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Infrastructure Linux News for Jul 20, 2001

  • Adobe to meet with the EFF regarding Sklyarov; protest on hold (Jul 20, 2001, 21:10)
    The EFF writes: "The pressure we all have put on Adobe has resulted in an agreement to meet with representatives from the Electronic Frontier Foundation on this Monday morning, July 23." The full text of the note within.

  • LWN: Alan Cox Resigns from ALS Committee, "Maddog" Hall Disagrees (Jul 20, 2001, 20:39)
    Alan Cox has resigned from the Usenix ALS committee in the wake of the arrest of Dimitry Sklyarov, saying the US is an unsafe proposition for foreign software engineers. Jon 'Maddog' Hall takes exception saying "I ... ask that you direct your venom to those who deserve it."

  • ZDNet UK: Linux .Net comes under threat (Jul 20, 2001, 13:51)
    The attempt to have Mono work with Microsoft's .NET may already be in jeopardy, as Microsoft officials warn that licensing issues could prevent Open Source software from being used with .NET code.

  • Meet Isamu, the humanoid robot (Jul 20, 2001, 13:45)
    Isamu is a robot that recognizes human faces and walks up and down stairs. His brain? Dual Pentiums running RTLinux. Rick Lehrbaum has the details.

  • PR: OSDL Recruits Linux Community Notables (Jul 20, 2001, 07:45)
    "The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), an independent, vendor-neutral, non-profit organization dedicated to enabling Linux for enterprise and carrier-class functionality, today announced the addition of two software engineers well-known in the open source community for their Linux expertise and ability to develop sound code."

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: tripwire (Jul 20, 2001, 03:00)
    "Jarno Juuskonen reported that a temporary file vulnerability exists in versions of Tripwire prior to 2.3.1-2. Because Tripwire opens/creates temporary files in /tmp without the O_EXCL flag during filesystem scanning and database updating, a malicious user could execute a symlink attack against the temporary files. This new version has all but one unsafe temporary file open fixed. It can still be used safely when using the new TEMPDIRECTORY configuration option, which is now set to /root/tmp."

  • Slackware to Discontinue SPARC Port (Jul 20, 2001, 02:50)
    David Cantrell has announced that the Slackware port to the SPARC architecture is to be discontinued and eventually pulled from the Slackware ftp site.