Linux News for Sep 29, 2003
InfoWorld: Supercomputer for the Masses (Sep 29, 2003, 23:30)
"But now Dell--which was appropriately enough started in a dorm
room--has begun to commercialize the HPC market..."
LinuxDevices: Growing Opportunity for Linux in Retail POS (Sep 29, 2003, 22:00)
"IBM Business Consulting Services has released its annual Retail
CIO Survey for 2003, with findings that suggest a growing
opportunity for Linux in point of sale and other retail
InfoWorld: AMD Updates Linux PDA Design (Sep 29, 2003, 21:00)
"Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has begun showing an updated
reference design for a personal digital assistant running the Linux
operating system to hardware makers..."
The Register: Sharp to Plot Worldwide Linux PDA Plan (Sep 29, 2003, 20:00)
"Will Sharp ever bring its latest Linux-based Zaurus PDAs to
Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: webfs (Sep 29, 2003, 19:55)
"Jens Steube reported two vulnerabilities in webfs, a
lightweight HTTP server for static content..."
Gentoo Linux Advisories: net-ftp/proftpd, media-video/mplayer (Sep 29, 2003, 19:51)
Two security advisories from Gentoo.
Trustix Secure Linux Advisory: proftpd (Sep 29, 2003, 19:47)
"An error exists in the ASCII upload handling of Proftpd version
1.2.7 and later that can be used to trigger an buffer overflow and
thus execute arbitrary code..."
LinuxPlanet: Which Linux Distro Is Best For You? (Sep 29, 2003, 19:00)
"At the recent PC Expo in Manhattan, a few sessions turned to
the topic of Linux. One such session provided a introductory
round-up of the Linux distributions that are out there, and which
might be better suited for commercial, development, or power-user
PRNewswire/Yahoo!: Microsoft Sends Lindows.com Takedown Notice for MSfreePC.com (Sep 29, 2003, 18:00)
"Lindows.com Inc. received the following take down notice
concerning its MSfreePC web service designed to help Microsoft
customers process their claims from the $1.1 billion settlement
Microsoft has agreed to pay..."
VNUnet: Linux Fights Off Worms (Sep 29, 2003, 18:00)
"The forthcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 3 suite will
include a new feature to thwart worms and hackers..."
AP/Fort Myers News-Press: Novell Turning Out for Linux Parade (Sep 29, 2003, 17:00)
An AP story that hit the wires over the weekend: "Now, Novell is
looking to Microsoft's biggest enemy--the open-source software
movement--for renewal and profits..."
NewsForge: New SuSE Version Coming Next Month (Sep 29, 2003, 16:00)
"SuSE Linux announced today that it will release SuSE Linux 9.0
on October 24..."
PR: SCO Says IBM's Amended Complaint, Based on GPL, is Built on a Shaky Foundation (Sep 29, 2003, 15:27)
The crux of today's expected press statement from The SCO Group:
"SCO believes that the GPL--created by the Free Software Foundation
to supplant current U.S. copyright laws--is a shaky foundation on
which to build a legal case." Full press release within.
Mozilla.org: Mozilla 1.5 RC2 Released (Sep 29, 2003, 15:00)
The latest release candidate for Mozilla 1.5 is out and about.
New York Times: The Sharer (Sep 29, 2003, 14:00)
The NYT interviews Linus Torvalds, touching on open source,
music sharing, and SCO. Free registration required.
SearchEnterpriseLinux: Enterprise Linux Management: It's Tool Time (Sep 29, 2003, 13:00)
"The enterprise-ready management tools are on board, and the new
2.6 kernel will take Linux up to the top of IT infrastructures,
according to Pete Marshall, assistant vice president of Candle
Corp.'s Systems and Service Management Group..."
Andrew Morton: 2.6.0-test6-mm1 (Sep 29, 2003, 11:22)
Changelog, link within.
NewsFactor: The Flourishing Dell-Linux Coalition (Sep 29, 2003, 11:00)
"It helps Dell's overall fortunes when ISVs, such as Oracle, hop
on the Linux bandwagon. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has predicted that
in a couple of years, 'Linux and Dell will be the dominant
computing combination in the enterprise...'"
CNET Asia: Thai Schools Dump Microsoft Software (Sep 29, 2003, 08:00)
"Concerns about intellectual property rights and software costs
have prompted 18 Thai schools to switch to an open source
Release Digest: GNOME, September 28, 2003 (Sep 29, 2003, 05:00)
This weekend's GNOME apps: GDM 188.8.131.52, Audio File Library
0.2.4, gwget2 0.6, Jamboree 0.3, Monster Masher 1.2, and Silky
Slackware.org: Announcing Slackware Linux 9.1! (Sep 29, 2003, 01:30)
"The second Slackware release in the 9.x series (based on the
GCC 3.2.3 compiler), Slackware Linux 9.1 continues the ten-year
Slackware tradition of simplicity, stability, and security..."
Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: freesweep (Sep 29, 2003, 01:28)
"Steve Kemp discovered a buffer overflow in freesweep, when
processing several environment variables. This vulnerability could
be exploited by a local user to gain gid 'games...'"
Mandrake Linux Advisories: proftpd, apache2 (Sep 29, 2003, 01:26)
Two security advisories from MandrakeSoft.