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Linux News for Mar 26, 2003

  • SearchEnterpriseLinux: OpenOffice.org, StarOffice Gaining Momentum, Expert Says (Mar 26, 2003, 23:30)
    "Solveig Haugland scoffs at those who believe that Microsoft Office will rule forever. 'OpenOffice.org and [Sun Microsystems Inc.'s] StarOffice will become as widely used or more so than Microsoft Office is now,' she predicted..."

  • Tinyminds.org: Slackware 9.0 [Review] (Mar 26, 2003, 22:30)
    "Last week we saw the release of Slackware 9.0 and in true slack fashion, things are good, things are very good..."

  • The Oregonian: House Panel will Consider Open-Source Software Bill (Mar 26, 2003, 21:30)
    "A new bill would make Oregon the first state to take a formal stance against the hefty fees and technological limitations of software produced by large corporations such as Microsoft..."

  • OpenOffice.org 1.1 Beta Released (Mar 26, 2003, 20:30)
    "We are glad to announce that the next OpenOffice.org version (OpenOffice.org 1.1) has reached an important milestone and is now available for download as OpenOffice.org 1.1 Beta..." Announcement within.

  • AbiWord 1.1.4 Released (Mar 26, 2003, 20:30)
    "This version of AbiWord is basically feature-complete for the final 2.0. It offers substantial new features and tons of bug fixes over 1.1.3..." Announcement within.

  • SuSE Linux Advisory: apcupsd (Mar 26, 2003, 20:27)
    "The controlling and management daemon apcupsd for APC's Unbreakable Power Supplies is vulnerable to several buffer overflows and format bugs..."

  • ZDNet UK: Red Hat Below Expectations, but Optimistic (Mar 26, 2003, 19:00)
    "Linux maker Red Hat reported results that were below analyst expectations, but the company is optimistic about the future..."

  • HispaLinux: Andalusian Regional Goverment Truly Involves with Free Software (Mar 26, 2003, 17:30)
    "It is compulsory to all hardware acquired by official educational centres to be fully compatible with Free Software operating systems. Furthermore, it must be preinstalled in all new bought computers..."

  • internetnews.com: Oracle Debuts ISV Program for Unbreakable Linux (Mar 26, 2003, 16:00)
    "Oracle has already joined forces with Red Hat and with UnitedLinux. On Wednesday it moved to round out its Unbreakable Linux program by bringing in the independent software vendors..."

  • BetaNews: StarOffice 6.1 Takes on the Enterprise (Mar 26, 2003, 14:30)
    "Sun is hinging its bets on StarOffice 6.1 fitting the bill for the enterprise sector, making an early product preview available for a public beta test..."

  • Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: heimdal (Mar 26, 2003, 14:29)
    "A cryptographic weakness in version 4 of the Kerberos protocol allows an attacker to use a chosen-plaintext attack to impersonate any principal in a realm..."

  • SCO Linux Advisory: apcupsd (Mar 26, 2003, 14:28)
    "A vulnerability in apcupsd allows remote attackers to gain root privileges, possibly via format strings in a request to a slave server..."

  • OSNews: Red Hat Linux 9 - World's First Look at Shrike (Mar 26, 2003, 13:00)
    "I installed Red Hat Linux 9 (Shrike) to see what has changed between it and the previous major version of Red Hat (8.0). The article features some installation screenshots and of course some post-install screenshots showing Bluecurve in Gnome and KDE (more shots here), user experience and discussion of whether you should upgrade or not..."

  • Globe and Mail: Linux Whimsy Belies Solid Security (Mar 26, 2003, 11:30)
    "'It's a Darwinian approach. The strongest code survives. It is highly open to those trying to protect it and those trying to attack it. This enormous level of peer scrutiny means that the code that's put out is of extremely high quality...'"

  • eWeek: Microsoft Pitches Tough Open-Source Crowd (Mar 26, 2003, 10:00)
    So just how well-received was Microsoft at the Open Source in Governments conference? Think wolves and a single lamb.

  • OSNews: Ark Linux H20: Simple and (Nearly) Complete (Mar 26, 2003, 08:30)
    "Knowing that ArkLinux is the offspring of Bernhard 'Bero' Rosenkraenzer, a former Red Hat employee and KDE hacker, should make it one of the more interesting and, arguably, credible new Linux distributions to hit the streets in recent seasons. With the rise of Lycoris, Lindows, and Xandros, among others, Ark Linux is certainly a far cry from a surefire success. Let's take a look..."

  • SABCnews: Shuttleworth in Open Source Drive (Mar 26, 2003, 07:00)
    "IT entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth's Shuttleworth Foundation has opened the first of three open source learning centres in the Western Cape..."

  • SEUL.org: Linux in Education Report #92 (Mar 26, 2003, 05:30)
    Community Roundup: The latest news from the SEUL/edu Project.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, March 25, 2003 (Mar 26, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's GNOME apps: ASPL Fact ML2, Gnome Pilot 2.0.3, Gnome Pilot Conduits 2.0.3, Spheres and Crystals 0.7, sawfish 1.3, gnome-games 2.3.0, ticker-0.4, and Gnome Process Tree 0.76.

  • LinuxLookup: Why Should Software be Free? (Mar 26, 2003, 04:00)
    "For the Star Trek literate, this is the world of The Borg. Collective consciousness. We are a part of the hive. 'Buy this [proprietary name here] software,' says the queen. She doesn't have to order. There's no resistance..."

  • OSNews: Yellow Dog Linux 3.0 Review (Mar 26, 2003, 02:30)
    The new Yellow Dog Linux 3.0 brings recent Linux user interface improvements to the PowerPC architecture. Smooth, anti-aliased fonts and the clean, refined style of Red Hat's Blue Curve theme make this a beautiful creation to look at.

  • Linux World: Open Source Making Headway in Texas Government (Mar 26, 2003, 01:00)
    "Over the past two years, Texas has become ground zero in the war between proprietary and free/open-source software for use in state and local government. Our unilateral correspondent gives an update on three key battles in the Lone Star state..."