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Linux News for Sep 28, 2001

  • NewsForge: LimeWire: Open-Sourcing helps set a Gnutella standard (Sep 28, 2001, 22:50)
    "'I would very much like to be the guy who could own a significant chunk of the world's networks,' he says. 'I think that's what Microsoft is trying to do right now. But I'm also enough of a realist to know that Microsoft doesn't have much of a chance in pulling off that strategy, and I know I don't have a chance in hell.'" "My strategy here is to be more open than anybody else and use the power of being virtuous to kind of overpower the larger corporate entities who want to own these sorts of things."

  • Alta Terra Launches Handheld Linx for Linux (Sep 28, 2001, 21:50)
    Alta Terra CEO Dexter Dombro, took the time to answer our questions about the value of his product, which doesn't represent new technology for Linux/Palm OS connectivity: it uses jpilot, kpilot, and gnome-pilot along with the underlying pilot-link suite, which has formed the foundation of almost every Palm/Linux app for years.

  • ZDNet: Caldera will integrate, not cut products (Sep 28, 2001, 20:53)
    "Caldera will develop integrated applications, operating systems and management software during the coming months in order to "streamline" products and achieve profitability, not axe products to save money as expected."

  • LinuxToday Is Three Years Old Today (Sep 28, 2001, 19:21)
    "LinuxToday founder Dave Whitinger wrote in to let us know he'll be wearing his LinuxToday t-shirt around. Your editor is settling on a copyleft hat, and here's a link to Story One..."

  • SuSE Sets October 13 Availability Date for SuSE Linux 7.3 (Sep 28, 2001, 18:22)
    SuSE has set a date of October 13 for release of the latest version of its distribution. Some links to the feature list and announcement, which the company's US publicisits say won't be released in English until next week, within.

  • Conectiva Linux Security Announcement - mod_auth_pgsql (Sep 28, 2001, 17:24)
    "'mod_auth_mysql' is an authentication module for apache which authenticates users against a PostgreSQL database. RUS-CERT discovered a vulnerability[1][3] in several Apache authentication modules which use SQL databases to retrieve user information. This vulnerability allows a remote attacker to change the query that the module sends to the SQL server and circumvent the authentication process."

  • Trygve.Com: Furbeowulf Cluster Computing (Sep 28, 2001, 16:00)
    "When Linux was first ported to the Furby platform, it suffered from significant stability and performance problems, which gave the Furby an unfortunate reputation as being unsuitable for enterprise-level computing. The conversion of the IRS and NASA computing facilities to Furby-based platforms towards the end of 1999 was seen by many as premature and may have contributed to the problems experienced by those departments during 2000 which did nothing to improve the Furby's image in corporate America."

  • New release of the LSM-based SELinux prototype (Sep 28, 2001, 15:02)
    "The SELinux web site including the mail list archive has been updated. The site includes a new release of the LSM-based SELinux prototype. This release contains many bug fixes and improvements to both LSM and SELinux and is based on the lsm-2001_09_23 patch against kernel 2.4.10. The release includes new and reworked hooks to control additional operations."

  • Wired: 'Good Sam' Hacker 'Fesses Up (Sep 28, 2001, 13:54)
    "The outcry among the geek community last month began with a story on entitled "Cyber Citizen Lands Felony Charges?" Sites such as Slashdot soon picked up the tale of 24-year-old Brian K. West as evidence of out-of-control, tech-clueless government lawyers, and urged sympathizers to e-mail the U.S. Attorney in charge of the prosecution. ... But a guilty plea that West signed tells a far different story -- and shows how easily a well-meaning community of programmers and system administrators can be led astray."

  • Microsoft stands by IIS despite Gartner recommendation (Sep 28, 2001, 13:02)
    "Palo Alto, Calif.-based law firm Fenwick & West LLP is planning on migrating off of its IIS servers to a Linux operating environment running Apache's Web server software. ... The law firm escaped being hit by last week's Nimda virus because it had all the appropriate patches in place. But the experience of dealing with a previous IIS-related vulnerability and the continuous effort needed to keep it secure aren't worth it, Kesner said."

  • Pessimism at LinuxWorld Misplaced (Sep 28, 2001, 12:00)
    "...we need a cultural change, a massive social movement in which non technical people shift their allegiance from one set of ideas about computing to another. The emotional basis for that change, the anger and resentment users feel about dealing with shoddy products, ever escalating costs, and companies (or systems departments) that couldn't care less about the customer, is solidly in place; but the alternative vision, the set of ideas that crystallize the issues and precipitate action, is not."

  • Ximianized Distribution ISO Images Released (Sep 28, 2001, 10:40)
    "For all Ximian loving users out there, a couple of guys (apparently from Mexico) have created ISO images of your favorite linux distro that replace the GNOME packages with Ximian's packages. According to their webpage they are working on Red Hat, Debian and Mandrake although only Red Hat 7.1 is available at the moment. They are looking for mirrors too."

  • Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #109 by Paul Emsley (Sep 28, 2001, 02:34)
    Highlights from the Debian-Hurd development mailing lists for the previous week.

  • EE Times: Red Hat move rekindles real-time Linux debate (Sep 28, 2001, 00:48)
    "The move heats up the debate over whether it's better to enhance the real-time capabilities of the Linux kernel itself - the approach of Red Hat rival Monta Vista Software Inc. - or to use a separate real-time kernel, like RTLinux, in conjunction with Linux. Unlike Linux itself, RTLinux is based on a patented technology and is not open-source."