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Linux News for Sep 29, 2001

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.9-ac18 (Sep 29, 2001, 23:47)
    "This is just bug fixes - focused on getting this right and rock solid ready for the 2.4.10 battle."

  • IBM developerWorks: Improving the security of open UNIX platforms (Sep 29, 2001, 23:30)
    "Tracing modifications made to new system files with SGID/SUID flags is an extremely difficult task. But with enough experience and caution, system services and settings can be modified without changing standard file attributes (usually an administrator pays attention to the dates a file was created and modified). The following program traces changes made to all the files of a specified directory using an integrity test based on MD5 checksum, which prevents modifications from being masked."

  • Review: Rune for Linux (Sep 29, 2001, 21:35)
    "Recently released by Loki, and with the expansion coming soon, Rune is one of the more popular 3D titles to come to Linux in a good while. The anticipation of this release isn't quite as great as that for Dues Ex but, this title does have a pretty good following. And with the release not too far off that of the Windows version, Rune is a fairly up to date game."

  • DukeOfURL: Caldera OpenLinux Workstation 3.1 (Sep 29, 2001, 19:31)
    "Recently Caldera have been mired in controversy, with plans to switch from open source to a more common proprietary business model. They now have per seat licencing for their distribution, the antithesis of licensing models offered by almost every other distributor of Linux based operating systems. A stance that many postulate may hurt them in the long haul. After all, if Red Hat can pull off the new business model there isn't a reason for anyone can't. This latest release is built around KDE 2.1, and as such, contains a good many KDE development tools and the accompanying documentation. Some of the benefits being touted by Caldera include: software integration, default configurations, self hosting, secure software, system testing, and even OEM testing."

  • First Look: Mac-on-Linux (Sep 29, 2001, 17:25)
    "MOL (Mac-on-Linux) is an open source project that lets Linux PPC users run the Mac OS on Linux. The project has been around in some form since 1997 and although I had heard of it before I really never even gave it much thought until I installed Yellow Dog Linux on my PowerBook Ti."

  • MachineOfTheMonth: Entertainment Software Series: DVD players for Linux and Video CD Recording (Sep 29, 2001, 15:32)
    "The real question is "Do I miss my DVD player?" The answer to that question is "I love my Linux box and the more things I can do on it, the more I love it." So sure I miss Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound on a home theater system setup but I get more satisfaction out of watching a movie on my computer than a big home theater system. Why? Because it's open source. How? Because I compiled and installed it."

  • IBM developerWorks: Beowulf clusters: Measuring and implementing multiple parallel CPUs (Sep 29, 2001, 13:36)
    "As of the middle of 2001, the world's fastest computer can perform, on average, about five trillion floating point operations per second, or 5 teraflops. The machine that ranks 500th averages about 55 gigaflops. In general, such top-tier computing power is quite expensive and unavailable... a Beowulf cluster can inexpensively emulate the computing power of the bottom ranks of the top machines. "

  • Linux Journal: You Can Get There from Here, Part 3 [LDAP Intro] (Sep 29, 2001, 11:29)
    "LDAP is an acronym for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. I like to think of it as directory assistance for your network, a kind of net-enabled 411 service. With an LDAP server running on your, er, server, directory assistance will never be far away. Sound good? Strap in because this is a big topic. I'll get into some of the nittier and grittier stuff associated with LDAP later, but I know that you want to walk away from this with something that works, so this is the plan for today."

  • InfoWorld: Where the heart lies (Sep 29, 2001, 04:02)
    "Although it is true that writing open-source software is not on the same level as running into a collapsing building to save lives, it is true that electing to write open-source code is by no means a subversive activity. It is, in fact, a little slice of selflessness -- something that America applauds."

  • InfoWorld: VMware opens way to virtual worlds (Sep 29, 2001, 01:56)
    "For many businesses, the next several months will be less about making it big and more about making do. Because many employees, such as developers, salespeople, and training staff, require the use of several OSes, IT managers looking to save cash should consider consolidating their operating systems at the desktop."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.9-ac17 (Sep 29, 2001, 00:26)
    "Next batch of bugfixes and updates, I want to get these in before I import the Linus changes beyond 2.4.10pre9 which is where the merge currently sits."