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Linux News for Apr 29, 2001

  • Enhanced Software Technologies BRU-Pro (Apr 29, 2001, 23:26)
    "Everybody needs to do backups. Nearly everyone who has ever worked with or owned a computer has heard the refrain, "Make sure you do a backup." So, why is it so hard to get people to do regular backups? Could the backup experience be all that painful? Take heart, gentle reader, because it doesn't have to be."

  • Agenda Delayed Again, This Time Until May (Apr 29, 2001, 23:15)
    The final, consumer-ready release of the Agenda VR-3, a Linux-based handheld computer, has been delayed again, this time until May.

  • IBM Small Business Suite [Review] (Apr 29, 2001, 22:30)
    In this review of IBM's Small Business Suite, author Joe Brockmeier gives the software generally high scores, but notes limited support for various distributions and some snags in the installation.

  • LinuxPR: An Open Invitation to an Open Sourced Florida. Brought to you by SLUG. (Apr 29, 2001, 22:12)
    "It is our pleasure to announce that we have once again been invited to host the Linux booth at CTS (Computer & Technology Showcase) on May 30 and 31, 2001, at the Harborview Center in Clearwater, Florida. This time we want to make it even more spectacular -- and since we've been given much more floor space and have some incredible speakers lined up, the opportunity is there."

  • Immunix OS Security Advisory: gftp (Apr 29, 2001, 21:33)
    "Richard Johnson has found a format string problem in the version of gftp that ships with Immunix 6.2 and 7.0."

  • Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: gftp update (Apr 29, 2001, 21:31)
    "A format string vulnerability exists in all versions of gftp prior to version 2.0.8. This vulnerability has been fixed upstream in version 2.0.8."

  • Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: rpmdrake update (Apr 29, 2001, 21:28)
    "A temporary file vulnerability exists in rpmdrake. This updated rpmdrake corrects the problem."

  • freshmeat: Who pays the developers? (Apr 29, 2001, 21:02)
    "Who pays the developers? The company they work for, right? But what about those developers who develop Open Source software after hours, on their own time and equipment? Who pays them? Many say no one does and no one should. After all, it's Free Software. You don't get paid for Free Software. Before we develop such a closed attitude, let's take a look at what one of the founders of the Free Software movement has to say."

  • GNOME Launches Packaging Project (Apr 29, 2001, 19:13)
    GNOME has launched a binary packaging project headed up by Gregory LeBlanc. Designed to help users test upcoming beta releases of GNOME 2.0, the project will initially focus on providing RPM's and Debian packages.

  • Rock Linux 1.4.0 (stable) Released (Apr 29, 2001, 16:00)
    Speaking of Rock Linux, the newest version of the "admin friendly" distro is out today. New features include Linux Kernel 2.4.3, XFree86 4.0.3, GNOME 1.4, ALSA drivers, and initial support for PAM.

  • LinuxGazette: A Private Home Network (Apr 29, 2001, 15:00)
    This article covers a no-compromise approach to securing a home network intended to provide no services to the outside world while also tightening down internal services. The author deals with not only the old stand-bys such as securing inetd more thoroughly, but how to lock down services such as X.

  • Slashdot: Free Software Law in Argentina (Apr 29, 2001, 14:00)
    "There's presently a law being discussed at the Congress in Argentina, that would make mandatory the use of and migration to Free Software when possible."

  • Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #88 by Paul Emsley (Apr 29, 2001, 13:00)
    Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for the previous week.

  • CNET News: Piranha or Monkey? Open source clustering with LVS (Apr 29, 2001, 12:00)
    "With so many commercial Linux clustering products on the market, administrators may be surprised to learn that high-quality, open source clustering solutions can provide functionality similar to that of commercial clustering products at little or no cost."

  • Community: Houston LUG Installfest Saturday May 5th (Apr 29, 2001, 11:30)
    "The Houston Linux Users Group is having an installfest Saturday May 5th."