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Linux News for Apr 30, 2002

  • Linux and Main: Why Linux Isn't on the Desktop Yet (Apr 30, 2002, 23:30)
    "I generally want to slap these people until they snap out of it (which is kind of hard to do through an internet connection). They are making a fundamentally wrong assumption. It's not about programs. It's about data..."

  • Enterprise Linux Today: SuSE Ships Enterprise Server 7 for 64-bit IBM eServer zSeries (Apr 30, 2002, 21:00)
    "SuSE Linux AG has announced the shipment of the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for 64-bit IBM eServer zSeries..."

  • SuSE Linux Announcement: sudo (Apr 30, 2002, 20:59)
    "Sudo contains a heap overflow in its prompt assembling function. The input used to create the password prompt is user controlled and not properly length-checked before copied to certain heap locations. This allows local attackers to overflow the heap of sudo, thus executing arbitrary commands as root..."

  • Tonight Live: Microsoft Obstructs and Cool theKompany Zuarus Apps (Apr 30, 2002, 20:00)
    "We will be covering the hot Linux news of the last few weeks. In particular the cover story from this weeks Telephony Magazine, claiming that Microsoft Obstructs Mobile Data Roaming..."

  • LinuxPlanet: Astaro: A "Swiss-Army Knife" of Security Software (Apr 30, 2002, 19:00)
    Astaro Security's software is becoming a strong player in a widening market as more and more clients find they need the strength of heavy-duty security, the flexibility of open source, and the pricing that won't blow the IT budget out of the water. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

  • The Register: Preinstalled Windows Illegal to Remove? (Apr 30, 2002, 17:30)
    "If a PC shipped with Windows preinstalled, can you remove the OS and install Linux instead? Well, no, according to Microsoft. A somewhat obscure Microsoft site aimed at helping schools deal with donated computers flatly states: 'It is a legal requirement that pre-installed operating systems remain with a machine for the life of the machine...'"

  • Byte and Switch: Quantum Casts Its Lot With Linux (Apr 30, 2002, 16:45)
    "Quantum Corp. has chosen Linux for its new mid-tier NAS product family, thumbing its nose at competitors that have adopted Microsoft Corp.'s operating system software..."

  • CNET News: How Would Kermit Look in a Red Hat? (Apr 30, 2002, 16:00)
    "Red Hat... said Tuesday that Jim Henson's Creature Shop is using its version of Linux to power its design studio and other digital projects..."

  • IT Management: Linux Jockeys, Meet Mainframe Mavens (Apr 30, 2002, 14:30)
    "Meanwhile, down the hall, Unix hackers are coding distributed applications in Java, Perl and XML on a Linux server sitting under their desk. To them, the proprietary mainframe applications and their archaic, green-screen user interfaces seem like something left over from the days of black-and-white television..."

  • Caldera Advisory: Race Condition in fileutils (Apr 30, 2002, 13:26)
    "A race condition in various utilities from the GNU fileutils package may cause a root user to delete the whole filesystem..."

  • CIFS, Microsoft, and the Samba Team (Apr 30, 2002, 13:00)
    "A recent document released by Microsoft has led to some concern within the Samba community regarding patents and licensing. The Samba Team wishes to reassure the Samba community that this document will not have any impact on the use or further development of Samba..."

  • NewsForge: Installing Linux on a Wal-Mart OS-less PC (Apr 30, 2002, 11:00)
    "While this was widely hailed in the Open Source community as a victory over the 'Microsoft tax,' which usually afflicts buyers of Linux PCs, one major question remained unanswered: How well do these machines support Linux...?"

  • AbiWord Weekly News #89 by Jesper Skov (Apr 30, 2002, 09:00)
    "This week there have been some really long threads on the future development of AbiWord, primarily about the backend enhancements necessary for tables and improved rendering/i18n..."

  • Kernel Traffic #164 by Zack Brown (Apr 30, 2002, 07:00)
    Mailing list traffic from the Linux kernel developers list.

  • Release Digest: General, April 29, 2002 (Apr 30, 2002, 05:01)
    Today's general app: Xine 0.9.9.

  • Release Digest: GNU, April 29, 2002 (Apr 30, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's GNU apps: guile-www 1.1.1 and GNU Source-highlight 1.4.

  • Release Digest: KDE, April 29, 2002 (Apr 30, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's KDE apps: KLeds 0.7.1, KLeds 0.6.1, Anthem 0.0.14, LibChipCard 0.4beta2, Kpictorial 0.6, Yammi 0.5.2, KBarcode 0.2, WAP11 Unix Configuration Utility 0.7, Ksetiwatch 2.5.0pre1, GWay Sitters :: Love Hinas Naru 1.0, kSplash WhiteMod 1.01, Marble Madness 0.0.2, Scribus 0.7.1, Kisdndial 0.1.3, Mango 0.15, GuardDog 1.9.15, KFLog 2.0.5, KMerlin 1.0.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, April 29, 2002 (Apr 30, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's GNOME apps: eel 1.1.12, Nautilus 1.1.14, gnome-desktop 1.5.18, gnome-panel 1.5.19, gnome-session 1.5.18, libwnck 0.9, GConf 1.1.10, Yelp 0.6.1, GNOME Clipboard Manager beta-2, oggdoctor 0.12, bond 0.3.3, Eye of Gnome 0.117.0, GNOME-Utils 1.104.0, Updated GNOME 2.0 Platform Libraries, gedit 1.118.0, gnome-zine 0.1, Pan 0.11.91, Gnumeric 1.1.3, Metacity 2.3.144.

  • TechCentral: Doctors Opt for Open Source (Apr 30, 2002, 03:00)
    "'We originally considered developing PNS under Windows, but the cost of a proprietary operating system, applications, and database would have been too high,' said PCDOM president Dr. Molly Cheah..."

  • PR: Caldera Announces Services For Red Hat and Other Linux Distros (Apr 30, 2002, 01:00)
    Caldera Global Services, a division of Caldera International, Inc., today announced services for all major Linux distributions, including Red Hat, SuSE, Turbolinux, Mandrake Linux, and Conectiva. [Story repaired. -ed.]