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Linux News for Sep 26, 2001

  • Battle Brews Over Authentication (Sep 26, 2001, 21:32)
    "Microsoft, according to Burton, is "betting the company" on the importance of that model with its .NET initiative. But Microsoft is not the only one to recognize the import of the model, and unwilling to let Microsoft make its authentication system become the defacto standard that makes Web services feasible, Sun and its compatriots Wednesday formed the Liberty Alliance Project to develop and deploy an open solution."

  • LinuxProgramming: Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Sep 26) (Sep 26, 2001, 21:13)
    All the latest news from the Tcl world.

  • By the numbers: Comparing Windows security to Linux (Sep 26, 2001, 19:40)
    "One way to get to the bottom of this dispute is to look at the numbers. In this case, let's examine the statistics on discovered vulnerabilities tracked by Security Focus Bugtraq. One word of warning: These numbers may just surprise you."

  • ZDNet: Separating fact from fiction about Linux (Sep 26, 2001, 18:25)
    "Over the last six months there's been plenty of evidence of mainstream adoption, even though it's mostly as a host for Apache. Linux patently works--it does what it says on the tin. And the successive evolutions have all been in the right direction. However, some of the claims made by Linux vendors are unsupportable. It doesn't constitute an alternative to Windows on the desktop, largely because the applications aren't there."

  • The Linux love affair: Will users ever be able to commit? (Sep 26, 2001, 17:03)
    "Why then are IT shops taking a go-slow approach? Among the reservations cited in the TechTarget survey and follow-up interviews were: Expense of re-training end-users and IT staff, concerns about the newness and long-term viability of the Linux OS, lack of adequate vendor support, questions about security and stability and a dearth of compatible business software."

  • Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #15 (Sep 26, 2001, 15:59)
    This week: Mandrake 8.1 Pre-orders being accepted; Mandrake Cooker Weekly News Highlights; Financial Corner; Spotlight on the SSSCA; Business Case of the Week; Security-related Software Updates; Top Headlines from MandrakeForum

  • ComputerWorld: Linux Road Map Needed (Sep 26, 2001, 14:55)
    "Unfortunately, too few people in the room understood that they need to start thinking more like Microsoft. LSB needs to generate confidence by announcing a long-term road map with specifics about things like directory services and desktop standards that ISVs can start planning to support."

  • osOpinion: Unix Raises the Bar (Sep 26, 2001, 14:04)
    "Now is the time to challenge these answers. People are starting to notice that the use of Microsoft products is directly related to how much damage can be inflicted. Many people, however, have no idea what the other options are or how to protect themselves. When I ask this question of most people, the responses I get include 'that's what everybody else uses,' 'it's easy to use,' and 'what else is there?'."

  • LinuxPlanet: comment: Strategic Linux (Sep 26, 2001, 13:06)
    In the wake of another week of worm madness, this time with Nimda, Dennis Powell takes stock: the Gartner group says it's time to look at something besides IIS while Microsoft rewrites its code - something for which few are holding out hope even as it underscores the danger of single-source software. It's time, says Powell, for developers and distributors to step up and work out the challenges posed by a diverse, decentralized development model while demonstrating that Linux is the best solution for protecting our information infrastructure.

  • NewsForge: Windows developers, it's time to switch to Linux (Sep 26, 2001, 12:04)
    "Since Microsoft seems bent on adding more applications to its operating system in every version, it may now be better business for small developers to start making commercial software for Linux instead of concentrating on Windows applications."

  • Ximian Evolution Beta 4 Released (Sep 26, 2001, 09:40)
    "Beta 4 continues where beta 3 left off. Beta 4 has LDAP, PalmOS, and SSL support built in. It also has lots of bug fixes, stability improvements, and speed increases. In fact, there have been 550 bugs closed in the period between beta 3 and beta 4." Changelog within.

  • MLUG: Linux Opportunities - Printing and Pre-Press (Sep 26, 2001, 01:35)
    "Linux has already found its way onto the scene and there will be more opportunities for adoption of Linux solutions in the future. Before we go any further we need to understand a little of how the industry operates. The workflow chart below, although greatly oversimplified, will give a idea of how the process of taking an idea and producing it on printed media works."