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Linux News for Aug 29, 2003

  • Two Perspectives on The SCO Group (Aug 29, 2003, 23:30)
    A local Utah business publication, Connect, has its take on the SCO Group's legal moves, and so does The Ecomomist. No strong conclusions, but both articles do note the recent stock sales by SCO execs and delve into the litigious past of SCO and its CEO Darl McBride.

  • Editor's Note: Keeping Ourselves Safe (Aug 29, 2003, 22:00)
    "But while I was trudging up the dark flight of stairs, something occured to me: if we can recall car seats because they are unsafe, why can't we recall... software?"

  • BBC: Linux Community Told to 'Get Real' (Aug 29, 2003, 20:30)
    "The Linux community should come down from the moral high ground, says technology analyst Bill Thompson..."

  • CNN: Did Linux Lose a Marketing Opportunity? (Aug 29, 2003, 19:00)
    "'The open-source community hasn't learned to do bare-knuckle marketing yet,' says John Pescatore, vice president for Internet security coverage at Gartner. 'But every time Microsoft has these problems, it helps Linux in a very big way...'"

  • eWeek: Innocents Caught in SCO-Linux Cross Fire (Aug 29, 2003, 18:00)
    "The battle between The SCO Group and the Linux and open-source communities is apparently taking some innocent bystanders hostage..."

  • Reuters: Linux Set to Break Through in Consumer Electronics (Aug 29, 2003, 17:00)
    "Linux, the fast growing and freely available operating system, is set to be the software of choice for future televisions, set top boxes and DVD recorders, consumer electronics executives and specialists said Thursday..."

  • Red Hat Linux Advisory: up2date (Aug 29, 2003, 16:59)
    "New versions of the up2date and rhn_register clients are available and are required for continued access to Red Hat Network..."

  • Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: node (Aug 29, 2003, 16:58)
    "Morgan alias SM6TKY discovered and fixed several security related problems in LinuxNode, an Amateur Packet Radio Node program..."

  • CNET: IBM Steals Server Sales from Sun (Aug 29, 2003, 16:00)
    "IBM extended its lead in the server market in the second quarter of 2003, stealing a sizable slice of the worldwide market for the powerful computers away from Sun Microsystems, a new study shows..."

  • Mandrake Linux Advisories: gkrellm, apache2 (Aug 29, 2003, 15:59)
    Two security advisories from MandrakeSoft.

  • SOT Linux Advisory: sendmail (Aug 29, 2003, 15:58)
    "There is a vulnerability in sendmail that can be exploited to cause a denial-of-service condition and could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the sendmail daemon, typically root..."

  • Samba-3.0.0 RC2 available for download (Aug 29, 2003, 15:00)
    "The Samba Team is proud to announce the availability of the second release candidate of the Samba 3.0.0 code base..." Announcement within.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.22-ac1 (Aug 29, 2003, 14:46)
    Changelog, link within.

  • Marcelo Tosatti: Linux 2.4.23-pre1 (Aug 29, 2003, 14:45)
    Incremental changelog, links within.

  • Sydney Morning Herald: No Plans to Sue Linux Companies, Says SCO (Aug 29, 2003, 14:00)
    "The SCO Group said today it had never planned to sue any Linux companies, had no concrete plans to sue anyone and also no current plans to take a commercial Linux customer to court..."

  • The Globe and Mail: Don't Try this Linux Trick at Home--Just Yet (Aug 29, 2003, 13:00)
    "The experience taught me a thing or two about the Linux community and global communications. I also learned more about the challenges of making Linux work for non-technical users like me..."

  • PC Magazine: The Comic Book Connection (Aug 29, 2003, 11:30)
    "The Chinese have been chatting up an x86 chip called the Dragon; critics say it is roughly the equivalent of a slow 486; the Linux community has gone hog wild over initiatives to crack the Microsoft Xbox..."

  • Linux Journal: Interview with Bjarne Stroustrup (Aug 29, 2003, 10:00)
    "A discussion about the creation of C++, its strengths and what C++ programmers should remember..."

  • developerWorks: Secure Programmer: Developing Secure Programs (Aug 29, 2003, 08:30)
    "This column explains how to write secure applications; it focuses on the Linux operating system, but many of the principles apply to any system. In today's networked world, software developers must know how to write secure programs, yet this information isn't widely known or taught..."

  • Spam Filtering with Postfix, AMaViSd-new, and Spamassassin (Aug 29, 2003, 07:00)
    "The tools we used are Debian GNU/Linux, Postfix, amavisd-new, spamassassin, and razor. We will also use Fetchmail to retrieve mail from our isp and pass it to postfix. The combination creates a strong e-mail gateway that will filter and strip spam from ever entering your, or your companies mailboxes..."

  • Release Digest: KDE, August 28, 2003 (Aug 29, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's KDE apps: QTParted 0.4.0beta2 and FWD KPhone 3.11.

  • Release Digest: GNU, August 28, 2003 (Aug 29, 2003, 05:00)
    Today's GNU apps: GNU Libidn 0.2.3 alpha and GIMP 1.3.19.

  • LinuxDevices: MIZI Takes on Microsoft with 3G Smartphone Linux (Aug 29, 2003, 04:00)
    "MIZI Research appears to be taking on the largest players in the emerging third-generation smartphone software market with an integrated solution based on its MIZI Linux 2.0 distribution..."

  • The Globe and Mail: Linux Gains Ground on Aging Unix (Aug 29, 2003, 02:30)
    "Geo. H. Young and Co. Ltd. began experimenting with the Linux operating system six years ago, and the Winnipeg-based customs brokerage firm has been expanding its use of Linux ever since..."

  • Business Standard: Should the Government Adopt Open-Source Technology? (Aug 29, 2003, 01:00)
    Javed Tapia, Director (India), Red Hat takes on Shailendra Kumar, Group manager (e-governance), Microsoft Corporation India in a battle royale--er, learned debate--regarding the use of open source software in the world's second most populous nation.