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Linux News for Jun 27, 2001

  • LinuxProgramming: Gnome-- 1.2.0 (Jun 27, 2001, 22:00)
    "Gnome-- provides C++ wrappers for the gnome-libs widgets, such as GnomeApp, Canvas, Dialog, Druid, MDI, MessageBox, etc."

  • GNOME: Gnumeric 0.66 available (with Bonobo as default) (Jun 27, 2001, 21:30)
    "This is a _development_ release. Although the code is stable, packages will definitely need work to cope with the switch to Bonobo. It is possible to build without Bonobo (--without-bonobo), and will continue to be possible for the foreseeable future."

  • Linux Journal: Moneydance Personal Finance Manager review (Jun 27, 2001, 21:00)
    Stew Benedict reviews Moneydance Personal Finance Manager, a personal finance manager package, much like Quicken, but it's written in Java. It runs on a number of platforms, including Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris.

  • VA Linux leaves the hardware field (Jun 27, 2001, 20:36)
    The company, one of the original players in the Linux business space, is leaving hardware sales and is instead focusing on software and services.

  • Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #96 by Paul Emsley (Jun 27, 2001, 20:30)
    Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for the previous week.

  • LinuxProgramming: Bonobo 1.0.6 released (Jun 27, 2001, 20:00)
    "This release is a load of small fixes and some nice UI acceleration work from Alexander that should speed up Nautilus window opening noticably."

  • Debian Weekly News - June 25th, 2001 (Jun 27, 2001, 19:30)
    KDE 2.2alpha packages available, good Debian laptops, /sbin or /bin for traceroute?, improving qmail performance, NewbieDoc news, more.

  • Sun to end Solaris source distribution (Jun 27, 2001, 19:00)
    From Sun's Web site: "Thanks for your interest and welcome to the Solaris 8 Foundation Source Program. Please note that the Solaris 8 Foundation Source Program will be canceled effective June 30, 2001. In addition, both the secure chat and code-exchange sites will also be terminated on this date."

  • The Register: Caldera defends pay-to-play license (Jun 27, 2001, 18:30)
    Noting that free downloads of its OpenWorkstation product are still available, Caldera has issued a defense of its "per system" licensing practice, reported here two days ago. "Developers need to have a company that is there that is going to be there for the long-term," says the company.

  • O'Reilly Network: Tools of the Trade: Part 1 (Jun 27, 2001, 18:00)
    Carl Constantine looks at some advanced Linux security tools, including VPNs and Tripwire, from the viewpoint of malicious folks who want to break into your Linux boxen.

  • IBM announces Start Now program to promote Linux/e-business implementations (Jun 27, 2001, 17:30)
    The eight Start Now Solutions, including three Linux-based solutions, fulfill the requirements of e-business--from initial Internet access, through e-mail, research and information, Web site management, simple and complex e-commerce, business intelligence, integrated activities and new business opportunities.

  • 15 Seconds: Microsoft Joins Corel to Develop Shared Source C# (Jun 27, 2001, 17:00)
    Microsoft details how it will release a shared-source implementation of C# in conjunction with Corel. Note: the implementation will be designed for FreeBSD and Windows.

  • One Net, One Law? (Jun 27, 2001, 16:00)
    "Under the aegis of the Convention, countries with more strict requirements may be allowed to crack down on ISPs (regardless of their country of origin) on the basis of their customers' content. ISP's, therefore, are concerned that the treaty will effectively require them to act as Internet content police, scouring the Web to make sure sites they host don't break the laws of any convention member country." Among the luminaries opposing this Convention: Richard Stallman.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.5-ac19 (Jun 27, 2001, 15:57)
    Multiple updates in the latest -ac release of Linux 2.4.5.

  • O'Reilly .NET DevCenter: Microsoft Plans Shared Source .NET (Jun 27, 2001, 15:26)
    An interview with Microsoft program manager Dave Stutz discusses some of the issues behind .NET, shared source, and Microsoft's preference for FreeBSD over Linux as a target platform for implementing .NET for Unix-like operating systems because of licensing issues.

  • IBM eServers and Redhat Tux 2.0 Set New SPECweb Records (Jun 27, 2001, 14:45)
    "Both servers supported a total of 3,227 simultaneous connections in a 2-way configuration, and 1,820 simultaneous connections in a 1-way configuration. These results set a new record for Intel-based 2-way SMP servers."

  • LinuxPlanet: .comment: Separated By a Common Operating System (Jun 27, 2001, 13:43)
    When Dennis Powell's Caldera installation died, he decided to use the occasion to look at two other Linux distributions: Progeny Linux and SuSE Linux 7.2. While he likes both of them, he realized that there's really no such thing as a generic Linux distribution, as both distros -- as well as most other Linux distros -- are set up to box users into relationships with manufacturers, as knowledge of one distribution has little to do with any other distribution. If Microsoft were to cook up a plan to cause Linux to disappear in a virtual Tower of Babel it could scarcely be more effective than that which has been adopted by distributions on their own, voluntarily.

  • ZDNet: .Net to support Linux? (Jun 27, 2001, 12:45)
    While the idea isn't new, there's new evidence to support the notion that Microsoft may support Linux with .NET: apparently the second beta of Visual Studio .NET supports Linux as a target platform. This article doesn't indicate that Visual Studio .NET itself is being ported to Linux: rather that there may be a Linux .NET runtime out there somewhere against which software can be built using the Visual Studio .NET tools.

  • The Register: MP3 owners get stroppy with open source coders (Jun 27, 2001, 01:53)
    Fraunhofer and Thomson, owners of key bits of MP3, have decided to flex and demand royalties of developers proprietary and open source with MP3. This item covers the effects of strict enforcement of the patents behind MP3 with two open source projects: 8Hz-MP3 (the developers are shutting down until further notice) and BladeEnc (which is now distributed source-only to avoid legal problems.)

  • Caldera Security Advisory: buffer overflow in fetchmail (Jun 27, 2001, 00:20)
    "In previous versions of fetchmail, there were buffer overflows when handling mail messages with very long header fields. This hole could theoretically be exploited remotely by sending messages with such headers."

  • Caldera Security Advisory: Samba (Jun 27, 2001, 00:13)
    "There is a file overwrite vulnerability in the log facilities of the Samba filesharing package which can be used by a remote attacker to overwrite system files and to gain root access. This requires a specific logging entry to be set. Caldera OpenLinux is not vulnerable to this problem in its default configuration, because it does not include a default configuration file for Samba and the sample configuration we ship has logging commented out."