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Linux News for Dec 21, 2001

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated Mailman packages available (Dec 21, 2001, 22:22)
    "Updated Mailman packages are now available for Red Hat PowerTools 7 and 7.1. These updates fix cross-site scripting bugs which might allow another server to be used to gain a user's private information from a server running Mailman."

  • LinuxPR: Holiday Discounts from theKompany.com (Dec 21, 2001, 22:14)
    "In the spirit of the season, theKompany.com is reducing the price on all of its software by $10 until the end of the year. If you've had your eyes on the glass thinking about buying, now's your opportunity to get a great deal."

  • LinuxPR: New Xi Graphics Driver Is First To Support Wildcat II On Linux (Dec 21, 2001, 22:13)
    "Xi Graphics Inc. today announced that it has released an OpenGL Linux graphics driver for 3Dlabs' Wildcat II 5110 workstation graphics card. The new driver is an addition to Xi Graphics' new Summit v2.0 product line introduced last month, and is designed to run on Intel/AMD 32-bit platforms running the Linux 2.4.x kernel."

  • FOSDEM Community Support Operation Launched (Dec 21, 2001, 21:55)
    "The FOSDEM is a major European event focusing on Free and Open Source Software Development. It is organised by people from the Free and Open Source Software community. It is looking to keep its independance from commercial interest, and hopes to get support in this goal from the community."

  • DukeOfURL Closes Down (Dec 21, 2001, 21:17)
    The DukeOfURL web site, frequently linked on Linux Today and well-liked for in-depth hardware and distribution reviews, is shutting down.

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: libgtop (Dec 21, 2001, 21:11)
    "A remote format string vulnerability was found in the libgtop daemon by Laboratory intexxia. By sending a specially crafted format string to the server, a remote attacker could potentially execute arbitrary code on the remote system with the daemon's permissions. By default libgtop runs as the user nobody, but the flaw could be used to compromise local system security by allowing the attacker to exploit other local vulnerabilities."

  • Debian Weekly News - December 19th, 2001 (Dec 21, 2001, 21:01)
    This week: Debian release archive restored; Hurd CD images; fixing security critical bugs, "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" (the aesthetics of package building); porting Kaffe; more.

  • Issue #34 of Georg's Brave GNU World Released (Dec 21, 2001, 20:52)
    This month: BZFlag (a Free multiplayer 3D tank shoot'em'up game), Arkanae (a Free Software fantasy game), XShipWars (fly your space ship through a fascinating multiplayer universe), TRAMP (transparent file access on remote hosts for Emacs), more.

  • Linux Kernel 2.4.17 Released (Dec 21, 2001, 19:44)
    Changelog, links within.

  • InstantMessagingPlanet.com: Build Your Own Instant Messaging Solution with Jabber (Dec 21, 2001, 18:39)
    Want the ultimate control over your corporate IM infrastructure? Then you'll want to consider Jabber, an Instant Messaging client/server software package built around XML. Michael Hall reviews: "Our initial reaction to the offering was poor, and it was with some relief that, just as we prepared to publish this overview, the company released a second version of the package addressing a few of the problems we experienced."

  • NewsForge: The little Linux distribution that could: tomsrtbt (Dec 21, 2001, 16:49)
    "Currently using Linux kernel 2.0.36, Tom's manages to cram some 200 modules and utilities onto a single floppy. These range from the programs needed to mount and format disks, to support for some PCMCIA devices. There are even pint-sized versions of vi and EMACS, so that almost no one's editor religion will be offended."

  • Caldera Open Sources AIM Benchmark Under the GPL (Dec 21, 2001, 16:03)
    "The AIM Benchmark technology has proved useful for more than a decade in measuring performance of hardware and versions of the UNIX operating system. The benchmarks have been licensed by nearly all of the vendors of UNIX system hardware. In all, more than 70 companies have used these benchmarks to compare and tune products."

  • SourceForge/Linux on Large Systems: Powering the Data Center of Tomorrow (Dec 21, 2001, 14:58)
    "Among the foundry projects are a group of projects motivated by the impending release of Intel's next Itanium processor (McKinley), and the associated 82870 chipset from Intel, and similar chipsets from OEMs. These projects are referred to collectively as the Atlas project."

  • UnixReview.com: Tool of the Month: Vipul's Razor (Dec 21, 2001, 14:03)
    "Because spam is sent out in massive batches, many people receive the same spam at about the same time. Wouldn't it be a great thing if the first person to receive a particular piece of spam could send out a warning for the rest of us? That's the concept behind Vipul's Razor, a distributed network for reporting and filtering spam."

  • ComputerWorld Antarctica: What do penguins do in the cold? Help model ice shelves (Dec 21, 2001, 13:05)
    "As for why Hunter chooses to use Linux for his work, the reasons are many. 'I can't really imagine how I would do serious modelling work on anything other than a Unix system of some sort. Modelling is not generally just a case of running a model - it involves considerable data manipulation both at the input and output end,' explained Hunter. 'I know there are several "MathCad-type" packages around on Windows, but they do tie one into quite a limited range of manipulation options.' He also cited the flexibility of a command-line interface as crucial to the type of work that he does." [Link fixed. -ed.]

  • Editor's Note: Season's Greetings and a Word on the Linux Today Holiday Schedule (Dec 21, 2001, 12:53)
    With the holidays upon us, I'd like to take a few paragraphs to wish everyone a pleasant season and note that Linux Today will be going on vacation (for the most part) until January 2.

  • Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Mandrake Clubhouse Opened (Dec 21, 2001, 11:30)
    "MandrakeSoft is proud to announce the grand opening of the Mandrake Linux Users Club clubhouse -- a custom website where club members can learn about club-related activities, take part in discussions, and enjoy special privileges."

  • GNUStep: An Apology for Announcing Donation of Proprietary Software to the Project (Dec 21, 2001, 07:07)
    "The GNUstep project would like to apologize for announcing that we had been given, as a donation, a license for a proprietary program. We made a mistake in announcing this, but the first mistake was in asking for a donation of that kind."

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: glibc update (Dec 21, 2001, 07:02)
    "Flavio Veloso found an overflowable buffer problem in earlier versions of the glibc glob(3) implementation. It may be possible to exploit some programs that pass input to the glibc glob() function in a manner that can be modified by the user."

  • Trustix Secure Linux Advisor: glibc (Dec 21, 2001, 06:58)
    "There is a problem in the glob(3) function of the Glibc library which allows for exploitation of programs that pass user supplied input directly to it."

  • IBM developerWorks: Packaging software with RPM, Part 2 (Dec 21, 2001, 02:55)
    "RPM is a widely used tool for delivering software for Linux; users can easily install an RPM-packaged product. In this article, the second in a series, Dan explains how to package software without running as root, how to handle software that won't build on Linux without changes, and how to distribute your work."

  • LinuxWorld.com: 7 steps to a successful GeForce3 installation (Dec 21, 2001, 01:46)
    "I've never had much luck getting the Linux accelerated graphics drivers for the NVidia GeForce card to work. I could get it working with XFree86, but it would corrupt the text display when I exited X11. When I solved that problem, it caused corruption of the graphics in XFree86. Until recently, I gave up trying to get it to work. It's working now, and as a result, I'm getting used to playing games under Linux. Here is the process I went through to get the card working properly to spare you the pain of figuring it out yourself."