Linux News for Jun 26, 2001
ZDNet: A very apt app (Jun 26, 2001, 21:21)
"The availability of apt-get doesn't eliminate all RPM-related
problems (most notably Red Hat's tendency to make gratuitous and
backward-incompatible changes in the RPM format, often timed to
coincide with Red Hat's own Linux releases). But it provides some
badly needed extra flexibility to non-Debian users' abilities to
manage their own systems."
Progeny Security Advisory: Potential security problem with exim (Jun 26, 2001, 21:14)
People running Progeny systems may be vulnerable to unauthorized
local access if the following two criteria are met: 1.)The server
is running exim. 2.) The headers_check_syntax option is enabled. By
default, Progeny systems use the Postfix mail server and the
Progeny exim package ships with the headers_check_syntax option
disabled, so customers running a default Progeny installation are
not vulnerable to this issue.
Red Hat Security Advisory: New Samba packages available for RH 5.2, 6.2, 7 and 7.1 (Jun 26, 2001, 21:00)
"The Samba configuration used in Red Hat Linux logs operations
into [remotenetbiosname].log. By sending an invalid netbiosname,
Samba could be fooled to write its log in unintended and
inappropriate locations. This can be especially dangerous if
combined with a symlink created by a local user."
Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Jun 26)
(Jun 26, 2001, 20:30)
All that's new in the Python world.
GNOME Summary for June 17 - June 23, 2001 (Jun 26, 2001, 20:00)
This week: Ximian Setup Tools 0.6 released, Galeon reviewed,
GStreamer ported to GObject, Procman released, Glade2 development
underway, Eskil back on gnome-pilot, more.
AllLinuxDevices: New Internet Computer Company and Sun Match Cobalt Qube with NIC Appliances
(Jun 26, 2001, 19:32)
"Sun Microsystems, Inc., Sun Cobalt Qube Server Appliances and
NIC Combine to Create an "Unbeatable Combination" of Price and
Datamation: Who's Afraid of Linux? (Part 2) (Jun 26, 2001, 18:00)
Datamation concludes its look at ERP and Linux with an
examination of Oracle's ambivalence toward Linux. While the company
aggressively supports Oracle databases running on Linux, there's
very little support for its ERP suite running on Linux -- to the
point where Larry Ellison is advising customers not to run Oracle
11i on Linux.
Mandrakesoft going public? (Jun 26, 2001, 17:34)
According to this unconfirmed item from a French Linux site,
Mandrakesoft is planning on offering shares on the 'Marché
Libre' of EuroNext, a European exchange, before the end of July.
Most of the shares will be offered to large institutional
investors, with a small share offered to European Linux
"contributors"; because of European regulations, U.S. Linux
contributors won't be offered any shares.
Tonight Live: The TV Linux Alliance >> Beginning of a new era? (Jun 26, 2001, 17:30)
Kevin, Jeff, PJ, Doc and Arne discuss the latest from the world
IBM releases new Linux-based eServers (Jun 26, 2001, 17:00)
"IBM today announced two new eServer systems that offer small
and medium-sized businesses access to mainframe and self-healing
technologies. The new IBM eServer xSeries 232 and 342 include
intelligent management features that support IBM's Project eLiza
initiative, a multi-billion dollar program aimed at creating a
world of self-managing servers requiring little or no human
interaction with the goal of making computing networks as easy to
manage as today's kitchen appliances."
KOffice 1.1 Beta 3 released (Jun 26, 2001, 16:14)
"Though this release is a beta, it constitutes the most stable
and feature-complete release of KOffice to date. The KOffice team
encourages all users of earlier KOffice releases to upgrade to
KOffice 1.1beta3. In particular, this release is substantially more
stable and feature-complete than KOffice 1.0, which was released
together with KDE 2.0 in October 2000."
Enterprise Linux Today: Red Hat Launches Open Source Consulting Practice
(Jun 26, 2001, 15:56)
"The new open source consulting services target areas where open
source technologies can greatly improve the strategic use of IT
infrastructure through more effective delivery of business
The Register: Open Source Terror Stalks Microsoft Lawyers (Jun 26, 2001, 14:43)
Starting off from last week's news that Microsoft's EULA for at
least some of its SDK's forbids use of "potentially viral" software
in conjunction with development under them, this article says
Microsoft might be trying to hide something about the power it
confers its developers, including an unlikely "WinXP forced open"
scenario. Didja know the GPL was designed to "eat your
LinuxProgramming: Trolltech makes Qt/Windows available under new non-commercial license (Jun 26, 2001, 13:26)
Trolltech has created a brand-new noncommercial license that
will allow Windows developers to use Qt, the cross-platform C++ GUI
application development framework, at no charge.
Linux Programming: Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Jun 26) (Jun 26, 2001, 13:20)
All the latest news from the Tcl world.
eWeek: Department of Defense adopts StarOffice (Jun 26, 2001, 12:00)
It looks as if StarOffice will be the software of choice for up
to 25,000 US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) desktops,
nudging Applix off a collection of Unix machines. The article draws
several connections to Linux and open source software uptake in
governments around the world.
LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: A Little Housekeeping (Jun 26, 2001, 05:34)
In this week's StartX files, Brian Proffitt takes a quick look
at SuSE 7.2 and asks whether this latest version, arriving so soon
after 7.1, is a necessary purchase for SuSE veterans. Also in this
week's column: Brian will be revisiting last year's "Word to the
Wise" series with an update on word processors for Linux. The list
he'll be covering is in this week's column, so make sure to check
it out for your favorite.
BSD Today: FreeBSD's Jordan Hubbard to work for Apple (Jun 26, 2001, 05:16)
"Jordan Hubbard, the FreeBSD release engineer and FreeBSD Core
team member, announced today that he will now be working at Apple.
For the past seven years, he has worked as a FreeBSD CD's product
manager and FreeBSD evangelist for Walnut Creek CDROM, BSDi and
LinuxProgramming: Release candidate Komodo 1.1 for Linux now available (Jun 26, 2001, 02:45)
New in this release: PHP editing and debugging, XSLT editing and
debugging, Tcl support, and performance enhancements.
AsiaBizTech: Linux in Possible Crisis; IBM, NEC, Two Others to Form Promotion Group (Jun 26, 2001, 00:10)
Behind the provocative headline, there are some rather
thought-provoking quotes from Japanese business executives who say
that IBM is trying to hijaak Linux for its own ends, and in the
process take control of Linux from the core Linux developers and
the greater Linux community. The article also blames the "casual"
attitude of Linus Torvalds as one reason why investors and
corporate customers are losing interest in Linux.