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Linux News for Mar 30, 2001

  • Apache Today PR: Zope 2.3.1 final released (Mar 30, 2001, 22:56)
    "Zope 2.3.1 contains fixes for a number of issues that have come up since 2.3.0, including the fixes for the issues addressed by the 02/23 and 03/08 hotfixes."

  • LinuxPR: IBM Launches Linux Educational Program For Business Partners (Mar 30, 2001, 22:37)
    "IBM's New Ready, Set, Linux! Program is Available Across the U.S."

  • XMMS Plug-ins Round-up (Mar 30, 2001, 22:31)
    "XMMS allows its capabilities to be enhanced via the use of plug-ins. An extensive list exists at XMMS' own website. But today, we're going to take a look at the best of them."

  • Security Portal: Weekly Security Tools Digest 2001/03/23 to 2001/03/29 (Mar 30, 2001, 21:40)
    "Firewalls for UNIX/Linux/BSD & Cross-platform include Zorp, IPtables Linux Firewall and rTables Linux Firewall."

  • Immunix OS Security Advisory: kerberos (Mar 30, 2001, 21:34)
    "RedHat has released updated kerberos packages that fixes a number of logical and temp file problems."

  • CNET Nautilus 1.0 Review (Mar 30, 2001, 21:33)
    "Version 1.0 extends the functionality of Nautilus and rounds out the package with a much-improved test-drive of Eazel's network-based Services. Though not as polished as we'd hoped, the end result is impressive and offers another exciting look at the future of the Linux desktop."

  • Immunix OS Security Advisory: vim (Mar 30, 2001, 21:31)
    "An attacker could embed malicious VIM control codes into a file, and as soon as any user opened that file in vim-enhanced or vim-X11 with the status line option enabled in .vimrc, the commands would be executed as that user."

  • Debian Weekly News - March 29th, 2001 (Mar 30, 2001, 21:26)
    Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian community.

  • LinuxPR: Prima Releases 'The Joy of Linux: A Gourmet Guide to Open Source' (Mar 30, 2001, 21:12)
    "It's open, so anyone can grab it, whip it, and beat it into whatever shape or function they desire." "It" is Linux, and anyone can experience the passion, pleasure, and joy of this operating system in one place with Prima Tech's newly released The Joy of Linux, A Gourmet Guide to Open Source. In celebration of this examination of the Linux culture and technology, Prima Tech has also released a PDF file of Chapter 1 from The Joy of Linux."

  • LinuxGram: Uh-oh, Hang On to Your Patents, It's Trouble (Mar 30, 2001, 20:11)
    "[Bruce] Perens reckons he's got the vendors over a barrel. If they don't come to terms, the open source developers won't work for them for nothing."

  • UPDATED: Linux to become official OS of choice in Norway? (Mar 30, 2001, 20:10)
    "Seen in this article in a Norwegian news paper, Statskonsult (a consulting department of the Norwegian government) is recommending that Linux is to be introduced into all schools and public institutions." [ Reader Jon Grov has contributed a translation of the last few paragraphs of the recommendation, which does, indeed, advocate such things as release of all government-developed software as free software and says "open standards implemented as free software should be required in the infrastructure used by the government as Free Software." Thanks, Jon ]

  • LinuxPR: PostgreSQL 7.1 RC 1 Released (Mar 30, 2001, 20:00)
    "The files for Release Candidate 1 of PostgreSQL 7.1 are now available for download at"

  • The Register: All your data (and biz plans) are belong to Microsoft (Mar 30, 2001, 19:00)
    "The current Passport Terms of Use agreement not only fails to guarantee confidentially, but actually gives Microsoft and its business partners the right to own your information, and do pretty much what they want with it. That encompasses all your Hotmail and MSN Messenger communications today."

  • LinuxPR: VAN and MandrakeSoft to Develop Windows-to-Linux Migration Tool (Mar 30, 2001, 18:14)
    "Under the partnership, Virtual Access Networks and MandrakeSoft will collaborate to develop a Windows to Linux settings migration tool, providing customers with a seamless and reliable enterprise and e-business solution to integrate data across the two platforms. This migration tool will allow Windows users desiring to migrate onto MandrakeSoft Linux-Mandrake without losing their settings and personalization, such as bookmarks, wallpaper, e-mail address books and files. In addition, the tool will automatically create back up and store profiles for disaster recovery."

  • Ottawa Citizen: Its costs in line, revenues are Corel's big challenge (Mar 30, 2001, 17:00)
    "Corel confirmed its previously announced small profit of $534,000 in the quarter ending Feb. 28 on sales of $32.5 million. A year earlier it lost $12.4 million on on sales of $44.1 million."

  • The Guardian: Second sight: Open source is a model for education, and social services (Mar 30, 2001, 16:00)
    "Imagine a society where the computer hacker isn't a figure of fear or derision, but something of a national hero (Linus Torvalds). Imagine a country where the leading thinkers and policy-makers are comfortable with the idea of "open source" - not just as software, but as a model for education, social services, even democracy itself."

  • LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: SmoothWall Linux 0.9.8 (Mar 30, 2001, 13:04)
    The need for security in an increasingly insecure world is growing ever greater. Linux, often touted as one of the more secure platforms, still has its security flaws. SmoothWall Linux is a solution that has systematically removed many of these flaws by shipping a solid, cohesive distribution that has only one thing on its list of things to do: protect your network. Brian Proffitt reviews the latest version, which was released today.

  • Evans Data Pulls FreeBSD From Its List of "Linux Distributions" (Mar 30, 2001, 12:53)
    "Evans Data released the results of a survey of "Linux developers" yesterday indicating that of all the Linux distributions, FreeBSD came in fourth in popularity. This raised a few eyebrows."

  • Kernel Traffic #113 by Zack Brown (Mar 30, 2001, 08:35)
    Mailing list threads from the Linux Kernel Development Team.

  • Linux Kernel 2.4.3 is out (Mar 30, 2001, 08:35)

  • Waldo Bastian: KDE 2.2 Schedule (Mar 30, 2001, 08:35)
    "The 2.2 release, unlike the 2.1.1 release, will come with new functionality and improvements in many areas of KDE."

  • InternetWeek: MS To Users: Pay Up (Mar 30, 2001, 08:35)
    "We spend a lot of time and resources constantly proving license compliance, while we try to plan an optimum configuration to deal with the rising cost of ownership related to Microsoft's products."

  • Linux-kernel: Linux connectivity trashed. (Mar 30, 2001, 08:34)
    This mail from the linux-kernel mailing list indicates that in the wake of a compromised Red Hat machine and an attack from that machine against defense industry giant Raytheon, the company has decided to ban all access to the Internet from Linux machines and may be making a move against running any Sun or Linux machines in their operation at all. The mail writer doesn't seem to be sure if he means the mail to be a "call to arms," and our posting of it is definitely not, but it's an interesting look inside corporate IT politics and a reminder of the ramifications of not staying on top of patches, much as the recent Lion scare indicates.

  • LinuxPR: Guardian Digital Announces EnGarde Secure Linux (Mar 30, 2001, 08:30)
    "A comprehensive suite of Open Source tools that provide a secure and stable foundation for building a secure Internet presence."

  • LinuxPR: The Linux Show!! announces LIVE broadcast opportunities at next weeks Comdex/LBE in Chicago (Mar 30, 2001, 07:57)
    "The Linux Show!! will be broadcasting LIVE Interviews of Vendors and Linux Community personalities from the floor of the world famous McCormick Place at Chicago's COMDEX, April 2nd through 5th."

  • LinuxPR: Open Docs Publishing announces "Red Hat Linux: Security and Optimization" (Mar 30, 2001, 07:55)
    "The new edition takes into account the feedback we received on the original book. A suite of new authors and a refined purpose will make the new book even better."

  • Despite Earlier Rumors, Zelerate's Still in Business (Mar 30, 2001, 00:50)
    "Despite earlier reports intimating that, a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of open source e-commerce applications, has ceased operations, CEO Bonnie Crater says that simply isn't the case regardless of drastic reductions in staff."

  • Linux.Conf.Au.2001: Why KDE works (Mar 30, 2001, 00:45)
    "This talk was given by Sirtaj Singh....He started off by introducing himself. He's been involved with KDE for a long time but never as a "central" hacker (so he says)."