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Infrastructure Linux News for Jan 23, 2002

  • ZDNet: Superlative SMTP from SuSE (Jan 23, 2002, 21:32)
    "SuSE eMail Server III is an open-source e-mail application featuring integrated installation and Web-based configuration. The suite, which now includes SKYRiX Web Groupware for scheduling and Web-based e-mail, supports SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, LDAP, TLS and HTML-based mail access. The product's fast, authenticated SMTP implementation and good anti-spam functionality make it an excellent SMTP server for any enterprise."

  • ZDNet: Linux-based [Mitel] file server eases remote management (Jan 23, 2002, 20:50)
    "The entire package is streamlined to operate in an extremely efficient manner, which means that many "extras" packaged with other Linux distributions (such as X or GCC) are not included. Although a complete installation commands as little as 320MB, naturally the product is designed to run on much larger systems, as storage for user files is necessary."

  • LinuxPR: IBM, MontaVista to Strengthen Linux Ties to IBM PowerPC Processors (Jan 23, 2002, 20:05)
    "The agreement is designed to help ensure the IBM PowerPC microprocessors are fully supported by MontaVista Linux for embedded system and networking applications. IBM and MontaVista also plan to pursue joint sales and marketing activities."

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: jmcce (Jan 23, 2002, 19:43)
    "A problem exists in the jmcce program that is used for Chinese text on the console. jmcce is installed setuid root and places log files in /tmp; because jmcce does not perform suitable checking on the files it writes to and because it uses a predictable logfile name, an attacker could exploit this to arbitrarily overwrite any file on the system."

  • Linux Journal: Linux Review: Red Hat 7.2 (Jan 23, 2002, 18:30)
    "Overall, I am extremely pleased with Red Hat 7.2. Admittedly, part of this is the fact that I have been a fan of Red Hat and their distributions for a while. This distribution shows that Red Hat continues to improve and streamline their offerings. Apart from my bias, however, it installs cleanly, comes up without any problems, and it simply works. It offers sufficient options that bringing everything I need up and getting it running is possible to do quickly."

  • Leans On Open Source (Jan 23, 2002, 17:48)
    "Engineers have a saying: 'Cheap, fast, good. Pick any two.' But online magazine thinks it got all three when it desperately needed a subscription system and decided to build, rather than buy, the software using Linux, open source development tools and Java."

  • 'Chinese Whisper' security advisories (by Red Hat Sr. Dir. of Engineering Mark Cox) (Jan 23, 2002, 14:48)
    "A vulnerability was found in the mutt e-mail client in December 2001, and Linux vendors quickly released new versions of their mutt packages to fix the problem. However, in looking at the confusing advisory details, you would have thought each vendor had actually fixed a completely different vulnerability."

  • ZDNet: Open source, standards, and Windows (Jan 23, 2002, 12:15)
    "Even though your users are running the closed-source and proprietary Windows operating system, you can still write open source software, use open source development tools and adhere to open standards. There are many advantages to this: Taking the open source approach, even on Windows, lets you take advantage of all the work done in the open source community. Most of the products are free, which really streamlines the acquisition process. Finally, you might want to contribute back some of your work to the community."

  • Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #27 (Jan 23, 2002, 10:22)
    This Week's Summary: New toll-free number for North America; MandrakeSoft U.S. OTC listing - Request for feedback; "Ask Mandrake" series at MandrakeClub; Mandrake in the News; Business Case of the Week; Security-related Software Updates; Mandrake Website Updates; Headlines from MandrakeForum

  • IBM goes one-on-one in clever TV ads (Jan 23, 2002, 04:30)
    "The question in my mind is whether that competition is a battle of the big guys in the center position -- IBM and Microsoft -- or if I am reading too much into them, and the competition in question is nothing more than that between any enterprise doing business on the Internet and 3v1l hax0rs."

  • The Register: Linux to help police with their enquiries? (Jan 23, 2002, 01:38)
    "The Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO), a government body which provides information technology, communications systems and services to the police, is assessing the issues of deploying Linux on up to 60,000 desktop computers."