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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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