Linux News for Jan 28, 2002
NewsForge: Solaris on Intel out? Does that mean Linux is in? (Jan 28, 2002, 23:43)
"The marketplace will decide whose vision of the future turns
out to be the clearest, but one thing is for certain: Open Source
wins. Whether it's BSD, pure Linux or Linux -elated operating
systems like Open Unix, or Pentium III and IVs or the Itanium, the
only significant Unixes running on Intel platforms in the future
will be Open Source."
Mandrake Linux 8.2 Beta Appears (Jan 28, 2002, 23:20)
"Red alert for all the Mandrake Linux users : After several
weeks of sleepless nights spent at taming the cooker snapshot,
Mandrakesoft's developers team had to take a short nap. The
half-finished distribution immediately spotted its chance, escaped
from the captivity, and nested itself on a public FTP server under
the name 'Mandrake Linux 8.2 (beta1)'."
Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: enscript (Jan 28, 2002, 23:02)
"The enscript program does not create temporary files in a
secure fashion and as such could be abused if enscript is run as
AllLinuxDevices: New Sun Cobalt Qube Appliance Targets Home Networks, Small Businesses (Jan 28, 2002, 22:48)
"The Sun Cobalt Qube 3 server appliance extends secure Internet
and intranet services to consumers and power users, enabling home
offices and small businesses to host their own web sites, set up
their own e-mail systems, network home or office PCs, and protect
their computing environments from Internet threats such as hackers
and viruses. The plug-and-play networking solution includes all of
the tools and applications needed to leverage always-on Internet
connections and web-enable a home network or small business
Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: rsync (Jan 28, 2002, 22:19)
"Sebastian Krahmer of the SuSE Security Team performed an audit
on the rsync tool and discovered that in several places signed and
unsigned numbers were mixed, with the end result being insecure
code. These flaws could be abused by remote users to write 0 bytes
into rsync's memory and trick rsync into executing arbitrary code
on the server."
LinuxDevices.com: Sharp Zaurus Linux PDA to hit retail shelves in March (Jan 28, 2002, 21:35)
"Sharp's new Linux-based Zaurus PDA is expected to begin hitting
retail shelves this March for a list price $549, a company source
told LinuxDevices.com. The model name will be "Zaurus SL-5500", and
it will include 64MB of RAM memory and 16MB of built-in Flash
storage memory (in contrast to pre-production devices which had
32MB of RAM)."
IBM developerWorks: LPI certification 101 exam prep, Part 2: Basic administration (Jan 28, 2002, 20:39)
"In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use regular expressions
to search files for text patterns. Next, we'll introduce you to the
Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, or FHS, and then show you how to
locate files on your system. Then, we'll show you how to take full
control of Linux processes by running them in the background,
listing processes, detaching processes from the terminal, and more.
Finally, we'll give you a whirlwind introduction to shell
pipelines, redirection, and text processing commands."
Conectiva Security Announcement: openldap (Jan 28, 2002, 20:17)
"Thomas Fritz reported a vulnerability in the ldap server
which could be exploited by remote attackers to delete attributes
from an object even if those attributes were protected by
Kernel Traffic #152 by Zack Brown (Jan 28, 2002, 19:49)
Mailing list threads from the Linux Kernel Development Team.
CNET News.com: Red Hat to offer high-end Linux version (Jan 28, 2002, 19:15)
"As Linux is making inroads into the enterprise, we think the
days of trying to stuff everything for everyone on one distribution
are impractical at this stage," [Red Hat Exec V.P. of Engineering
Paul] Cormier said. The new version also won't be updated as
frequently as the mainstream version, which is refreshed every six
months, he added."
dot.kde.org: KDE/aRts Video Roadmap Meeting Results (Jan 28, 2002, 18:22)
"The aRts/KDE Video Roadmap Meeting ending up having a fairly
large turnout, peaking at 26 participants on the IRC channel. There
was so much turnout, in fact, that participants could not agree on
a single strategy for video development in aRts and KDE."
Trustix Secure Linux Security Advisory: rsync (Jan 28, 2002, 17:52)
"This update fixes the signed/unsigned remote exploit bug in
rsync. In previous releases the rsync program contained several
bugs which would allow remote attackers to write 0-bytes to almost
arbitrary stack- locations, thus giving them control over the
programflow so that they could obtain a shell remotely."
OpenPHD.net: W3C Patent Policy: Latest News
(Jan 28, 2002, 17:20)
Adam Warner has a page tracking the latest developments in the
W3C Patent Policy issue. Mr. Warner wrote the very useful critique
that first broke the issue of patents and the W3C to a wide
audience and he continues to follow the situation, including the
latest news on the proposed procedure for dealing with
patent-encumbered standards within the W3C.
Paul Murphy/Winface.com: RE: IDC Declares Linux 80% Cheaper Than Unix
(Jan 28, 2002, 16:22)
"Let's recognize that Linux, BSD, Darwin, Solaris, Tru64, and
Unixware are all Unix varients. The right comparison isn't between
Unix and Linux; it's between all of Unix, including Linux, and the
range of Microsoft Windows products."
AbiWord Weekly News #80 by Jesper Skov (Jan 28, 2002, 15:50)
"It's been a slow week - people have been working on fixing
bugs. Unfortunately we're still at about 80 Bugs that should be
closed before 1.0 - and that's no different from last week, even
though there's been plenty of Bugs closed."
osOpinion: The Life and Times of the Multics OS (Jan 28, 2002, 15:21)
"Because of its popularity and influence over the years, many
have asked whether Multics could be ported to a modern micro.
According to the Multics Web site, the answer to this question is a
Encouraged by Intel and HP, Ximian Adopts X11-Style License for Mono (Jan 28, 2002, 14:28)
"Among programmers writing the class library, about 80 percent
said they liked the new license better. However, this opinion
wasn't shared by Richard Stallman... 'He doesn't like the license
switch,' de Icaza said. 'It allows proprietary companies to benefit
from the software.'"
PCWorld.com: Pogo Linux Pogo Altura Workstation
(Jan 28, 2002, 14:04)
"This speedy, well-rounded, reasonably priced system is a good
choice for people who want to use Linux or who would like to try
the OS out without having to install it on their own."
LinuxWorld.com: A streaming media player for the rest of us (Jan 28, 2002, 13:01)
"After my less than satisfying visit to the land of Linux
streaming media viewers just a few weeks ago, I was a little
reluctant to try another, in spite of the readers who suggested I
look at Xine. I shouldn't have been. I found the Xine experience
satisfying in every aspect."
dot.kde.org: KDE Icon Chatter (Jan 28, 2002, 12:09)
"As MacOS X (and GNOME to a certain extent) has shown, many
people love photorealistic icons despite the theoretical trade-offs
with usability. So if you've ever wondered about the philosophy
behind KDE's default icons, you might want to read Torsten Rahn's
recent article on the matter."
The Register: That Linux AMD bug in Technicolor detail
(Jan 28, 2002, 06:21)
"...it isn't just in parallel processing where the hairy
business of cache coherency is a problem, as we've seen with the
AMD Linux bug blame game. This has affected uniprocessor systems,
and I was stumped. But Reg readers have provided a wealth of
detail, and what follows will take you from a bird's eye view to
the low-level nasties."