Linux News for Apr 27, 2006
dot.KDE: KDE 3: All About the Apps (Part 2) (Apr 27, 2006, 23:30)
"Two weeks ago, you read about several apps which keep KDE 3.5
alive. Today's issue of the mini-series provides even more reasons
to love KDE..."
KernelTrap: Who Owns The Stack? (Apr 27, 2006, 22:45)
"In a short thread on the lkml, Linux creator Linus Torvalds
discussed recently added hacks to prevent gcc from overwriting the
argument stack in asmlinkage functions on the x86 platform..."
IT World Canada: LinuxWorld: Canadian Business "Lags" in Productivity and Investment (Apr 27, 2006, 22:00)
"Canadian business got yet another smack from analysts for
lagging the U.S. in productivity and investment in new technology
at the LinuxWorld and NetworkWorld Canada conference underway in
Toronto this week..."
internetnews.com: A Cheap Mainframe? (Apr 27, 2006, 21:15)
"With the debut of the IBM System z9 today, IBM says it's going
after a new class of customers; small-to-medium-sized businesses
that may never have considered buying a mainframe before..."
LinuxPlanet: Unitrends Adds Linux Hot Snapshotting To Appliance-Based Rapid Recovery (Apr 27, 2006, 20:30)
"Servers crash. Hard drives die. Users delete files they want
back. OS patches don't work. It's possible to recover... if you've
got the right files, the right spare hardware, enough time, and
DesktopLinux: OSDL Summits Take Desktop Linux to the Next Level (Apr 27, 2006, 19:45)
"The Open Source Development Labs reported April 27 on planned
enhancements to Linux printing, wireless networking, and power
management that it expects will spur the rapid adoption of Linux on
NewsForge: Wikis, Gateways, and Garbee at LinuxWorld Toronto (Apr 27, 2006, 19:00)
"Yesterday's second day of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
in Toronto saw the opening of the exhibit floor, two keynotes, and
a variety of interesting but not entirely topical sessions..."
iTWire: Microsoft Office Users Ready to Jump Ship: Poll (Apr 27, 2006, 18:15)
"A recent poll shows most users are likely to defect to the free
open source equivalent, OpenOffice.org, rather than pay for Office
Linux-Watch: How to Get Vista Back on Track: Open Source It (Apr 27, 2006, 17:30)
"If Microsoft really wants to make Vista a great desktop
operating system, it should open-source it..."
internetnews.com: Linux Malware On The Rise (Apr 27, 2006, 16:45)
"...[T]he number of Linux-based malicious programs--viruses,
Trojans, back-doors, exploits, and whatnot--doubled from 422 to
863..." Only 99,137 to go to be up there with
LinuxPlanet: Linux Rising in Financial Firms; But Some Users Wonder Why (Apr 27, 2006, 16:00)
"Among early adopters of Linux, Wall Street looms as tall as its
skycrapers. But why are some financial services firms starting to
take giant steps into Linux, and what stands in the way of even
The Register: MySQL Critical of 'Crippled' Closed-Source Databases (Apr 27, 2006, 15:30)
"MySQL's chief executive has cast himself as both friend and foe
of closed-source database companies, criticizing partners and
competitors for releasing 'crippled' versions of existing database
Andrew Morton: Linux 2.6.17-rc2-mm1 (Apr 27, 2006, 15:00)
Incremental changelog, links within.
ZDNet UK: UK Government and IBM Trial Secure Linux (Apr 27, 2006, 14:30)
"The Central Sponsor for Information Assurance said the
initiative in the North of England will show Linux can provide
security in a complex environment..."
NewsForge: Desktop Linux Summit Finale (Apr 27, 2006, 13:45)
"I enjoyed all of the talks I attended except the last one,
where Rob Enderle first recited Microsoft's version of the history
of the world and then explained to the dwindling crowd why OEMs
don't preload Linux..."
Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.17-rc3 (Apr 27, 2006, 13:00)
"Ok, back to roughly a weekly schedule, and quite frankly, not a
whole lot of excitement here. Which is as it should be, I
SearchOpenSource: Data Center Dos and Don'ts: Virtualization (Apr 27, 2006, 13:00)
"Does server virtualization leave you scratching your
HowtoForge: Syncing Websites to Your Palm for Offline Reading (Apr 27, 2006, 12:15)
"This is a brief tutorial on how to sync websites to your palm
for offline reading..."
Linux Journal: Theoretical Hacking for IT Managers (Apr 27, 2006, 11:30)
"When it comes to network security, yes, balance between
paranoia and apathy is possible..."
PC World: Install Linux Over the Internet (Apr 27, 2006, 10:00)
"You don't have to rely on CDs or DVDs to install Linux; you can
run a Linux installation routine directly over the Internet..."
Linuxphile: Shell Script to Monitor Disk Usage (Apr 27, 2006, 08:30)
"Working as the TechGuy administrator I needed to create a shell
script that would monitor disk usage. Doing this required several
tweaks and learning the nuances of several shell commands..."
Linux.com: Enhance Boot-Time Security with GRUB Passwords (Apr 27, 2006, 07:00)
"The security of data files on your computer is at risk, and not
just because you are connected to the Internet..."
Free Software Magazine: Writing Device Drivers in Linux: A Brief Tutorial (Apr 27, 2006, 05:30)
"'Do you pine for the nice days of Minix-1.1, when men were men
and wrote their own device drivers?' Linus
Advisories, April 26, 2006 (Apr 27, 2006, 04:45)
Today's security advisories: abc2ps, cyrus-sasl2, abcmidi, and
mozilla-firefox (Debian GNU/Linux); ethereal (Fedora Core); xine-ui
and xine-lib (Gentoo Linux); php, cyrus-sasl, mozilla-firefox,
mozilla, ethereal, mozilla-thunderbird, and ruby (Mandriva Linux);
and ipsec-tools and php (Red Hat Linux).
The GNOME Journal: Behind the Scenes: Elijah Newren (Apr 27, 2006, 04:00)
"First of all, I intentionally write it as Gnome, and will
continue to do so. Five letters of all caps just sucks..."
ZDNet: Linux Displacing Solaris? (Apr 27, 2006, 02:30)
"Grandpa over there, he's just dumb: ran some home brew ERP in
something called Progress on a Sun 6500, cost him a million
bucks--me, I can do that job using Great Plains and four Xeons for
DesktopLinux: The Diffusion and Adoption of Desktop Linux in Government (Apr 27, 2006, 01:45)
"If government adopts desktop Linux, it can have an escalating
effect on adoption in the private sector. Industry experts predict
that desktop Linux adoption in government in the U.S. will happen
in two to five years..."
Henry the Adequate: Henry's Guide to Financing Your Free or Open Source Project... (Apr 27, 2006, 01:00)
Humor: "Such is my fame and great typing skills
that I have become an integral part of the Free and Open Source
ZDNet: Is Open Source the Way Back for U.S. Manufacturing? (Apr 27, 2006, 00:15)
"The assumption that the U.S. leads because of Intellectual
Property, and thus that the developing world mainly benefits from
open source, may need some re-evaluating..."