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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 pkgtool."

  • 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 corrections."

  • 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 Plus."

  • 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 each."

  • 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."