to avoid forking under mod_perl. Since when you
do, you are forking the entire Apache server, lock, stock and
barrel. Not only is your Perl code and Perl interpreter being
duplicated, but so is mod_ssl, mod_rewrite, mod_log, mod_proxy,
mod_speling (it's not a typo!) or whatever modules you have used in
your server, all the core routines, etc."
Alan Cox: Linux kernel 2.2.19pre16 (Feb 28, 2001, 00:33)
zez.org: Providing Web Services using WDDX (Feb 28, 2001, 00:14)
"WDDX is a standard developed to interchange data structures
between different programming languages using XML as the
CNET News.com: MP3 rival attempts to shield developers (Feb 28, 2001, 00:03)
"The programmers are trying to create a format for online music
that will carry none of the patent license fees associated with MP3
and other proprietary technologies."