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The Microsoft Code Leak - Some Possible Implications, by Dennis S. Karjala, Esq.

I saw some fine articles on copyright and patent law by Dennis S. Karjala, who is Jack E. Brown Professor of Law, at Arizona State University'sCollege of Law, and because this is his area of expertise, I asked him if he would explain for Groklaw's readers what issues there might be for programmers who see the leaked code even inadvertently and what the impact of this leak might be on Microsoft's code. He graciously agreed. Here is his explanation. Thank you, Professor Karjala.

Mandrake alert: Updated mailman packages close various cross-site scripting vulnerabilities.

A cross-site scripting vulnerability was discovered in mailman's administration interface (CAN-2003-0965). This affects version 2.1 earlier than 2.1.4.

Migrating device drivers to Linux kernel 2.6

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 1:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
This whitepaper is the second in a series by William von Hagen on using the new Linux 2.6 kernel. von Hagen's whitepapers place special emphasis on the primary issues in migrating existing drivers, applications, and embedded Linux deployments to a Linux distribution based on the 2.6 kernel.

Writing UNIX/Linux utilities

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux is famous for coming with a large toolbox and good ways to integrate tools. In this article, Peter Seebach discusses the Unix tools philosophy, how new tools are developed, and how to make a one-off program into a utility you could be using for years to come.

Declares itself Linux leader, Novell says they will not 'mess up'

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 1:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SUSE
Novell Inc. and adopted prodigy SUSE Linux struck a one-two punch at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here in late January with declarations by top executives that Novell will be a major player in the Linux world and is committed to responsibly shepherding the operating system and Novell’s other open-source projects.

SCO Ruling Expected Today

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 1:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
A federal judge at the U.S. District Court in Central Utah is expected to make a ruling Friday afternoon or early next week whether the SCO Group can amend its lawsuit against IBM to include copyright infringement.

A Talk about Qt 3.3

  • Open for Business (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 12:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
With the third major release of the Qt 3 series last Wednesday, Trolltech CEO Haavard Nord graciously took some time to talk with us about Qt and related topics.

Mysql 4.0.18 released

  • Press release (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 11:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Quite a long list of changes are in this latest version of MySQL.

Say "No, Thanks" to Offers of Illegal MS Source Code

As a reminder to our readers, we are repeating the same advice we published in 2000, the last time Microsoft's source code was compromised. Don't look at it or you could contaminate yourself legally.

The Linux desktop is here

  • Sydney Morning Herald (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 9:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux distributions which target the desktop user are growing in number and if some bigger names have left the field there are plenty of smaller, worthy successors to take their place.

If IBM Migrates to Linux on the Desktop, Will It Port MS Office ...

  • LinuxWorld (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 9:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM

How? It seems it is possible for Linux users to run both Microsoft's Office suite and IBM's Lotus Notes, using so-called emulation - as provided by a company like Codeweavers, with whom LinuxWorld Magazine's editors spoke at LinuxWorld last month.

Novell evangelizes Linux in Europe

Open-source software is picking up steam in European businesses, and Novell is joining in on the trend--perhaps to the extent of releasing some of its own products under open-source licenses, according to the company's top European executive.

India emerging big market for open source software

  • Hindustan Times (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 8:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The use of open source software in India is all set to advance further and increased participation from Government and industry could see a balanced distribution of proprietary and open source software, Technetra president Robert Adkins said on Friday.

Mandrake alert: Updated XFree86 packages fix buffer overflow vulnerabilities

Two buffer overflow vulnerabilities were found by iDEFENSE in XFree86's parsing of the font.alias file. The X server, which runs as root, fails to check the length of user-provided input; as a result a malicious user could craft a malformed font.alias file causing a buffer overflow upon parsing, which could eventually lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

Linux community reaction to MS code disaster

This leak is as much a disaster to open source as it is to Microsoft and its users.

Lycoris Developing Linux Desktop/LX Pocket PC Edition

  • LinuxElectrons (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 6:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New Linux-based OS to support handheld computing on the Sharp Zaurus and Compaq iPAQ platforms.

IBM Eyes (Microsoft) Office for Linux

As part of its initiative to put Linux on the desktop, IBM wants to migrate Microsoft's Office suite to Linux. Microsoft said it's not involved and suggests that IBM might do it by emulation.

Trustix alert: mutt

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Trustix
It was discovered that certain messages would cause mutt to crash. Mutt 1.4.2 fixes this bug. See CAN-2004-0078.

Slew of Firefox 0.8 headlines

Sooooo, without further ado, following is a brief collection of some of the headlines posted shortly after Firefox’s release, categorized by the format in which the headline was worded.

Who's guarding the guards? That would be us

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 4:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The following essay is a response to Russell Jones' "open source vs. closed source" article Thursday in DevX. It is written by one of Jones' own colleagues at DevX, software engineer Ladd Angelius, in the spirit of free and open discussion.

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