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Infrastructure Linux News for Jan 17, 2002

  • ServerWatch: Penguin Computing Adds to Relion Product Line (Jan 17, 2002, 22:36)
    "Linux vendor Penguin Computing Tuesday announced three additions to its Relion server line: two 1U rackmount servers and a server class workstation. Each product contains the latest generation of Intel Pentium III processor chips."

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: stunnel (Jan 17, 2002, 19:38)
    "All versions of stunnel from 3.15 to 3.21c are vulnerable to format string bugs in the functions which implement smtp, pop, and nntp client negotiations. Using stunnel with the "-n service" option and the "-c" client mode option, a malicious server could use the format sting vulnerability to run arbitrary code as the owner of the current stunnel process."

  • Embedded Linux Journal Online: Real Time and Linux, Part 1 (Jan 17, 2002, 17:24)
    "Linux is well tuned for throughput-limited applications, but it is not well designed for deterministic response, though enhancements to the kernel are available to help or guarantee determinism. So-called real-time applications require, among other things, deterministic response. In this article I examine the nature of real-time applications and Linux's strengths and weaknesses in supporting such applications. In later articles I will examine various approaches to help real-time applications satisfy hard real-time requirements. Most of these issues are with respect to the Linux kernel, but the GNU C library, for example, plays a part in some of this."

  • LinuxOrbit: Backing up to CDs Made Simple (Jan 17, 2002, 15:52)
    "...accidents do happen, whether you accidentally type "rm -R /" or someone breaks into your machine from the internet. That's why you need a good backup plan. If you have a cd burner and some blank discs, then this tutorial is just for you."

  • The Register: SGI transfers 3D graphics patents to MS (Jan 17, 2002, 14:48)
    "SGI insisted at the time these are "non core" technologies, but sources close to the Mountain View are emphatic that these represent the bulk of SGI's 3D intellectual property assets, a view confirmed by documents disclosed to The Register."

  • Linux Weekly News for January 17, 2002 (Jan 17, 2002, 14:02)
    This week: The MPAA reaches into Europe; Aunt Tillie and kernel compilation; Deleting distributons from the list; IDC: Linux is cheaper than Unix; Korea migrates 120K civil servants to Linux desktop; Lineo spins off hardware businesses; more.

  • NewsForge: And in this corner, it's 'everyone's Linux'... (Jan 17, 2002, 13:08)
    "ELX is a simplified, KDE-based distribution that is very similar to Redmond Linux . Both of them have put a lot of effort into making their setup routines and default desktops as Windows-user-friendly as possible, while still including more sophisticated GUI and command line admin tools. And both are succeeding. If anything, ELX is even closer to Windows, as far as GUI- level administration, than Redmond Linux."

  • osOpinion: Time To Restructure Tech Support (Jan 17, 2002, 11:30)
    "What if a survey was written that asked all levels of users what problems they've encountered during networking? The survey would consist of users asking questions and others answering the questions the users asked. The answers can be cross-referenced with other data and other surveys for different results."

  • O'Reilly Network: Does Publicly Funded Research Have to Result in Open Source Code? (Jan 17, 2002, 03:15)
    "A debate is heating up in the academic community over whether software that is generated by publicly funded research must be released with an open source license. The Internet is one example of how releasing research code benefited the public, but the trend seems to be changing now, and universities are more likely to consider the profit opportunity. The Bayh-Dole Act paved the way for the privatization of publicly funded resources, but not everyone is happy with the results."