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Linux News for Nov 14, 2002

  • LinuxWorld: Linus Torvalds Answers 10 Goofy Questions (Nov 14, 2002, 23:30)
    "Here are ten questions Doc Searls, Phil Hughes and the rest of the gang really wanted answered on the Linux Lunacy Geek Cruise but were afraid to ask..."

  • Transgaming: WineX 2.2.1 Release (Nov 14, 2002, 22:00)
    "The WineX 2.2.1 update is based on our stable 2.0 development branch, and fixes problems with some Linux distributions such as Debian Unstable that use the newly updated glibc 2.3 library..."

  • ZDNet: Oracle's Jarvis: Unplugged--But Not Unarmed (Nov 14, 2002, 20:30)
    OracleWorld: "In fact, computer executives sometimes sound like trash-talking NBA stars, sticking it to their competitors with in-your-face comments..." An interview with Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Mark Jarvis within.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.20-rc1-ac2 (Nov 14, 2002, 20:27)
    Changelog, links within.

  • Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: bind (Nov 14, 2002, 20:25)
    "Circumstancial evidence suggests that the Internet Software Consortium (ISC), maintainers of BIND, was made aware of these issues in mid-October. Distributors of Open Source operating systems, including Debian, were notified of these vulnerabilities via CERT about 12 hours before the release of the advisories on November 12th..."

  • Mandrake Linux Advisory: bind (Nov 14, 2002, 20:24)
    "Several vulnerabilities were discovered in the BIND8 DNS server by ISS (Internet Security Services), including a remotely exploitable buffer overflow..."

  • Two on the Predicted Fate of Unix (Nov 14, 2002, 19:00)
    OracleWorld: Two stories out of OracleWorld today are casting Linux as the successor of commerical Unix. See what Dell and Oracle are both predicting within.

  • Editor's Note: Linux Today Hosts New Enterprise Linux Forum (Nov 14, 2002, 17:30)
    We're hitting the road and setting up shop in Boston to provide real solutions to real business and enterprise problems.

  • Wired: Bracing for MS Patent Suit Attack (Nov 14, 2002, 16:00)
    "Hackers like Jeremy Allison would rather pore over source code than legal documents, but the recent Microsoft antitrust settlement decision has the Samba leader thinking about lawsuits. Patent lawsuits..."

  • Yahoo/AP: Microsoft Drowns Out Other Options (Nov 14, 2002, 14:30)
    Bill Gates is not the only player who's visited India of late; Richard Stallman visited that nation earlier this month. Unfortunately, RMS' message has been lost in the noise of Microsoft donations...

  • Trojan Found in libpcap and tcpdump (Nov 14, 2002, 14:26)
    "Members of The Houston Linux Users Group discovered that the newest sources of libpcap and tcpdump available from were contaminated with trojan code..."

  • SuSE Linux Advisory: bind8 (Nov 14, 2002, 14:22)
    "The security research company ISS (Internet Security Services) has discovered several vulnerabilities in the BIND8 name server, including a remotely exploitable buffer overflow..."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.5.47-ac3 (Nov 14, 2002, 13:28)
    Changelog, link within.

  • DesktopLinux: Film Gimp--Lights, Camera, Linux! (Nov 14, 2002, 11:00)
    "Film Gimp is a popular open source tool in feature motion pictures. It has been used in Scooby-Doo, Harry Potter, Stuart Little, and other films. Robin Rowe answers some questions about the progress of Film Gimp and other projects..."

  • LinuxGuru: Structured Editing in Emacs (Nov 14, 2002, 09:00)
    "I recently tried LyX with Docbook and I think that this approach also has a lot of future and facilitates the transition from WYSIWYG to the structured way of thinking for most users. Nevertheless, it will never give you the liberty, the power, and flexibility of using a tool like Emacs + PSGML, especially if you have a programming background..."

  • developerWorks: Developing LSB-certified Applications (Nov 14, 2002, 07:00)
    "The Linux Standard Base is a big step toward ensuring binary compatibility among Linux applications, and it should greatly reduce the amount of testing and validation required for operation on multiple platforms. In five straightforward steps, George Kraft, chairman of the Linux Standard Base, shows you how to build an LSB-certified application..."

  • Release Digest: GNOME, November 13, 2002 (Nov 14, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's GNOME app: GEDCOM Viewer 1.0.0.

  • Release Digest: KDE, November 13, 2002 (Nov 14, 2002, 05:00)
    Today's KDE apps: Qt 3.1.0, Design Recovery Tool 0.1.9, KLines2 0.1, KKBSwitch 1.2, KBirthday 0.5.1, qGo 0.0.13, and distcc 0.13.

  • Computing (UK): Linux Adds More Tools to Desktop (Nov 14, 2002, 03:00)
    "Suse's small-business product, Linux Office Desktop, will ship in January, offering lower costs, greater security and vendor independence..."

  • LinuxLookup: Embedded Linux: What, Where and Wow! (Nov 14, 2002, 01:00)
    "But how does the common man use the computer? Making it cheap and inexpensive got all the customers it could. Now something more radical was required. Enter Embedded Computers..."

  • Mandrake Linux Advisory: bind (Jun 05, 2002, 13:48)
    "A vulnerability was discovered in the BIND9 DNS server in versions prior to 9.2.1..."