Developer Linux News for Jan 24, 2002
NewsForge: Loki's Draeker: If I had to do it over, I'd create Linux native games (2002-01-24 23:20:47)
"We saw porting as a transitional stage. By porting games we
were able to develop the software infrastructure needed for gaming
on Linux. We were also able to prove that a market for Linux games
exists. The next step would have been to use what we had created to
start making original games for Linux. That has always been our
ultimate goal -- we wanted Linux to have its own unique, compelling
Linus Torvalds: 2.5.3-pre5 - Configurator updates (2002-01-24 21:01:54)
"Due to a private flame-war about configuration options and
behaviour, I just broke down and did the thing I had asked for from
others for a long time - split up the huge unwieldly
"Configure.help" file into many smaller ones that are closer to the
option they describe."
Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated 2.4 kernel available (2002-01-24 17:31:39)
"A security vunlerability in the Linux CIPE (VPN tunnel)
implementation has been fixed. ... In addition to the CIPE security
fix, several other bugs were fixed, and some drivers were
Gentoo.org: AMD's official position: this is not a CPU bug
"AMD characterizes this issue as a cache coherency problem
resulting from how other components on the motherboard (the GART in
particular) interact with a particular performance-enhancing
feature of the Athlon Processor called speculative writes. The GART
and the CPU have two different views of memory -- the GART's view
does not "see" the contents of the Athlon's internal caches, and
herein lies the problem."
eWeek: Torvalds Looks Ahead
"I don't have any huge goals for the kernel proper. A lot of
what the 2.5.x work has been is actually largely cleanup and
supportability compared to many of the quite fundamental things
that happened during the transition from 2.2 to 2.4. Which is just
good. I've told people for years that most of the new cool stuff is
in user space. All the GUI work, all the cool hacks, etc."
SecurityFocus.com: Linux Kernel Hardening (2002-01-24 15:26:54)
"This article will cover the issues of Linux hardening, with a
specific focus on kernel hardening and its use on production
systems. Several kernel-hardening approaches and their usability
will be analyzed."
GUI-Lords.org: Interview with Joseph Cheek of Redmond Linux (2002-01-24 13:02:26)
"If you felt that Mandrake had poor stability, cluttered menus,
or was confusing to learn and use, you might want to consider
f---edcompany.com: Loki Suspending Operations on January 31 (2002-01-24 09:31:43)
Loki Software President Scott Draeker has evidently written a
letter to distributors announcing the Linux game company's intent
to suspend operations effective January 31.
Linux 2.5.3-pre4 Released (2002-01-24 08:27:02)
Changelog, link within.
Marcelo Tosatti: Linux 2.4.18-pre7 (2002-01-24 02:07:28)
Changelog, link within.
LinuxGuru.net: Two articles on Gnome and KDE configuration (2002-01-24 01:01:57)
"There are two of a kind at LinuxGuru today. In the first
article Get Your KDE and Gnome Menus in Line, the author goes into
detail on how to get those pesky menus acting just as you would
like. In the second article at Get Your KDE and GNOME Desktops in
Line, the author covers configuring the desktop."