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Linux News for May 29, 2003

  • Mandrake Linux Advisory: cups (Nov 07, 2003, 15:58)
    "A bug in versions of CUPS prior to 1.1.19 was reported by Paul Mitcheson in the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) implementation would result in CUPS going into a busy loop, which could result in a Denial of Service (DoS) condition..."

  • Revelation Could Be Fatal Blow to SCO Case (May 29, 2003, 23:00)
    "According to Michael Robertson, CEO of, this means that customers will not have to worry about SCO's ongoing attempts to 'protect its IP.' Interestingly enough, this may cause a much larger impact than Robertson bargained for..."

  • Two on Picketing Gates and Steering Clear of SCO (May 29, 2003, 22:00)
    Been wondering what has been up to lately? Here are two articles, one that shows the company's CEO is not staying quiet against arch-rival Bill Gates and another that demonstrates's desire to remain out of the SCO brouhaha.

  • Update: CBS.MarketWatch: Novell Challenges SCO's Unix Claims (May 29, 2003, 21:42)
    The headline does not reveal what could be the most bold SCO Group statement yet--Darl McBride is attributed with threatening to sue Linus Torvalds "unless more companies start licensing SCO's property." [This attribution has been challenged by McBride. New story from CNET News within. -ed.]

  • Mandrake Linux Advisory: cups (May 29, 2003, 21:40)
    "A Denial of Service (DoS) vulnerability was discovered in the CUPS printing system by Phil D'Amore of Red Hat. The IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) that CUPS uses is single-threaded and can only service one request at a time..."

  • eWeek: Why Munich Dumped Microsoft for Linux (May 29, 2003, 20:30)
    "Although the council has not as yet made a decision on its choice of vendor, SuSE Linux AG and IBM Germany will participate in the resulting contract bid..."

  • ZDNet: Linux Opposites--SCO, SuSE Still Bullish (May 29, 2003, 19:00)
    "SuSE and SCO Group issued bullish statements about their business prospects Wednesday, even though the estranged business partners sit on opposite sides of the Linux fence..."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.21rc5-ac2 (May 29, 2003, 18:59)
    Incremental changelog, link within.

  • Financial Express: Go For Open Source Code, Kalam Tells IT Industry (May 29, 2003, 17:30)
    The President of India is pushing his nation's IT industry to explore "open source code instead of depending on proprietary solutions..."

  • Boies' Take (May 29, 2003, 16:00)
    "Hired gun David Boies can't understand why no one likes his client. All SCO Group did was file a billion-dollar lawsuit against IBM claiming the computer giant was sharing code secrets with open source developers. Somehow, everyone thinks SCO is in it for the money and out to thwart Linux..."

  • Slackware Linux Advisory: cups (May 29, 2003, 14:29)
    "Upgraded CUPS packages are available for Slackware 8.1, 9.0, and -current to fix a denial of service attack vulnerability..."

  • Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: gps (May 29, 2003, 14:28)
    "gPS is a graphical application to watch system processes. In release 1.1.0 of the gps package, several security vulnerabilities were fixed..."

  • HP Winks ;-) at Jabber (May 29, 2003, 13:00)
    "Seeing a cash cow in the burgeoning Instant Messaging sector, Hewlett-Packard Monday announced a deal to become a worldwide distribution and development partner with Denver-based Jabber Inc..."

  • CNET News: Commentary: IBM Will Nullify SCO's Linux Threat (May 29, 2003, 11:30)
    "SCO Group has launched a high-profile, and ill-conceived, effort to sue IBM and threaten its own customers to stop their adoption of Linux. Should companies using Linux worry? No. Forrester expects that IBM will build a consortium to pay off SCO--or buy it outright..."

  • E-Commerce Times: Is Global Linux IBM's Holy Grail? (May 29, 2003, 10:00)
    "IBM is not the only company investing heavily in Linux' future, but Bill Claybrook, research director at Aberdeen Group, told the E-Commerce Times that it may be the one to beat before too long..."

  • KernelTrap: Interview: Nick Piggin (May 29, 2003, 08:30)
    "Nick Piggin, a college student living in Canberra Australia, has been working on an anticipatory I/O scheduler for the Linux kernel..."

  • The Case for Out-sourcing Embedded Database Software (May 29, 2003, 07:00)
    "Embedded systems hardware developers have long embraced commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components to shorten development time and reduce development costs. In contrast, developers of embedded systems software have shown a propensity to build from scratch..."

  • Release Digest: KDE, May 28, 2003 (May 29, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's KDE apps: QHacc 2.8, KSocrat 3.2, doxygen 1.3.1, KGGS 1.0, Bookcase 0.6.3, Space Hulk 1.4.1, M.E.S.H. 1.10, KDirStat 2.3.7, and Quax 0.9.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, May 28, 2003 (May 29, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's GNOME apps: totem 0.99.0, Sirius 0.6.0, and gcalctool 4.2.86.

  • You Say You Want a Revolution? Meet Kast. (May 29, 2003, 04:00)
    "Kast is a p2p filesharing system being developed in C++ and, thus, 'compiles natively for five major platforms...'"

  • NetworkWorldFusion: Apache Earning Its Stripes (May 29, 2003, 02:30)
    "Apache, the popular Web server that runs a majority of sites on the Internet, is poised for growth in enterprise data centers as companies Web-enable business applications..."

  • Marcelo Tosatti: Linux 2.4.21-rc6 (May 29, 2003, 01:20)
    Incremental changelog, links within.

  • SearchEnterpriseLinux: IBM Linux GM Hears Enterprise Linux Story (May 29, 2003, 01:00)
    "Jim Stallings first public appearance as the general manager of IBM Corp.'s Linux business was in January in New York City at LinuxWorld. Since then, unless you're an IBM enterprise Linux customer, you haven't seen much of the IT veteran. He's spent his first 100 days in office on a very un-presidential misson: meeting with 100 enterprise customers and hearing their Linux story..."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.21rc5-ac1 (May 29, 2003, 00:07)
    Incremental changelog, link within.