Linux News for May 29, 2001
it.mycareer.com.au: The windows are open and the light keeps shining in (May 29, 2001, 23:45)
Graeme Philipson, a columnist for it.mycareer.com.au, points to
an Australian survey by the market-research firm Strategic Research
and concludes that it's just a matter of time before Windows is
truly everywhere -- with Linux not making a dent in the
eWeek: RMS rips Microsoft, Caldera's Ransom Love (May 29, 2001, 23:07)
In a speech at New York University's Stern School of Business,
Richard Stallman defends the GPL against attacks from Microsoft
minions -- and takes a few shots at Caldera, calling it a
"parasite" on the free-software movement.
EnGarde Secure Linux Security Advisory: WebTool (May 29, 2001, 23:03)
"When the WebTool restarts a service, certain environmental
variables are inherited which should not be, such as the token used
to authenticate the administrator to the WebTool daemon. Anybody
who can view the environment variables of a process can thus get
this token, and potentially root access."
Terra Soft Solutions releases Yellow Dog Linux 2.0 (May 29, 2001, 22:30)
Lest we forget with all the fuss surrounding Mac OS X, there is
Linux available for PowerPC-based Macs -- as you'll see in this
entertaining press release announcing the release of Yellow Dog
LinuxProgramming: O'Reilly Releases New Edition of Perl CD Bookshelf (May 29, 2001, 22:15)
O'Reilly has announced a second edition of its "Perl CD
Bookshelf." The second edition features a master index for all five
Perl books--with text extensively hyperlinked--and a powerful
search engine, so sought-after information can be quickly located.
Packaged with a hard copy of Perl in a Nutshell, the entire library
takes up less than two inches of bookshelf space, but programmers
on the move can just grab the CD and go.
Enterprise Linux Today: Server-centric ASPLinux 7.1 distribution released (May 29, 2001, 21:44)
This server-centric Linux distribution features the Web Hosting
Solution, which is preconfigured with ASPLinux Operating System, a
100 percent Red Hat compatible GNU/Linux distribution, using
HSPcomplete revolutionary technology to offer hosting service that
delivers ease of use and solid performance. All administration and
maintenance is browser-based or feature-rich GUI interface (Windows
or GNU/Linux) for simplicity and ease of use. ASPLinux hosting plan
include everything from shared hosting to high-availability cluster
Debian Weekly News - May 29th, 2001 (May 29, 2001, 20:06)
Weekly news brief from the Debian Project.
SuSE Security Announcement: man (May 29, 2001, 19:53)
"Two vulnerabilities have been found in the man package that is
installed by default in all SuSE Linux distributions."
SEUL.org: Linux in education report #45 for May 28 (May 29, 2001, 19:32)
SEUL/edu is the discussion group for those interested in using
Linux for education. This covers all aspects of educational uses of
Linux, by teachers, parents, and students. This issue: BBSs in
schools, diskless workstations, SquidGuard for compliance with US
Children's Internet Protection Act.
Enterprise Linux Today: Red Hat Announces Red Hat Linux 7.1 for the Itanium (May 29, 2001, 18:00)
"Red Hat Linux 7.1 for the Itanium Processor features the Red
Hat Linux 7.1 operating system with the new 2.4 kernel. This
configuration supports the very large address space of
Itanium-based systems and scales efficiently to eight or more
Itanium processors running as a single system image. New
configuration tools and security enhancements are also available in
this new release from Red Hat."
Enterprise Linux Today: IBM Delivers New Itanium-Based Systems (May 29, 2001, 17:30)
Capable of 1 trillion calculations per second, a cluster of 160
new IBM Itanium-based systems will be the most powerful Linux
supercluster in academia.
LinuxPR: SuSE 7.2 Release Date Set
(May 29, 2001, 16:52)
SuSE's set the release date and feature list for SuSE 7.2.
Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.5-ac4 (May 29, 2001, 16:12)
"In terms of going through the code audit almost all the sound
drivers still need fixing to lock against format changes during a
read/write. Poll creating and starting a buffer as write does and
also mmap during write, write during an mmap."
Kernel Cousin KDE #11 by Aaron J. Seigo and Rob Kaper (May 29, 2001, 15:36)
KDE is a powerful Open Source graphical desktop environment for
Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary
functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the
technological superiority of the Unix operating system.
Enterprise Linux Today: NEC Set to Open Linux Clustering Research Center (May 29, 2001, 14:17)
NEC Corporation (NEC) is set to open its HPC (High Performance
Computing) Engineering Center for Linux-based PC cluster systems
this Friday. The center is designed around promotion of
enhancements to Linux clustering software and the porting and
tuning of parallel applications.
LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Roughed Up by Flightless Water Fowl (May 29, 2001, 12:57)
When Brian Proffitt set out to investigate the origins of Tux in
order to answer serious questions about the correct use of our
favorite mascot's likeness and name, he forgot that nobody expects
the Penguin Inquisition. A harrowing tale of naked lightbulbs and
bondage among the flightless water fowl.
Slashdot: SourceForge Server Compromised (May 29, 2001, 05:38)
Slashdot's reporting that a system on SourceForge was
compromised. At this point, no mention is made of the issue on the
site's front page, and the mail sent out to developers who may have
been affected simply notes that potentially compromised passwords
have been randomized.
Interactive Week: Insurer Considers Microsoft NT High-Risk (May 29, 2001, 03:22)
This isn't the first time we've linked to a story about J.S.
Wurzler Underwriting Managers: they turned up on The Register over
a month ago. This article provides a little more depth, and a few
choice quotes from the company and others regarding why Linux is a
good choice to make if the 25% increase the company charges NT
shops for "hacking insurance" isn't incentive enough.
Kernel Traffic #120 by Zack Brown (May 29, 2001, 01:16)
Mailing list threads from the Linux Kernel Development Team.
LinuxProgramming: Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (May 28) (May 29, 2001, 00:15)
All the latest news from the Tcl world.