Linux News for Feb 25, 2003
Linux Journal: Why Experix? (Feb 25, 2003, 23:30)
"The demise of DOS and advent of networking forced me to update
the platform, and first I dabbled in Microsoft Windows. I quickly
was put off by the unavailability of information on how to write
kernel modules and the difficulty of graphics. I want to control
everything, not rely on packages that I can't modify and that are
guaranteed to become obsolete and unmaintainable. Then I found
Linux, or it found me, and the program has been growing happily
Linux Orbit: Coping With Choice: The Double-Edged Sword of the Linux Desktop (Part 1) (Feb 25, 2003, 22:00)
"In this first part of a three part series, Linux Orbit's
editor-in-chief John Gowin takes a look at the choices facing
GNU/Linux end users..."
LinuxPlanet: The Return of PowerCockpit (Feb 25, 2003, 20:30)
"Turbolinux's departure from the US left some of its toolsets in
a state of legal limbo. Now one of the former founders of
Turbolinux is bringing one of the more powerful applications back
to life: PowerCockpit. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports..."
KernelTrap: Where The Anticipatory Scheduler Shines (Feb 25, 2003, 19:00)
"Andrew Morton recently posted some interesting benchmarks
comparing the current 2.4 IO scheduler, a 'hacked' version of the
deadline IO scheduler in 2.5.61, the CFQ scheduler, and the
LinuxWorld: Opera Shows Graceful, Humorous Response to Microsoft Blunder (Feb 25, 2003, 18:00)
"I'm going to briefly recount my installation and usage
experience with the beta, but this is in no way a review of the
Opera browser, beta or otherwise. I'm simply using the beta as an
icebreaker, an excuse to voice my opinions on recent happenings in
the latest episodes of the Browser Wars..."
EnGarde Secure Linux Advisory: WebTool (Feb 25, 2003, 17:59)
"Keigo Yamazaki discovered a vulnerability in miniserv.pl (the
webserver program at the core of the WebTool) which may allow an
attacker to spoof a session ID by including special metacharacters
in the BASE64 encoded string using during the authentication
Japan Times: Gates Courts LDP Leadership over 'e-Japan' Deal (Feb 25, 2003, 16:00)
Japan considers Linux. Gates gets on plane. Deja vu...
CNET News: Open-Source Audio Wins MP3 Player Support (Feb 25, 2003, 15:00)
"This means Linux interoperability for a portable player that's
supported by the manufacturer, not an after-market hack supported
by some guy in Johannesburg with a dial-up connection and a copy of
Emacs,' [Emmett] Plant said in a letter posted on the Ogg Vorbis
The Inquirer: Linus Torvalds, Itanium "Threw Out All the Good Parts of the x86" (Feb 25, 2003, 14:00)
"In words that Intel are likely to be far from happy with, the
Finnish luminary has stuck the boot into Itanium. Only just falling
short of calling the processor Itanic, his responses to some
questions on processor architecture are sure to be music to AMD's
The Salt Lake Tribune: Linux Could Become Inexpensive Alternative to Proprietary Systems (Feb 25, 2003, 13:00)
"Russell Weeks, a member of the math department at Logan High
School, has removed the traditional operating system from his
computer programming lab and replaced it with a free Linux-based
Gentoo Linux Advisories: apcupsd, vnc, tightvnc (Feb 25, 2003, 12:59)
Three security advisories from Gentoo Linux.
Tonight Live: The Day They Stole the Internet plus Lycoris Desktop Linux (Feb 25, 2003, 12:45)
"The Day They Stole the Internet possibly the most significant
technology news of the year so far, the FCC over turns the 1996
Telecommunications Act. Also a review of the new Mozilla beta
(finally with spam screening), News from The Desktop Linux
Conference, and a harsh warning for Microsoft..."
ZDNet UK: MS-Opera Battle Reaches Higher Pitch (Feb 25, 2003, 11:30)
"There has never been much of a relationship between the small
Norwegian browser company Opera and software giant Microsoft, but
what little there was is over, says Opera..."
Computerworld.NZ: Do You Really Want a 'Linux Administrator'? (Feb 25, 2003, 08:30)
"Using Linux as shorthand for everything open source can,
however, lead to an unfortunate reality truncation. Despite all the
publicity, it seems lots of people and organisations still haven't
understood that Linux is only an operating system kernel..."
Intelligent Enterprise Magazine: The Major Leagues (Feb 25, 2003, 07:00)
"Python, once a relatively obscure open-source language, may be
just what your organization needs..."
Help Net Security: Interview with Judy Novak, Co-author of "Network Intrusion Detection 3/e" (Feb 25, 2003, 05:30)
"We just finished up a red team exercise using nothing more than
freeware--nmap, nessus, and the Center for Internet Security (CIS)
Kernel Traffic #206 by Zack Brown (Feb 25, 2003, 05:00)
Community Roundup: The latest message traffic
from the Linux kernel mailing list.
Release Digest: GNOME, February 24, 2003 (Feb 25, 2003, 05:00)
Today's GNOME apps: Karaoke 0.1, MrProject 0.9.1, and
COnfigurator for Gnome 0.5.3.
KernelTrap: Listing Threads in /proc (Feb 25, 2003, 04:00)
"Ingo Molnar recently posted a patch to the lkml resulting in a
significant increase in threading performance when displaying
individual threads within the /proc directory..."
Tectonic: Africa Prepares for Open Source Launch in Geneva (Feb 25, 2003, 02:30)
"Africa will today take centre stage in Geneva with the planned
launch of an organisation aimed at promoting the use of open source
software throughout the continent..."
Linux Journal: India Gets Its First Linux Publication (Feb 25, 2003, 01:00)
"India's first Linux magazine recently hit the stands, and free
software enthusiasts are looking to the Delhi-published magazine to
help build interest in non-proprietary software in a country that
likes to call itself a (potential) software superpower..."
Wichita Business Journal: Stratitec Builds $300 Computer for Sam's Club (Feb 25, 2003, 00:20)
Wonder just what goes into those Linux machines offered online
at Sams Club? Here's a local-company-makes-good story out of Kansas
that gives the details. [Link repaired. -ed]