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Linux News for Apr 25, 2001

  • Nat Friedman: Ximian GNOME 1.4 is available. (Apr 25, 2001, 23:30)
    We reported the highlights yesterday, but here's the official (and more colorful) e-mail from Ximian VP of Product Development. We'd have held off running it, but we failed to report about the cellphone easter egg in there somewhere.

  • LinuxProgramming: Sun's JXTA Project Launches New Open-Source P2P Protocol (Apr 25, 2001, 21:41)
    Is peer-to-peer computing framework JXTA the biggest thing to hit computing since TCP/IP? Sun says so, and has Bill Joy on board to back up the claim. Brian Proffitt reports.

  • Interview with Simputer team (Apr 25, 2001, 21:25)
    Simputer (pictured) is a very low-cost computer built around a design licensed under terms similar to that of the GPL. The intent behind Simputer is to provide low-cost (<$200) machines to people living in rural India. The interview here is with various members of the Simputer team, and they discuss the reasoning behind the licensing scheme they chose, the design decisions they made, and more.

  • The Free DCE Project - Trying to regain lost ground with Linux (Apr 25, 2001, 20:15)
    "I wonder how many movies, television series, paperback novels and other media focus on returning to a past incident from long ago with the intention of changing history? If you and I could go back to 1995, how would we handle the Open Group (the UNIX advocacy organization who once owned the UNIX TradeMark) giving DCE to Microsoft?"

  • AP: IBM in hot water over Linux 'graffiti' (Apr 25, 2001, 19:44)
    IBM's crossed another city in its "Peace, Love, and Linux" sidewalk graffiti campaign. This time it's Chicago, and the city says it may press a fine and charge for the cleanup.

  • Caldera Files for Layoffs (Apr 25, 2001, 18:01)
    Caldera has filed a form 8-k with the SEC in anticipation of the layoff of 32 of its 188 employees. The form relates the layoffs to the pending finalization of Caldera's SCO acquisition and says the cuts come from all areas of the company.

  • EFF Releases Public Music License to Promote Audio Freedom (Apr 25, 2001, 17:39)
    "As part of its Campaign for Audiovisual Free Expression (CAFE), EFF's Open Audio License allows anyone to freely copy, share, perform, and adapt music in exchange for providing credit to the artist for her gift to humanity."

  • Issue #26 of Brave GNU World released. (Apr 25, 2001, 17:22)
    Topics covered in this issue include: GNU Pipo BBS, Larswm, GNUstep, W3Make, OpenWebSchool, and FSF Europe Update. Brave GNU World is a monthly column which is being released simultaneously in six languages (English, German, French, Japanese, Spanish and Korean).

  • CNN: Music group tries to suppress piracy study (SDMI) (Apr 25, 2001, 16:11)
    The researches who cracked SDMI four separate times in the past year are now being asked to suppress their findings by the SDMI forum, a group formed by several very large record labels and entertainment companies. According to this article, the RIAA's senior attorney has invoked the DMCA to back his request that the group refrain from discussing its findings.

  • Gigahertz Processor Roundup, Linux Style! (Apr 25, 2001, 16:01)
    Pentium or Athlon? It's a topic that's been done to death, but has taken a look at the 1GHz Pentiums and Athlons and attempted to make a determination from a Linux user's perspective. In the end, they argue, it boils down most to whether you're building a new box or upgrading an existing system.

  • First general assembly of the Free Software Foundation Europe (Apr 25, 2001, 15:30)
    "On May 6th 2001, the first general assembly of the Free Software Foundation Europe will take place at the Villa Vogelsang in Essen, Germany."

  • Stormix Confirms Layoffs and Suspension of Operations (Apr 25, 2001, 14:38)
    Stormix has confirmed that it has, indeed, laid off all its employees due to an inability to secure funding and is currently in "hibernation mode." The company will no longer be providing support for its products.

  • Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: hylafax (Apr 25, 2001, 11:57)
    "A problem exists with the HylaFAX program, hfaxd. When hfaxd tries to change it's queue directory and fails, it prints an error message via syslog by directly passing user supplied data as the format string. If hfaxd is installed setuid root, this behaviour can be exploited to gain root access locally. Note that Linux-Mandrake does not ship hfaxd setuid root by default."

  • A boy and his computer [review of Linus Torvalds autobiography] (Apr 25, 2001, 11:38)
    Self-confessed "stalker" Andrew Leonard posts a creepy review of Linus Torvalds' autobiography, "Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary."

  • Linux spreading rapidly in Latin America (Apr 25, 2001, 11:00)
    "Linux, like the Internet, exists beyond the United States, Western Europe, and industrialized parts of Asia. The Linux OS has taken hold wherever computer users desire freedom, and wherever there is demand for inexpensive software. Latin America fits that description perfectly; current projections from IDG indicate that by 2003, 33 percent of computers in the region will be running Linux."

  • Ximian GNOME 1.4 is out (Apr 25, 2001, 04:58)
    Ximian has announced the release of Ximian GNOME 1.4 and Red Carpet 1.0. Information on new features (including a few not released with the general GNOME 1.4 release), supported distributions, and a download link within.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.3-ac14 (Apr 25, 2001, 00:54)
    "This isnt a proper release as such, it should just deal with most of the compile failure/symbol failure problems." [ Mr. Cox wrote the kernel list shortly after saying "Oops forgot to update the text. This one is of course not just compile fixes." -ed. ]