Linux News for Feb 28, 2002
LinuxPower.com: Video I/O on Linux: Lessons Learned from SGI
(Feb 28, 2002, 23:53)
"If the linux community is to learn anything from Silicon
Graphics (SGI), it's to not design a video API like the SGI Video
Library. As described in many pages of the Lurker's Guide to Video,
the Video Library makes many well-intentioned attempts to "help"
the application by providing high-level primitives and
encapsulation, but ends up making the task of writing a usable
video app almost impossible."
Marcelo Tosatti: Linux 2.4.19-pre2 (Feb 28, 2002, 22:22)
"Here is 2.4.19-pre2: A very big patch (around 13MB
uncompressed) due to the architecture (MIPS and IA64 mainly)
updates." Changelog, link within.
GridComputingPlanet.com: Platform Computing To Manage AstraZeneca Compute Farms (Feb 28, 2002, 21:50)
"Alderley Park, Cheshire, UK: AstraZeneca's Enabling Science and
Technology department has invested in 130 Platform LSF licenses to
manage its compute farm, consisting of 110 IBM Linux servers and 8
SGI IRIX servers. The computing power created by this farm is used
for chemo-informatics, molecular modeling and accelerating high
throughput structure-based drug discovery and design."
IBM developerWorks: OpenSSH key management, Part 3 (Agent forwarding and keychain improvements) (Feb 28, 2002, 21:09)
"If you can't run ssh-agent on untrusted hosts, then how do you
establish secure, passwordless ssh connections from these systems?
The answer is to only use ssh-agent and keychain on trusted hosts,
and to use OpenSSH's new authentication forwarding abilities to
extend passwordless authentication to any untrusted hosts."
LinuxPower.com: Putting together a complete multimedia architecture for Unix
(Feb 28, 2002, 19:48)
"During November of last year, I visited the Annual Linux
Conference in Oakland, California. I spent a lot of time there
talking with Erik Walthinsen (GStreamer developer) about what is
needed to get really good multimedia support under both GNOME and
Unix in general. At this conference, Erik and I also talked about
these issues with a lot of other people in the Linux and Unix
Multimedia field. This article spotlights the technical issues
involved and presents the different efforts underway trying to
solve these issues."
GNOME News: GNOME 2.0 Desktop Snapshot and Garnome Testing/Tweaking Distribution Released (Feb 28, 2002, 18:33)
"GARNOME 0.7.5 ... is ready for more tire-kicking and
bug-bashing. If you're dying to try the GNOME 2.0 Desktop, but
don't want to fall into the depraved addictions and co-dependencies
of testing from anonymous CVS, then GARNOME is for you."
internetnews.com: Security Flaws Found in PHP
(Feb 28, 2002, 17:44)
"The Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center
(CERT/CC) Wednesday warned of multiple vulnerabilities in the PHP
scripting language which would allow a remote attacker to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the PHP process on a victim's
AMD Announces SuSE Linux Support for Next-Generation Processors (Feb 28, 2002, 17:05)
SuSE Linux AG has been the primary developer working to add
support of AMD's x86-64 technology to the Linux kernel, Linux
development tools, and other Linux software. AMD expects the
changes to be incorporated into Linux's retail operating systems
based on the Linux kernel version 2.6 or later...
Debian Security Advisory: snmp (Feb 28, 2002, 16:07)
"Some of the changes made in the DSA-111-1 security fix for SNMP
changed the API and ABI for the SNMP library which broke some other
Linux Weekly News for February 28, 2002 (Feb 28, 2002, 15:25)
This week: ChillingEffects.org; StarOffice to cost money;
NuSphere vs. MySQL AB; Process migration; Doing BK penguin style;
eWeek.com: The Palmisano Game Plan (Feb 28, 2002, 14:05)
"People want to polarize the debate. It's not about operating
systems. To implement a true computing grid, whether it's a shared
grid or your own internal grid, you need to work in this
heterogeneous world. No one company is going to be able to dictate
that the grid will be .Net [or] the grid will be Solaris."
eSecurityPlanet.com: Updated Open Source Security Testing Manual Available (Feb 28, 2002, 12:17)
"Created by Pete Herzog, 'director of ideas' at Ideahamster, the
OSSTMM is an open-standard methodology for security testing. While
Herzog conceived of the idea, the document now contains ideas from
more than 150 contributors, 33 of them regular contributors to the
UnixReview.com: Tool of the Month: The Name Game
(Feb 28, 2002, 10:20)
A collection of tools: Change Suffix, Rename, and a regular
expressions wizard: "Have you ever banged your head in frustration
trying to remember the syntax for a regular expression in sed or
awk? Want an easy way to whip up a regular expression in a Perl
script? If so, ^txt2regex$ might be just the tool for getting rid
of the regexp blues."
Politech: John Palfrey's report from Boston in GPL MySQL license lawsuit
(Feb 28, 2002, 06:28)
Though she did not issue any orders on the spot, Judge Saris
made it plain that she intended to issue a preliminary injunction
against NuSphere's use of the marks in question (likely with 90
days to stop usage of the marks) and that she was not going to
issue a preliminary injunction in the more complicated matter of
the use of the MySQL code and terms the GPL.
Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated 2.4 kernel available (Feb 28, 2002, 05:22)
"The Linux Netfilter team has found a problem in the "IRC
connection tracking" component of the firewall within the linux
kernel. This problem affects Red Hat Linux versions 7.1 and
Boston.internet.com: NMS Latches Onto Linux (Feb 28, 2002, 04:10)
"NMS Communications has introduced a new Linux version of its
development product to help code writers produce conferencing,
unified messaging and other telecom applications on the open source
Caldera International Reports First Quarter; Meets Revenue and Lower Operating Costs Expectations
(Feb 28, 2002, 01:27)
"'This is the third quarter the Company has operated within the
guidelines of our operating model. We are pleased to have met our
revenue projections in each of these past three quarters,' said
Ransom Love, President and CEO of Caldera."