Linux News for Jan 09, 2003
LinuxDevices: Embedded Linux Design Issues (Jan 09, 2003, 23:30)
"What is an embedded device? Is it simply a low-resource 'PC',
so all you need is a scaled down Linux and off you go? Not
LinuxWorld: The Good, Bad & Ugly for Linux in 2002 (Jan 09, 2003, 22:00)
"The economy wasn't the only thing that stunk in 2002, but there
were some very encouraging signs for Linux and open source..."
The Age: Living Up to the Linux Name (Jan 09, 2003, 20:30)
"The Debian project is currently led by Bdale Garbee. Martin
Schulze from the Debian press team was asked about the
distribution, the motivation behind it and where he sees it
LinuxPlanet: NEC Calls Dibs on Breaking Linux Eight-Processor Limit (Jan 09, 2003, 17:30)
"Earlier this week, SGI announced their new line of
supercomputer-class Linux servers that can run up to 64
processors--thus passing the so-called eight-processor limit for
Linux. But--much to our chagrin--SGI was not the first to
successfully demonstrate post eight-way technology: that honor
actually falls to NEC..."
BetaNews: Apple Bridges OS X and Linux with X11 Beta (Jan 09, 2003, 16:00)
"Because Mac OS X finds its roots in FreeBSD, it is no surprise
that Apple is courting open source developers to its Darwin
Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: tomcat4 (Jan 09, 2003, 15:47)
"A security vulnerability has been confirmed to exist in Apache
Tomcat 4.0.x releases, which allows to use a specially crafted URL
to return the unprocessed source of a JSP page, or, under special
circumstances, a static resource which would otherwise have been
protected by a security constraint, without the need for being
First Monday: The Institutional Design of Open Source Programming (Jan 09, 2003, 09:00)
"Little research has been published outlining the details of how
successful open source programming endeavors are achieved, such as
how projects are initiated and organized over time, what rules for
participation have been established, and how the methods for
maintaining versions of new submissions have been managed..."
DesktopLinux: Alternative Computing in Education (Jan 09, 2003, 08:32)
"Calling for computing options in education, Michael C. Barnes
examines the integration of proprietary applications in homework
assignments. Barnes challenged educators at his daughter's school
to defend a social studies project that required the use of
Microsoft's PowerPoint presentation software, and won. Barnes
raises the issue of software costs in educational computing and
offers some great examples and approaches for implementations that
make the grade..."
New Britain Herald: Student Legislators Work on Mock Bills (Jan 09, 2003, 08:31)
Tux goes to PoliSci class: "The student's second [mock] bill is
directed at the security infrastructure at the state Capitol.
Kovach is proposing that [Connecticut] should change all its
computer systems from Microsoft to Linux, thus saving the state a
large amount of money in a tough fiscal year..."
LinuxWorld: 10 Linux Predictions for 2003 (Jan 09, 2003, 08:30)
"It's the time of year when columnists make shots in the dark
about what will happen in the next 365 days, and Joe Barr is no
exception. Plus, we review how well Barr did last year..."
Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.5.55 (Jan 09, 2003, 08:01)
Changelog, links within.
TechWeb: Microsoft Challenges Linux On The Bottom-Line (Jan 09, 2003, 07:00)
TechWeb has aggregated some of its recent Microsoft v. Linux
stories in a special report.
Release Digest: KDE, January 8, 2003 (Jan 09, 2003, 05:00)
Today's KDE apps: Design Recovery Tool 0.2.2, KDown 0.2.1, and
Release Digest: GNU, January 8, 2003 (Jan 09, 2003, 05:00)
Today's GNU apps: GMP 4.1.2, Bison 1.875, GNU Libidn 0.1.0, GNU
Mailman 2.1, and GNU Gengetopt 2.8.
CNET News: Congress to Take on Spam, Copyright (Jan 09, 2003, 04:00)
"On Tuesday, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and three other
legislators reintroduced their bill from last year that would
defang the DMCA. Their proposal, called the Digital Media
Consumers' Rights Act, would let Americans bypass
copyright-protection schemes for legitimate 'fair use'
OpenP2P.com: LazyWeb and RSS: Given Enough Eyeballs, Are Features Shallow Too? (Jan 09, 2003, 02:30)
"A persistent criticism of open source software is that it is
more about copying existing features than creating new ones. While
this criticism is overblown, the literature of open source is
clearer on debugging than on design..."
PCWorld: Cell Phone Makers Call on Linux (Jan 09, 2003, 01:00)
"The Linux operating system has made the jump from computer
servers to handheld computers, digital video recorders, and
wristwatches and soon may find a home inside your cellular