Linux News for Oct 15, 2002
Red Hat Linux Advisory: xinetd (Dec 09, 2002, 21:54)
"Xinetd contains a denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability...
UPDATE 2002-12-02: Updated packages are available to fix issues
encountered with the previous errata packages..."
UK, Oxford, IBM Building Linux Grid to Combat Breast Cancer (Oct 15, 2002, 23:30)
"Oxford University has joined with IBM and the UK Government to
build a sophisticated computing Grid based on the open standards of
Linux that will enable early screening and diagnosis of breast
cancer...." Press release within.
Tonight Live: Webcasters Get Screwed (again), OSDN, and Yet Another Build It Yourself (Oct 15, 2002, 22:00)
"[W]e will be joined by Ann Gabriel, President of the newly
formed Webcaster Alliace, to discuss the latest setback of the
Wired: IBM Promises Muscle for the Mac (Oct 15, 2002, 20:30)
Don't let the headline throw you; there is reason to believe
that IBM's new PowerPC 970 processor might be a prelude for a new
platform offering for Linux from Big Blue.
Lindows.com: Open Letter to Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer Microsoft Corp (Oct 15, 2002, 20:30)
Lindows CEO Michael Robertson challenges recent assertions made
by Steve Ballmer on the Lindows PC.
Red Hat Linux Advisory: xinetd (Oct 15, 2002, 20:21)
"Versions 2.3.4 through 2.3.7 of Xinetd leak file descriptors
for the signal pipe to services that are launched by xinetd. This
could allow an attacker to execute a DoS attack via the
Gentoo Linux Advisories: apache, tomcat (Oct 15, 2002, 20:19)
Two security advisories from Gentoo Linux.
Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: syslog-ng (Oct 15, 2002, 20:18)
"Péter Höltzl discovered a problem in the way
syslog-ng handles macro expansion..."
OpenOffice.org: OpenOffice Turns 2 (Oct 15, 2002, 19:00)
Over the weekend, OpenOffice.org passed its second anniversary.
To celebrate, the project's site has posted a collection of
articles discussing the past, present, and future of the popular
Open Source project.
VNUnet: Police Pilot Linux Desktops (Oct 15, 2002, 17:30)
"West Yorkshire Police has taken delivery of its first Linux
desktop computers, as part of a trial of the operating sytem for
English and Welsh police forces..."
PR: Progeny Launches Platform Services (Oct 15, 2002, 16:00)
Progeny is back on the scene with the launch of a new
subscription-based development tool for Linux. Press release
Linux Journal: Radio E-mail in West Africa (Oct 15, 2002, 13:00)
"I noticed the operator used a proprietary, MS-DOS program to
make his file transfers, but I immediately began wondering: if this
device is truly some kind of modem, moving binary data over the
ether of radio, why couldn't we set it up with Linux and network
with PPP connections as well...?"
Linux Orbit: Chroot Jails Made Easy with the Jail Chroot Project (Oct 15, 2002, 11:30)
"Essentially it is a security method for creating a safe user
enviroment on systems that allow remote access accounts..."
Community: AOL Linux Client Threatened by AOL Lawyers (Oct 15, 2002, 10:00)
A Peng Project member submits this article on the possible
closure of the AOL Linux client project.
The Register USA: Linux-Based TMTA Tablet PC for $600? (Oct 15, 2002, 08:30)
"After reviewing Acer's Tablet PC recently I mused out loud
about the viability of using a more overtly tablet-like CE device
for what I think of as 'proper' Tablet PC tasks. But why wait,
asked reader Per Hammer--this one looks just the ticket, and it's
The Economic Times: 'Linux Market in India is Strongest in the Region' (Oct 15, 2002, 07:00)
"David N. Barnes, vice-president--government programs, IBM World
Trade Asia Corporation, discusses... the future of Linux
Kernel Traffic #188 by Zack Brown (Oct 15, 2002, 05:30)
The latest message traffic from the Linux kernel mailing
Community Digest: October 14, 2002 (Oct 15, 2002, 05:00)
Today's event: RMS panel discussion: "Is a Society Only As Free
As Its Ideas?"
Release Digest: KDE, October 14, 2002 (Oct 15, 2002, 05:00)
Today's KDE apps: RPM Wizard :: Database 1.0, RPM Wizard 0.6.1,
KProf 1.4.1, GGZ KDE Client 0.0.6, GGZ KDE Games 0.0.6, Kbilliards
0.4, KmusicdB :: libdbmusic 0.4.0, KmusicdB 0.9.1, KSimus ::
DataRecorder 0.3.5, KSimus :: Floating Point 0.3.5, and KSimus ::
Release Digest: GNOME, October 14, 2002 (Oct 15, 2002, 05:00)
Today's GNOME apps: File Roller 2.1.1, Pango-1.0.5, Pango-1.1.2
(development release), and Straw 0.11.
eWEEK: Wireless Office Momentum Builds (Oct 15, 2002, 04:00)
"Sharp Electronics Corp. this week at the CTIA Wireless IT show
in Las Vegas will announce an enterprise version of its Sharp
Mobile Services software in an attempt to garner corporate support
for its Linux-based Zaurus handheld computer..."
GridComputingPlanet: IBM Says Its Grid Services Contributions Will Be Royalty-Free (Oct 15, 2002, 02:30)
"The Open Grid Services Architecture vision for the convergence
of Web services and Grid computing received a big boost today when
IBM announced that its contributions to the effort will be
TransGaming Releases WineX 2.2; Preliminary Support Added for EverQuest (Oct 15, 2002, 01:00)
"In addition to features provided by WineX 2.2, TransGamers
using it or any previous version of WineX should how be able to
play Valve Software's popular Half-Life and CounterStrike games
SuSE Linux Advisory: heartbeat (Oct 15, 2002, 00:59)
"Several format string bugs have been discovered in the