Linux News for Apr 28, 2001
AboutLinux.com: Mandrake 8.0: Running Apache/SSL/PHP/PostgreSQL (Apr 28, 2001, 23:59)
"I hope this article saves you a few minutes in getting your
configuration running! Experienced Linux users would not have
trouble getting around any of the annoyances above, but a new user
fresh from the Windows world (welcome!) would probably have
indulged in some serious head scratching."
ZDNet: DeCSS code-crack dispute back in court
(Apr 28, 2001, 23:30)
"A panel of appellate judges will decide whether to uphold a
lower court ruling preventing online hacker magazine 2600 from
linking to code that theoretically could be used to crack DVD
security. But legal experts say the case could have wide-ranging
ramifications for linking, publishing and copyright on the
O'ReillyNet: The ROCK Linux Philosophy
(Apr 28, 2001, 23:18)
"ROCK Linux aims to be admin-friendly. There is no YaST,
Linuxconf, or Control-Panel. Configuration is done where it has to
be done: in the config files. A configuration tool has to help an
administrator -- not replace him (I don't think that it's possible
to replace an administrator with a config tool.)."
CIOL.com: Red Hat India eyes server segment (Apr 28, 2001, 22:48)
This article maintains that Red Hat India aims to take 50% of
the server market in India by the end of this year. Red Hat itself
controls 60% of the venture, the rest is held by Clover
Technologies of India.
LinuxProgramming: Bugzilla 2.12 Released (Apr 28, 2001, 22:17)
"There has not been a Bugzilla release for a while, but
development has continued, and the Bugzilla team is proud to
announce release of Bugzilla 2.12."
The Economist: Has Microsoft Changed? A kinder, gentler gorilla? (Apr 28, 2001, 21:17)
Reader Gary Edwards wrote in with this link to an Economist
story plus a rather lengthy commentary of his own: "The Economist
article cuts to the chase and explains the MS dilemma through the
lens of current MS activities. It's simple. They shot the sheriff
and are now preparing to ravage the citizenry with heavily
disguised .NET temptations. But will anyone ever trust them
LinuxJournal: Why Python? [Eric Raymond] (Apr 28, 2001, 20:07)
A small exchange regarding Python in our earlier link to the
latest release of CML2 (that's a friendlier tool for kernel
configuration slated for inclusion in 2.5.1 or 2.5.2) jogged our
memories about an earlier essay we came across by none other than
the author of CML2 himself: Eric Raymond. LT missed it the first
time, so here's a link now.
Linux.ie: Installing Mandrake 8.0 (Apr 28, 2001, 19:22)
Here's another short article about installing Mandrake's latest
reporting a relatively smooth installation (he encountered a single
problem with DiskDrak).
NorthernJourney.com: Linux for Newbies pt. 22: Installing Packages from Source (Apr 28, 2001, 18:00)
"Rolling your own" software was once the main way to add new
programs and packages to a Linux system. Grab a tarball, untar it,
configure, compile and install. This is the "classic" way to add
new stuff to a system and there are times, as we'll see in this
installment, when it's still the best."
Help-Net Security: Start your day with a cup of DoS (Apr 28, 2001, 17:00)
"With linux in specific, a number of things can be done to
protect your server from a DoS attack. Use firewalling, filter all
incoming TCP, UDP, PING traffic. Packet filtering sometimes can be
your best defense against a DoS.
DukeOfURL: Promise FastTrak on Linux HowTo (Apr 28, 2001, 16:00)
"Today we're going to deal with Promise's IDE RAID controller,
which may turn some people off with its binary-only drivers
(3Ware's are open source), but what it lacks in its licensing, it
makes up for in its outstanding price. For about $75 USD a Promise
FastTrak 100 PCI can be had, compared to $150 for 3Ware's
comparable card. Both cards are capable of both RAID 0 and RAID 1,
so I'll let you be the judge of which card is truly better."
PineHead.com: How to add an extra hard drive in linux (Apr 28, 2001, 15:00)
"Do the physical install. If you don't know how to do this then
I suggest buying a Mac, or perhaps even an etch-e-sketch." If
you're looking for a quick guide you can print out to step you
through the process of adding a new hard drive and creating
partitions for it, this will do.
PCTalk.org: Linux Mandrake 8.0 review and installation guide (Apr 28, 2001, 14:00)
PCTalk's provided a combination review and install guide of
Linux-Mandrake 8.0 that takes users on a walking tour of installing
Mandrake's latest release and provides some guidance on
install-time configuration options and basic setup.
IBM developerWorks: Inside Samba 2.2 - New, improved, and enterprise-ready (Apr 28, 2001, 13:00)
"In this article, Daniel Robbins explains how Samba 2.2 improves
on the already-excellent Samba 2.0.8 to create an incredibly
powerful enterprise-ready Unix/Windows integration solution. The
new Samba 2.2 offers a host of new improvements, including Windows
2000 client and Windows NT domain controller support, to name just
NewsForge: TransGaming puts DirectX in Wine (Apr 28, 2001, 12:00)
"In addition to the technical challenges posed by
re-implementing and reverse-engineering an evolving standard, the
company has invented a new business model where subscribers help
determine development directions. All of the code produced will
eventually enter the standard Wine distribution."
LinuxSecurity.com: Know Your Enemy: Honeynets (Apr 28, 2001, 12:00)
"Over the past several years the Honeynet Project has been
dedicated to learning and the tools, tactics, and motives of the
blackhat community and sharing the lessons learned. The primary
tool used to gather this information is the Honeynet. The purpose
of this paper is to discuss what a Honeynet is, its value to the
security community, how it works, and the risks/issues
Linux 2.4.4 is out. (Apr 28, 2001, 05:54)
Linux 2.4.4 is out. Changelog and link to mirrors within.
Datamation: META Group Report: UCITA: An IT Value Issue (Apr 28, 2001, 05:54)
UCITA is nothing new to consider for a lot of Linux and Open
Source activists, who have been almost uniformly opposed to it
since its initial conception (and defeat) at the national level,
and into its second life as state-sponsored law. This article
reveals that those activists aren't laboring alone: state attorneys
general, IT professionals, and even the FTC are raising their
voices in opposition. Even if you're not troubled by the thought of
unfair licensing in some shrinkwrap software from Redmond you'll
never buy, consider the implications for embedded systems: like the
anti-lock brake system on your car.
LinuxPlanet: gnotebook: Assessing What We Owe (Apr 28, 2001, 05:54)
It's widely understood that Eazel, the company behind GNOME's
Nautilus, is in no small amount of financial trouble. Enough so, in
fact, that the company has started accepting contributions via
PayPal. The question this raises is one of how GNOME users should
react: either thanking them for the code and moving on, or pitching
in as a way of recognizing the company's contributions.
LinuxProgramming: Eric S. Raymond: CML2 1.3.1, aka "I stick my neck out a mile..." (Apr 28, 2001, 00:19)
"I'm going to stick my neck out a mile and say that I think this
is a stable release. Doing so, of course, is in reality a clever
plan which ensures that at least three embarrassing bugs will be
discovered within the next 24 hours..." 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.