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Linux News for Nov 27, 2001

  • LinuxUser: Smooth iron (Nov 27, 2001, 22:39)
    "Opting to replace a Unix server farm with main-frame Linux made headlines for Telia Net last December. Ten months on, Russ Foster returns to find the big iron making big savings."

  • Conectiva Linux Security Announcement - rpm (Nov 27, 2001, 20:56)
    Apparently the bug the MSNBC 'bug-of-the-day' was referring to: "zen-parse found[1] a vulnerability[2] in rpm wich allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code when an adultered rpm package is queried."

  • Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #20 (Nov 27, 2001, 20:41)
    This week: Business Survey; Mandrake in the News; What's Cooking at MandrakeSoft?; Business Case of the Week; Software Updates; This Week's Online Poll; Top Stories from MandrakeForum; What's New at MandrakeUser.org?

  • Linux 2.5.1-pre2 Released (Nov 27, 2001, 20:07)
    Changelog, links within.

  • ZDNet: Mandrake 8.1 offers superior server platform (Nov 27, 2001, 20:04)
    "Mandrake Linux 8.1 represents a significant step toward a serious, reliable alternative to Microsoft Windows' server and desktop operating systems. This latest version offers numerous server-based features that IT managers will find extremely attractive, and invaluable support features for system administrators, as well as an extremely user-friendly desktop environment, loaded with numerous applications and utilities."

  • NewsForge: CP/M collection is back online with an Open Source license (Nov 27, 2001, 18:24)
    "When CP/M enthusiast Tim Olmstead died from cancer on 9/11/01, the Unofficial CP/M Web site he had been maintaining had to be taken down because of licensing issues with the software collection. Now, Lineo has granted unrestricted use of the technology and the site is back up."

  • Tonight Live: We are Back >> talking about Galeon 1.0 and other "stuff" (Nov 27, 2001, 17:55)
    Tonight's show: XP's not a stellar seller, first looks at Galeon 1.0

  • ServerWatch: IBM Commits to Red Hat Linux Across eServer Line (Nov 27, 2001, 17:09)
    "IBM and Red Hat strengthened their relationship today with the announcement that the companies will collaborate on support, services and software for Red Hat Linux across the entire IBM eServer product line, including the xSeries, zSeries, iSeries, and pSeries."

  • Linux Journal: Jabber Asks the Tough Question (Nov 27, 2001, 16:13)
    "Traditional open-source companies like VA Linux, Caldera and CollabNet are starting to sell closed-source products as a matter of business strategy. They are all also survivors of a dot-com boom and crash that invites us to rethink the overfunded assumptions we had about making money with Linux while the sun shined. "How do you make money with open source?" is still a wide-open question."

  • KDE.org: The People Behind KDE: Matthias "Kalle" Dalheimer (Nov 27, 2001, 14:50)
    "Claim to Fame: Founding member of the KDE project, wrote the first version of the KApplication and KConfig classes, built the first KDE RPM packages, wrote the first KDE autoconf macros, was leader of the group that ported StarOffice to Linux."

  • InfoWorld: Open-source originals (Nov 27, 2001, 13:57)
    "Before the birth of the PC, the roots of the open-source community were already established. In fact, the notion of paying for software was a largely new concept to the home computer user community."

  • Announcement: Eclipse Webcast to Announce Board of Directors, Provide Overview of New IDE (Nov 27, 2001, 12:58)
    On Thursday, November 29, eclipse.org will be hosting a webcast announcing its board of directors and an overview of this the open sourced platform. This will give Linux users a fully mature IDE that can be deployed on Linux workstations. Developers using Eclipse on Linux can also collaborate with developers using Eclipse on Windows, and vise-versa. Also, the whole thing is open sourced so developers can check out the code.

  • ITMyCareer.com: Operating systems dwindle towards a big two (Nov 27, 2001, 11:53)
    "It is becoming increasingly clear that we are heading for a world in which there are only two operating systems Windows and Linux. Within 10 years virtually all computers, from the smallest wristwatch (don't laugh) to the largest mainframe (they will never die), will run one of these two operating systems. All others are headed for extinction."

  • SearchWin2kManageability: Running Windows applications on Linux could lower TCO (Nov 27, 2001, 10:45)
    "By lifting up Windows applications and sticking Linux underneath, they get better uptime. Linux also has better remote administration tools. It's more easily accessible from the network to do configuration, servicing, support and updating. You also improve security of the overall system by introducing Linux. Linux is as much Unix as you can get, so it has the security and robustness of Unix. So, there's security, reliability, manageability."

  • KDE 2.2.1 Ported to Cygwin/Windows (Nov 27, 2001, 09:55)
    The KDE on Cygwin project has successfully ported KDE 2.2.1 to Cygwin.

  • Linux Journal: US Court says buyers can unbundle EULA-covered software. (Nov 27, 2001, 08:20)
    "If you find yourself paying for bundled proprietary software and don't actually install it, you can legally resell it no matter what the End-User License Agreement (EULA) says. That's what Judge Dean D. Pregerson wrote in his "Order Re: Application For Preliminary Injunction" in the case of Softman v. Adobe."

  • The Register: Linux app makes Xbox net gaming a reality (Nov 27, 2001, 05:39)
    "Next year's launch of Microsoft's network gaming service for Xbox has been pre-empted by an open source/Linux development, Xbox Gateway. Bill is no doubt absolutely ecstatic about this, but he can console himself with the thought that at least all the work XboxGW has put into the system is on the outside - the box itself remains unsullied by viral GPL-related stuff."

  • DesktopLinux.com: Linux not ready for prime time on the Desktop (Nov 27, 2001, 03:09)
    "Last summer, Dennis G. Allard decided to install Linux-based desktop computer systems for three of his friends: a newbie; a priest; and his brother. In this guest column at DesktopLinux.com, Allard describes some of the many challenges he faced and frustrations he (and his friends) experienced, and offers some suggestions of things that need to be done to make Linux more suitable for use as a desktop computing environment for 'ordinary' users."

  • LinuxPR: Open Sound System 3.9.6a announced (Nov 27, 2001, 02:38)
    "OSS provides a user-friendly GUI which makes the installation of sound drivers and configuration of sound cards very simple. OSS supports over 250 brand name sound cards. OSS drivers provide automatic sound card detection, Plug-n-Play support, support for PCI audio soundcards and support for full duplex audio."

  • Kernel Cousin KDE #26 By Aaron J. Seigo, Juergen Appel, and Rob Kaper (Nov 27, 2001, 02:07)
    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.