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Developer Linux News for Mar 03, 2009

  • How (not) to brick the Android Developer Phone (Mar 03, 2009, 20:33) "This phone, remember, has the nearly unique selling point that it is lacking any sort of lockdown feature. It will happily run any software which is fed to it, from the kernel on up. It thus brings the promise of free software to a market which has traditionally gone out of its way to avoid enabling any sort of freedom. It's actually possible to control the software we run on our phones - but only if we buy the right phone."

  • Unsafe Functions In C And Their Safer Replacements: Strings Part II (Mar 03, 2009, 03:03)
    Safer Code: "Last time, we advised you to use ditch the unsafe functions like strcpy and strcat, and use their safer replacements (strlcpy, strlcat) instead. However, there is a small problem with this that you might discover that your compiler (especially gcc) does not have these functions in their implementation of the c library (libc). Why is this so?"