Linux News for Nov 30, 2001
Linux 2.4.17-pre2 Available (Nov 30, 2001, 23:48)
Changelog, link within.
LinuxSalute-Gnome 0.90b Beta Testers Wanted (Nov 30, 2001, 23:42)
"LinuxSalute is hoping to do for Slackware what Ximian has done
for users of other Linux distributions, that is to provide easily
installable GNOME software in prepackaged format. We use the
standard Slackware .tgz package format so it should drop in with
Conectiva Linux Security Announcement - wu-ftpd (Nov 30, 2001, 23:27)
"This is a follow-up to the CLSA-2001:442 announcement, where a
critical security problem was fixed. The wu-ftpd developers now
released an official fix for that problem, but with two additional
Slashdot: Felten vs. RIAA Hearing (Nov 30, 2001, 22:34)
"On Wednesday I attended a hearing in Felten vs. RIAA, the
lawsuit filed by Professor Felten, other Princeton researchers, and
USENIX against the RIAA, SDMI, Verance, and the Department of
Justice. As you already know, the judge dismissed the case. But
taking a look at the hearing might provide some insight into how
the judicial system works."
LinuxHardware.org: New NVIDIA Linux Driver Performance (Nov 30, 2001, 22:06)
"As promised, we have benchmarked the new NVIDIA drivers
released yesterday and to say the least, the results are amazing.
To find out what we're talking about, read on. We have the charts
to prove what a few good programmers are capable of."
LinuxHardware.org: KT266A Motherboards Linux Benched (Nov 30, 2001, 20:34)
"With these new chipsets a new level of performance has been
reached for Athlon DDR-based systems. The question now is how much
of a gain in performance can you actually expect? Also, which
motherboard should you choose? We look at these questions with the
latest boards in the lab, the EPoX 8KHA+ and the SOYO SY-K7V DRAGON
Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: wu-ftpd (Nov 30, 2001, 19:24)
"A vulnerability in wu-ftpd's ftpglob() function was found by
the CORE ST team. This vulnerability can be exploited to obtain
root access on the FTP server."
DukeOfURL: Pogo Linux Altura Athlon XP Workstation Review (Nov 30, 2001, 18:58)
"Pogo has shown they have what it takes to stand out from the
crowd of manufacturers that seemingly lie around every corner of
the computing world. Can their latest creation separate itself from
the pack once again? Read on to find out."
Salon.com: The Microsoft resistance (Nov 30, 2001, 16:36)
"That's what supporters of Microsoft who dismiss such complaints
as knee-jerk whining -- or sectarian fanaticism in the religious
wars of computerdom -- don't get about the critique of Microsoft
that's widely held by many industry observers: It's not about
mindless anti-Microsoft bias; it's a sane and pragmatic response to
the negative aspects of Microsoft's monopoly that continue to warp
the computer industry's growth and development."
DesktopLinux.com: Waiting for Linux, Waiting for Godot (Nov 30, 2001, 14:27)
"Although Microsoft appears to be hard at work convincing
customers that the future belongs to boxed products (theirs), much
of Bill Gates' activities over the past few years shows that he
realizes that the future will look very different, and almost
certainly does not belong to Operating Systems."
LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Word to the Wise: Wrapping Up and Picking a Winner (Nov 30, 2001, 12:51)
This week Brian Proffitt wraps up our Word to the Wise series by
offering a recap of each of the eight word processors he examined
and crowning a new king. Last year, Applix Words took 'best
overall' honors. This year it has to fend off a field that includes
KWord, the StarOffice 6 beta, and OpenOffice. Ever with an eye
cocked to the horizon, Brian also reveals his list of spreadsheets
for our next application series.
LinuxWorld.com: Intro to LXP, the XML/PostgreSQL Application Server (Nov 30, 2001, 11:46)
"Alternative languages such as PHP are designed for developers.
They are powerful and have their uses. Anyone who develops in C,
C++, Perl, Java, or many other languages could easily become
competent with PHP in a Sunday afternoon. LXP, on the other hand,
is designed to give more power back to the technical user without
limiting developers who choose to use it."
Linux Certification Body Releases Intermediate Level Exams (Nov 30, 2001, 10:11)
"The LPI Level 2 program consists of two exams, 201 and 202,
which test intermediate-level Linux system administration and
troubleshooting skills. They are now available worldwide through
the VUE network of more than 2,800 testing centers for $100
NVidia Releases New Linux Drivers (1.0-2313) (Nov 30, 2001, 09:45)
Release highlights, link within.
Samba 3.0 alpha0 Released (Nov 30, 2001, 09:23)
An alpha release designed to encourage wider testing, Samba 3.0
alpha0 includes Active Directory support, Unicode support, a new
authentication system, and more.
MarceloTheWonderPenguin.com: Marcelo the Wonder Penguin
(Nov 30, 2001, 09:02)
"The young man in the photos above is Marcelo Tosatti, the new
maintainer of the Linux 2.4 kernel. Linus Torvalds and Alan Cox
seem to have chosen Marcelo because of his experience in kernel
programming, his ability to communicate with all developers and his
larger-than-life dose of common sense."
Linux 2.5.1-pre4 Released (Nov 30, 2001, 07:43)
Changelog, link within.
Conectiva Linux Security Announcement - wu-ftpd (Jun 23, 2000, 17:43)
"wu-ftpd package version 2.6.0 and below has a buffer overflow
that can be remotely exploited and give an attacker root privileges
on the remote machine."