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Linux News for Oct 24, 2002

  • Red Hat Linux Advisory: ypserv (Oct 24, 2002, 20:26)
    "Updated ypserv packages which fix a memory leak are now available for Red Hat Linux 7.x and 6.2..."

  • ZDNet Australia: Top Linux/UNIX Security Threats (Oct 24, 2002, 19:00)
    "It's depressing for security professionals to see just how many of the vulnerabilities on the new SANS/FBI Top 20 List have CVE numbers in the 1999-xxxx range--meaning that they were identified and fixed years ago on some systems..."

  • Gentoo Linux Advisories: xfree, zope (Oct 24, 2002, 18:59)
    Two security advisories from Gentoo Linux.

  • The Register: Online Banks, Retailers Shut Out Linux, Opera, Konqueror Fans (Oct 24, 2002, 17:30)
    "Many of you reporting that it's difficult for Linux users with default browser configurations to view the Scottish Power site at all..."

  • Caldera SCO Linux Advisory: webalizer (Oct 24, 2002, 17:26)
    "Using a buffer overflow in this reverse lookup code, an attacker with a rogue DNS server can gain root access to the machine running webalizer..."

  • ZDNet UK: Real Prepares to Unwind Source Code (Oct 24, 2002, 16:00)
    "The streaming media company is looking to developers and corporations in its battle against Microsoft, as it prepares to release its Helix DNA source code..."

  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Congressman Under Fire for Attack on Free Software (Oct 24, 2002, 14:30)
    "Smith's attack on open-source drew an angry response from one of the original authors of the letter, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy..."

  • Linux Orbit: The Captains of Nautilus (Oct 24, 2002, 13:00)
    Christian F.K. Schaller interviews Nautilus developers Alexander Larsson and Dave Camp.

  • WINE: A New Place for KLEZ to Play (Oct 24, 2002, 11:30)
    " The WINE project is becoming increasingly popular and useful to those who would continue to use proprietary, free, and unported opensource software available only for Microsoft Windows...WINE is obviously mature enough to handle the more advanced code that a virus usually contains. This is a 'case study' of such an infection..."

  • Foreign Affairs: Who Owns Ideas? The War Over Global Intellectual Property (Oct 24, 2002, 10:00)
    "Unfortunately, the public health field is not the only one in which the argument against the ownership of ideas is gaining ground. Today, governments around the globe are being asked to use only computer software that is available under an open-source license..." [Link repaired. -ed.]

  • ExtremeTech: SuSE Disappoints Gnome Users (Oct 24, 2002, 08:30)
    "Gnome is not even installed by default. You have to change the software setting in the install routine to get it to install. That's ridiculous! Since when did Gnome become the second-class desktop in Linux...?"

  • InternetWeek: Linux-Based App Connects Back-Office, Factory Floor (Oct 24, 2002, 07:00)
    "Vendor nMetric has detailed a new Linux-based application for manufacturers to manage their real-time scheduling of their supply chain and manufacturing shop floor..."

  • EE Times: Open-source C Compiler Targets FPGAs (Oct 24, 2002, 05:30)
    "Seeking to eliminate the need for detailed hardware expertise for FPGA design, a research group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) here has developed an open-source C compiler for reconfigurable logic..."

  • Release Digest: KDE, October 23, 2002 (Oct 24, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's KDE apps: Design Recovery Tool 0.1.6, Kig 0.2.0, Khttrack 0.9, Kiowa 1.3.0, and TaxiPilot 0.8.5.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, October 23, 2002 (Oct 24, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's GNOME app: GNOME applets 1.4.1.

  • InfoWorld: Expand Your Infobase (Oct 24, 2002, 04:00)
    "Any support organization running that way is long overdue for an overhaul. Software that was born on the Web sometimes needs to be supported with information gleaned from the Web. If you rely solely on in-house information, you will eventually hit a brick wall..."

  • HindustanTimes: LG Electronics India Unit Launches Linux PCs (Oct 24, 2002, 02:30)
    "The Indian unit of South Korea's LG Electronics launched its personal computers on Tuesday and said it was relying on their lower price and the growing popularity of the Linux software to boost sales..."

  • LinuxDevices: Binary-only Module GPL Issues--Redux (Oct 24, 2002, 01:00)
    "Kevin Dankwardt provides some news based on a recent discussion on the Linux Kernel Mailing List concerning Linux Security Module support with respect to non-GPL loadable kernel modules. The discussion has Linus Torvalds and others once again voicing their opinions on the subject of non-GPL software..."