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Linux News for May 30, 2001

  • Hardware Central: How Much Should a PC Cost? (May 30, 2001, 23:57)
    A reader points out that Hardware Central tries to put Linux into the context of a potential new computing paradigm wrought by the introduction of the Intel Itanium processor.

  • Progeny Security Advisory: gnupg format string vulnerability (May 30, 2001, 23:26)
    "Gnu Privacy Guard (GnuPG, aka GPG) is an encryption program that provides functionality similar to PGP. It contains a format string vulnerability that can be used to invoke shell commands with the currently logged-on user's privileges."

  • Enterprise Linux Today: SuSE Linux 7.2 Available for Intel Itanium Systems (May 30, 2001, 22:45)
    Today, SuSE Linux, the international technology leader and solutions provider in Open Source, announced the release of the first Linux operating system for Intel's (NASDAQNM: INTC) Itanium-based systems. The port of SuSE Linux 7.2 to Intel's 64-bit architecture emphasizes SuSE as a leading provider of server solutions for the most demanding enterprise clients worldwide.

  • Enterprise Linux Today: OSDL Expands Global Reach With Second Facility (May 30, 2001, 22:11)
    Supported by NEC, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Miracle Linux and another 14 global companies, the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the reliability and scalability of the Linux system. OSDL enables the development of Linux-based business systems, communications infrastructure and other mission-critical systems.

  • Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #92 by Paul Emsley (May 30, 2001, 21:45)
    Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for the previous week.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.5-ac5 (May 30, 2001, 21:09)
    "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." And it looks like Mr. Cox has a new mail address, too.

  • ComputerWorld: Linux Falls Short Of Becoming a Mainstream OS (May 30, 2001, 21:00)
    Here's a former Gartner VP who maintains that Linux has a bright future... as a low end server for web and e-mail hosting, but that isn't ever going anywhere in datacenters or on desktops. "While Linux's acquisition cost may remain low, using it can be penny-wise and pound-foolish."

  • ZDNet: A GUI situation indeed (Eazel's demise won't slow Linux's progress on the desktop) (May 30, 2001, 20:15)
    Another column maintaining that the Linux desktop isn't dead, and arguing that a.) Eazel was overhyped, b.) the progress of existing Linux desktop projects continues apace, and c.) that all Linux really needs to do is maintain its status as a "credible alternative" providing more flexibility and openness than Windows.

  • EnGarde Secure Linux Security Advisory: gnupg format string vulnerability (May 30, 2001, 19:45)
    "There is a format string vulnerability in gnupg which can allow an attacker to exploit a victim by sending them a malicious encrypted message. The attack takes place when the victim attempts to decrypt this message."

  • MOSiX 1.0.2 released with kernel 2.4.5 (May 30, 2001, 18:45)
    The new version 1.0.2 eliminates a potential problem on multi-media workstations and adapts to Linux kernel 2.4.5.

  • RMS Speech at NYU Available in Ogg Format (May 30, 2001, 18:21)
    Richard Stallman's speech at NYU is now available in Ogg format. A collection of links within.

  • David Faure: KOffice release schedule updated (May 30, 2001, 18:00)
    This schedule calls for an August 13 announcement of KOffice 1.1.

  • Enterprise Linux Today: Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM and NEC Announce Commitment to Enhance Linux Enterprise Capabilities (May 30, 2001, 17:30)
    "By working on open source projects, the partnership will ultimately offer customers added Linux features to deploy in their enterprise. One of the first projects the companies will work on will be a serviceability project designed to enhance problem isolation, the ability to quickly and precisely isolate problems in running systems. Other projects planned include scalability, and NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) capabilities for Linux. The companies plan to work closely with the open source community to gain their insights and acceptance, while delivering simple, modular, high-quality, serviceable results."

  • LinuxProgramming: idx-getox 0.1 : A Gnome Editor for Text Oriented XML (May 30, 2001, 17:00)
    "The main goal of GETOX is to manipulate an XML file as if it were a simple text file. It should also allow users to produce valid documents at any time by interpreting the DTD and suggesting contextual elements."

  • ITWorld.com: Live and let license (May 30, 2001, 15:00)
    This is a theme that's been gone over many times, but one more time shouldn't hurt: ITWorld's Joe Barr presents a primer on the differences between Open Source and Free Software -- and more importantly, why the differences matter.

  • LinuxSecurity.com: Network Monitoring with Dsniff (May 30, 2001, 14:00)
    When you're paying for bandwidth, you want to make sure that it's efficiently used -- which is why tools like dsniff are so valuable. In this tutorial, Duane Dunston explains how to implement dsniff and why it's important to monitor network traffic.

  • IPFilter Comes Out of OpenBSD CVS (May 30, 2001, 13:28)
    Theo DeRaadt has pulled ipfilter from OpenBSD's CVS tree citing the recent change in the terms of the software's license. DeRaadt says "software which OpenBSD uses and redistributes must be free to all (be they people or companies), for any purpose they wish to use it, including modification, use, peeing on, or even integration into baby mulching machines or atomic bombs to be dropped on Australia."

  • LinuxDevices.com: Linux-based killer robot at Battlebots? Not quite! (May 30, 2001, 13:00)
    There's nothing scarier than an angry Tux -- or at least that's the thinking behind Team TuxBot, which built a Linux-based entrant for the hot and hip BattleBots competition.

  • LinuxHardware.org: NVIDIA TV-out Tiny HOW-TO (May 30, 2001, 12:00)
    "With the release of NVIDIA's 1.0 drivers for Linux, TV-out is now a reality and Quake 3, Unreal Tournament, and even coding under Linux on a 50" projection is now possible. But as we were soon to find out, it comes with some modifications to your existing setup that may not be all that obvious. If you have a card that supports TV-out and have been deciding whether or not to give it a try, our crash-course guide to NVIDIA TV-out under Linux is a must read."

  • InterJak Linux-based server appliance upgraded (May 30, 2001, 07:29)
    The Linux-based Internet server device, designed for the SOHO and ISP markets, adds a slew of features, including built-in ADSL connectivity, content filtering, and network monitoring.