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Linux News for May 31, 2001

  • Enterprise Linux Today: MandrakeSoft Announces Linux-Mandrake on Itanium (May 31, 2001, 23:30)
    "Bull and MandrakeSoft today announced that as a result of a successful technological collaboration in the area of Intel Itanium architecture, MandrakeSoft is making a beta version of its award-winning Linux-Mandrake operating system for Itanium-based servers available for immediate download..."

  • GNU.FREE 1.6 is now available. (May 31, 2001, 22:44)
    This is an interesting project worth investigating not only for the software itself, but some of the writing you'll find on the site. The project's maintainers describe it so: "The FREE e-democracy project aims to create secure, private, scalable and reliable non-partisan Internet Voting software protected by the GNU GPL. This software is GNU.FREE and is written in Java."

  • Linux Weekly News for May 31, 2001 (May 31, 2001, 22:15)
    Leading items and editorials: Linux costs less to insure, auditing of free software, IPFilter followup, and Linux TV's.

  • SouthWest UK LUG: EnGarde Secure Linux 1.0.1 Review (May 31, 2001, 21:36)
    This review of EnGarde Secure Linux is fairly positive, though the author notes that some of the security features centered around the e-commerce applications of the distribution are limited to a US audience.

  • Matrox Graphics introduces PowerDesk for Linux (May 31, 2001, 21:00)
    PowerDesk is a utility that allows users to configure Matrox graphics adapters under XFree86. This utility makes it easier to adjust resolutions, color depths, refresh rates, and screen positioning, as well as enable Matrox specific features such as DualHead and TV output.

  • Yahoo!/ZDNet: Why 2001 is not the 'Year of the Penguin' (May 31, 2001, 20:19)
    Goodness. This guest columnist, a self-described "Linux enthusiast" and "realist" offers that Linux isn't suited to end users because its multi-user nature is too confusing for the "grocery list and e-mail" set, and won't go anywhere with businesses because it lacks applications and could involve excessive retraining time.

  • Immunix OS Security Advisory: updated security procedures, man, kerberos, gnupg (May 31, 2001, 19:09)
    Immunix has released three security advisories (man, kerberos, and gnupg) plus an update to its security announcement procedures, which will be signed with its new corporate GPG key (within.)

  • LinuxJournal: Linux on the Desktop--an Impossible Dream? (May 31, 2001, 18:25)
    Linux Journal weighs in on the dead desktop debate, examining the comments of the Dell executive who maintained that Linux is "too technical" for widespread acceptance. The author identifies the existence of two major desktop environments as a "fork" but goes on to say that Microsoft will likely contribute to Linux's gradual acceptance almost as much as any gains made within Linux itself.

  • LinuxProgramming: GNUstep LaunchPad Version 1.0.1 Released (May 31, 2001, 17:45)
    GNUstep LaunchPad is a collection of libraries for creating non-graphical tools and applications using an API based on OpenStep and the MacOS X API. As with its godfather, the OpenStep system developed by NeXT, developers have noted that GNUstep allows faster development time and more flexibility than with other common application development libraries.

  • SourceForge Outlines Nature of Shell Server Compromise (May 31, 2001, 16:42)
    SourceForge has posted details on the compromise that led to cracks of several sites, including php.net, apache.org, and themes.org.

  • Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: gnupg (May 31, 2001, 16:12)
    "A format string vulnerability exists in gnupg 1.0.5 and previous versions which is fixed in 1.0.6. This vulnerability can be used to invoke shell commands with privileges of the currently logged-in user."

  • Two Items on DeCSS: 2600 Answers the Court's "11 Questions," Peter Junger on the DMCA (May 31, 2001, 15:10)
    Marcia Wilbur wrote in to let us know about an article on the anti-circumvention measures of the DMCA. Also within, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and 2600 have filed responses to the Second Circuit's eleven questions regarding the First Amendment issues surrounding the DeCSS case.

  • More on the UK Government Gateway's Exclusionary Ways (May 31, 2001, 14:30)
    LinuxUser, the magazine that broke the story about the UK Government gateway, has made a copy of their article available. The previous link we included was to the Register: the linked item is the original article. In addition, we have a PDF of the rationale provided for the gateway's current policies regarding assorted platforms and browsers. The statement includes some statistics on browser and OS traffic the site's received to this point.

  • ApacheToday: Apache Software Foundation Server compromised, resecured. (May 31, 2001, 12:33)
    The recent compromise of SourceForge servers had farther-reaching impact than on the users of that service alone. This report from Brian Behlendorf of the Apache project explains a crack one of the project's public servers underwent involving an ssh client compromised to log outgoing names and passwords. A rather extensive audit and verification process remains underway.

  • LinuxPlanet: .comment: Road Building (May 31, 2001, 03:25)
    There are many questions about Linux that go unanswered because it would just take too long to do the research. Risking his life on the dreaded Interstate 95 and associated roadways, Dennis E. Powell has done the research necessary to answer one of them, satisfying the curiousity of the thousands, hundreds, scores, dozens (or, when you get right down to it, probably a number you could count on the fingers of one hand) of people who were wondering.

  • NeTraverse Announces Availability of Win4Lin 3.0 (May 31, 2001, 00:12)
    Win4Lin 3.0 is out. The press release and a download link within.