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Linux News for Nov 28, 2001

  • LinuxWorld.com: A first look at Kylix 2 Open Edition (Nov 28, 2001, 23:50)
    "Yes, it lacks some of the features of the commercial versions of Kylix, and in Kylix 2 the distance between Enterprise and Open Edition seems to have grown considerably. Nevertheless, for those in the Linux world who simply want to develop apps with the convenience of a RAD with a high degree of ease of use and the power of a real programming language, it simply can't be beat. Nor can its price."

  • SuSE Gets a New CEO, Launches SuSE 7.3 for SPARC (Nov 28, 2001, 23:38)
    "On December 1st 2001, Gerhard Burtscher, an experienced IT manager, assumes the position of Chief Executive Officer and the responsibility for the five newly created Business Units of SuSE."

  • OpenOffice.org Build 641b Available for Download (Nov 28, 2001, 22:27)
    A new build of OpenOffice is available. Links within.

  • Caldera Security Advisory: Linux - IMP/HORDE cross site scripting vulnerability (Nov 28, 2001, 22:09)
    "The webmail frontend IMP has a cross site scripting problem, allowing a remote attacker to send you an E-mail with a malformed URL that when clicked on will open your mail session to the attacker, allowing him to read and delete your E-mails."

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated postfix packages are available (Nov 28, 2001, 22:04)
    "A malicious user could get postfix to exhaust a machine's memory by abusing its session cache which could result in a denial of service attack. The updated postfix packages will fix these potential problems."

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: apache (Nov 28, 2001, 22:01)
    "A problem exists with all Apache servers prior to version 1.3.19. The vulnerablity could allow directory indexing and path discovery on the vulnerable servers with a custom crafted request consisting of a long path name created artificially by using numerous slashes. This can cause modules to misbehave and return a listing of the directory contents by avoiding the error page."

  • LinuxProgramming: Python-URL! - weekly Python news and links (Nov 28) (Nov 28, 2001, 21:06)
    All that's new in the Python world.

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated wu-ftpd packages are available (Nov 28, 2001, 20:58)
    "An overflowable buffer exists in earlier versions of wu-ftpd. An attacker could gain access to the machine by sending malicious commands."

  • IBM developerWorks: PKCS #11 openCryptoki for Linux (Nov 28, 2001, 20:45)
    "This article will discuss openCryptoki, an API that is rapidly becoming the de facto, non-Windows-platform industry standard for interfacing between cryptographic hardware and user space applications. In particular, this article will introduce the specifics of the PKCS #11 implementation to IBM cryptographic hardware (openCryptoki)..."

  • NewsForge: Turner Consulting Group offers more affordable custom software using Open-Source apps (Nov 28, 2001, 19:08)
    "TCG is a multi-platform shop, ready to work with whatever OSes, languages and tools a customer prefers, including Microsoft NT 4 and Windows 2000 as well as Sun Solaris, and Linux. Internally, however, TCG is primarily a *nix/Open Source environment."

  • Linux 2.4.17-pre1 Released (Nov 28, 2001, 18:43)
    Changelog, link within.

  • GNOME Summary for 2001-11-17 - 2001-11-23 (Nov 28, 2001, 18:11)
    This week: Mozilla team more lethal for bugs than DDT, Gnomoku first app ported to the GNOME2 C++ bindings, Elysium hacker Rodney Dawes interviewed, GNOME 2 porting document available, Abiword 0.9.5, more.

  • O'Reilly Network: Building Freeciv: An Open Source Strategy Game (Nov 28, 2001, 17:10)
    "Nowadays, the toughest jobs remaining include sprucing up the game's graphics and re-doing the artificial intelligence (AI). Continued efforts like these have become goals not unlike the strategy behind Freeciv's gameplay -- building and improving upon things over time."

  • LinuxSecurity.com: Oskar Andreasson IP Tables Tutorial (Nov 28, 2001, 16:12)
    "At the beginning it was mainly aimed at the beginners and novices of iptables and who had a little bit of experience with TCP/IP networking as well as Linux basics. I still think the tutorial is aimed at those, but it contains more information today about the advanced functions of netfilter and iptables so it might be fairly well suited for the advanced users as well who might find some interesting reads in the tutorial."

  • IBM developerWorks: Using the xinetd program for system administration (Nov 28, 2001, 15:15)
    "Xinetd does all the things inetd can do, and a lot more. TCP wrapping, modular configuration, connection redirection, and load limits on incoming connections are just a few of the features that make xinetd a nice choice for system administrators. This article is meant for the beginner to intermediate system administrator and the explanations and examples will try not to assume that you are already familiar with inetd."

  • LinuxDevices.com: A developer's review of Red Hat's Embedded Linux Developer Suite (Nov 28, 2001, 14:28)
    "Like most other Embedded Linux toolkits, ELDS provides support for the x86, ARM/StrongARM/XScale, MIPS, PowerPC, and SuperH architectures. It requires 1.2 GB of hard disk space on the development host, installing itself at /opt/redhat -- giving you no opportunity to install elsewhere. It is very specific in its host distribution requirements; you must use Red Hat Linux, either 7.1 or 7.2, running only under x86. ELDS also requires specific versions of Perl and Python, installing them for you if needed."

  • LinuxPlanet: .comment: Other Agendas (Nov 28, 2001, 13:05)
    Alternate agendas, ulterior motives, conspiracy theories, and inappropriate advocacy -- all have permeated Linux, says Dennis E. Powell, and they can end up harming those things they are intended to help.

  • Network Computing: Special Report: SuSE Queues Up for a Clean Sweep (Nov 28, 2001, 12:05)
    "Bottom line, SuSE impressed us enough to walk away with the Editor's Choice award in both the server and workstation categories. However, none of the other distributions was particularly shabby, especially on the workstation side, where the margin of victory was less than a point -- just 0.15."

  • O'Reilly Network: An Intro to Qt 3.0 (Nov 28, 2001, 11:01)
    "Rainer Goebel, general manager of medical imaging specialists Brain Innovation of Maastricht, summarizes his company's view: "We ended up choosing Qt due to its consistent object-oriented approach, combined with its elegant signal-slot mechanism. The knowledge that Qt was used to develop KDE, one of the two major modern Linux/Unix desktops, also helped in the decision process."

  • Linux Documentation Project Weekly News for 2001-11-27 (Nov 28, 2001, 09:39)
    "Big news is a new server and url for the LDP Database, and the release of ScrollServer 0.6."

  • PCWorld.com: San Francisco Bills IBM for Linux Love Notes (Nov 28, 2001, 09:11)
    "City officials quashed some of the warm, fuzzy feelings associated with the Linux operating system when it reached a settlement with IBM that has the vendor paying $120,000 to compensate the city for damages caused by a "guerrilla" marketing campaign centered around Linux."

  • CyberSource: Linux vs. Windows Pricing Comparison (Nov 28, 2001, 08:31)
    "We have put together a pricing comparison between Linux/Open Source technologies and Windows/Microsoft's technologies for sample organisations of size 50, 100 and 250 staff. We are targeting non-IT organisational/financial management within companies."

  • ITWorld.com: Open-source fans welcome French government move (Nov 28, 2001, 06:54)
    "'Many countries do open source, but only France has issued a government order which says that we should implement open source whenever possible,' said spokesman Jean-Paul Smets of the EuroLinux Alliance, a group that boosts open source and the Linux operating system. 'What is going to be compulsory is the open standards, and open source is going to be a recommendation.'"

  • GNOME Foundation Election Preliminary Results Released (Nov 28, 2001, 05:16)
    The GNOME Foundation has released the preliminary results of its board election, available within.

  • The StarOffice 6 Weigh-in: Does it Make the Heavyweight Class? (Nov 28, 2001, 00:50)
    "The StarOffice/OpenOffice 6 beta is obviously much further down that road than other open source office projects, such as KOffice and AbiWord, and it comes with some of the best document filters in the business (for MS Word, at least). But is it close to becoming the "leading international office suite"? That's what we set off to find out."