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Linux News for Feb 22, 2002

  • O'Reilly Network: Finding Things in Unix (Feb 22, 2002, 20:55)
    "In a nutshell, find is meant to recursively search directories to find any files that meet your specified expressions. This may not seem like such a big deal, but there aren't that many Unix utilities that can "walk" through a directory and all of its subdirectories. This ability proves quite useful, as not only can you find files, but you can do something with them as you find them."

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated ncurses4 compat packages are available (Feb 22, 2002, 19:38)
    "A problem has been found in ncurses version 5.0 that could cause a buffer overflow. This overflow could be locally exploited if the library is linked into a program that runs setuid or setgid."

  • LinuxDevices.com: ELC paves way for Embedded Linux platform specification (Feb 22, 2002, 19:25)
    "Following months of intense consultations, the Board of Directors of the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC) voted to adopt an Intellectual Property Agreement (IPA) that lays the groundwork for building a unified embedded Linux platform specification."

  • Sun: Linux on the Mainframe--Not a Good Idea (Feb 22, 2002, 17:54)
    "Recently, IBM announced a new 'Linux-only' mainframe, the z800, which IBM is promoting as a way to consolidate multiple Linux and Unix servers. Running Linux on a mainframe doesn't change the fact that you must still maintain an expensive, proprietary system, defeating the whole purpose of introducing open standards like Linux. Although it's technically possible to configure such a system, the question remains, 'How well-suited is the system to the task?' Linux on the mainframe just doesn't compute. Here's why..."

  • IBM developerWorks: Coding with KParts (Feb 22, 2002, 16:31)
    "KParts allows applications requiring the same functionality to share a component by embedding the graphical component into the application's window. This article compares KParts with other component models, such as CORBA, and describes the main concepts used in KParts, including actions, plug-ins, part managers, and GUI merging."

  • Caldera Security Advisory: Various security problems in ucd-snmp (Feb 22, 2002, 15:45)
    "Researchers at the university of Oulo, Finnland, discovered several remotely exploitable vulnerabilities in ucd-snmp. This security update fixes these vulnerabilities. This update also contains a patch from the SuSE security team that cleans up a number of unchecked memory operations."

  • Marcelo Tosatti: Linux 2.4.18-rc4 (Feb 22, 2002, 15:08)
    "Unfortunately something really bad (for some non-x86 archs) appeared up, so here goes rc4."

  • LinuxFocus.org: MySQL and Perl, the marriage of convenience (Feb 22, 2002, 14:06)
    "MySQL and Perl have been around for quite a while. They are still widely used even if the "fashion" is changing. This article talks about these two products working together as a whole, either on the Internet or on your local network."

  • Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter Issue #31 (Feb 22, 2002, 12:32)
    This Week's Summary: 8.2 Beta Articles at MandrakeForum; Mandrake PPC 8.2 is coming; Mandrake in the News; New Product "Goodies" at MandrakeStore; Have You Been to MandrakeExpert Lately?; Business Case of the Week; This Week's Online Poll; Security-related Software Updates; What's New at MandrakeUser.org?; Headlines from MandrakeForum.

  • AbiWord 0.99.2 released. (Feb 22, 2002, 09:53)
    New features, link within.

  • CNET/Yahoo!: Walmart.com ditches the OS in new PCs (Feb 22, 2002, 07:50)
    "In an unusual move for a general retailer, the Microtel computers are being offered without operating systems as part of a test to gauge the response among tech-oriented customers who may want to load their own operating systems, Walmart.com spokeswoman Cynthia Lin said."

  • The Register: Nokia to share mobile network technologies with rivals (Feb 22, 2002, 07:45)
    "Nokia Oyj yesterday promised to "share" core mobile network technologies with its competitors in a "de facto standardization" effort that it claims is necessary to reduce network industry cost structures, and hasten the realization of next-generation mobile data services. It also unveiled its own range of "open" network modules, making Linux-based systems a part of its core infrastructure product portfolio for the first time."

  • LinuxJournal: Help with Designing or Debugging CORBA Applications (Feb 22, 2002, 01:53)
    How to add CORBA GIOP/IIOP decoding capabilities to an open-source protocol analyzer.