Linux News for Aug 30, 2001
Network World Fusion: Report: IBM, Intel come to aid of struggling SuSE Linux (Aug 30, 2001, 21:39)
"Open-source software maker SuSE Linux has narrowly avoided
insolvency after investors agreed to a new round of financing,
according to a newspaper report. Backers will provide the
struggling German company with 50 million euros ($45.5 million) in
fresh funding, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said in its
Thursday edition, citing unnamed industry sources."
The Register: MS Hailstorm is no threat - Torvalds (Aug 30, 2001, 21:30)
"Linus Torvalds capped an hour of debate over the future of
Linux by dismissing the threat posed by Microsoft's Hailstorm
Progeny Linux Systems Halts Work on Linux NOW, Debian-Based Distribution to Continue (Aug 30, 2001, 20:20)
"Ian Murdock confirmed the details of the letter he sent out and
said the company's Linux distribution: Progeny Debian GNU/Linux,
will continue to be sold as a shrinkwrap product and target of
services. The distribution is an enhanced version of the Debian
GNU/Linux's "Woody" or testing branch."
PCWorld.com: Geeks, Nerds Rally at LinuxWorld Penguin Bowl
(Aug 30, 2001, 19:59)
"LinuxWorld's own version of the Weakest Link game show, The
Golden Penguin Bowl, proves that knowing the difference between
TCPIP and CPIP as well as the breed of parrot in Monty Python's
Dead Parrot sketch can come in handy."
Linux 2.4.10pre2 Is Out (Aug 30, 2001, 17:48)
The second Linux kernel 2.4.10 pre-patch is available for
LinuxProgramming: Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Aug 30) (Aug 30, 2001, 17:37)
All that's new in the Python world.
Boston.com: Celebrating a decade of Linux (Aug 30, 2001, 16:23)
"Microsoft understands its peril, but rather than moderating its
behavior, the company has spent the past several months denouncing
open source as literally "un-American." Yet all that's being
subverted is Microsoft's unchallenged domination of the industry.
And in the best possible way, too -- not by federal antitrust
lawyers, but a bespectacled geek from Finland."
BetaNews: Sun Details StarOffice 6 (Aug 30, 2001, 15:38)
"This week at LinuxWorld, Sun Microsytems is demonstrating the
latest incarnation of its popular StarOffice Suite several weeks
after placing a teaser on its Web site to gauge public interest.
While details have not yet publicly emerged, BetaNews was able to
catch up with Sun to get the scoop on version 6.0."
Community: Linux.conf.au 2002 Call for Papers Released (Aug 30, 2001, 15:27)
"The Linux.conf.au 2002 organisers have released the call for
papers . This conference is to be held from the 6th to the 9th of
Feburary, 2002 in Brisbane, Australia. It is Australia's 3rd
national Linux conference, and focuses on Linux and open-source
Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.9-ac4 (Aug 30, 2001, 15:06)
Configure.help updates, ns83820 driver fixes and updates, Merge
an additional ide-floppy fix, Orinoco update, Voodoo 1/2 frame
buffer console, more. Links, changelog within.
Andrea Arcangeli: 2.4.10pre2aa1 (Aug 30, 2001, 15:03)
Several fixes in the latest from Andrea Arcangeli.
Linux Weekly News for August 30, 2001 (Aug 30, 2001, 12:49)
Leading items and editorials: Dmitry is indicted; VA going
proprietary?; Linux as a sound business choice.
NewsForge: When VA was the news
(Aug 30, 2001, 11:45)
"Raymond suggested that VA's problems were due in part to
conservative IT managers, and that the only way to get these
managers to buy software instead of simply downloading it and using
it required `hanging some proprietary tinsel off the product.`
Raymond suggested strongly that VA's strategy and value proposition
continued to be focused on `the service contract.` Unfortunately,
there is little evidence to suggest that `conservatism` or a
corporate reluctance to embrace Linux had much to do with VA's
Conectiva Linux Security Announcement - openldap (Aug 30, 2001, 10:36)
"The PROTOS project conducted several protocol tests with
many different LDAP servers. It was verified that OpenLDAP
versions before 1.2.11 and 2.0.8 (from the 2.0.x series) have a
remote denial of service vulnerability that allows a remote
attacker to disrupt the service."
Immunix OS Security Advisory: xinetd (Aug 30, 2001, 10:31)
"Solar Designer has audited the xinetd 2.3.0 source code for
many different possible vulnerabilities; the 2.3.1 release
represents his patches being merged into the standard xinetd
source. His audit was fairly thorough and found too many problems
to report them all here. 2.3.2 fixes a heap overrun, with the fix
due to Trond Eivind Glomsr=F8d. Steve Grubb contributed many other
fixes, though none appear to be directly security-related. Suffice
it to say that it is only a matter of time before the problems
fixed here are turned into exploits; we recommend all users running
xinetd upgrade soon."
Enterprise Linux Today: LVM Developer Mauelshagen Awarded First OSDL Enterprise Achievement Award (Aug 30, 2001, 09:04)
"Mauelshagen was recognized for his work on the Linux Logical
Volume Manager (LVM), a software solution that addresses the need
of large enterprises to manage data storage. It allows data center
class users to virtually re-allocate and/or resize disk storage to
meet changing capacity needs."
SiliconValley.com: Linux has come a long way [LinuxWorld overview] (Aug 30, 2001, 07:32)
"[Caterpillar employee Bill] Mount says the company is
interested in expanding its use of Linux, primarily for economic
reasons. While Linux is free, a license for Windows 2000 costs
about $1,000. The savings quickly adds up for a huge multinational
like Caterpillar, which uses thousands of computers, he said."
CNET/Yahoo!: Microsoft learns from its enemy--Linux
(Aug 30, 2001, 06:02)
"Linux's success in low-end servers led the company to revise
its server product line, said Doug Miller, director of competitive
strategy for Microsoft's Windows division. And Microsoft learned
that it needs better interactions with the programmers who use
CNET/Yahoo!: Making Linux usable tops Torvalds' list
(Aug 30, 2001, 01:20)
"The biggest development in Linux in the past year has been a
more refined user interface, Linux founder Linus Torvalds said
Wednesday, deprecating the deeper work that remains his own
Wired: Linux Might Be Too Big for Tux (Aug 30, 2001, 00:43)
LinuxWorld is more corporate now, says the author: "This year
the marketers have attacked. Now, it's virtually impossible to walk
around LinuxWorld without hearing pitches from company reps
extolling the benefits of Linux for 'mission-critical applications
in the enterprise,' or some such drivel." Ximian is held up as a
good example of a company that retains the traditional enthusiasm
of open source developers.