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Developer Linux News for Oct 18, 2001

  • Rafal Wojtczuk/Bugtraq: Flaws in recent Linux kernels (2001-10-18 22:15:25)
    "There are two bugs present in Linux kernels 2.2.x, x<=19 and 2.4.y, y<=9. The first vulnerability results in local DoS. The second one, involving ptrace, can be used to gain root privileges locally (in case of default install of most popular distributions). Linux 2.0.x is not vulnerable to the ptrace bug mentioned."

  • CNET News.com: New CompuServe may ship without IE (2001-10-18 21:21:31)
    "AOL Time Warner on Thursday confirmed Gecko sightings in test versions of CompuServe 7, a sign that the technology could replace Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the online service's default Web browser."

  • Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting 16 October 2001 (2001-10-18 20:30:30)
    Covered this week: Friend of Gnome fundraising effort, account policy updated, copyright assignment forms, update on GNOME 2, election updates, more.

  • OSNews.com: Interview With Robert Szeleney, SkyOS's Project Leader (2001-10-18 19:30:50)
    "SkyOS is a home brewed operating system, created by Robert Szeleney in the last few years as a hobby project. As SkyOS gets bigger and more advanced, its popularity and importance are also growing, driving the 3-member team to add more and more functionality. Latest in their efforts is the -- already working -- Linux emulation layer which runs Linux binaries natively, without recompiling."

  • Terra Soft Unveils Yellow Dog Linux 2.1 (2001-10-18 10:06:16)
    "The 2.4 kernel is now default and we are pleased to be the first PowerPC Linux vendor to provide NVidia GeForce 2 video support," states Dan Burcaw, CTO of Terra Soft Solutions, Inc."

  • Jikes RVM version 2.0.0 Released (2001-10-18 09:08:38)
    "IBM Research has released the Jikes Research Virtual Machine (RVM) under the open-source Common Public License. The Jikes RVM, available now through developerWorks, was designed to execute Java programs that are typically used in research on fundamental virtual machine design issues. It will provide academic and research communities with a flexible testbed to prototype new virtual machine technologies and experiment with a large variety of design alternatives."

  • Linux 2.4.13-pre4 released. (2001-10-18 05:07:58)
    Linux 2.4.13-pre4 is out. Changelog, link within.