Linux News for May 14, 2004
Editor's Note: Talk Is Good, Action is Better (May 14, 2004, 23:30)
Free speech is great, insights are treasured, but is it time for
the community to get some changes made?
LinuxInsider: The Open Source Government (May 14, 2004, 22:00)
"2004 may be the year for open source software to catch on in a
big way in government agencies..."
SearchDatabase: IBM Battles Oracle for Top Open Source Customers (May 14, 2004, 20:30)
"IBM is sending a message to DBAs that the database of choice
for establishing clusters on the open source platform is DB2--and
not products from its nemesis, Oracle Corp..."
IT Manager's Journal: Seven Open Source Business Strategies for Competitive Advantage (May 14, 2004, 19:00)
"In this article, we examine seven open source strategies that
can give your company a competitive advantage..."
InfoWorld: Black Duck Software Launches Open-Source Service (May 14, 2004, 17:30)
"Startup Black Duck Software Inc. will update its product line
next week with two new products designed to help companies better
manage their use of open-source software..."
internetnews.com: Steps Forward For Server-Based Apps (May 14, 2004, 16:00)
"IBM's announcement that it would offer desktop applications
server side isn't a new concept..."
Groklaw: Novell Wins Over Canopy Group--Novell Did Want Canopy to Sue Microsoft (May 14, 2004, 15:00)
"The Order in the Novell v. Canopy Group case is now here. As
you will see, Novell prevailed. The Appeals Court affirmed the
lower court decision..."
Mandrakesoft: EU Software Patent Legislation: a real threat for Linux and Open Source (May 14, 2004, 14:00)
"Mandrakesoft would like to alert all users and the software
community at large about a recent clandestine attack by proprietary
interest through covert adoption of EU Software Patent
Linux Journal: OSS in a Software Development Firm (May 14, 2004, 13:00)
"How one company is making the move to open-source software for
their computing needs..."
IT-Analysis: Thick Client Bad, Thin Client Bad, IBM Good? (May 14, 2004, 11:30)
"Thick clients are bad because of the challenges with
distributing code, the high cost, both to IT and the end-user, of
management and maintenance, and the fact that the solution is
limited to PCs..."
LinuxInsider: Asian Governments Start to Speak the Same Language on Linux Implementations (May 14, 2004, 10:00)
"Could Asia become a Linux stronghold? It's positioning itself
to become one, as governments here try to limit their dependence on
the Windows operating system..."
LinuxWorld: "Thunder"--N. America's Fastest Linux Supercomputer (May 14, 2004, 08:30)
"A Linux cluster deployed at Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory and codenamed 'Thunder' yesterday delivered 19.94
teraflops of sustained performance, making it the most powerful
computer in North America..."
LinuxDevices: Snap-on Linux Skins Add Games, Music to Mobile Phones (May 14, 2004, 07:00)
"Linux will power a customizable GSM/GPRS mobile phone, set to
launch in July, that will support 'SmartSkins,' snap-on covers that
contain tiny embedded Linux subsystems that add games, music
videos, or other content or functions..."
Linux Exposed: Understanding and Attacking DNS (May 14, 2004, 05:30)
"Securing the trust relationship and building a reliable server
can create a reliable and secure DNS structure for the system
administrator behind your corporate and private communication
Release Digest: KDE, May 13, 2004 (May 14, 2004, 05:00)
Today's KDE apps: kvpnc Gentoo ebuild 0.1, GwenRename 0.9.6,
Kile 1.6.3, Emerge Tool 0.4b, Mount ISO image 0.8, Kaffeine Media
Player 0.4.3b, MahJongg 3D Solitaire 0.91, NoteBookManager 0.7.2,
and KLog 0.2.9.
Release Digest: GNU, May 13, 2004 (May 14, 2004, 05:00)
Today's GNU apps: combine 0.3.3 and GNU libmatheval 1.0.2.
DistroWatch: Distributions, May 13, 2004 (May 14, 2004, 05:00)
Today's distributions: PLD Live CD 0.95, Sorcerer 20040512,
LAMPPIX 1.0, Damn Small Linux 0.7, OnebaseGo 1.4, and
LinuxWorld Australia: Windows-to-Linux: New Wave of Adoption on its Way? (May 14, 2004, 04:00)
"For those wanting to run Windows under Linux, CodeWeavers, Inc.
has zeroed in on thirty popular apps like Lotus Notes 6.51 and MS
Gentoo Linux Advisory: Utempter (May 14, 2004, 03:58)
"Utempter contains a vulnerability that may allow local users to
overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack..."
LinuxInsider: Grading the Windows-vs.-Unix Debate (May 14, 2004, 02:30)
As a public service, therefore, I thought I'd provide an
overview for what to look for--and what to avoid--in
Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: mah-jong (May 14, 2004, 02:29)
"A problem has been discovered in mah-jong, a variant of the
original Mah-Jong game, that can be utilised to crash the game
server after dereferencing a NULL pointer..."
OSNews: Pleasantly Surprised with Knoppix Linux (May 14, 2004, 01:00)
"I've been trying Linux on and off for a couple of years. My
first experience with Linux was with a version of Slackware (can't
remember) way back in 1996..."