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Infrastructure Linux News for Jan 28, 2002

  • NewsForge: Solaris on Intel out? Does that mean Linux is in? (Jan 28, 2002, 23:43)
    "The marketplace will decide whose vision of the future turns out to be the clearest, but one thing is for certain: Open Source wins. Whether it's BSD, pure Linux or Linux -elated operating systems like Open Unix, or Pentium III and IVs or the Itanium, the only significant Unixes running on Intel platforms in the future will be Open Source."

  • Mandrake Linux 8.2 Beta Appears (Jan 28, 2002, 23:20)
    "Red alert for all the Mandrake Linux users : After several weeks of sleepless nights spent at taming the cooker snapshot, Mandrakesoft's developers team had to take a short nap. The half-finished distribution immediately spotted its chance, escaped from the captivity, and nested itself on a public FTP server under the name 'Mandrake Linux 8.2 (beta1)'."

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: enscript (Jan 28, 2002, 23:02)
    "The enscript program does not create temporary files in a secure fashion and as such could be abused if enscript is run as root."

  • AllLinuxDevices: New Sun Cobalt Qube Appliance Targets Home Networks, Small Businesses (Jan 28, 2002, 22:48)
    "The Sun Cobalt Qube 3 server appliance extends secure Internet and intranet services to consumers and power users, enabling home offices and small businesses to host their own web sites, set up their own e-mail systems, network home or office PCs, and protect their computing environments from Internet threats such as hackers and viruses. The plug-and-play networking solution includes all of the tools and applications needed to leverage always-on Internet connections and web-enable a home network or small business environment."

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: rsync (Jan 28, 2002, 22:19)
    "Sebastian Krahmer of the SuSE Security Team performed an audit on the rsync tool and discovered that in several places signed and unsigned numbers were mixed, with the end result being insecure code. These flaws could be abused by remote users to write 0 bytes into rsync's memory and trick rsync into executing arbitrary code on the server."

  • Sharp Zaurus Linux PDA to hit retail shelves in March (Jan 28, 2002, 21:35)
    "Sharp's new Linux-based Zaurus PDA is expected to begin hitting retail shelves this March for a list price $549, a company source told The model name will be "Zaurus SL-5500", and it will include 64MB of RAM memory and 16MB of built-in Flash storage memory (in contrast to pre-production devices which had 32MB of RAM)."

  • IBM developerWorks: LPI certification 101 exam prep, Part 2: Basic administration (Jan 28, 2002, 20:39)
    "In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use regular expressions to search files for text patterns. Next, we'll introduce you to the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, or FHS, and then show you how to locate files on your system. Then, we'll show you how to take full control of Linux processes by running them in the background, listing processes, detaching processes from the terminal, and more. Finally, we'll give you a whirlwind introduction to shell pipelines, redirection, and text processing commands."

  • CNET Red Hat to offer high-end Linux version (Jan 28, 2002, 19:15)
    "As Linux is making inroads into the enterprise, we think the days of trying to stuff everything for everyone on one distribution are impractical at this stage," [Red Hat Exec V.P. of Engineering Paul] Cormier said. The new version also won't be updated as frequently as the mainstream version, which is refreshed every six months, he added."

  • W3C Patent Policy: Latest News (Jan 28, 2002, 17:20)
    Adam Warner has a page tracking the latest developments in the W3C Patent Policy issue. Mr. Warner wrote the very useful critique that first broke the issue of patents and the W3C to a wide audience and he continues to follow the situation, including the latest news on the proposed procedure for dealing with patent-encumbered standards within the W3C.

  • osOpinion: The Life and Times of the Multics OS (Jan 28, 2002, 15:21)
    "Because of its popularity and influence over the years, many have asked whether Multics could be ported to a modern micro. According to the Multics Web site, the answer to this question is a surprising 'yes.'"