Linux News for Jun 06, 2002
Linux Weekly News for June 6, 2002 (2002-06-06 23:30:24)
Inside this week's edition: Fun with software patents; Red Hat
and software patents; ADEOS - Avoiding real-time Linux patents;
UnitedLinux makes its launch; The new LWN.net site; more.
Trustix Secure Linux Advisory: tcpdump (2002-06-06 23:28:44)
"The old tcpdump-packages included a buffer overflow that could
be triggered when tracing the network by a bad NFS packet..."
Linux Journal: Everything But the Hat Hair (2002-06-06 22:00:30)
"Oracle CEO Larry Ellison ended the Linux distribution wars
today, as far as corporate installations are concerned, with the
flat-out statement that 'We can't provide the same level of
support' (for Oracle products on other distributions as they can on
LinuxPlanet: Taking Up the Slack(ware) (2002-06-06 20:30:19)
The latest rev of Slackware, RC2 of Version 8.1, has been out
for a few days, so Kurt Wall has taken it out for a test drive.
Along the way, he discovered that many of things that make
Slackware unique are still handled the same way. And maybe that's
not such a bad thing.
Conectiva Linux Advisory: bind (2002-06-06 20:26:29)
"ISC (Internet Software Consortium) reported a remote denial of
service vulnerability in the BIND server. A remote attacker
can exploit this problem and shut down the name server..."
SOT Linux Advisory: bind (2002-06-06 20:24:15)
"Versions of BIND 9 prior to 9.2.1 have a bug that causes
certain requests to the BIND name server (named) to fail an
internal consistency check, causing the name server to stop
responding to requests. This can be used by a remote attacker to
cause a denial of service (DOS) attack against name servers..."
CNET: Mozilla 1.0 [Review] (2002-06-06 19:00:01)
"The four-and-a-half-year wait is over--Mozilla 1.0 has gone
gold, and from what we've seen, it's been worth the delay. Because
Mozilla aimed this browser primarily at Web developers and seasoned
Web surfers, it's a little too complicated for the average
The Register: UnitedLinux Agrees to Differ (2002-06-06 17:30:28)
While Linux Today was talking to the folks at SuSE,
The Register spoke with Caldera to get their take on
licensing UnitedLinux: "But as the story unravels, it looks like
the per-seat pricing looks like a stayer, at least for
SuSE Linux Advisory: bind9, bind9-beta (2002-06-06 17:01:59)
"There is a bug in the BIND9 name server that is triggered when
processing certain types of DNS replies. When this happens an
assertion will fail, and named will log a message to the system log
before exiting. This means a remote attacker can easily shut down
the name server process..."
CNET News: Microsoft Gets Diplomatic in China (2002-06-06 16:00:05)
"Still, the company must contend with the realities of the
market in China. Linux is catching on here. Earlier this year, the
Asia-Pacific wing of research firm Gartner said 15 percent of
companies in the region--excluding Japan--used Linux in the fourth
quarter of 2001, up from between 5 percent and 7 percent a year
Linux and Main: KOBOL Hopes to Aid Linux Migration Worldwide (2002-06-06 14:30:47)
"KOBOL, from theKompany.com, may make it easier for users of
legacy COBOL applications to move to Linux, and even to develop new
COBOL apps for use there..."
First Monday: Cave or Community? An Empirical Examination of 100 Mature Open Source Projects (2002-06-06 13:00:36)
"Based on a study of the top 100 mature products on Sourceforge,
I find a few surprising things. First, most OSS programs are
developed by individuals, rather than communities..."
ComputerWorld New Zealand: Dunedin City Investigates Linux (2002-06-06 11:00:56)
"Dunedin City Council is adding Linux to the list of possible
candidates for a network upgrade..."
LinuxDevices.com: The Technology Behind LynxOS v4.0's Linux ABI Compatibility (2002-06-06 08:00:41)
"LynxOS v4.0, the newest release of the POSIX-conformant hard
real-time operating system (RTOS), has support for Linux ABI
compatibility -- where Linux application binaries can run unchanged
in the LynxOS environment without necessitating source code
recompilation. This white paper examines the issues surrounding ABI
compatibility in general and describes the architecture of the
Linux ABI compatibility layer on LynxOS v4.0..."
Release Digest: GNOME, June 5, 2002 (2002-06-06 05:00:30)
Today's GNOME apps: GDM 184.108.40.206, GPicScan 4.2, and gnome-games
Release Digest: KDE, June 5, 2002 (2002-06-06 05:00:00)
Today's KDE apps: KAcpi 0.5pre4, Kadu 0.3.0, kArchiveur 3.0,
LongPlayer 0.97.0, Kooka 0.37, Kpictorial 0.9.1, Kipcalc 0.6 and
LinuxSecurity.com: Flying Pigs: Snorting Next Generation Secure Remote Log Servers over TCP (2002-06-06 03:00:15)
"What this paper hopes to accomplish is to walk its readers
through building next generation secure remote log servers to use
in any environment, more specifically those wanting to utilize this
form of logging with the Snort Intrusion Detection System..."
Linux Journal: Visual Development with Qt 3.0 (2002-06-06 01:00:19)
"When Qt 3.0 was released in October 2001, it was a singificant
upgrade and was well received. The most important features of Qt
3.0 are the extensions of the utility libraries, the addition of a
rich text edit widget, fabulous support for international fonts and
a vastly improved Qt Designer..."