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Linux News for May 14, 2002

  • VNUNet: Greenpeace Cans Windows (May 14, 2002, 23:30)
    "Global environmentalist action group Greenpeace UK has canned Windows and opted for an open source desktop alternative in a bid to save money..."

  • Caldera Linux Advisory: fileutils (May 14, 2002, 22:37)
    "A race condition in various utilities from the GNU fileutils package may cause a root user to delete the whole filesystem..."

  • Tonight Live: Microsoft Commits Corporate Murder and Codeweaving WINE (May 14, 2002, 22:00)
    "In particular we will discuss the Real Names saga (can we say we told them so), and how Microsoft once again let a company develop a market for them, then knifed them to death. Tonight we coin a new term for Microsoft's predatory behavior, 'Corparicide...'"

  • ESR Quietly Departs VA Software Board of Directors (May 14, 2002, 20:31)
    Nearly three and a half years after Open Source guru Eric S. Raymond joined the Board of Directors of VA Software Corporation (formerly known as VA Linux Systems), Linux Today has learned that as of last month, Raymond is no longer a member of that Board.

  • Reuters: States: Microsoft Urged Linux Retaliation (May 14, 2002, 18:52)
    "A Microsoft Corp. executive urged the company to quietly retaliate against supporters of the rival Linux operating system in an August 2000 memo that nine states still suing the software giant want admitted as evidence..."

  • UPDATE: New Zealand Herald: Gov't Seeks Discount Deal with MS/Licence Regime Turns Off Buyers (May 14, 2002, 18:29)
    "Attempts to achieve the deal come amid reports from around the world of governments considering Open Source software alternatives to Microsoft, and of concerns by IT managers about changes to Microsoft's software licensing system..." [A link to a new sidebar piece detailing New Zealand IT's reaction to the upcoming Microsoft Software Assurance license has been added. -ed.]

  • Red Hat Linux Advisory: sharutils (May 14, 2002, 17:21)
    "Updated packages for sharutils are available which fix potential privilege escalation using the uudecode utility..."

  • LinuxPlanet: Conducting Virtual Meetings with Linux, Part I (May 14, 2002, 16:00)
    With travel becomimg more cumbersome, alternatives such as online meetings become more attractive. But who has the time and money to wire participants up with cameras, microphones, and costly software? In the first of a two-part series of articles, Rob Reilly shows how one Florida Linux Users Group is using open source technology in a creative way to run virtual meetings cheaply and effectively.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.19pre8-ac3 (May 14, 2002, 14:51)
    Changelog, link within.

  • Developing the Emulator BNETD (May 14, 2002, 13:00)
    "The legal status of emulation programming took a very precarious turn when Blizzard Entertainment and its parent company, media conglomerate Vivendi Universal, filed suit against the volunteer developers of the BNETD Project on April 5, 2002..."

  • Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #118 by Simon Law (May 14, 2002, 11:00)
    The latest message traffic on Debian Hurd.

  • Tcl-URL! Weekly Tcl News and Links (May 13) (May 14, 2002, 09:00)
    All the latest news from the Tcl world.

  • Kernel Traffic #166 by Zack Brown (May 14, 2002, 07:00)
    Mailing list traffic from the Linux kernel developers list.

  • Release Digest: KDE, May 13, 2002 (May 14, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's KDE app: Kover 2.8.4.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, May 13, 2002 (May 14, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's GNOME apps: Elysium Download 0.5.10, Guikachu 1.1.98, Dr. Genius 0.6.1.

  • Linux in Education report #70 for May 13 (May 14, 2002, 04:00)
    A timely roundup of Linux in Education news.

  • AbiWord Weekly News #91 by Jesper Skov (May 14, 2002, 03:00)
    "This week development on the next major version of AbiWord really took off. And AbiWord 1.0.1 was officially announced..."

  • monolinux: An Introduction To Linux Scheduling (May 14, 2002, 01:00)
    "It's trivial to think of all the benefits that an OS with multiprogramming support delivers, but when pondering what sort of routine a kernel should carry out in order to allow proper sharing of resources among, say, sixty-five distinct processes all running at the same time, things get interesting..."