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Linux News for Apr 28, 2001

  • Mandrake 8.0: Running Apache/SSL/PHP/PostgreSQL (Apr 28, 2001, 23:59)
    "I hope this article saves you a few minutes in getting your configuration running! Experienced Linux users would not have trouble getting around any of the annoyances above, but a new user fresh from the Windows world (welcome!) would probably have indulged in some serious head scratching."

  • ZDNet: DeCSS code-crack dispute back in court (Apr 28, 2001, 23:30)
    "A panel of appellate judges will decide whether to uphold a lower court ruling preventing online hacker magazine 2600 from linking to code that theoretically could be used to crack DVD security. But legal experts say the case could have wide-ranging ramifications for linking, publishing and copyright on the Internet."

  • O'ReillyNet: The ROCK Linux Philosophy (Apr 28, 2001, 23:18)
    "ROCK Linux aims to be admin-friendly. There is no YaST, Linuxconf, or Control-Panel. Configuration is done where it has to be done: in the config files. A configuration tool has to help an administrator -- not replace him (I don't think that it's possible to replace an administrator with a config tool.)."

  • Red Hat India eyes server segment (Apr 28, 2001, 22:48)
    This article maintains that Red Hat India aims to take 50% of the server market in India by the end of this year. Red Hat itself controls 60% of the venture, the rest is held by Clover Technologies of India.

  • LinuxProgramming: Bugzilla 2.12 Released (Apr 28, 2001, 22:17)
    "There has not been a Bugzilla release for a while, but development has continued, and the Bugzilla team is proud to announce release of Bugzilla 2.12."

  • The Economist: Has Microsoft Changed? A kinder, gentler gorilla? (Apr 28, 2001, 21:17)
    Reader Gary Edwards wrote in with this link to an Economist story plus a rather lengthy commentary of his own: "The Economist article cuts to the chase and explains the MS dilemma through the lens of current MS activities. It's simple. They shot the sheriff and are now preparing to ravage the citizenry with heavily disguised .NET temptations. But will anyone ever trust them again?"

  • LinuxJournal: Why Python? [Eric Raymond] (Apr 28, 2001, 20:07)
    A small exchange regarding Python in our earlier link to the latest release of CML2 (that's a friendlier tool for kernel configuration slated for inclusion in 2.5.1 or 2.5.2) jogged our memories about an earlier essay we came across by none other than the author of CML2 himself: Eric Raymond. LT missed it the first time, so here's a link now.

  • Installing Mandrake 8.0 (Apr 28, 2001, 19:22)
    Here's another short article about installing Mandrake's latest reporting a relatively smooth installation (he encountered a single problem with DiskDrak).

  • Linux for Newbies pt. 22: Installing Packages from Source (Apr 28, 2001, 18:00)
    "Rolling your own" software was once the main way to add new programs and packages to a Linux system. Grab a tarball, untar it, configure, compile and install. This is the "classic" way to add new stuff to a system and there are times, as we'll see in this installment, when it's still the best."

  • Help-Net Security: Start your day with a cup of DoS (Apr 28, 2001, 17:00)
    "With linux in specific, a number of things can be done to protect your server from a DoS attack. Use firewalling, filter all incoming TCP, UDP, PING traffic. Packet filtering sometimes can be your best defense against a DoS.

  • DukeOfURL: Promise FastTrak on Linux HowTo (Apr 28, 2001, 16:00)
    "Today we're going to deal with Promise's IDE RAID controller, which may turn some people off with its binary-only drivers (3Ware's are open source), but what it lacks in its licensing, it makes up for in its outstanding price. For about $75 USD a Promise FastTrak 100 PCI can be had, compared to $150 for 3Ware's comparable card. Both cards are capable of both RAID 0 and RAID 1, so I'll let you be the judge of which card is truly better."

  • How to add an extra hard drive in linux (Apr 28, 2001, 15:00)
    "Do the physical install. If you don't know how to do this then I suggest buying a Mac, or perhaps even an etch-e-sketch." If you're looking for a quick guide you can print out to step you through the process of adding a new hard drive and creating partitions for it, this will do.

  • Linux Mandrake 8.0 review and installation guide (Apr 28, 2001, 14:00)
    PCTalk's provided a combination review and install guide of Linux-Mandrake 8.0 that takes users on a walking tour of installing Mandrake's latest release and provides some guidance on install-time configuration options and basic setup.

  • IBM developerWorks: Inside Samba 2.2 - New, improved, and enterprise-ready (Apr 28, 2001, 13:00)
    "In this article, Daniel Robbins explains how Samba 2.2 improves on the already-excellent Samba 2.0.8 to create an incredibly powerful enterprise-ready Unix/Windows integration solution. The new Samba 2.2 offers a host of new improvements, including Windows 2000 client and Windows NT domain controller support, to name just a few."

  • NewsForge: TransGaming puts DirectX in Wine (Apr 28, 2001, 12:00)
    "In addition to the technical challenges posed by re-implementing and reverse-engineering an evolving standard, the company has invented a new business model where subscribers help determine development directions. All of the code produced will eventually enter the standard Wine distribution."

  • Know Your Enemy: Honeynets (Apr 28, 2001, 12:00)
    "Over the past several years the Honeynet Project has been dedicated to learning and the tools, tactics, and motives of the blackhat community and sharing the lessons learned. The primary tool used to gather this information is the Honeynet. The purpose of this paper is to discuss what a Honeynet is, its value to the security community, how it works, and the risks/issues involved."

  • Linux 2.4.4 is out. (Apr 28, 2001, 05:54)
    Linux 2.4.4 is out. Changelog and link to mirrors within.

  • Datamation: META Group Report: UCITA: An IT Value Issue (Apr 28, 2001, 05:54)
    UCITA is nothing new to consider for a lot of Linux and Open Source activists, who have been almost uniformly opposed to it since its initial conception (and defeat) at the national level, and into its second life as state-sponsored law. This article reveals that those activists aren't laboring alone: state attorneys general, IT professionals, and even the FTC are raising their voices in opposition. Even if you're not troubled by the thought of unfair licensing in some shrinkwrap software from Redmond you'll never buy, consider the implications for embedded systems: like the anti-lock brake system on your car.

  • LinuxPlanet: gnotebook: Assessing What We Owe (Apr 28, 2001, 05:54)
    It's widely understood that Eazel, the company behind GNOME's Nautilus, is in no small amount of financial trouble. Enough so, in fact, that the company has started accepting contributions via PayPal. The question this raises is one of how GNOME users should react: either thanking them for the code and moving on, or pitching in as a way of recognizing the company's contributions.

  • LinuxProgramming: Eric S. Raymond: CML2 1.3.1, aka "I stick my neck out a mile..." (Apr 28, 2001, 00:19)
    "I'm going to stick my neck out a mile and say that I think this is a stable release. Doing so, of course, is in reality a clever plan which ensures that at least three embarrassing bugs will be discovered within the next 24 hours..." This is a tool designed to ease kernel configuration and compilation for "non-gurus" slated for introduction into the 2.5.1 or 2.5.2 kernel.