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Linux News for May 01, 2001

  • ITWorld.com Hosting Discussion With Microsoft's Doug Miller (2001-05-01 23:59:18)
    Microsoft's Doug Miller continues to make the rounds of Linux-related events and sites, this time on ITWorld's discussion forum, where he'll answer all comers. "As controversial and emotion-stirring this discussion may become," urges the moderator, "this is a rare opportunity for exchanging views and ideas. Therefore, let's keep this discussion professional."

  • GNOME: Bonobo-Media 0.2: Funky Monkey (2001-05-01 23:00:19)
    "Bonobo-Media is a set of Bonobo interfaces and a GTK+/libbonobo-based implementation for the the control of generic multimedia playback. It currently supports audio and video streams. Support for tuners is also planned."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.4-ac3 (2001-05-01 22:05:06)
    "Fix hang on boot with SMP, and fixes a few more uglies too. Add another species of SB AWE 32. Tidy up APM options setting, add module SE401 USB camera driver. ACPI updates."

  • ZDNet: Linux jumps into handheld battle (2001-05-01 21:30:00)
    Starting out as a weak backgrounder on the "cult" operating system Linux, this article picks up a little speed as Palm's chief competitive officer calls Linux-based handhelds crude but worrisome. Agenda's Brad LaRonde says he expects to sell about 500,000 Agenda VR-3's this year, and 750,000 next.

  • Microsoft says Corel deal leaves Linux unscathed (2001-05-01 20:51:58)
    File it under "from the horse's mouth": Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is quoted by Reuters as saying "Corel is free to do whatever it wants with Linux."

  • Kernel Cousin KDE #8 by Aaron J. Seigo (2001-05-01 20:10:04)
    KDE is a powerful Open Source graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system.

  • LinuxProgramming: PHP 4.0.5 Released (2001-05-01 19:36:31)
    vmlinuz reports that PHP 4.0.5 has been released. The new release includes many bug fixes from PHP 4.0.4, as well as output compression, new experimental FastCGI support, and significantly improved thread-safe versions.

  • LinuxPPC's Jason Haas steps down (2001-05-01 19:30:27)
    Co-founder of popular Linux distribution maker is "retiring from the computer world." Haas' favorite title at LinuxPPC was "Unnamed Source." An unnamed source at the company said that Haas will be retaining that title.

  • Community: Debian Project at two exhibitions in Germany (2001-05-01 19:00:38)
    "Two exhibitions and conferences will start within a couple of days, where the Debian project has been offered to run a booth and give talks. Both events take place in Germany."

  • Tonight Live: the future of OSDN/Linux.Com PLUS history in the making "of Pigeons and Penguins" (2001-05-01 18:45:45)
    "At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Jeff Gerhardt, PJ Hyett, Doc Searls(Linux Journal), and Arne Flones have a downright strange lined up tonight on The Linux Show!!"

  • LinuxProgramming: Intel Releases Beta Fortran Compiler for Linux (2001-05-01 18:13:38)
    Intel has released beta copies of its Fortran Compiler for Linux. The software is available under two licenses: one a node-locked license allowing installation on a single machine, another allowing users to float between workstations, providing the ability to check an instance out over a network connection.

  • ZDNet: Heat is on Windows: Samba 2.2 now supports range of Microsoft OSes (2001-05-01 17:33:02)
    Jeremy Allison of the Samba Team wrote in to let us know about ZDNet's review of the recently released Samba 2.2. The reviewer seems to like it, going so far as to award it an Analyst's Choice Award and contribute to AlkaSeltzer sales in Redmond by offering that it "offers enough functionality to be a Windows NT Server replacement for many organizations, especially in smaller stand-alone offices. "

  • LinuxSecurity.com: Linux Security Week - April 30th 2001 (2001-05-01 17:18:09)
    "This week, a number of network security articles were released. A few of the better ones include "Linux Network Security: Introduction," "A Comparison of iptables Automation Tools," and "Firewalls, VPNs, and Remote Offices." Also, take a moment to read our latest 'Linux Advisory Watch.' We have switched to a new method of formatting the information which should better suite your needs."

  • Kernel Cousin Wine #93 by Brian Vincent (2001-05-01 16:15:46)
    Wine is a free implementation of Windows on Unix.

  • LinuxNewbie.org: Intro to Solaris 8 for Penguins (2001-05-01 13:54:47)
    If you're merely curious about Solaris 8, or maybe have to use it but love Linux, this guide, written by a Linux enthusiast, describes some of the differences and similarities between the two operating systems. He describes networking, available shells, how X works, and the filesystem structure.

  • LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Tux, My Hero (2001-05-01 13:01:52)
    Man of Many Sites Brian Proffitt is happy to report a nearly flawless Windows 2000 installation, with only the niggling detail of its inability to find any of his computer's hard drives keeping him from Redmondian Nirvana. The only logical response for consumers who may be faced with similar problems when Windows XP arrives is to go out and buy new hardware. Or, should we seize this opportunity to strike while the iron flops, take advantage of the Linux alternative.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.4-ac2 (2001-05-01 12:24:33)
    "This release is mostly meant for further eyes to check for merge errors. It boots but thats about all I'd guarantee. I plan to do just the fixups for 2.4.4 bugs and then back out some of the existing changes that don't help much - notably some of the VM tuning isnt gaining us anything but multiple bad implementations."

  • Sun Offers to Help IBM Clean Up Sidewalks (2001-05-01 05:05:07)
    Sun has offered to help IBM clean up its Linux mess.

  • SecurityPortal.com: Weekly Linux Security Digest: 2001/04/23 to 2001/04/29 (2001-05-01 04:00:26)
    "Another week of catch up. Various vendors have issued fixes for Netscape, Hylafax, nedit and gftp among others. Kernel updates from several major vendors (such as Red Hat) are exptected soon. Samba updates are still going strong, if your vendor hasn't issued one you should ask them why."

  • Eric S. Raymond: The Jargon File 4.3.0 is available. (2001-05-01 03:45:53)
    "This version 4.3.0 is intended specifically to recognize and honor the wonderfully insane hackers of the Bergen Linux User's Group in Bergen, Norway. In perpetrating the world's first implementation of RFC1149 ("A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers") they have pulled off what may just be the funniest, cleverest hack of the last fifteen years."

  • LinuxPlanet: Ximian GNOME 1.4: The Monkey Has Landed (2001-05-01 03:45:45)
    After nearly a month of waiting, Ximian has packaged up and rolled out its version of the GNOME desktop. In order to take GNOME to the next level, Ximian addresses not only the polish of the overall desktop environment, but the usability issues presented in getting the software onto an end user's machine in the first place. In the first of a two-part look, Michael Hall examines getting and installing Ximian GNOME 1.4 on Red Hat, Debian, and Progeny systems, with a special eye to straightening out a few bugs and snags he found along the way.

  • Immunix OS Security update for gnupg (2001-05-01 03:30:39)
    "A new version of GnuPG, 1.0.5, has been released that fixes a number of bugs and security problems, including a widely-publicized vulnerability that makes it easier for the attacker to recover your private key if they can steal your key ring. As always, the confidentiality of your key ring is paramount to the security of public key encryption."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.4-ac1 (2001-05-01 02:28:59)
    "This release is mostly meant for further eyes to check for merge errors. It boots but thats about all I'd guarantee. I plan to do just the fixups for 2.4.4 bugs and then back out some of the existing changes that don't help much - notably some of the VM tuning isnt gaining us anything but multiple bad implementations."

  • LinuxProgramming: First beta of JPE, the Java-Python Extension, released (2001-05-01 01:48:45)
    JPE is at once a Python module (named 'java') providing access to all Java services from Python, and a Java package (named 'python') providing access to all Python services from Java.