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Linux News for Jan 13, 2003

  • Boston Globe: Lindows Case Goes Beyond Business (2003-01-13 23:30:30)
    "Any day now, a federal judge in Seattle appears likely to make a key ruling on the validity of the Windows trademark in the 'Lindows' case, a high-stakes battle between the 'open source' movement in the computer software industry and its most powerful adversary, Microsoft Corp..."

  • Linux Journal: Surprise: Apple's New Browser Is a Sister to Konqueror (2003-01-13 22:30:31)
    A follow-up and recap of the news out of MacWorld last week: "Apple raises its open-source stakes by basing its new browser on KHTML and giving its code back to the community. The big question: Now what...?"

  • Seattle Times: Nimble Edge Slowly Erodes for Microsoft (2003-01-13 21:30:12)
    "As bleak as the technology sector looks, there's one bright spot: The Microsoft monopoly is dead..."

  • NewsForge: SCO Says it has Made No Decision on Unix "IP" (2003-01-13 20:30:09)
    "SCO, it said, had drafted a press release that detailed plans to cash in on its Unix patents, either by charging an extra license fee to users of its Linux distribution, or by 'pressing infringement claims' against other Linux distributions, possibly even to fellow members of the UnitedLinux tribe..."

  • Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.5.57 (2003-01-13 20:29:23)
    Changelog, links within.

  • LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch: SCO Linux 4--Ready for the Big Time (2003-01-13 19:00:10)
    "What's in a name change? How does the new SCO Linux compare to the old Caldera OpenLinux and, more importantly, how does it stack up to today's corporate needs? In this review, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols takes a good look at SCO Linux 4 to see what makes it tick..."

  • Red Hat Linux Advisories: libpng, cups (2003-01-13 18:50:40)
    Two security advisories from Red Hat Linux.

  • ExtremeTech: Glaser: Open Source Is the Answer to the DRM Question (2003-01-13 17:30:38)
    "RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser continued to beat the drum for open source at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2003 here--this time, in the form of Real's newly released open-source digital-rights-management (DRM) system..."

  • Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: openldap2 (2003-01-13 17:27:21)
    "The SuSE Security Team reviewed critical parts of openldap2, an implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) version 2 and 3, and found several buffer overflows and other bugs remote attackers could exploit to gain access on systems running vulnerable LDAP servers..."

  • Gentoo Linux Advisory: php (2003-01-13 16:47:25)
    "'If you use the wordwrap() function on user-supplied input, a specially-crafted input can overflow the allocated buffer and overwrite the heap...'"

  • Linux Journal: Linux from Kindergarten to High School (2003-01-13 13:00:57)
    "Moving the school computer lab to Linux was not an easy decision to make--but it was a beneficial one..."

  • NewsFactor: How Secure Is Secure Shell? (2003-01-13 09:00:29)
    "Despite its vulnerabilities, SSH is far better than its unsecure cousins, including Telnet, the 'r' commands and FTP, which transmit usernames and passwords--and everything else, for that matter--as plain text..."

  • developerWorks: Hyper-Threading Speeds Linux (2003-01-13 07:00:42)
    "The Intel Xeon processor introduces a new technology called Hyper-Threading (HT) that, to the operating system, makes a single processor behave like two logical processors. When enabled, the technology allows the processor to execute multiple threads simultaneously, in parallel within each processor, which can yield significant performance improvement. We set out to quantify just how much improvement you can expect to see..."

  • SOT Linux 2002 Advisory: ethereal (2003-01-13 05:17:56)
    "Multiple integer signedness errors in the BGP dissector in Ethereal 0.9.7 and earlier allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) via malformed messages..."

  • Release Digest: KDE, January 12, 2003 (2003-01-13 05:00:30)
    This weekend's KDE apps: KSocrat 3.1, REBECKA 0.9.13, Klipart 20030111, SLED 0.4, K15 0.3.0, IceWm Menu Config 1.2.2, QMetro 1.0, KnowIt 0.6, LibChipCard :: KDE 0.7, Typing Trainer 0.9, Kdenlive 0.1.1, Gwenview 0.16.0pre1, QuickDC 0.0.5, Kuake 0.1, Gambas 0.42, KAvi2svcd 0.5.4, Kaspaliste 0.93, KMerlin 1.3Beta3, K Radio 0.2.5, and KSocrat 3.1.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, January 12, 2003 (2003-01-13 05:00:00)
    This weekend's GNOME apps: gQueue 0.2, GTetrinet 0.5.2, GARNOME 0.20.0, and PythonCAD, 2nd Release.

  • Mono Weekly News - January 10, 2003 (2003-01-13 04:00:36)
    Community Roundup: The latest news from the Mono Project.

  • GNOME.org: GNOME 2.2 Desktop Release Candidate 1 Released (2003-01-13 03:43:00)
    "GNOME Desktop 2.2 Release Candidate 1 (2.1.90): '1.21 Jigawatts', is ready for your bug-busting and testing pleasure...!"

  • Debian Weekly News - January 7, 2003 (2003-01-13 03:00:33)
    Community Roundup: The latest news from the Debian Project.

  • PostgreSQL Weekly News - January 7, 2003 (2003-01-13 01:00:44)
    Community Roundup: The latest news from the PostgreSQL Project.

  • SOT Linux 2002 Advisory: libpng (2003-01-13 00:26:09)
    "Buffer overflow in the progressive reader for libpng 1.2.x before 1.2.4, and 1.0.x before 1.0.14, allows attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via a PNG data stream that has more IDAT data than indicated by the IHDR chunk..."