Linux News for Jun 27, 2001
LinuxProgramming: Gnome-- 1.2.0 (Jun 27, 2001, 22:00)
"Gnome-- provides C++ wrappers for the gnome-libs widgets, such
as GnomeApp, Canvas, Dialog, Druid, MDI, MessageBox, etc."
GNOME: Gnumeric 0.66 available (with Bonobo as default) (Jun 27, 2001, 21:30)
"This is a _development_ release. Although the code is stable,
packages will definitely need work to cope with the switch to
Bonobo. It is possible to build without Bonobo (--without-bonobo),
and will continue to be possible for the foreseeable future."
Linux Journal: Moneydance Personal Finance Manager review (Jun 27, 2001, 21:00)
Stew Benedict reviews Moneydance Personal Finance Manager, a
personal finance manager package, much like Quicken, but it's
written in Java. It runs on a number of platforms, including Linux,
FreeBSD, and Solaris.
VA Linux leaves the hardware field (Jun 27, 2001, 20:36)
The company, one of the original players in the Linux business
space, is leaving hardware sales and is instead focusing on
software and services.
Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #96 by Paul Emsley (Jun 27, 2001, 20:30)
Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for
the previous week.
LinuxProgramming: Bonobo 1.0.6 released (Jun 27, 2001, 20:00)
"This release is a load of small fixes and some nice UI
acceleration work from Alexander that should speed up Nautilus
window opening noticably."
Debian Weekly News - June 25th, 2001 (Jun 27, 2001, 19:30)
KDE 2.2alpha packages available, good Debian laptops, /sbin or
/bin for traceroute?, improving qmail performance, NewbieDoc news,
Sun to end Solaris source distribution (Jun 27, 2001, 19:00)
From Sun's Web site: "Thanks for your interest and welcome to
the Solaris 8 Foundation Source Program. Please note that the
Solaris 8 Foundation Source Program will be canceled effective June
30, 2001. In addition, both the secure chat and code-exchange sites
will also be terminated on this date."
The Register: Caldera defends pay-to-play license (Jun 27, 2001, 18:30)
Noting that free downloads of its OpenWorkstation product are
still available, Caldera has issued a defense of its "per system"
licensing practice, reported here two days ago. "Developers need to
have a company that is there that is going to be there for the
long-term," says the company.
O'Reilly Network: Tools of the Trade: Part 1 (Jun 27, 2001, 18:00)
Carl Constantine looks at some advanced Linux security tools,
including VPNs and Tripwire, from the viewpoint of malicious folks
who want to break into your Linux boxen.
IBM announces Start Now program to promote Linux/e-business implementations (Jun 27, 2001, 17:30)
The eight Start Now Solutions, including three Linux-based
solutions, fulfill the requirements of e-business--from initial
Internet access, through e-mail, research and information, Web site
management, simple and complex e-commerce, business intelligence,
integrated activities and new business opportunities.
15 Seconds: Microsoft Joins Corel to Develop Shared Source C# (Jun 27, 2001, 17:00)
Microsoft details how it will release a shared-source
implementation of C# in conjunction with Corel. Note: the
implementation will be designed for FreeBSD and Windows.
internetnews.com: One Net, One Law? (Jun 27, 2001, 16:00)
"Under the aegis of the Convention, countries with more strict
requirements may be allowed to crack down on ISPs (regardless of
their country of origin) on the basis of their customers' content.
ISP's, therefore, are concerned that the treaty will effectively
require them to act as Internet content police, scouring the Web to
make sure sites they host don't break the laws of any convention
member country." Among the luminaries opposing this Convention:
Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.5-ac19 (Jun 27, 2001, 15:57)
Multiple updates in the latest -ac release of Linux 2.4.5.
O'Reilly .NET DevCenter: Microsoft Plans Shared Source .NET (Jun 27, 2001, 15:26)
An interview with Microsoft program manager Dave Stutz discusses
some of the issues behind .NET, shared source, and Microsoft's
preference for FreeBSD over Linux as a target platform for
implementing .NET for Unix-like operating systems because of
IBM eServers and Redhat Tux 2.0 Set New SPECweb Records (Jun 27, 2001, 14:45)
"Both servers supported a total of 3,227 simultaneous
connections in a 2-way configuration, and 1,820 simultaneous
connections in a 1-way configuration. These results set a new
record for Intel-based 2-way SMP servers."
LinuxPlanet: .comment: Separated By a Common Operating System (Jun 27, 2001, 13:43)
When Dennis Powell's Caldera installation died, he decided to
use the occasion to look at two other Linux distributions: Progeny
Linux and SuSE Linux 7.2. While he likes both of them, he realized
that there's really no such thing as a generic Linux distribution,
as both distros -- as well as most other Linux distros -- are set
up to box users into relationships with manufacturers, as knowledge
of one distribution has little to do with any other distribution.
If Microsoft were to cook up a plan to cause Linux to disappear in
a virtual Tower of Babel it could scarcely be more effective than
that which has been adopted by distributions on their own,
ZDNet: .Net to support Linux? (Jun 27, 2001, 12:45)
While the idea isn't new, there's new evidence to support the
notion that Microsoft may support Linux with .NET: apparently the
second beta of Visual Studio .NET supports Linux as a target
platform. This article doesn't indicate that Visual Studio .NET
itself is being ported to Linux: rather that there may be a Linux
.NET runtime out there somewhere against which software can be
built using the Visual Studio .NET tools.
The Register: MP3 owners get stroppy with open source coders (Jun 27, 2001, 01:53)
Fraunhofer and Thomson, owners of key bits of MP3, have decided
to flex and demand royalties of developers proprietary and open
source with MP3. This item covers the effects of strict enforcement
of the patents behind MP3 with two open source projects: 8Hz-MP3
(the developers are shutting down until further notice) and
BladeEnc (which is now distributed source-only to avoid legal
Caldera Security Advisory: buffer overflow in fetchmail (Jun 27, 2001, 00:20)
"In previous versions of fetchmail, there were buffer overflows
when handling mail messages with very long header fields. This hole
could theoretically be exploited remotely by sending messages with
Caldera Security Advisory: Samba (Jun 27, 2001, 00:13)
"There is a file overwrite vulnerability in the log facilities
of the Samba filesharing package which can be used by a remote
attacker to overwrite system files and to gain root access. This
requires a specific logging entry to be set. Caldera OpenLinux is
not vulnerable to this problem in its default configuration,
because it does not include a default configuration file for Samba
and the sample configuration we ship has logging commented