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Infrastructure Linux News for Mar 23, 2001

  • Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: timed update (Mar 23, 2001, 20:26)
    "The time server daemon, timed, tries to synchronize the local host time with the time of other machines on a local area network. A bug in timed, as reported by the FreeBSD Security Officer, that could be triggered remotely can crash the time server daemon."

  • Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: openssh update (Mar 23, 2001, 20:20)
    "There are several weaknesses in various implementations of the SSH (Secure Shell) protocols. When exploited, they let the attacker obtain sensitive information by passively monitoring encrypted SSH sessions."

  • LinuxProgramming: New HOWTO: Program Library HOWTO (Mar 23, 2001, 18:54)
    This HOWTO for programmers, by David A. Wheeler, discusses how to create and use program libraries on Linux. This includes static libraries, shared libraries, and dynamically loaded libraries.

  • Apache Today: Velocity v1.0 Beta 1 released (Mar 23, 2001, 16:44)
    "Velocity is a Java-based template engine. It permits web page designers to use simple yet powerful template language to reference objects defined in Java code. Web designers can work in parallel with Java programmers to develop web sites according to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) model, meaning that web page designers can focus solely on creating a site that looks good, and programmers can focus solely on writing top-notch code. Velocity separates Java code from the web pages, making the web site more maintainable over the long run and providing a viable alternative to Java Server Pages (JSPs) or PHP."

  • The Register: Sharp to beat Palm with Linux, Java - official (Mar 23, 2001, 15:45)
    "Java provides Sharp with a consistent API for application developers to write to both versions of the new Zaurus PDA. The Linux version will itself form the basis of three different models: a wireless PDA-cum-phone for the European GSM market, and a Palm-style PC accessory and a Sony Clié-style multimedia handheld, both for the US."

  • AOL Blocks Interoperability Between Jabber Servers and AIM, and Respond (Mar 23, 2001, 13:35)
    America Online (AOL) has blocked interoperability between its own instant messaging service and the servers at and The two groups have responded, calling for the company to reconsider.

  • LinuxPlanet: Test Plan Charlie Unplugged: An Interview with David Boyes (Mar 23, 2001, 08:08)
    David Boyes holds a storied place in the history of Linux as the man who had no less than 41,400 Linux images running on a single mainframe. He's been anything but at rest since then. Scott Courtney caught up to him for an in-depth and wide-ranging interview that answers all sorts of questions you may have had about running Linux on a mainframe but were afraid to ask, and gives the low-down on what some consider one of IBM's rare missteps in its unfolding relationship with Linux.

  • Kuro5hin: Is Linus Torvalds too powerful? (Mar 23, 2001, 08:06)
    "According to Lessig, the architectures of cyberspace are as important as the law in defining and defeating the liberties of the Net. If code is law, then Linus Torvalds must be the legislator. Is Linus Torvalds too powerful?"

  • Wired: AMD Throws Down the Gauntlet (Mar 23, 2001, 08:06)
    "At CeBIT on Thursday, the chip company released a 1.3 GHz chip that it claims can beat Intel's best. AMD also is taking the bold step of putting out a chip that won't be compatible with Intel, which could divide the software market."

  • Linux promises, Apple delivers (Mar 23, 2001, 08:05)
    "After spending several months with various builds of Mac OS X as well as a few different Linux distros, one thing has become crystal clear: Mac OS X delivers on a promise made by Linux--Namely, that Linux is Unix for the masses, and it's the next killer operating system destined for the hard drives of geeks and regular folks alike."

  • LinuxWorld: Questioning Linux community commitment - Business and the open source community: Can one support the other? (Mar 23, 2001, 06:43)
    "I am suggesting that the Linux community needs to step up to the plate and start supporting the stampede of elephants it created."

  • LinuxPR: ALS Leaves the Nest (Mar 23, 2001, 00:13)
    "The 5th Annual Linux Showcase and Conference (ALS 2001), formerly the Atlanta Linux Showcase, continues its growth as a national conference by relocating to Oakland, California in November 2001."