Infrastructure Linux News for Dec 21, 2001
LinuxPR: New Xi Graphics Driver Is First To Support Wildcat II On Linux
"Xi Graphics Inc. today announced that it has released an OpenGL
Linux graphics driver for 3Dlabs' Wildcat II 5110 workstation
graphics card. The new driver is an addition to Xi Graphics' new
Summit v2.0 product line introduced last month, and is designed to
run on Intel/AMD 32-bit platforms running the Linux 2.4.x
FOSDEM Community Support Operation Launched (2001-12-21 21:55:13)
"The FOSDEM is a major European event focusing on Free and Open
Source Software Development. It is organised by people from the
Free and Open Source Software community. It is looking to keep its
independance from commercial interest, and hopes to get support in
this goal from the community."
DukeOfURL Closes Down (2001-12-21 21:17:07)
The DukeOfURL web site, frequently linked on Linux Today and
well-liked for in-depth hardware and distribution reviews, is
Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: libgtop (2001-12-21 21:11:57)
"A remote format string vulnerability was found in the libgtop
daemon by Laboratory intexxia. By sending a specially crafted
format string to the server, a remote attacker could potentially
execute arbitrary code on the remote system with the daemon's
permissions. By default libgtop runs as the user nobody, but the
flaw could be used to compromise local system security by allowing
the attacker to exploit other local vulnerabilities."
Debian Weekly News - December 19th, 2001 (2001-12-21 21:01:21)
This week: Debian release archive restored; Hurd CD images;
fixing security critical bugs, "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly"
(the aesthetics of package building); porting Kaffe; more.
InstantMessagingPlanet.com: Build Your Own Instant Messaging Solution with Jabber
Want the ultimate control over your corporate IM infrastructure?
Then you'll want to consider Jabber, an Instant Messaging
client/server software package built around XML. Michael Hall
reviews: "Our initial reaction to the offering was poor, and it was
with some relief that, just as we prepared to publish this
overview, the company released a second version of the package
addressing a few of the problems we experienced."
ComputerWorld Antarctica: What do penguins do in the cold? Help model ice shelves (2001-12-21 13:05:55)
"As for why Hunter chooses to use Linux for his work, the
reasons are many. 'I can't really imagine how I would do serious
modelling work on anything other than a Unix system of some sort.
Modelling is not generally just a case of running a model - it
involves considerable data manipulation both at the input and
output end,' explained Hunter. 'I know there are several
"MathCad-type" packages around on Windows, but they do tie one into
quite a limited range of manipulation options.' He also cited the
flexibility of a command-line interface as crucial to the type of
work that he does." [Link fixed. -ed.]
Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Mandrake Clubhouse Opened (2001-12-21 11:30:32)
"MandrakeSoft is proud to announce the grand opening of the
Mandrake Linux Users Club clubhouse -- a custom website where club
members can learn about club-related activities, take part in
discussions, and enjoy special privileges."
GNUStep: An Apology for Announcing Donation of Proprietary Software to the Project (2001-12-21 07:07:39)
"The GNUstep project would like to apologize for announcing that
we had been given, as a donation, a license for a proprietary
program. We made a mistake in announcing this, but the first
mistake was in asking for a donation of that kind."
Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: glibc update (2001-12-21 07:02:40)
"Flavio Veloso found an overflowable buffer problem in earlier
versions of the glibc glob(3) implementation. It may be possible to
exploit some programs that pass input to the glibc glob() function
in a manner that can be modified by the user."
LinuxWorld.com: 7 steps to a successful GeForce3 installation (2001-12-21 01:46:39)
"I've never had much luck getting the Linux accelerated graphics
drivers for the NVidia GeForce card to work. I could get it working
with XFree86, but it would corrupt the text display when I exited
X11. When I solved that problem, it caused corruption of the
graphics in XFree86. Until recently, I gave up trying to get it to
work. It's working now, and as a result, I'm getting used to
playing games under Linux. Here is the process I went through to
get the card working properly to spare you the pain of figuring it