Linux News for Dec 01, 2000
LinuxPR: Win4Lin Desktop Version 2.0 Now Available
"Win4Lin Desktop 2.0 gives Linux users the ability to run
Windows applications at native speeds without having to partition
or dual boot."
Security Portal: Weekly Security Tools Digest 2000/11/24 to 2000/11/30 (2000-12-01 22:45:00)
"Updates to favorite free tools this week include: SSH server for NT, Nmap, Saint, Bugs/BCRYPT, NetSaint."
LinuxPR: Compaq, SGI, Loki and Eazel Sign With Colorado Linux Info Quest 2001
"Rocky mountain region event will be bigger, more informative
than 2000 conference and exhibit."
LinuxPR: Intel Pentium 4 Workstations with Red Hat Linux
"We are the first OEM in the world to ship Pentium 4 computers
with Linux pre-installed."
NewsForge: Developer wants to create GPL version of Apple's Darwin (2000-12-01 21:35:40)
"Free software is stepping out to the front in so many ways now
... I feel that Apple must free Darwin in order to keep up in the
Shockwave Virus Plagues Outlook Users
"Just a minor tweak and this thing could be destructive."
Dell Seeks to Make it Easy with Eazel (2000-12-01 21:05:34)
"As reported, Dell has reached an agreement with Eazel to
include their Nautilus shell and Eazel Services on all Dell
computers that ship with Linux preloaded. Additionally, Dell has
made an equity investment in Eazel of an undisclosed amount."
LinuxPR: ParaSoft's Jtest Stays Abreast with Emerging Java Development on Linux (2000-12-01 20:38:22)
"Jtest helps advance the adoption of Linux for Java
LinuxPR: Wing IDE for Python 1.0 / Linux released
"This release runs on Intel based Linux systems and provides
software developers with an integrated project manager, graphical
debugger, source code browser, and an advanced source code
BSD Today: OpenBSD 2.8 officially released (2000-12-01 19:59:52)
"Just over 6 weeks ago, on October 18, OpenBSD turned 5 years
old. In celebration of this milestone, we invite you to enjoy our
8th release on CDROM (and 9th via FTP). We continue to celebrate
OpenBSD's record of three years without a remote hole in the
Debian Security Advisory: Revised security fix for joe (2000-12-01 19:49:06)
"The security fix for joe released on November 22, 2000 had a
problem: it created the DEADJOE file securily but didn't write
anything to it. This has been fixed in version 188.8.131.52 ."
Debian Weekly News - November 29th, 2000 (2000-12-01 19:28:23)
Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian
LinuxPR: LinuxUser 2000 conference offers free exhibition
"The LinuxUser 2000 Conference, which is to be held next week
(5/6th December) at Chelsea Village, London, will include a free
exhibition. IT professionals and managers who want an appreciation
of the role Linux can play in their organisation are expected to
benefit greatly from the event."
LinuxPR: Conectiva Linux 6.0 released
"The biggest and most remarkable advantage of Conectiva Linux
6.0 is the Advanced Package Tool, also known as APT. Previously APT
was only available for .deb packages but was recently enhanced to
support .rpm packages too."
AP: [Transmeta-based] NEC Laptops Recalled (2000-12-01 17:48:00)
"From investors to business partners to consumers, many will be
watching to see how Transmeta handles the problem and whether it
can make sure it doesn't happen again, said Linley Gwennap, a
principal analyst of the Linley Group."
The Register: SGI takes stake in Linux distro SuSE (2000-12-01 17:35:03)
"That suggests that SGI plans to roll-out boxes based on SuSE's
distribution of Linux rather than Red Hat's, which is what it's
shipping in its desktop systems today. ...SGI could be looking at
SuSE as its high-end distribution and Red Hat for workstation-class
LinuxPlanet: Protecting Your Linux System with FireStarter and Storm Firewall (2000-12-01 17:19:55)
With Linux emerging as a powerhouse on the desktop, it's more
important than ever to make sure that your Linux system is secured.
Michael Hall reviews two tools that automate the process of setting
up a firewall on your system: FireStarter and Storm Firewall.
SlashTCO: Carnegie Institution estimates $1m saving with API NetWorks/Linux Solution (2000-12-01 17:03:15)
"Puget Sound Data Systems, a reseller based in Bothell,
Washington, and a top provider of Alpha systems to government and
universities, worked with the Carnegie Institution to build the
Linux Beowulf cluster."
Fairfax IT: CERT warns of looming DDoS attacks (2000-12-01 16:51:14)
"In its clearest signal yet that it may be bracing for a massive
attack, computer network security group CERT issued an advisory
today asking system administrators to prepare systems to block
denial of service attacks."
LinuxPR: SGI Invests in SuSE
"The terms of the agreement include, SGI's equity investment in
SuSE Linux Corporation the cooperative development, deployment and
support of the Linux operating system and infrastructure code."
ZDNet UK: Opera to fan the browser-war flames with free release (2000-12-01 15:46:31)
"The Opera browser has had a lot going for it. It is
cross-platform, fast and light. But it wasn't free. Until now."
The Register: Dell fumbles open source desktop gambit (2000-12-01 15:30:30)
"Call us cynical, but the choice of GNOME/Nautilus is what you'd
expect if you dragged a trainee PR intern off the street, and
threatened to hit them with a rock until they came up with two
leading open source names. ... Some might still hope that this is a
tactical firework across the bow of Wintel. Dream on, folks."
AS400 Network: Will Interface Issues Keep Linux off the Desktop? (2000-12-01 14:50:40)
"So the problem with Linux desktop adoption isn't the interface,
Bolzern argues, but the fact that few client manufacturers preload
Linux onto their systems and few vendors release Linux versions of
their desktop software. But that will change with time."
Upside: BSD community learns to get along
"Thanks to the imminent arrival of MacOS X, the next generation
of Apple's (AAPL ) Macintosh operating system that incorporates
substantial portions of the BSD code base, self-described "BSD
bigots" are contemplating a future in which more computers users
run versions of BSD than rival Linux."
ZDNet: Startup unveils tiny "Linux-like" OS for Internet appliances (2000-12-01 13:00:07)
"Perceiving Linux to be deficient for the tight RAM and Flash
memory and processor budgets of mobile devices, and relative to the
real-time performance needs of mobile device communications and
streaming audio, Kanchan decided to develop a small real-time
Unix/Linux compatible kernel and equip it with the basic tools
needed for "cheap Internet appliance" applications like cell phones
The Register: Transmeta bug may affect 13,000 Sony PCs
"Sony yesterday calculated that some 13,000 Vaio PCG-GT1 and
PCG-C1 machines - out of 28,200 units shipped - containing 600MHz
Crusoe TM5600 CPUs may fail thanks to a manufacturing glitch in the
some chips which is said to affect the contents of its L2
MSNBC: Pro-Linux virus infecting companies (2000-12-01 08:21:10)
"A computer virus that poses as a Shockwave movie and urges
victims to install the Linux operating system has infected at least
four Fortune 500 companies according to antivirus firms."
Linux Journal: Mozilla Browser Suite (2000-12-01 07:17:35)
"The new Gecko layout engine appears to be lighter and faster
than its predecessor Netscape layout engine. It's designed to be
strictly W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards compliant.
However, that could be as much of a headache as it is a
LinuxSecurity.com: Linux Advisory Watch - December 1st 2000 (2000-12-01 06:25:53)
"If your using Red Hat, be prepared spend some time patching
your system. 16 Red Hat Advisories were recently released!"
Kernel Cousin Debian #13 by Steve Robbins and Zack Brown (2000-12-01 06:16:12)
Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for
the previous week.
Newsforge: Linux's Christmas is all in Santa's hands (2000-12-01 05:34:45)
"Before we divulge the contents of the report, let's get Santa's
Open Source status straight. He's strictly a user. Sure, a number
of the toymaking elves are rumored to moonlight as game developers,
but when it comes to doling out holiday happiness, the big fat guy
is in charge. So with his checklist in tow, Santa's looking for
features like good GUI and easy hardware installation, quick bootup
and a wide range of wallpaper choices -- things that a large
percentage of the computer-using population consider important when
it comes to operating systems."
Apache Today: The November Netcraft Web Server Survey is Out (2000-12-01 02:55:49)
Apache slightly gains in market share; Microsoft IIS slightly
decreases in market share.
Java Developer's Journal: Why Linux Lovers Jilt Java (2000-12-01 02:38:33)
"Should have been, would have been, could have been. Maybe some
day even will be. Today, however, the failure of Java to evoke more
than relatively mild interest in the Linux community is the complex
result of both philosophical and technical differences between the
Java and Linux communities and technologies."
News.com: European Web publishing partners split (2000-12-01 01:41:14)
"'This was a classic case of disconnect between old media and
new media,' Meckler said in an interview."
Enterprise Linux Today: LuraTech & Amicas to Create Web-enabled Medical Image Management Solution (2000-12-01 01:10:49)
"With the LuraWave digital image compression technology,
customers using the AMICAS software will be enabled to capture and
securely save, view, and store digitized radiology images in the
InfoWorld: Eazel readies graphical environment for Linux (2000-12-01 00:27:22)
"Company officials believe Linux users cannot live on snappy
graphical interfaces alone. It is the coupling of the interface
with smooth access to back-end services that will prove to be its
major contribution to help root Linux on the desktop."
LinuxPR: Akopia Selected By Leading Venture Capitalists For Ground Zero 4 Investor Track (2000-12-01 00:14:02)
"Open source e-commerce leader hand-picked for participation by
top venture capitalists."