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Linux News for Oct 26, 2001

  • IBM developerWorks: Preview of the [anygui] project (2001-10-26 23:32:03)
    "A very interesting project in the Python world has entered early development. The [anygui] project is intended as a wrapper API for a large number of underlying graphic toolkits. Once fully developed, a Python programmer will be able to call a common [anygui] function -- for example, to create a window -- then have the "best available" toolkit do the work. On Windows, the Win32 API might be used (or wxWindows); on MacOS, native calls; on BeOS, Bethon; on Linux, TKinter or GTK; on a telnet screen, ncurses -- all depending on what is installed and available on a given machine."

  • LinuxProgramming: New release of GTK+ libraries (1.3.10) (2001-10-26 23:25:44)
    The latest release of GTK+ is out. LinuxProgramming has the changelog and links.

  • ConsultingTimes: A New Star is Born: StarOffice 6 Rises to the Desktop Challenge (2001-10-26 21:36:52)
    "As the opening salvo in our StarOffice/OpenOffice series, ConsultingTimes is delighted to present an exclusive interview with Iyer Venkatesan, the StarOffice product manager. He gives us an inside look at how Sun is positioning StarOffice, the target audience, key development goals, and other issues that are sure to be of interest."

  • Linux 2.4.14-pre2 Released (2001-10-26 20:31:00)
    Changelog, link within.

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: kernel22 (2001-10-26 20:26:28)
    "Rafal Wojtczuk found a vulnerability in the 2.2.19 and 2.4.11 Linux kernels with the ptrace code and deeply nested symlinks spending an arbitrary amount of time in the kernel code. The ptrace vulnerability could be used by local users to gain root privilege, the symlink vulnerability could result in a local DoS."

  • Issue #32 of Georg's Brave GNU World (2001-10-26 18:41:20)
    This month: Free Software helps stop child labor in Nepal, HTMLDOC, GNU Passwords on Car, Sketch (vector drawing) and Logidee-tools (more efficient creation of courses and tutorials.)

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.13-ac2 (2001-10-26 18:18:32)
    "The usual warnings apply. This is an initial merge against 2.4.13. The patches are still getting smaller which is good."

  • BrowserWatch: Microsoft to non-MS Browsers: Access Not Denied (2001-10-26 16:31:36)
    Microsoft has changed its tune regarding non-Microsoft browsers and MSN, noting that while browsers besides Internet Explorer will be allowed to access the service, they'll enjoy "slightly degraded" performance. Also within, Opera's press release regarding the issue: they're particularly irked about claims MS made regarding XHTML support.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.13-ac1 (2001-10-26 15:21:17)
    "The usual warnings apply. This is an initial merge against 2.4.13. The patches are still getting smaller which is good."

  • LinuxDevices.com: Commercial YOPY PDAs to begin shipping next month (2001-10-26 15:00:17)
    LinuxDevices.com is reporting that the YOPY, a long-awaited Linux-based multimedia PDA from Samsung division G.Mate, will begin shipping next month.

  • IBM developerWorks: Solaris-to-Linux porting guide (2001-10-26 13:50:33)
    "With the growing popularity of the Linux operating system, it's not surprising that many IT shops are examining what it might take to move their existing applications and development environments to Linux. Whether you are thinking about adding Linux as an alternate deployment platform for your code or about doing your primary development there, porting to Linux need not be difficult (particularly if your UNIX applications are written to common standards). Here, we provide a roadmap to guide those who are contemplating using Linux."

  • CNET/Yahoo!: Slashdot sees revenue in ads, fees (2001-10-26 13:05:41)
    "When Slashdot increases ad sizes, it plans to introduce a subscription service for people who want to pay for an ad-free version. Jeff Bates, who runs the site, said Thursday that Slashdot will launch the new ads and subscription service early next year. The cost of the service has yet to be determined."

  • O'Reilly Network: Using the VI Editor (2001-10-26 12:17:32)
    "Everyone knows they should have a passing knowledge of vi, but most people groan at the thought of using it. In today's article, I'd like to demonstrate some of the tricks that vi has up its sleeve. It really is a powerful little editor and I'm constantly amazed at its number of built-in shortcuts."

  • LinuxWorld.com: Open source programmers stink at error handling (2001-10-26 10:55:02)
    "I'll be blunt. Open source programmers need to stop being so darned lazy about error handling. That obviously doesn't include all open source programmers. You know who you are."

  • Tuxia Labs: New nxzilla release (2001-10-26 05:20:16)
    "Tuxia Labs are pleased to announce a new release of NxZilla, a set of libraries that allow Mozilla to be used with a Nano-X server. This release includes a number of improvements over the last release, including True type font support, image alpha and scaling improvements, as well as UI and general bug fixes."