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Linux News for Apr 26, 2001

  • The Register: Amazon refuses to pull Bill Gates' review of Linux 7.0 (Apr 26, 2001, 23:30)
    "Amazon.co.uk has refused to pull reviews of Red Hat Linux 7.0 Deluxe edition by Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds off its site because they are not offensive." Half a pedant point subtracted for the headline, one point added for reporting the gag.

  • LinuxProgramming: python-dev summary 2001-04-12 - 2001-04-26 (Apr 26, 2001, 23:00)
    This is a summary of traffic on the python-dev mailing list between Apr 12 and Apr 25 (inclusive) 2001. It is intended to inform the wider Python community of ongoing developments.

  • VA Linux Systems Updates Financial Outlook (Apr 26, 2001, 22:30)
    VA Linux has announced that its expected revenue for its third fiscal quarter will likely be in the range of $18 to $20 million. In February, the company announced it expected revenues to be "below $30 million."

  • LWN: 'SCEI announced Linux for PlayStation2 !' (Apr 26, 2001, 22:00)
    Sony has announced that it will, indeed, ship Linux for the Playstation 2. The kits will cost 25,000 Yen (~$205 US) and be made on a limited basis in Japan first.

  • UserFriendly Available in Polish Edition (Apr 26, 2001, 21:41)
    Polish UFies can now get their fix a little more easily. A reader has written in to let us know about a new Polish edition of User Friendly.

  • ZDNet: You can't always get what you font (Apr 26, 2001, 21:30)
    In his newest column, Evan Leibovitch has taken on font support in Linux. A lot of people are warming up their bookmarks to link to the Font DeUglification HOWTO, which is a nice resource and already linked to in this column. The issue, he says, is that we shouldn't need it.

  • LinuxProgramming: Eric S. Raymond: CML2 1.2.8 is available (Apr 26, 2001, 20:59)
    Eric Raymond has announced the latest version of CML2. This is a tool designed to ease kernel configuration and compilation for "non-gurus" slated for introduction into the 2.5.1 or 2.5.2 kernel.

  • SecurityPortal: Ask Buffy - After an Attack; Firewalls and Intrusion Detection; SSL; lpd. (Apr 26, 2001, 20:23)
    Questions this week cover BIND & DNS; After an Attack; Firewalls and Intrusion Detection; SSL; lpd.

  • Opera 5.0 Beta 8 is out. (Apr 26, 2001, 19:59)
    Opera 5.0 Beta 8 is out. Excerpt from the new features/changes list and download link within.

  • CNET/Yahoo!: Gateway ends "stupid" policies (Apr 26, 2001, 19:05)
    File this story under "datapoint mentioned in passing": Gateway may be one of the kings of the customer loyalty realm, but they've clung to what their marketing head calls "stupid" policies, including invalidating warranties if customers install third party software (which we assume includes whole operating systems).

  • LinuxProgramming: Snack Sound Toolkit v2.1b1 released (Apr 26, 2001, 18:30)
    Kare Sjolander announces a release of the Snack Sound Toolkit v2.1b1, a Tcl and Python toolkit that adds commands to play, record, and process sound and supports in-memory sound objects, file based audio, and streaming audio. Most notable in this new version: support for Ogg/Vorbis.

  • EnGarde Secure Linux Security Advisory: xntp i386 packages available (Apr 26, 2001, 18:00)
    "There is a very small buffer overflow in NTP daemon which shipped with EnGarde Secure Linux version 1.0.1."

  • Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: nedit (Apr 26, 2001, 17:27)
    "A temporary file vulnerability exists in NEdit, the Nirvana Editor. When printing the entire text or selected parts of the text within the editor, nedit creates a temporary file in an insecure manner. This could be exploited to gain access to other user privileges including root."

  • ZDNet/Yahoo!: Am I a Microsoft lackey or what? (Apr 26, 2001, 17:08)
    Well, here's an interesting question we'd suspect many might answer very quickly. The issue is, would the thundering affirmations be correct? When approaching Microsoft, two favorite labels when addressing its apologists are "FUD" and "astroturf," which don't address how to deal with reporters who might honestly be trying to call it like they see it. A ZDNet columnist responds to readers "who take the position that anything bad for Microsoft is good for computing."

  • WIRED: Watermark Crackers Back Away (Apr 26, 2001, 16:34)
    Vowing to fight another day for the right to publish their findings, the team that successfully cracked SDMI four times has decided to bow to DMCA-citing threats of litigation from the RIAA and suspend their plans to present a paper on their work at a conference this week.

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: gftp format string vulnerability corrected (Apr 26, 2001, 15:17)
    "An updated gftp package is available for Red Hat Linux 6.2 and 7.1. This package contains an upgrade to gftp version 2.0.8, which improves functionality and fixes a format string vulnerability."

  • The Register: No Joy from P2P vets for Sun's Jxta (Apr 26, 2001, 14:36)
    From the Sun perspective, JXTA is the greatest thing since TCP/IP. From the outside perspective, it pushes the P2P buzzword button nicely. According to this article, from an experienced P2P developer's perspective it mostly elicits an unhappy "Oh my God." And the tech press? They've declared P2P DOA anyhow.

  • InformationWeek: IBM And Sun Duke It Out Over Linux (Apr 26, 2001, 14:00)
    Whither Unix? If this article has it right, the inheritors of the mantle and the two platforms that will keep Unix (in the generic) viable through this decade are IBM's Linux-friendly AIX 5L and Sun's Solaris 8. Curiously, Caldera/SCO's OpenUNIX has gone missing from the list.

  • LinuxPlanet: New HOWTO: Plug-and-Play-HOWTO (Apr 26, 2001, 13:00)
    This updated HOW TO covers the complex Plug-and-Play (PnP) issue, including how to get PnP to work on your PC (if it doesn't already).

  • AllLinuxDevices: David Sugar: Bayonne Project Reaches Milestone 6 (Apr 26, 2001, 12:29)
    "This initial release of milestone 6 has the first functional snapshot of Bayonne XML services. This includes a plugin which introduces a special XML dialect, BayonneXML. BayonneXML is intended to become a superset of the existing CallXML dialect and will provide support for additional features and functionality specific to Bayonne."

  • Debian Security Advisory: New versions of Zope fix vulnerabilities (Apr 26, 2001, 11:48)
    "This is an addition to DSA 043-1 which fixes several vulnerabilities in Zope. Something went wrong so it has to be corrected. The previous security release 2.1.6-7 has two severe problems."

  • LinuxPlanet: .comment: New Stuff (Apr 26, 2001, 04:48)
    This week's .comment involves looks both forward and back. Dennis Powell takes a look at the newest Opera beta and the vexations the previously stable browser introduces in its latest iteration; examines some of the newest features and snags found in KDE 2.2 alpha 1; and returns to HancomOffice, a Korean office suite that elicited an unhappy review not too long ago. The trouble with Hancom, it seems, might not be its developers but rather the lack of a standard development target.

  • LinuxProgramming: Linus Torvalds: A Refresher on Submitting Patches (Apr 26, 2001, 04:48)
    Ever-interested in slaking our curiosity on how to best go about submitting a patch for inclusion in Linux, we came across this mail from Linus, written in response to a curious developer, which spells it out rather concisely.

  • CERT defends vulnerability info restrictions (Apr 26, 2001, 03:49)
    "Several press reports have suggested that the publicly-funded CERT/CC will be making its database available to those willing to pony up anywhere between $2,500 and $50,000 annually for some manner of subscription service, but this isn't quite right."

  • Linux 2.4.4-pre7 Released (Apr 26, 2001, 03:30)
    As a result of all those tidily submitted patches mentioned earlier this evening, here's Linux 2.4.4-pre7, featuring updates to USB, Coda cleanups, and more.