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Linux News for Dec 20, 2001

  • CNET: Microsoft Sues Linux Start-up Over Name (Dec 20, 2001, 23:53)
    "The Redmond, WA-based software giant filed a motion with the U.S. Court for the Western District of Washington against Lindows, which is developing a version of the Linux operating system that will run popular applications written for Microsoft's Windows OS"

  • NewsForge: Why NewsForge hasn't written about Lindows (Dec 20, 2001, 23:25)
    "I've been writing about Linux on the desktop and generally advocating increased Linux usability for non-technical people since 1997, but I am not going to write about LindowsOS quite yet... Sorry, folks, but I think we've already seen enough Linux vaporware to last at least 50 years, and Linux is only 10 years old."

  • Linux Journal: Post-install configuration of Debian GNU/Linux on a Dell Latitude C800 (Dec 20, 2001, 22:12)
    Details in the follow-on article include kernel compilation using Debian's make-kpkg scripts,configuration and installation of a 2.4 kernel, setting up a VESA FrameBuffer console, and converting ext2 partitions to ext3.

  • Linux Kernel 2.5.2-pre1 Released (Dec 20, 2001, 21:30)
    Download links and changelog within.

  • O'Reilly Network: Understanding Rootkits (Dec 20, 2001, 20:55)
    "Most rootkits also come with modified system binaries that replace the existing ones on the target system. At a minimum, core binaries such as ps, w, who, netstat, ls, find , and other binaries that can be used in monitoring server activity, are replaced so intruders and the processes they run are invisible to an unsuspecting system administrator."

  • DevX: Procmail 'Passthrough' Partners for Powerful E-mail Filtering (Dec 20, 2001, 20:00)
    "Here's the problem passthrough most often solves: A system administrator wants to filter a fraction of incoming e-mail, while handling the bulk of it as normal. The administrator knows a criterion by which he can discard spam, autorespond to information queries, log periodic receipts of updates, or otherwise process the selected item. How, though, can he or she extract only those items from the incoming message stream, and let all the others pass through for normal delivery?"

  • JFS for Linux 1.0.11 Released (Dec 20, 2001, 18:59)
    IBM has a new drop of its Journaled File System (JFS release 1.0.11) technology. JFS is regarded as one of IBM's best Open Source offerings and it has improved greatly since its initial release to the Open Source community back in December of 2000. Links to download, changelog, and other documents within.

  • Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting, December 18 2001 (Dec 20, 2001, 18:53)
    This week: GUADEC 3, trademark registration, draft statement on the relation with the free software and license policy underway.

  • LDP Weekly News for December 18, 2001 (Dec 20, 2001, 17:50)
    Weekly News of the LDP: The Linux Documentation Project is developing free, high quality documentation for the GNU/Linux operating system. This includes the creation of HOWTOs and Guides, and collaboration with other documentation groups.

  • IDG.net: Delayed Yopy PDA Shipping Soon (Dec 20, 2001, 16:53)
    "South Korea's G.Mate has confirmed it plans to begin shipping the Yopy, a Linux-based personal digital assistant, in late December. At the same time, the company also began accepting orders for the device through its Web site, quoting a December 21 shipping date and a price of $399."

  • Trustix Secure Linux Security Advisory: OpenSSH (Dec 20, 2001, 16:43)
    "A malicious local user can pass environment variables to the login process if the administrator enables the UseLogin option. This can be abused to bypass authentication and gain root access. Note that this option is not enabled by default on TSL."

  • O'Reilly Network: Using Python and XML with Microsoft .NET My Services (Dec 20, 2001, 15:08)
    "In fact, the goal of the .NET Contacts service is to centralize your contacts list so that you can easily retrieve your contacts from your phone, PDA, or desktop email (or even a trusted Web site) without having to worry about synchronization or duplication. But perhaps the best thing about .NET My Services is you can create this request using Python and XML on Linux."

  • LowEndMac.com: Linux Lies (Dec 20, 2001, 14:30)
    "According to Linux More Bark Than Bite With Web Users, According to WebSideStory's StatMarket, Windows and Macintosh users account for 98% of all Web users. Of the remaining two percent, only a small minority surf with Linux. Or so WebSideStory claims. As we noted in Statistical Lies two-and-a-half years ago, 'The problem isn't the numbers, but how they were derived.'"

  • Letter to the Editor: Linux Misdirections [Regarding Linux Journal's 'Perceptions of Linux'] (Dec 20, 2001, 13:58)
    Ho-Sheng Hsiao addresses yesterday's Linux Journal, wherein Paul Barry related his experiences with the rejection of Linux by a class of IT undergrads: "Forget the desktop. Sure it's necessary, and at the current state, the Linux desktop is playing catch-up in a game of one-upsmanship. But is that critical to the success of Linux? Microsoft wants you to think so."

  • Linux Weekly News for December 20, 2001 (Dec 20, 2001, 12:54)
    This week: Dmitry Sklyarov goes home; 2001 Timeline and a look back; Closed source rumor vulnerability; the FBI at work; security resources, reports and updates, more.

  • LinuxPR: theKompany.com Releases Beta5 Of Aethera Email/PIM Client. (Dec 20, 2001, 11:29)
    "theKompany.com is pleased to announce the long awaited fourth beta (version 0.9.5) of our Aethera Messaging and Groupware client for KDE. New releases will start to come much more frequently now. This release marks the conversion to a pure Qt based application from KDE, which accounts for the delay in this release."

  • Free Software and the Spatial Data Infrastructure (Dec 20, 2001, 10:44)
    "The following paper describes how free software can contribute to the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), and how Free software can benefit from SDI."

  • CNET News.com: Sklyarov backs employer despite U.S. deal (Dec 20, 2001, 10:19)
    "I am extremely disappointed with any implication that I am, in any way, cooperating with the (U.S.) government," Dmitry Sklyarov said in a news conference. "I am a man of integrity and as such am doing nothing more than telling the truth, not for or against anyone."

  • CNET News.com: Could Linux make our convergence dreams come true? (Dec 20, 2001, 08:00)
    "Three equally important companies have chosen a dark horse on which to bet their digital music devices--the open source Linux operating system."

  • Followup On Turku, Finland: City Approves Linux Pilot Program (Dec 20, 2001, 05:55)
    "The first investigation considering Linux and OpenOffice in Turku government is ready. The city's Committee of Computer Operations recommended move of office platforms to OpenOffice until the end of 2003, and a later change of existing Windows systems to Linux."

  • AllLinuxDevices: Lineo response to Microsoft XP Embedded article (Dec 20, 2001, 02:15)
    AllLinuxDevices has the complete text of Lineo's response to Microsoft regarding a recent MS comparison sheet between embedded Linux and embedded Windows XP. The response is not geared to the general claims about Linux as much as the specific points raised regarding Lineo, which figured prominently in the comparison.

  • Announce: WebSphere Studio Application Developer for Linux released (Dec 20, 2001, 00:54)
    "IBM developerWorks is hosting a trial version of WebSphere Studio Application Developer for Linux . Specifically WSAD is a pluggable tool-development and integration platform that works with the Eclipse open-source organization. Application Developer is built on the WebSphere Studio Workbench, a wide array of specialized tools that provide EJB, XML, Web, Web services, and other development capabilities."

  • KDE 3.0 Beta 1 Released (Dec 20, 2001, 00:04)
    "The KDE Project today announced the immediate release of KDE 3.0beta1, the third generation of KDE's free, powerful, easy-to-use, Internet-enabled desktop for Linux and other UNIXes. This second pre-release of KDE 3.0, which follows two months after the release of KDE 3.0alpha, ships with the core KDE libraries, the core desktop environment, and over 100 applications from the other base KDE packages (administration, multimedia, network, PIM, utilities, development, etc.)."

  • Trustix Secure Linux Security Advisory: OpenSSH (Oct 18, 2001, 05:43)
    "Depending on the order of the user keys in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys2 sshd might fail to apply the source IP based access control restriction."