Linux News for Nov 26, 2001
Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: kernel (Nov 26, 2001, 23:35)
"Alexander Viro discovered a vulnerability in the devfs
implementation that is shipped with Mandrake Linux 8.1. We are
aware of the problem and are currently working on a solution. As a
workaround, until an update becomes available, please boot with the
KernelTrap: Interview With OpenBSD Creator: Theo de Raadt (Nov 26, 2001, 23:12)
"[Compared to Linux] I feel that OpenBSD development is
evolutionary instead of revolutionary, and suspect that since our
development methodology is so radically different at a fundamental
level, that it will result in many obvious differences for the user
community -- a long list full of contentious things which I prefer
not to write up."
SiliconValley.com: After 'hot' start, Linux now is 'realistic' about China inroads
(Nov 26, 2001, 21:29)
"I'd love to tell you that Linux, as the open-source operating
system is more commonly known, is sweeping through the world's most
populous nation and creating a major counter-force to Microsoft's
Windows monopoly on desktop computers. I'd love to tell you that,
but I'd be exaggerating."
Kernel Cousin Wine #109 by Brian Vincent (Nov 26, 2001, 21:17)
KDE is a powerful Open Source graphical desktop environment for
Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary
functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the
technological superiority of the Unix operating system.
Kernel Traffic #143 by Zack Brown (Nov 26, 2001, 20:10)
Mailing list threads from the Linux Kernel Development Team.
The Register: Galeon zips while Mozilla slips
(Nov 26, 2001, 18:30)
"We've found Galeon to be horribly addictive for a while now,
and it's the only Linux application we truly miss when away from
the OS. (There are lots of UI features we miss away from a non-*nix
box, but this is probably the only app)."
Candidate Stallman Responds to GNOME Foundation Board Questions (Nov 26, 2001, 17:44)
Richard Stallman has answered the questions presented to GNOME
Foundation Board candidates (voting deadline is tomorrow),
explaining his perspective on the relationship between GNOME and
the broader GNU project.
LinuxProgramming: This week in DotGNU - no 6 (November 24, 2001) (Nov 26, 2001, 17:15)
This week: phpGroupware becomes part of DotGNU, PNetMark
benchmark application for Portable.NET released, Version 1.9.1 of
GNU Common C++ released, and Disability Impact Statements.
Opera 6.0 for Linux Technology Preview Released (Nov 26, 2001, 16:52)
Opera has released a technology preview of Opera 6.0 for Linux.
The announcement with a list of what's new is within.
Kernel Cousin GNUe #4 by Peter Sullivan (Nov 26, 2001, 16:42)
Weekly summary of the GNU Enterprise Project, "Putting the
'Free' back in 'free enterprise'."
Linux 2.4.16 Released (Nov 26, 2001, 16:18)
Changelog, link within.
CNN.com: Linux inches toward acceptance on PDAs
(Nov 26, 2001, 16:01)
"Over the past few years, advocates of the Linux operating
system have mounted several failed offensives to try and conquer
the desktop, but at the same time a less visible battle has been
going on in the PDA (personal digital assistant) market. The
difference between them? Linux may actually have a chance on
Network Computing: Locked Down Out of the Box [Overview of Secure Distributions] (Nov 26, 2001, 15:02)
"Although these efforts have gone a long way toward improving
the security of Linux, most mainstream vendors still don't address
the needs of those who require a high level of security or need a
bulletproof server at installation time. Enter security-enhanced
distributions. Of the many vendors offering this type of secure
solution, two offerings, Engarde Secure Linux and Immunix, caught
our favor as the most polished and ready for prime time."
osOpinion: Open-Source Activism in Need of Repair (Nov 26, 2001, 13:50)
"A great deal of this whining is directed at Microsoft. While I
personally am not a fan of the giant in Redmond, it is my belief
that if only a small percentage of this energy were directed in
more productive areas, the community could get a lot more
SiliconValley.com: Cash-strapped companies embrace Linux (Nov 26, 2001, 13:49)
"While the flightless bird may have been booted off Wall Street,
it is being welcomed on Main Street as a dependable substitute for
more expensive software sold by competitors such as Microsoft and
Sun Microsystems. From auto dealers in Florida to grocery stores in
the Arctic Circle, companies are using Linux to run Web sites,
power databases, track inventory and balance the books." [ The
link's fixed. -ed. ]
LinuxPower.org: Interview with GNOME hacker Rodney Dawes (Nov 26, 2001, 12:36)
"One of the people working extremely hard at realizing his own
dream for the Linux desktop is Rodney Dawes. At daytime he is a
faithful employee at Ximian working on making sure that the
packages in Red Carpet are up to date. At night he is working hard
to make his GNU/Elysium Linux distribution a reality."
Linus Torvalds: Comments on Kernel Releases (Nov 26, 2001, 10:03)
Linus Torvalds provides some commentary regarding the perceived
quality of kernel releases, the pace of development, and problems
with bug-hunting: "The problem with any big release is that the
people you really want to test it won't test it until it is stable,
and you cannot make it stable before you have lots of testers. A
basic chicken-and-egg problem, in short."
AbiWord 0.9.5 Released (Nov 26, 2001, 05:13)
The last release of AbiWord before 1.0 is out: "Highlights
include: Command Line Printing, Normal Mode, Thesaurus ,Dictionary
support, All image type support (these last three via plugins) ,
Header/Footers for first/last/facing pages, Dynamic Toolbars (drag
and drop toolbar icons) for Unix/Gnome. Plus lots of other stuff