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Linux News for Oct 31, 2001

  • SuSE Security Announcement: uucp (Oct 31, 2001, 23:10)
    "UUCP is a well known tool suite for copying data between unix-like systems. Zen-Parse reported that the higher privileges of uux (UID uucp) aren't dropped if long options instead of normal (short) options are used. An attacker could exploit this hole, by specifying a malicious configuration file to execute and/or access arbitrary data with the privilege of user uucp."

  • Red Hat: White Paper: Red Hat's New Journaling File System: ext3 (Oct 31, 2001, 22:51)
    Michael Johnson wrote in to let us know that he's updated Red Hat's white paper on the use of ext3: "There is a lot more information in this new version, and that information should answer questions that were posted in talkbacks and such, so I am guessing it would be interesting to your readers."

  • InfoWorld: [Open Source is] Already a contender (Oct 31, 2001, 21:05)
    "Although it is true that much of the history of open-source development has been marked by the effort to create features found in other platforms, this has far more to do with the time line than the Linux community's ability to innovate. As with any new venture launched into a field with many established competitors, Linux needed to first reach the baseline established by the competition before focusing entirely on innovation."

  • The Register: Red Hat Hell Continued (Oct 31, 2001, 19:47)
    "...today I returned to my retailer and exchanged the Red Hat package for a replacement. And lo and behold, the new install CD started without trouble. Immediately encouraged, I anticipated a sweet time getting 7.2 running, but unfortunately that was not to be."

  • The Register: VA drops Linux name, boots out Kuro5hin (Oct 31, 2001, 18:45)
    "There are also moves afoot, but as yet unannounced, to resuffle VA's OSDN assets. The enviable portfolio of Linux-related websites includes Slashdot, Freshmeat, NewsForge, themes.org (currently) and Kuro5hin. But not for very much longer - from January Kuro5hin will go it alone."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.2.20-pre12 (Oct 31, 2001, 18:02)
    "Final pieces. This tree will become 2.2.20 at the weekend unless something absolutely critical comes up."

  • Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter - Issue #17 (Oct 31, 2001, 17:07)
    This Week's Summary: Mandrake Linux 8.1 boxes soon in a Store near you; The release candidate of Mandrake Linux 8.1 for Itanium architecture; Mandrake in the News; What's cooking at MandrakeSoft?; Business case of the week; This Week's Online Poll; Security-related Software Updates; Headlines from MandrakeForum.

  • Linux Journal: Taking the Bazaars out of the Cathedral (Oct 31, 2001, 16:10)
    "As the success of Linux, Apache and other open software grows, corporate participation in open-source projects and use of open-source software is likewise increasing. Not surprisingly, so are the attacks from open source's critics. After dismissing open source as a fringe movement for years, these critics now seek to thwart its growing success by, among other things, casting doubts upon the economic viability of open-source business models."

  • Linux Journal: Linuxchix, Govt. Officials and Pianolas--They Don't Call him maddog for Nothin' (Oct 31, 2001, 15:10)
    "One of maddog's talks was on why Linux is like a pianola (player piano), explaining that both benefit from open standards. I snatched about 15 minutes with maddog on the final day of the cruise to discuss with him his exploits with Linux International and his fascination with player pianos."

  • ComputerWorld: IBM Roils Linux Waters (Oct 31, 2001, 12:58)
    "If IBM gets its way, users will soon be thinking about operating systems the way investors view pork bellies: as mere commodities. The instrument the company will use to make this sea change in IT? Linux. The implications of IBM's strategy for corporate IT planners are enormous. It affects everything from in-house development projects to server deployments. And the impact on IBM's competitors could be even more dramatic, say analysts and users."

  • Enterprise Linux Today: Caldera Presents OpenLinux 64 Release 3.1 For Intel Itanium Systems (Oct 31, 2001, 12:04)
    "OpenLinux 64 is licensed on a per system basis. No restriction exists on the number of users who use or attach to the system. Regular OpenLinux 64 kits are available for $599. Not-for-resale versions are $49. "

  • AbiWord Weekly News #66 by Jesper Skov (Oct 31, 2001, 10:45)
    "Back after a small vacation, this issue of AWN is delayed by a week. Development progressed as usual though, and we gained a few new (user visible) features and some bug fixes. There's also plan for a feature freeze after the 0.9.5 release."

  • LinuxProgramming: Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Oct 29) (Oct 31, 2001, 09:52)
    All the latest news from the Tcl world.

  • MozillaNews: Netscape 6.2 First Thoughts (Oct 31, 2001, 08:56)
    "...This is the first version of Netscape since 4.7x that I would recommend to a friend. Prior to this version, I would usually recommend either the currently Mozilla milestone build or a Mozilla Nightly build. I think Netscape 6.x has finally arrived at a commercial quality state. If the quality and features keep progressing at the current speed, and that is likely considering the advancments already in the Mozilla nightlies, then Netscape has a good chance of regaining market share from IE."

  • Linus "128MB of RAM and 1GB into swap, and happy" Torvalds: Linux 2.4.14-pre6 (Oct 31, 2001, 08:12)
    "...I'd _really_ like to know of any VM loads that show bad behaviour. If you have a pet peeve about the VM, now is the time to speak up. Because otherwise I think I'm done."

  • Debian Weekly News - October 30th, 2001 (Oct 31, 2001, 07:42)
    This week: MPEG in a Console, Linux Down Under, more from RMS re: advertising non-Free software, LSB update, new Potato release pending, more.

  • VA Linux to Drop 'Linux' From Name to Become 'VA Software Corp' (Oct 31, 2001, 02:12)
    VA Linux has asked shareholders to approve a change of name to 'VA Software Corp.'