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
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
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
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
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
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
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.