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Linux News for Sep 27, 2001

  • New MandrakeExpert V2 Support Center for Linux Has Been Released (Sep 27, 2001, 23:35)
    "The new "MandrakeExpert V2" allows MandrakeSoft experts and more than 2000 MandrakeSoft Affiliates to provide support for a fixed fee with reductions for multiple incidents purchased."

  • Vim Version 6.0 Release Is Available (Sep 27, 2001, 22:29)
    "This is a major new version of Vim. Vim 6.0 is a huge step from Vim 5.x. Many, many new features and improvements have been included."

  • ZDNet: Time to stand up to Microsoft (Sep 27, 2001, 21:36)
    "There are alternatives, which in a healthy capitalistic marketplace deserve exploration. A consortium of companies who pay most to Microsoft could fund an open-source development project to take Linux and turn it and its applications into a true replacement for Windows and Office. They know what they want, it would cost less to make such a package than it does to subscribe to Uncle Bill's club, and they'd end up having control of their own business-critical software for a change."

  • Kernel Cousin Wine #104 by Brian Vincent (Sep 27, 2001, 21:02)
    Wine is a free implementation of Windows on Unix.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.9-ac16 (Sep 27, 2001, 20:30)
    "Update the VM to Rik's latest bits, Merge asorted minor bugfixes, Merge initial speakup hooks." Changelog, links within.

  • Oracle Tech Network: Call to Action: Oracle9i for Linux/390 (Sep 27, 2001, 18:22)
    "Oracle has made public its intention to deliver a developer release of Oracle9i Database for the Linux/390 environment. The developer release is intended to gauge customer and developer interest in this emerging environment. The release will support the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 distribution on IBM's S/390 hardware."

  • Mandrake Linux 8.1 Available for Download (Sep 27, 2001, 16:40)
    MandrakeSoft today announced the immediate availability of Mandrake Linux 8.1 for download. Partial package list, links within.

  • osOpinion: When Operating Systems Advocates Attack (Sep 27, 2001, 15:50)
    "With the advent of such destructive viruses as the Nimda worm, users of alternative operating systems have been boasting about how much more secure their boxes are when compared to Microsoft's Windows. ... Alternative operating systems were not spared from these attacks because of their supposed superior security, but were instead spared because these computing environments are small fish."

  • ZDNet: Management Tool Keeps Linux Systems In Tune (Sep 27, 2001, 15:04)
    "Now, in another sign of Linux's increasing maturity, new tools are helping I-managers better administer the OS. Aduva, based in Palo Alto, Calif., has built a knowledge base with information on which Linux components work best together, along with other open source software modules, such as the various versions of the Apache Web server."

  • Enterprise Linux Today: Red Hat Announces Validation of Red Hat Linux for Oracle (Sep 27, 2001, 14:08)
    "In addition to the work already completed to validate and test Oracle9i products, Red Hat will validate future releases of Red Hat Linux as technologically appropriate for Oracle software products."

  • Linux Weekly News for September 27, 2001 (Sep 27, 2001, 13:01)
    This week: Gartner: dump IIS; D.H. Brown's distribution survey; A radical VM change; The question of proprietary security modules; more.

  • ZDNet: Lab improves Linux kernel patch tests (Sep 27, 2001, 11:54)
    "The Open Source Development Lab has created a code benchmarking tool--known as the Scalable Test Platform--that it says will allow developers to easily test their Linux kernel patches from a variety of tests and server configurations."

  • LinuxPR: Dynasoft releases KDE Chinese Environment (Sep 27, 2001, 06:51)
    "Yangchunbaixue KDE Chinese Environment or YKCE is a hybridly licensed software that turns Red Hat Linux 7.1 into a sophisticated Chinese KDE desktop environment."

  • LinuxProgramming: ActiveState Launches New Tcl Support & Resources (Sep 27, 2001, 05:29)
    "ActiveState , the leader in open source programming languages, now provides additional support and resources for Tcl. The Tcl Clinic is a commercial support service delivering technical expertise on Tcl and Tcl-related issues. The Tcl Cookbook is a repository of rigorously reviewed Tcl recipes contributed by the Tcl community for the community, which are freely available for download."

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: Insecure setserial initscript (Sep 27, 2001, 04:24)
    "The initscript distributed with the setserial package (which is not installed or enabled by default) uses predictable temporary file names, and should not be used. setserial-2.17-4 and earlier versions are affected. If you have not recompiled your kernel, this issue does not affect you."

  • Empower Technologies emphasizes intent to comply with GPL (Sep 27, 2001, 03:30)
    From a brief interview regarding the LinuxDA GPL compliance issue: "I've been in constant communication with Richard Stallman. We have been making changes to be sure we comply, and hopefully this will shortly not be an issue any more. We have done everything possible to make sure the concerns are addressed."

  • Bugtraq: OpenSSH Security Advisory (Sep 27, 2001, 02:15)
    "Depending on the order of the user keys in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys2 sshd might fail to apply the source IP based access control restriction (e.g. from to the correct key..."

  • LinuxProgramming: New release of GTK+ libraries (1.3.9) (Sep 27, 2001, 01:30)
    "The API is mostly frozen at this point. Major API changes beyond the remaining open '2.0 API freeze' bugs in bugzilla are unlikely to occur before GTK+-2.0 is released. ... This release is incompatible with GTK+ and GLib 1.2.x. Software that has not been explicitly ported will not compile with this version."

  • InfoWorld: Blind to brand name [Jabber Review] (Sep 27, 2001, 00:07)
    "Once installed on the system, we could have one-on-one chats with another user or create a multiple participant text conference, with any combination of ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo users. We could also create a tree to sort contacts by department, such as HR or research, or by more personal groups, such as vendor contacts, family, and friends."