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  • ApacheCon Europe 2000 registration open (Jul 31, 2000, 23:46)
    "We have scheduled 42 sessions -- 63 hours of technical, developer-related, and business-related content, covering the Apache Software Foundation's Web server, Java, XML, Perl, and PHP projects, among other topics."

  • LinuxWorld: Illuminating shadow passwords - What the software is, how to get it, how to use it (Jul 31, 2000, 23:27)
    "Why shadow passwords? Simply put, the shadow password scheme addresses the major shortcoming of the original Unix password-handling scheme, the fact that the password list was stored as a world-readable file."

  • EarthWeb: XFS: It's worth the wait (Jul 31, 2000, 23:20)
    "Currently, the XFS team is developing enhancements to the Linux page cache so XFS can be tightly integrated with the Linux kernel. ... This work can also be used to enhance other file systems to improve overall system performance, because it is being developed at a kernel level. These features will most likely be unavailable until Linux 2.5..."

  • Report on the Perl 6 Announcement (Jul 31, 2000, 23:08)
    "Technically, there's not very much "wiggle room" in the source code, because the internals are so convoluted and difficult. And there's not much "wiggle room" in the language itself, because of the need to support ten-year-old Perl 2 code."

  • Freedom: What it Really Is (Jul 31, 2000, 22:55)
    "When most people think that Linux is free, they perceive it to be as in a gift; While it is certainly free in that respect, there is something even more important about it. This is about the difference between free speech, and free beer."

  • Upside: signs with Oracle (Jul 31, 2000, 22:39)
    "Oracle wants to triple the size of its developer base over the next few years, and this is an ambitious first step."

  • NY Times: AOL's Rivals Want to See Open Instant Messaging (Jul 31, 2000, 22:32)
    "It is important to note that the debate is not about whether the various instant messaging systems will ever interoperate. Instead, the questions seem to be when and how. Even AOL does not dispute the need for an interconnection standard. But like most market leaders, the company would prefer to control the standard."

  • ZDNet: Apple faces lawsuit over G4 Cube (Jul 31, 2000, 22:03)
    "Cobalt Networks Inc., manufacturer of the Qube server appliance, alleged on Friday that Apple had infringed its trademarks. Cobalt's Qube, which was launched in May 1998, is a deep blue, 7-inch-square server for hosting Web applications."

  • Internet Week: Everything But Hardware: E-Smith cuts... costs by focusing solely on software (Jul 31, 2000, 21:46)
    "The first thing the software does is pose a rather pointed question: Is it OK, the machine asks, to erase the entire hard drive? If the user gulps hard and consents, the software installs a complete Red Hat Linux installation tailored to provide Internet access for small businesses, including e-mail, file sharing and Web site serving for up to 500 end users..."

  • VNU Net: Napster ruling creates MP3 frenzy (Jul 31, 2000, 21:37)
    "Meanwhile, it has emerged that major US record labels had considered buying Napster. A report in the New York Times cited an unnamed record industry insider as saying talks failed because the labels could not come up with a viable business model while permitting the wide exchange of content that has made Napster so popular."

  • Inter@ctive Week: IBM 'Vikings' Seek More Linux Conquests [w/Bluetooth] (Jul 31, 2000, 21:37)
    "Linux champion IBM Corp. -- which has become increasingly intent on making Linux pervasive on every platform from handhelds to mainframes -- is now bringing the Bluetooth wireless protocol to the open-source operating system."

  • AsiaBizTech: Taiwan's Linux Market Booms (Jul 31, 2000, 21:27)
    "...Mitac International Corp. announced on July 25 that two professional software companies under the group had been launched in Shanghai and aimed to develop products based on the Linux framework."

  • BW: and Extend Online Marketplaces for IT Development (Jul 31, 2000, 21:15)
    "Collab.Net will offer the eMarketplace community the ability to work on or sponsor well-defined, financially backed open source projects. will provide Collab.Net's SourceXchange members with access to its collaboration tools, business applications and a broad spectrum of work opportunities."

  • Napster Supporters Rally; Competition Soars; RIAA: "DOH!" (Jul 31, 2000, 21:13)
    "When was the last time you took to the streets for a Web site?"

  • BW: On The Linux League Monday Edition (Jul 31, 2000, 21:08)
    "Joining Mr. Gaskins today will be Frank Dzubeck, president of Washington, D.C.-based Communications Network Architects, Gary Lawrence Murphy, CEO of TCI, and Tom Adelstein, CEO of Bynari Inc."

  • PRNewswire: Inprise/Borland's Interbase Ships With Cobalt Networks Next Generation Server Appliance (Jul 31, 2000, 21:00)
    "InterBase 6.0, the new open source version of Inprise/Borland's high-performance, structured query language (SQL) database, enables Cobalt RaQ 4r users to quickly and easily develop and deploy business-critical, Internet-based applications."

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: New netscape packages available to fix JPEG problem (Jul 31, 2000, 20:59)
    "New netscape packages are available that fix a potential overflow due to improper input verification in netscape's JPEG processing code. It is recommended that users of netscape update to the fixed packages."

  • LinuxPR: TradeXCH - the Linux Client for Microsoft Exchange Released Today (Jul 31, 2000, 20:52)
    "Clients Built for Linux, Solaris 2.7+ and X86 2.7+."

  • Netcraft Survey for July released (Jul 31, 2000, 20:45)
    "Apache jumps to an all time high with 62.81% market share at 11,412,233 servers, a gain of 707,927 servers over the June results. This is more than 3 times Microsoft's market share, which is 19.87% at 3,611,020 servers, which is a gain of 122,258 servers over the June results."

  • BW: GraphOn Corp. to Market Bridges Web-Enabling Software in Japan (Jul 31, 2000, 20:41)
    "In keynote speeches this past week at the ASP Asia Conference and at ICe (Internet Commerce Expo) in Hong Kong, GraphOn business partner, Mr. Toshio Matsuda, President and CEO of Research Institute for Computer Science (RICS), announced a joint business development agreement with GraphOn Corp."

  • LinuxPR: Long Awaited Version 7.0 Released By SuSE Linux (Jul 31, 2000, 20:25)
    "To a large extent, installation is now carried out automatically with the YaST2 set up tool, using the extended hardware recognition."

  • Linux in education report #25 for July 31 (Jul 31, 2000, 20:19)
    "Vladimir Tamara tells us of the formation of SLEC, Software Libre y Educación en Colombia (Free Software and Education in Colombia). Michael Viron wrote to tell us about General Education Online, whose goal is "to provide students with links to web sites of educational facilities worldwide."

  • Inter@ctive Week: Developers To Polish New Perl (Jul 31, 2000, 20:11)
    "Perl, the scripting language whose flexible connecting features make it known as "the duct tape of the Web," will get a massive upgrade over the next 18 months from its original author, Larry Wall."

  • CNET Battered Linuxcare receives new funding (Jul 31, 2000, 19:57)
    "A new round of funding will be necessary to bring Linuxcare back from the brink and restore its status as one of the earliest companies to make a serious go at turning Linux's popularity into a business."

  • NY Times: Free Speech Rights for Computer Code? (Jul 31, 2000, 19:51)
    "If the court upholds this injunction, what would happen is that certain uses of computer language -- my preferred means of expression -- would be illegal."

  • IT-Director: Microsoft Windows for free (Jul 31, 2000, 19:48)
    "With appliances, nobody cares about what is under the bonnet, the external functionality is more important... By bundling Windows with the device, Microsoft is essentially giving it away. In doing so it gives itself an exit strategy from the oncoming drought in the OS space."

  • BW: Bull Announces CDSA Security Software for Linux On Open Source (Jul 31, 2000, 19:39)
    "Bull has been working closely with Intel to create an Open Source package of this industry standard security framework. ... Bull was responsible for the world's first Linux implementation of CDSA in October 1999, launched as part of its TrustWay security offer."

  • Python-URL! for July 31, 2000 (Jul 31, 2000, 19:37)
    "Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language."

  • BW: TurboLinux Launches DataServer With IBM DB2 Universal Database... (Jul 31, 2000, 19:29)
    "...delivers the performance and ironclad security of the TurboLinux operating system integrated with the power and speed of IBM's DB2 database for optimal backend server functionality."

  • A Personal Report on the 4th Open Source Conference (Jul 31, 2000, 19:29)
    "I attended the 2-day Open Source Conference in Monterey primarily to check out Mozilla track sessions but also to gauge how the Open Source movement itself is going. The following represents my **personal** takes on some of the things I observed at the conference."

  • BW: Caldera Launches OpenLearning - Linux Education Programs and Courseware... (Jul 31, 2000, 19:24)
    "OpenLearning is a series of comprehensive education programs that include instructor-led training and multimedia courseware targeting eSolutions Providers (eSPs). eSPs are VARs, ISPs, ASPs, consultants, MIS professionals -- anyone providing eBusiness solutions for their customers."

  • KDE Desktop Available for Linux (Jul 31, 2000, 19:22)
    "Third Beta Preview of Leading Desktop for Linux and Other Unixes."

  • BSD Today: Using NetBSD (part 2): Configuring XFree86 and installing a window manager (Jul 31, 2000, 19:18)
    "In this article I'll cover my experiences configuring XFree86 and installing the Ice window manager."

  • BW: LinuxSolve Launches vHost, Industry's First Secure Linux-based Virtual Web-Hosting Solution... (Jul 31, 2000, 18:32)
    "Capable of hosting as many as 200 web sites, the LinuxSolve vHost is one of the most robust web-hosting solutions of its kind."

  • TLS: The Great Napster Debate! Or, why corporate America has lost the war... (Jul 31, 2000, 18:01)
    "How will it impact the existing business model? Well it basically turns it on its ear. Like every evolutionary step, it will end one business model by creating a new model. These models are starting to evolve as we speak."

  • Day Two of Defcon (Jul 31, 2000, 17:35)
    "Today was the day that Defcon has shown that it has really outgrown the Alexis Park Hotel's facilities. The number I heard was ~5000 people had registered. The meeting rooms for the 3 tracks hold a total of ~1800 people. Do the math."

  • Corel On The Roller Coaster; Distro Madness Management With WhatIfLinux.Com (Jul 31, 2000, 17:21)
    " long as data interchange remains viable between the Microsoft Office components and Linux-based office suites, there's a chance to get the [WordPerfect Office] ball rolling again... "Whatiflinux is an application manager for personal and distributed systems. Ostensibly, it keeps track of over 10,000 applications (!!) and informs administrators of updates."

  • Secure your box (Jul 31, 2000, 16:58)
    "This article starts off a series of articles geared towards securing your system. After being asked plenty of times "How can I secure my system?" I figured it was time for a series like this one. These articles are generally geared towards new users, but might serve as a reference to the experienced too."

  • Before the Body's Cold [The Mozilla Project] (Jul 31, 2000, 16:44)
    "Mozilla is dead, or it might as well be. No matter how many people are exhausting themselves by pounding on the corpse's chest, the best thing the population of the Net can do - both for the good of the Mozilla Project and for themselves - is strip what they can from the body, say a fond farewell and get on with their lives."

  • NewtorkWorld: Interface developments (Jul 31, 2000, 16:43)
    "Two recent developments in Linux desktops may interest enterprise network users: another brand-new Linux graphical user interface and a new X Windows release."

  • Inter@ctive Week: Cold War In A Digital Age (Jul 31, 2000, 16:01)
    "...who are the latter-day Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels whose manifestoes moved both the Chinese government and the U.S. Senate to action last week? ...Linus Torvalds, who fashioned Linux... and Shawn Fanning, who invented the Napster music exchange technology..."

  • LinuxPR: LynuxWorks and ISDCorp Announce Merger (Jul 31, 2000, 15:36)
    "The merger of ISDCorp is expected to increase LynuxWorks' ability to offer a broader range of scalable, high-performance and high-availability embedded Linux solutions to the marketplace."

  • LinuxPR: announces weekend certification bootcamp (Jul 31, 2000, 15:31)
    "...September 16-17th in San Francisco bay area (south bay). ... Attendees get a powerful Linux laptop..."

  • CNET Microsoft to release Windows 2000 bug fixes [SP1] (Jul 31, 2000, 14:20)
    "Release of the service pack could help Microsoft pick up more Windows 2000 Server installations at a time when Linux is rapidly grabbing market share."

  • LinuxPR: wins support of UK2.NET's RAQ3 customers. (Jul 31, 2000, 14:01)
    "For just £35 british pounds a month, you can rent a Cobalt RAQ3 server with email support."

  • MacWeek: X on X, at last (Jul 31, 2000, 13:36)
    "This year, if I had to pick the one announcement that received almost no press, and yet is of critical importance to Mac OS X, it would have to be Tenon Intersystems' announcement of an X Windows package for Mac OS X."

  • Apache Today: Apache Guide: Apache Authentication, Part 2 (Jul 31, 2000, 12:34)
    "In this article, I'll talk about using databases for authentication, rather than the standard text-file htpasswd files."

  • LinuxPlanet: The Ultimate Install Fest: Linux on the IBM System/390 (Jul 31, 2000, 12:28)
    "To help alleviate the knowledge gap, IBM engineers and management in Germany came up with the idea of a Linux for S/390 "Install Fest" which would work almost like the local install fests that are run by LUGs around the world."

  • The Daily Deal/Reuters: China's Red Flag Linux to fly IPO (Jul 31, 2000, 12:05)
    "Red Flag Software Co., nurtured by the Chinese government's top science think tank and President Jiang Zemin's eldest son, says it aims to take China's Linux-based software operating system to the world."

  • The Register: MS' Ballmer: Linux is communism (Jul 31, 2000, 11:14)
    "Steve Ballmer was the only person to raise the issue of Linux when he wrapped up Microsoft's annual financial analysts meeting in Seattle, although he put Sun and Oracle ahead in terms of being stronger competitors. They of course are 'civilised' competitors - but the Linux crowd, in the world of Prez Steve, are communists."

  • Coollogic intro's new Linux-based set-top box (Jul 31, 2000, 10:55)
    "Coollogic Inc. today announced the Internet Ready 7200, a Linux-based set-top box that offers easy-to-use Internet access with advanced audio and video technologies for improved Web surfing on TVs."

  • Tcl-URL! for July 30, 2000 (Jul 31, 2000, 09:05)
    Tcl is a simple textual language, intended primarily for issuing commands to interactive programs such as text editors, debuggers, illustrators, and shells.

  • Linux Security Week, July 31, 2000 (Jul 31, 2000, 08:59)
    "This week, advisories for gpm, man, dhcp-client, Zope, openldap, BitchX, pam, and nfs-utils were released. DHCP-client and nfs-utils vulnerabilities can both theoretically be used to gain remote root access."

  • Security Portal: How Do I Tighten Security on My System? (Jul 31, 2000, 08:54)
    "Hardening" a system is the practice of making that system much harder to crack. I like to think that this involves steps not only to prevent break-ins, but also to detect them when they happen."

  • Security Portal: Weekly Linux Security Digest 2000/07/24 to 2000/07/30 (Jul 31, 2000, 08:47)
    "This does bring up the topic, however, of finding files and directories with improper permissions. Generally speaking, a file should only be writeable by the owner, very rarely the group, and almost never any other. You can use find -perm to locate these files and directories. The other problem is in Netscape - there is a potential vulnerability in the jpg handling code."

  • LA Times: Let's Give a Toast to Prohibition, Circa 2000 (Jul 31, 2000, 08:43)
    "Did copyright laws motivate the thousands of computer enthusiasts who shared in developing the open-source Linux operating system? Did these laws motivate the young people who have written so much freeware in recent years?"

  • osOpinion: What do YOU want in an IBM Crusoe powered ThinkPad? (Jul 31, 2000, 08:33)
    "I still spend a fair amount of time reading and thinking in front of the screen. The minimum operating power figures for the Crusoe indicate it should do very well in these idle modes as well as having a very efficient sleep mode. I often can't get my current laptop to sleep for even a day without running out of batteries, which is ridiculous."

  • osOpinion: Ease of use and "UI": A lesson in idiocy? (Jul 31, 2000, 08:26)
    "So, what does "easy to use" and "user friendly" mean exactly? That is an interesting question, since both phrases are extremely ambiguous and subjective. What I consider to be "user friendly" or "easy to use", might be horribly complex for the next person (and vise versa)."

  • LinuxPR: Linux Trinidad and Tobago Site Launch (Jul 31, 2000, 08:14)
    " caters to the Open Source community in Trinidad and Tobago and is designed to showcase the benefits of the Linux OS and other open source technologies in the enterprise, small office/home office and home user environments."

  • LinuxPR: WebTop DBA 1.0 Release For Informix Databases (Jul 31, 2000, 08:11)
    "WebTop DBA, also known as WDBA, an open source browser-based data base reporting and administration tool, is now available."

  • LinuxPR: Partners With (Jul 31, 2000, 08:09)
    "Together, resources like and are helping Linux to quickly move to the front of the embedded operating systems pack."

  • Getting your backspace key to work (Jul 31, 2000, 07:47)
    "Several of the newer distributions seem to have a problem with the Backspace key when using kdm, xdm, or gdm (a.k.a. run-level 5). For some reason (unknown to me) they will make the Backspace key into a Delete key."

  • Duke of URL: Linux Buyer's Guide #3 (Jul 31, 2000, 07:41)
    "Pat once again takes a look at the three Linux machines you want, and discusses the state of Linux hardware and latest advancements."

  • KMail Progress Review (Jul 31, 2000, 07:27)
    "With a new stable release approaching it's time to review how the developments made to KMail in the last year will benefit KMail users. All parts of the KMail application have been worked on, I'll comment on many of the KMail components."