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Linux News for Mar 19, 2003

  • EnGarde Secure Linux Advisory: kernel (Jun 21, 2004, 18:59)
    "This update fixes several security vulnerabilities in the Linux Kernel shipped with EnGarde Secure Linux, most notably the 'fsave/frstor' vulnerability..."

  • MozillaQuest: Alan Cox, Richard Gooch, and David Weinehall Respond to SCO's Linux-Related Claims (Mar 19, 2003, 23:00)
    "In whatever way they express it, Alan Cox, Richard Gooch, and David Weinehall all refute SCO-Caldera's claims that the Linux kernel is derived from SCO-owned Unix source code..."

  • SearchEnterpriseLinux: Beyond the Survey: IT Pros Sound Off on Linux Desktops (Mar 19, 2003, 22:00)
    "John H. Terpstra wrote this follow-up after publishing his survey report on the state of Linux desktops in businesses..."

  • IBM Helps Take Truck Stops Wireless with Linux (Mar 19, 2003, 21:00)
    "Aiming to become a key player in the deployment and integration of Wi-Fi wireless local area networks (WLANs), IBM Monday sealed an agreement with Columbia Advanced Wireless and Rocksteady Networks which rig more than 1,000 truck stops across the U.S. with 802.11 hotspots..."

  • PCWorld: Quiet Protest Marks Open Source Event (Mar 19, 2003, 20:00)
    "Free software advocates protesting the decision to include Microsoft Corp. at an open source and government conference showed up in American Revolutionary War uniforms and passed out a few flyers Monday but otherwise didn't cause much of a ruckus..."

  • PR: Terra Soft Releases Yellow Dog Linux 3.0 (Mar 19, 2003, 19:00)
    "Terra Soft Solutions, Inc. today announced an amazing upgrade to the Company's flagship product Yellow Dog Linux..." Press release within.

  • eWeek: Getting a Line on Linux Certifications (Mar 19, 2003, 19:00)
    "With an open, accessible code base and no license fees, Linux's bottom-line appeal is obvious. Perhaps less obvious, however, is whether IT professionals should certify their expertise in this operating system and, if so, which cert they should pursue..."

  • CIO Magazine: Your Open Source Plan (Mar 19, 2003, 18:00)
    "Once a toy for geeks, open source is slowly but surely filtering into the enterprise and transforming the way software is designed, sold and supported. And any CIO without an open-source strategy in 2003 will be paying too much for IT in 2004..."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.5.65-ac1 (Mar 19, 2003, 17:57)
    Changelog, link within.

  • ZDNet: Will Open Source Force a Sea Change in IT? (Mar 19, 2003, 17:00)
    "Slowly but surely, open source is turning our industry on its ear. As a result of this trend, I've been wondering whether IT managers and solution providers have contingency plans for the very different future that could be in the cards..."

  • OSNews: Getting Ready for Slackware Linux 9.0 (Mar 19, 2003, 16:00)
    "Slackware is one of the oldest distributions around and is well-known for adhering to (well, at least unofficially) the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle. That's right, no graphical installer, no GUI configuration tools and no advanced package manager. But in turn you get a very transparent, stable and fast system..."

  • Microsoft Watch: Is The 'Soft Going Soft on Open Source? (Mar 19, 2003, 15:00)
    "The open-source faithful have been harsh critics of Microsoft's shared source licensing plan and justifiably so. They have claimed that Microsoft has attempted to ride the coattails of the GNU General Public License (GPL), while simultaneously slamming the GPL as contaminating everything in its path..."

  • SuSE Linux Advisory: samba, samba-client (Mar 19, 2003, 14:22)
    "Sebastian Krahmer, SuSE Security Team, reviewed security-critical parts of the Samba server within the scope of security audits that the SuSE Security Team conducts on a regular basis for security-critical Open Source Software..."

  • CNET News: HP, Red Hat Tighten Linux Alliance (Mar 19, 2003, 14:00)
    "Hewlett-Packard and Red Hat will announce a tighter alliance Wednesday that both companies hope will boost sales of servers running the Linux operating system..."

  • LinuxWorld: Linux at It's the Pits (Mar 19, 2003, 13:00)
    "In monitoring his son-in-law's performance in the Busch Series, Joe Barr discovers that is packed with great information and features for racing fans. Unfortunately for Linux and Macintosh users, the site's most-exciting feature -- streaming audio and video--is rigged to work only with RealOne and a Windows PC...

  • Choosing an Open Source System Makes Business and Technical Sense (Mar 19, 2003, 12:00)
    "A lot has been said in recent years about the relative merits of open source software (OSS) vs. single-vendor, proprietary software. The sheer volume of discourse is owed in part to the disparate groups involved in the discussion..."

  • Microsoft Watch: Hot Seat: Michael Robertson (Mar 19, 2003, 11:00)
    "Desktop Linux doesn't seem to keep Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates awake at night. But it should--the same way that Linux on the server gives Microsoft brass nightmares--claims Michael Robertson..."

  • Who Wins The Shootout? (Mar 19, 2003, 10:00)
    "In our series, we've looked at Xandros Desktop Deluxe 1.0, Mandrake Linux 9.0, Red Hat Linux 8.0, SuSE Linux 8.1, and Lindows OS 3.0..."

  • OSNews: Gentoo vs the Noob [Parts 1 & 2] (Mar 19, 2003, 09:00)
    Two articles that look at the Gentoo Linux installation process.

  • Sound on Sound: Cutting Edge : The Future of Music Technology (Mar 19, 2003, 08:00)
    "While Linux might not be ready to run your entire studio just yet, it could provide an ideal solution for a cheap additional computer to handle your everyday computing tasks, keeping the music computer safely isolated..."

  • Moving to Peanut Linux (Mar 19, 2003, 07:00)
    "Walter Kruse offers up his experiences with Peanut Linux. Not talked about as often as more high profile commercial distros, this flavor of Linux is fast, lightweight, and suited to both new and advanced users. Kruse steps us through his reasons for making a move to Peanut as his distribution of choice and offers us some tips and links for customizing the environment..."

  • OSNews: When OSS-based Corporations and (Some) OSS Hackers Clash (Mar 19, 2003, 06:00)
    "It is well known to the readers of this site that I am for interoperability when it comes to the two main X11 desktop environments, KDE and Gnome. In my opinion, this is the only way forward for the Linux desktop's massive adoption..."

  • Release Digest: KDE, March 18, 2003 (Mar 19, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's returning-from-vacation KDE apps: QHacc :: KHacc 1.5, QHacc 2.7, Konvertwizard 0.1.1, Kickarts 0.4, KMess 1.1, krename 2.5.4, Hydrogen 0.7.5, Gambas 0.45, noteedit 2.1.0, Zmanim 1.0.3, KeasyRestore 0.1, knetfilter 3.1.1, Mango 0.25, Bookcase 0.5.1, NetHack 3.4.1, Eric3 3.1, Bookcase 0.5, Kvolmet 0.2p2, kdeaccessibility 0.9.2, imgSeek, QLiss3D 1.2, QTParted 0.1.5, Kodos 1.0.0, CUTE 0.1.3, Atlantik 0.5.2, KBirthday 0.6.0, KMySQLAdmin 0.6.4, KBudget 0.5, Kydpdict 0.5.0, KPopUp 0.9.5pre2, Frog3d 0.5, rpCalc 0.3.0, TaskJuggler 1.4.2, distcc 1.2.3, ManifestoStudy 0.1, Kartouche 0.0.1c, Picwiz 0.1.1, KPasswords 0.0.1, KloseCircuit 0.3.0, LinCVS 1.1.3, xxdiff 2.9.2, QHacc :: MySQL Plugin 1.0, KDE Kontact 0.2.1, KDE Radio 0.2.0, QuickRip 0.3, SSCDRFE 0.02alpha, qMsg 0.1.1, KYIM 022803, K3b 0.8.1, madman 0.90.1, rpCalc 0.3.0, TaskJuggler 1.4.2, and distcc 1.2.3.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, March 18, 2003 (Mar 19, 2003, 05:00)
    After a short hiatus while the editor was relaxing in Florida, today's GNOME apps are: Gnome Pilot 2.0.1, Gnome Pilot Conduits 2.0.1, Evolution 1.3.1 Preview Release, SquirrelFax 0.7, GUI for emu-tools 1.0, BEAST/BSE v0.5.0, Dia 0.91, gjots 0.9, gucharmap 0.4.0, GIrDA 2.0.3, Battfink 0.2, Whale 0.2.1, Themus 0.1.3, GTetrinet 0.7.0, glunarclock 0.30.2, Straw 0.18 and Straw 0.18.1, GtkGLExt 0.7.1, gtkglextmm 0.7.1, and gst-editor 0.5.0.

  • osOpinion: The Ultimate Lock-in (Mar 19, 2003, 04:00)
    "In 10 years' time, we'll either look back and remember the bad old days of computing when Microsoft dominated a huge chunk of the industry, or we'll look back and remember the good old days when there were still viable choices..."

  • Linux Today Gets Facelift, Improved Design (Mar 19, 2003, 03:43)
    Yes, it's a new look, but it's still the classic site... with some cool new features added.

  • Computerworld.NZ: Govt Hears No Open Source Clamour (Mar 19, 2003, 03:00)
    "The State Service Commission's e-government unit says it's not being swamped by demand for open source information from government agencies, in contrast to its Australian counterpart..."

  • Mandrake Linux Advisory: zlib (Mar 19, 2003, 02:58)
    "Richard Kettlewell discovered a buffer overflow vulnerability in the zlib library's gzprintf() function..."

  • Gentoo Linux Advisories: man, mysql (Mar 19, 2003, 02:46)
    Two security advisories from Gentoo.

  • Australian IT: Sun Scorches Office in NT (Mar 19, 2003, 02:00)
    "Sun has signed a deal with the Northern Territory education department to provide its StarOffice package of desktop applications--a direct competitor to Microsoft's Office software--to nearly 7000 users: 4400 secondary students and 2500 teachers..."

  • Trustix Secure Linux Advisories: samba, mysql, openssl, kernel (Mar 19, 2003, 01:57)
    Four security advisories from Trustix.

  • EnGarde Secure Linux Advisory: kernel (Mar 19, 2003, 01:45)
    "This update fixes several vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel..."

  • Slackware 9.0 Released (Mar 19, 2003, 01:00)
    Slackware 9.0 is out and about. Changelog, links within.

  • LinuxWorld: Analysis: SCO's Case Against IBM Stands on Shaky Ground (Mar 19, 2003, 01:00)
    "We put a microscope to SCO's complaint and find logical leaps, factual gaffes and a heap of trouble for IBM if SCO's main contention is true..."

  • LinuxWorld: Debunking the Linux-Windows Market-Share Myth (Mar 19, 2003, 00:00)
    "There are dozens of reasons why people have underestimated how quickly Linux has been grabbing Windows' market share. Windows starts out with a false boost and maintains its illusory market share even as it gets replaced by Linux. In 2004, don't be surprised when Linux overtakes Windows to become the main focus for developers..."