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Linux News for Apr 26, 2002

  • NewsForge: Linux Mainframe Grandfather: Several Companies are Proving Linux's Worth (Apr 26, 2002, 23:00)
    "At age 28, Boas Betzler is known at IBM as the 'grandfather' of Linux on the mainframe. In mid-1998, he began a port of Linux to the IBM zSeries, and he's shepherded the Linux mainframe project from the beginning to the first shipments..."

  • PR: IBM Shatters Benchmark Performance Record with WebSphere Running on Linux (Apr 26, 2002, 21:00)
    "IBM's most recent ECperf submission, demonstrates a real e-business solution with IBM WebSphere Internet infrastructure software, a cluster of eServer xSeries systems running Red Hat Linux and DB2. This solution almost doubled the previous performance record held by BEA and HP running Windows 2000 Server..."

  • Bynari Finds Missing Link (Apr 26, 2002, 19:00)
    "'Every time we got corporations enthusiastic about the TCO savings in converting from Windows to Linux systems, Exchange emerged as a deal-killer,' says Adelstein, co-founder of Bynari, a high-level consultancy for Open Source systems..."

  • ZDNet: Review: Mozilla Loaded Up for Browser Wars (Apr 26, 2002, 17:30)
    "In our unofficial tests, RC 1 ran nearly as fast as Internet Explorer 6. Plus, it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux, which no other browser does [sic], and it promises a greater ability to customize than competing browsers do..."

  • The Trouble with Vorbis (Apr 26, 2002, 16:00)
    "Ogg Vorbis may be the holy grail of patent-free audio compression, but there are some serious issues blocking its path to widespread acceptance. Unfortunately most of us are powerless to correct the situation; the problems must be addressed by Vorbis' creators..."

  • CrossNodes: Mind the Ether with Network Monitors (Apr 26, 2002, 14:30)
    "The wise network admin employs an array of tools to monitor network activity. There are almost as many monitoring apps as network admins, here are some I've found to be useful and versatile. I like color pictures and graphs, you can't beat scary little red icons for quickly identifying trouble spots..."

  • Slackware Security Advisory: sudo (Apr 26, 2002, 14:21)
    "New sudo packages are available to fix a security problem which may allow users to become root, or to execute arbitrary code as root..."

  • Caldera Security Advisory: squid (Apr 26, 2002, 14:19)
    "Error and boundary conditions were not checked when handling compressed DNS answer messages in the internal DNS code (lib/rfc1035.c). A malicious DNS server could craft a DNS reply that would cause Squid to exit with a SIGSEGV..."

  • KDE Releases KOffice 1.2beta1 (Apr 26, 2002, 13:00)
    "The KDE Project [has] announced the immediate release of KOffice 1.2beta1, the first preview release for KOffice 1.2, scheduled for release this September..."

  • LinuxDevices: Building a Secure Kiosk with Embedded Linux (Apr 26, 2002, 11:00)
    "In looking at Linux for the CerfPod, the first thing we discovered was that Intrinsyc's Linux implementation is far from adequate for our needs. In addition to the glaring lack of a web browser, not many libraries were included..."

  • Community: MobiliX Lawyers Reject Obelix Trademark Argument (Apr 26, 2002, 08:00)
    Werner Hauser, CEO of the beleaguered company MobiliX, sends in an update in the continuing saga of the trademark dispute between his company and Les Editions Albert Rene.

  • Release Digest: General, April 25, 2002 (Apr 26, 2002, 05:01)
    Today's general apps: ALSA RC 1, AmayaGL, Krysalis 1.0.3.

  • Release Digest: GNU, April 25, 2002 (Apr 26, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's GNU apps: GNU Go 3.2, hp2xx-3.4.2.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, April 25, 2002 (Apr 26, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's GNOME apps: Balsa 2.0.0, GNet 1.1.3.

  • Release Digest: KDE, April 25, 2002 (Apr 26, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's KDE apps: KBabel 1.0beta1, KShowmail 3.0.1beta, qGo 0.0.10, KBirthday 0.4, KCopyDisk 0.1, Kuery for MySQL 1.0c, SqlGui 0.3.5, Biblos 0.21beta, KHeiseReg 0.3, KMp3Indexer 0.5, Kahuna 0.7, K Magnifier 0.8, KStella 0.7.0.

  • Linux Journal: Thai Tales: Taking Computers to Schools (Apr 26, 2002, 03:00)
    "But that's only part of the story. How it worked its way to achieving its goal, including taking some bold steps like using the GNU/Linux free operating system to back up its plans, makes this project stand out from other ventures aimed at taking computers to schools..."

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: sudo, icecast (Apr 26, 2002, 01:30)
    Two Red Hat Linux security updates: sudo and icecast.

  • Mandrake Linux Security Advisory: sudo, imlib (Apr 26, 2002, 01:20)
    Two security updates from Mandrake Linux: sudo and imlib.

  • NY Fears About Microsoft Return, in Mexico (Apr 26, 2002, 01:00)
    "Mr. Guajardo said that he and a group of legislators were considering introducing a bill to require the use of open-source software, like the Linux operating system, in the e-Mexico initiative, rather than proprietary software like Microsoft's, which is protected by copyrights and patents and must be paid for through license and upgrade fees..." [Requires free registration -ed.]