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Linux News for Jul 24, 2001

  • FREE 1.7 is now available (Jul 24, 2001, 23:13)
    Speaking of electronic voting projects, here's a new release of FREE: the GNU e-democracy project. We've said it before, we'll say it again: there's interesting reading on the site, even if you aren't a local ward boss or election official.

  • FairfaxIT: Linux: The electoral test that pencil and paper meet (Jul 24, 2001, 22:39)
    Debian has been selected as the platform to form the foundation of an electronic voting system in Australia. This article provides some details behind the contractor's decision to go with open source/Free Software in general, and Debian in specific. An election is not fully open if it is based on secret, that is proprietary, software. "People have a right to know, in as much detail as they are capable of understanding, exactly how their elections are conducted. In addition, experts must be able to scrutinise the system freely for problems. As a general rule, source code is made more secure the more it is scrutinised by others."

  • Issue #29 of Georg's Brave GNU World Released (Jul 24, 2001, 20:57)
    This issue: GCompris, Free Software and education, chemical development kit, Alma modelling software, and libgcrypt.

  • Pierre Abbat: Procmail recipe for getting rid of the Sircam worm (Jul 24, 2001, 18:07)
    The Sircam worm is one of those 'net nuisances that Linux users will feel good about not helping to spread. On the other hand, it's a real pain if for nothing other than the hammering it gives your mailbox (55 and counting in two days for one of our editors). Here's a link describing the worm, and a procmail recipe that appends a "Precedence: junk" header to mails coming from SirCam-infected clients. Keep in mind that this recipe sends a notification to infected clients: if you don't have procmail up, running, and tested already, it may pay to check out some tutorials (see related stories). If nothing else, the regexp included in the recipe may provide a way to move it out of sight for mail clients with filtering available (like kmail, Evolution, and Netscape Communicator, for instance.)

  • Mosix 1.1.0 Released (Jul 24, 2001, 16:48)
    Mosix adds clustering capabilities to the Linux kernel. "MOSIX 1.1.0 is INCOMPATIBLE with MOSIX 1.0.x. Mixed nodes in a Mosix cluster will not be able to migrate processes between them."

  • eWeek: Apache avoids most security woes (Jul 24, 2001, 15:40)
    eWeek offers a look at Apache's solid security record ( "the server's last serious problem (one where remote attackers could run arbitrary code on the server) was announced in January 1997") and examines the reasons behind its success. Open source, says the article, doesn't acount for as much as good design and a usable configuration process.

  • ZDNet: Seventeen years old and state of the art (Jul 24, 2001, 13:00)
    We were whining about an "aging" Pentium II relegated to server duty just before coming across this column, centered around building a Mandrake 8.0 machine out of a Pentium 166. Says the columnist: "Have a look at Windows XP or Macintosh OS X. What's the oldest hardware that can run them? Two years old? In the proprietary software world, a system of Mutt's age is a doorstop. In the open-source world, it's slower and relatively less flexible than the current stuff, but hardly ready for the dump."

  • Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #7 (Jul 24, 2001, 12:00)
    This Week's Summary: CNET analysis of MandrakeSoft's IPO; PPC "Release Candidate" available soon; Spotlight on the Clara OCR Free Software project; Business Case of the Week; Security-related software updates; MandrakeForum headlines.

  • LWN: LSB-FHS2.2beta test suite available (Jul 24, 2001, 06:55)
    "The beta release of the LSB-FHS test suite for FHS2.2, for the filesystem hierarchy aspects of the Linux Standard Base is now available."

  • BBSpot: Microsoft Bundles Worm with IIS (Jul 24, 2001, 05:53)
    "I like the fact that I don't have to go out and install the upgrade myself. I was expecting one of those confusing Worm Wizard things that I always choose Typical on," said one network administrator who should remain anonymous. "The Microsoft rep told me that they would bill us when the worm installed itself. That's why I love working with Microsoft, innovation."

  • First Beta Relase of KDE 1.1.2 for Windows/Cygwin Available (Jul 24, 2001, 04:41)
    The kde-cygwin project has released the first beta of KDE 1.1.2 for Cygwin running under Windows.

  • Adobe, Electronic Frontier Foundation Call for Release of Russian Programmer (Jul 24, 2001, 01:57)
    "Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today jointly recommend the release of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov from federal custody. Adobe is also withdrawing its support for the criminal complaint against Dmitry Sklyarov."

  • Kernel Traffic #127 by Adam Buchbinder and Zack Brown (Jul 24, 2001, 01:00)
    Mailing-list threads from the Linux Kernel Development Team.

  • internetnews.com: Open Source Is Hot On HP's Coolbase (Jul 24, 2001, 00:15)
    "The platform consists of several components including software for enabling devices to become smart and Web connected; software for representing people, places and things and a context-aware relationship with each other; supporting hardware and software elements; and sample applications that illustrate the use of these various elements."