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Linux News for Apr 01, 2003

  • SuSE Linux Advisory: sendmail, sendmail-tls (2003-09-20 17:33:34)
    "The vulnerability discovered is known as the prescan()-bug and is not related to the vulnerability found and fixed in April 2003. The error in the code can cause heap or stack memory to be overwritten, triggered by (but not limited to) functions that parse header addresses..."

  • Mandrake Linux Advisory: sendmail (2003-09-18 15:58:20)
    "A buffer overflow vulnerability was discovered in the address parsing code in all versions of sendmail prior to 8.12.10 by Michal Zalewski, with a patch to fix the problem provided by Todd C. Miller..."

  • staikos.net: A Quick Cost Analysis of Qt vs GTK (2003-04-01 23:00:39)
    When Ximian developer Michael Meeks released his presentation on "OpenOffice.org: Integration with GNOME," he made some remarks about the lack of freedom KDE developers would have based on the Qt license. KDE developer George Staikos offers his own thoughts on Qt vs. GTK.

  • LinuxWorld: How to Install Neverwinter Nights on Linux (2003-04-01 22:00:12)
    "Tricks, tips and techniques for installing one of the greatest timesinks ever invented on Linux. Hurry, Lady Aribeth has a secret mission, and you need to find and recover the Waterdhavian creatures!"

  • ZDNet.UK: Q&A: Behind the story at JBoss (2003-04-01 21:00:43)
    "Marc Fleury explains his vision for JBoss software, which he says willdisplace commercial Java server software faster than Linux is replacing more entrenched operating systems..."

  • VNUNet: Web Server Prices in Freefall (2003-04-01 20:00:22)
    "In response to growing pressure from Linux vendors, Microsoft is setting a low price for its Web Edition of Windows Server 2003, which ships next month..."

  • LWN.net: SOT Initiates Linux Licence Renewal (2003-04-01 19:59:01)
    "Today, for the first time, Linux user licenses will expire and require renewal..." :)

  • Red Hat Linux Advisories: openssl, vsftpd, samba (2003-04-01 19:43:30)
    Three security advisories from Red Hat Linux.

  • Mandrake Linux Advisory: sendmail (2003-04-01 19:41:49)
    "Michal Zalweski discovered a vulnerability in sendmail versions earlier than 8.12.9 in the address parser, which performs insufficient bounds checking in certain conditions due to a char to int conversion..."

  • LinuxPlanet: Red Hat 9 Offers Continuity, Transparency for Users (2003-04-01 19:00:12)
    "The latest version of Red Hat 9 (due for general release next week) offers a very stable and user-friendly platform suitable for home, corporate, and power users alike. How does one platform suit so many needs? Because for all the fancy trims and trapping, it's still Linux inside. Brian Proffitt spent last week using Red Hat 9 and files this review..."

  • NewsForge: Free Software Foundation Debuts Shared Source Program (2003-04-01 18:59:17)
    "'We've learned that only a few nut-case programmers ever alter source code, so we have developed a new license, the GSSPL [GNU Shared Source Public License] to meet the needs of the vast majority of computer users,' said Free Software Foundation founder Richard M. Stallman at a press conference earlier today. He also said, 'The fact that Microsoft is now the FSF's prime sponsor has nothing to do with this decision...'" :)

  • Nvidia: New Nvidia Drivers for Linux Released (2003-04-01 18:00:12)
    Nvidia has released new versions of its Linux driver series.

  • The Register: Free Software Gives Hackers Taste of Own Medicine (2003-04-01 17:59:48)
    "IT security specialist Backfire Security today announced the availability of a software download as a discrete desk-top client application which wreaks revenge on those hackers and culprits attacking your network or infecting users with worms and/or viruses..." :)

  • Mandrake Linux Advisory: Eterm (2003-04-01 17:47:36)
    "Digital Defense Inc. released a paper detailing insecurities in various terminal emulators, including Eterm..."

  • SuSE Linux Advisory: sendmail, sendmail-tls (2003-04-01 17:46:11)
    "A remotely exploitable buffer overflow has been found in all versions of sendmail that come with SuSE products..."

  • CNET News: Hacker Cracks Xbox Challenge (2003-04-01 17:00:37)
    "An anonymous hacker has succeeded in running Linux on an unmodified Xbox, apparently satisfying a $100,000 challenge funded by Lindows founder Michael Robertson..."

  • oscast: Judge Kotelly Admits Error, Will Create New Ruling with Judge Jackson (2003-04-01 16:59:20)
    "U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who oversaw the settlement between Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice, issued a formal statement to the public and press earlier today, stating that the acceptance of the MS/DOJ settlement was a ruling made with extreme error..." :)

  • Internet World: Linux Suits Up for the Enterprise (2003-04-01 16:00:10)
    "What do companies such as Morgan Stanley, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Boeing, and BBDO Interactive have in common? Nothing and a lot. They're in completely different industries, but they all use Linux within their organizations, and that's startling if one remembers how recently such a development would have seemed crazy..."

  • Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: Portage 2.1 to Adopt RPM Format for LSB Compliance (2003-04-01 15:59:51)
    "In what will likely prove to be a controversial decision, Portage 2.1 will adopt the RPM format for all packages moving forward..." :)

  • Austraian Financial Review: Open Source Comes to Maturity (2003-04-01 15:00:01)
    "Now [Amazon.com] runs an even bigger business on open source technology--the so-called free software that represents one of the biggest trends in computing..."

  • VNUNet: Microsoft Opens DOOrS to Linux Emulator (2003-04-01 14:59:09)
    "Microsoft has thrown in the towel and gone back to its very dark and distant roots in the Unix world with a surprise announcement today that it is working on a Linux emulator for Windows..." :) Story removed from VNUnet.- ed.

  • CNET News: SCO Warns of IBM Lawsuit Risks (2003-04-01 14:00:00)
    "SCO Group warned in a regulatory filing that its billion-dollar lawsuit alleging that IBM misappropriated trade secrets will be costly and could alienate others in the computing industry..."

  • Tom's Hardware Guide: Microsoft Buys Linux (2003-04-01 13:59:00)
    "In a move that is bound to humiliate many people who take things too seriously, Microsoft announced that it has purchased Linux today..." :)

  • EE Times: Eclipse.org Introduces More Open Source Tools (2003-04-01 13:00:01)
    "Momentum toward an open source web-oriented integrated development environment for connected devices and systems continues to build as members of the Eclipse.org C/C++ Development Tools (CDT) project team... announced immediate availability of CDT 1.0..."

  • iTWeb: Open Source Software Gains Momentum, Says BMI-T (2003-04-01 11:30:24)
    "The open source software (OSS) movement is undoubtedly gaining momentum in [South Africa] with the local enterprise market and government starting to gain a better understanding of the value proposition behind the adoption of OSS..."

  • PR: MySQL Selected for Danish IT Research on Database Performance (2003-04-01 10:00:43)
    "Copenhagen University to Research Maximum Database Performance on Modern Computer Architectures Including Itanium 2 Platforms..." Press release link within.

  • Asahi.com: Japan Seeks New OS for Net Appliances (2003-04-01 08:30:18)
    "In working out the standards they plan to adopt for networked appliances by 2007, manufacturers and the industry ministry plan to make use of either Linux or the domestically developed TRON operating system..."

  • LinuxDevices.com: Using the Linux proc Filesystem in Embedded Systems (2003-04-01 07:00:30)
    A detailed 18-page technical paper by Nicholas McGuire explores the whys, hows, and wherefores of using the Linux proc filesystem in embedded systems.

  • Python-URL! - Weekly Python News and Links (March 31) (2003-04-01 05:30:16)
    Community Roundup: This week's news from the Python-URL! Project.

  • Release Digest: GNU, March 31, 2003 (2003-04-01 05:00:00)
    Today's GNU apps: gawk 3.1.2, GLPK 3.3, Gforth 0.6.1, Vmgen 0.6.1, GIMP 1.3.13, and GNU Source-highlight 1.7.

  • Linux Journal: SuperVillain: He Has More Friends Now (2003-04-01 04:00:07)
    Doc Searls interviews the host of Ubergeek.tv, an avid Linux user and supervillan.

  • Help Net Security: Interview with Scott Mann (2003-04-01 02:30:04)
    He's the co-author of Linux System Security: The Administrator's Guide to Open Source Security Tools, 2/e