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Linux News for Jul 29, 2000

  • Christian Science Monitor: The war over patents on the Web: Who owns an idea? (Jul 29, 2000, 23:43)
    "A 1998 case in the US Court of Appeals, State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, flatly concluded that there were no statutory grounds for opposing business-method patents. Coupled with the rise of e-commerce, this unleashed a flurry of applications."

  • ZDNet: How to use FTP to copy a folder from the server? (Jul 29, 2000, 23:13)
    "If you want to download these files for whatever reason, and you mounted the files to an actual mount point (not simply looked at the files via a client), then you should be able to do a cp -R"

  • ZDNet: How do you install AOL Instant Messenger for KDE? (Jul 29, 2000, 22:39)
    "The program you mentioned... is a java application. It wasn't specifically designed for Linux but it does run on Linux if you have Java properly installed."

  • Interview with Joseph Cheek of Redmond Linux (Jul 29, 2000, 22:03)
    "For [the] personal edition at least, if you have to use the command line to do anything it will be an error on our part. A bug."

  • Linux Magazine: Drive Image Copies While You Wait (Jul 29, 2000, 21:39)
    "DIPro can easily replicate a disk or partition to another disk, but its real power is in using an intermediate image file. ... Once created, the image file can be multicasted to all workstations on the network that are running the PowerCasting client."

  • Linux Magazine: eDesktop: A User's Dream [Review of Caldera OpenLinux 2.4 on a ThinkPad] (Jul 29, 2000, 21:11)
    "The most important eDesktop feature from a system administrator's viewpoint is Webmin, an open source, browser-based system-administration tool that Caldera developed and used first on its eServer product."

  • Linux Magazine: The Concise Guide to XFree86 [Book Review] (Jul 29, 2000, 20:41)
    "In the third section, Hsiao presents enough detail about configuring XFree to make just this roughly 100-page section worth the price of the entire book. ... Anyone who wants to learn how XFree86 works will find Hsiao's book to be a painless way to build a solid foundation."

  • O'Reilly Network: Linux Professional Institute Certification, Part II (Jul 29, 2000, 20:14)
    "I found Exam 102 to be a bit more substantial than Exam 101. Some of the questions appeared to be looking for more depth or more specific information. The questions didn't try to mislead or trick you, though, and I found nothing ambiguous or poorly worded."

  • Supercharge Linux (Jul 29, 2000, 19:41)
    "Do you desire more speed from your Linux system? We all do, so in this article we will cover ways of speeding up Linux."

  • Linux Journal: Open Source Linux: Web Programming [Book Review] (Jul 29, 2000, 19:12)
    "In this book, the reader is guided through an extensible and scalable web application development methodology. The tools used to carry out the methodology include Perl, CGI, HTML and XML. The recommended methodology is based on object-oriented and decoupled functionality concepts."

  • (Ireland): Getting started with CVS. (Jul 29, 2000, 18:40)
    "CVS (Concurrent Versions System) is a utility used to keep several versions of a set of files, and to allow several developers to work on a project together. It allows developers to see who is editing files, what changes they made to them, and when and why that happened."

  • Linux Journal: LinuxPPC on the Macintosh PowerBook (Jul 29, 2000, 18:05)
    "What some people may not realize is that Linux for the PowerPC chip, usually on a Macintosh platform, is not far behind [Intel-based Linux] and has experienced similar growth in the last few years..."

  • Linux Magazine: Rocking and Rolling the MP3 Way (Jul 29, 2000, 17:36)
    "The most important concept in understanding how MP3 encoders work is the trade-off that exists between sound quality on the one hand and bit rate and file size on the other. ... The higher the bit rate, the larger your MP3 output file is and the better your sound quality will be (and the longer it will take to encode the file)."

  • Linux Magazine: VXA-1: Swift, Silent Backups (Jul 29, 2000, 17:04)
    "...the VXA-1 stores your data on tape in 64-byte pieces, each tagged with error-correction information and an identifier that indicates its place in the data stream. This allows the drive's four heads to try to read each data packet independently..."

  • CNET Cobalt may sue Apple over Cube rights (Jul 29, 2000, 16:38)
    "Given Cobalt's history, a suit likely would take issue with the name, rather than the shape, of the computers. Cube Computer filed a suit against Cobalt in December 1998, alleging that Cobalt's Qube infringed on the trademark of Cube Computer."

  • LinuxPR: DigitalRenegades Launched to... Provide Supporters of Free Information a Greater Voice (Jul 29, 2000, 16:09)
    "...a new, not-for-profit, advocacy site meant to provide a means for supporters of maintaining free information on the Internet to post their opinions on the digital copyright debate in a manner that is more permanent than simply posting on a discussion board."

  • CNET IBM hedges bets by offering Linux on all platforms (Jul 29, 2000, 16:04)
    "Since 1999, IBM has made several announcements in support of Linux. IBM has done so because it wants to position itself as a leader, in case Linux takes off in a big way."

  • Tricks with /etc/issue (Jul 29, 2000, 15:44)
    "In this short article I will show you how to change what you see on your login screen, and also how to add a bit of colour."

  • Valley of the Mage Consulting announces the availibility of free services for developers (Jul 29, 2000, 15:24)
    " shell accounts (under RedHat Linux 6.2) and other services for use in free software development."

  • Are buffer-overflow security exploits really Intel and OS makers fault? (Jul 29, 2000, 15:04)
    "On processors with an execute-protect bit on their VM pages and an operating system that uses it properly, buffer-overflow security bugs can never introduce new executable code into a process. We can make this facility available in operating systems like Linux as users transition to processors like Intel's new ia-64 architecture... and the ALPHA and MIPS chips."

  • Web Server Statistics with Webalizer (Jul 29, 2000, 14:33)
    "Webalizer is a free web server log analyzer. It provides very detailed traffic report that can help webmasters understand where their traffic is coming from and where it is going. Webalizer generates reports in both table format and graphical..."

  • O'Reilly Network: Living Linux: Linux and the Tools Philosophy (Jul 29, 2000, 14:06)
    "That this operating system has survived in form for more than thirty years should tell us something about the temerity of its design considerations. And one of these considerations -- perhaps its most endearing -- is the "tools" philosophy."

  • O'Reilly Network: 12 Tips on Building Firewalls (Jul 29, 2000, 13:35)
    "A firewall implements your security policy. ... If you haven't made explicit decisions about what you want the security policy to be, it's probably not the best policy for your site, and it will certainly be difficult for you to maintain it over time."

  • [Synching] Linux and Windows CE (Jul 29, 2000, 13:05)
    "The trouble is, there isn't really any software around designed specifically for connecting Linux and Windows CE. Luckily, Windows CE devices talk to the outside world using standard protocols like PPP and TCP/IP..."

  • Mailing From Scripts (Jul 29, 2000, 12:38)
    "...the /bin/mail binary can still be used, but is horribly outdated -- it's a text-only mailer with almost no features at all. It is good, however for one thing: automated mailing, such as sending e-mail from a shell script."

  • Calling Commands When Booting [init script] (Jul 29, 2000, 12:06)
    "If you find yourself needing to run a certain command or series of commands each time you start your Linux system, you can often automate the process by editing the local init script..."

  • Embedded PowerPC Linux Boot Project now at SourceForge (Jul 29, 2000, 02:27)
    "I'm pleased to announce the Embedded PowerPC Linux Boot Project at With support from Wolfgang Denk, we can offer a flexible way to boot embedded PowerPC based devices using Linux. We are also looking for sponsors to support our development team in the future!"