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Sun Must Turn Linux From "Enemy" to Ally - or Suffer, Says Influential Weekly

"Microsoft and Sun have a new common enemy: Linux" - writes The Economist this week. "When Mr Ballmer gives Mr McNealy a hug and says that 'we do both believe in intellectual property,' this is a not-so-veiled jab at the open-source Linux, which both men consider, in essence, communistic," the influential weekly continues. "Microsoft and Sun happen to be the only major backers (in the form of licence payments) of Linux's gadfly, a firm called SCO, which is trying to obtain money from Linux users with threats of litigation." The Economist is very widely read on both sides of the Atlantic.

Webcast: Software Development Platform for Linux

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 9, 2004 8:02 AM EDT)
April 28, 2004 | 11 a.m. eastern standard time (EST) -- This Webcast will help clarify what you should know – best practices, tools, technical capabilities that the solution has to provide. This session will provide a high-level description of the Linux solution across the complete development lifecycle for business applications and IT, software products, and systems development organizations.

Linux breathes new life into old hardware

Linux may be cutting-edge software, but it runs just fine on hardware that would make Microsoft's current operating systems beg for relief. I took four different distros and installed them on a five-year-old rebuilt IBM ThinkPad 600E supplied by LinuxCertifed. They proved that Linux on older hardware can be a cost-effective combination.

Bunches of Linux clusters on tap at BioIT World, ClusterWorld shows

  • Network World on Linux; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 6:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Between last week's BioIT World conference in Boston, and the ClusterWorld conference in San Francisco this week, there should be enough announcements for users interested in Linux-based high performance computing news. The BioIT World show focused on technologies used in the biomedical research and development industries, where Linux clustering has become a popular tool.

Gentoo alert: Scorched 3D server chat box format string vulnerability

  • Mailing list; By Kurt Lieber <klieber@gentoo.org> (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 5:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Gentoo
Scorched 3D is vulnerable to a format string attack in the chat box that leads to Denial of Service on the game server and possibly allows execution of arbitrary code.

Linux: 2.6.5-mc3, CFQ Planned For Mainline

  • KernelTrap; By Jeremy Andrews (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 5:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
Andrew Morton released the third -mc patchset [story] reminding, "this is the queue of things to go to Linus next week." Among the updates that Andrew is sending to Linus and that will most likely be found in the upcoming 2.6.6 kernel is Jens Axboe's CFQ I/O scheduler [story].

The CFQ, or Complete Fair Queuing disk I/O scheduler was first released back in February of 2003 [story], designed to maintain a minimal worst case latency on all IO reads and writes, ideal for multimedia desktop usage. The scheduler has been tested in numerous patchsets to date, including Andrew's -mm patchset [forum], Con Kolivas [interview]'s 2.6 -ck patchset [forum], and Marc-Christian Petersen [interview]'sWOLK patchset [story].

Read on to see all the changes queued up for the 2.6.6 kernel.

Gentoo alert: Multiple Vulnerabilities in pwlib

  • Mailing list; By Aida Escriva-Sammer <aescriva@gentoo.org> (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Gentoo
Multiple vulnerabilites have been found in pwlib that may lead to a remote denial of service or buffer overflow attack.

X.org seals the fate of XFree86

The X.Org Foundation has announced its first official release of the X Window System, effectively trumping rival XFree86, from which it originally forked over a licensing issue. Called X Window System Version 11 Release 6.7 (X11R6.7), a windowing system for computers with bitmap displays, the release is the first since X.Org became a Foundation in January of this year. Linux distributors Red Hat, SuSe, and Debian have endorsed the X.Org Foundation's latest; foundation sponsors include IBM, SUN, and HP.

Winners of Excellence in Cluster Technology Awards Announced at ClusterWorld Conference & Expo 2004

  • Press release (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 4:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
ClusterWorld Conference & Expo announced last night the winners of the 2nd Annual Excellence in Cluster Technology Awards at their event, held this week at the San Jose Convention Center.

Oracle Database 10g Sets World Record Performance for Linux on Non-Clustered Systems

Oracle Corp. today announced a world record TPC-C performance benchmark result for Oracle Database 10g running with Linux-based SMPs. Using NEC's Express5800/1320Xd with 32 Intel Itanium 2 processors at 1.5 GHz with 6 MB L3 cache running on Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9, Oracle Database 10g achieved 609,467 tpmC (transactions per minute) with a price-performance ratio of $6.78/tpmC.* This is the best TPC-C 32-way result on Intel processors. Today's announcement demonstrates Oracle's ability to support the scalability requirements of the most demanding enterprise applications.

Mandrake security alert: Updated ipsec-tools packages fix vulnerability in racoon

  • Mailing list; By Mandrake Linux Security Team <security@linux-mandrake.com> (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 4:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Mandriva
A very serious security flaw was discovered by Ralf Spenneberg in racoon, the IKE daemon of the KAME-tools. Racoon does not very the RSA signature during phase one of a connection using either main or aggressive mode. Only the certificate of the client is verified, the certificate is not used to verify the client's signature.

Gentoo alert: Cross-realm trust vulnerability in Heimdal

  • Mailing list; By Kurt Lieber <klieber@gentoo.org> (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 4:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Gentoo
Heimdal contains cross-realm vulnerability allowing someone with control over a realm to impersonate anyone in the cross-realm trust path.

Gentoo alert: iproute local Denial of Service Vulnerability

  • Mailing list; By Kurt Lieber <klieber@gentoo.org> (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 4:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Gentoo
The iproute package allows local users to cause a denial of service.

Looking at the New Gnome 2.6

  • OSnews; By Maynard Kuona (Posted by dave on Apr 8, 2004 6:38 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNOME; Story Type: News Story
Maynard Kuona takes a look on Gnome 2.6-pre and discovers a whole new world of new features and well-crafted interfaces built-in on every Gnome-bundled application.

Polyserve Debuts NAS Cluster for Linux

  • Web Host Industry Review (Posted by dave on Apr 8, 2004 2:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PolyServe says its new clustering solution is unlike popular NAS clustering solutions that only support clustering for high availability. The PolyServe NAS Cluster solution provides highly-available file services cluster-wide, and the ability to add performance on demand with modular building blocks for computing and storage.

Using Linux Software in Defense Systems Violates Every Principle of Security Says Green Hills Software's CEO and Founder

The proliferation of the Linux open source operating system through a growing number of U.S. defense systems poses a serious and urgent security threat, Dan O'Dowd, CEO of Green Hills Software Inc., said today in a speech to the Net-Centric Operations Industry Forum in McLean, Va.

Build a grid with Perl, Part 3: Metadata

  • IBM developerWorks; By Martin C. Brown (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 8, 2004 12:03 PM EDT)
This tutorial is the third in a series of tutorials looking at how you can develop a grid solution with Perl. This series looks at building a framework for a grid system while also creating a distributed image storage/retrieval system as a sample grid application. This tutorial concentrates on the metadata -- data about data -- which is used in a grid to control its operation.

Report: Linux Vendors Push Migration Strategies

  • LinuxPlanet; By Ron Miller (Posted by dave on Apr 8, 2004 11:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Use Linux today, all the pundits proclaim. The cost seems right, the scale seems right... there's just one problem: what's the best way of actually migrating to this open-source OS? Recently, more vendors are stepping up with clear guidelines and toolkits that can make the move to Linux a lot easier.

Lockheed has open source for Navy's Aegis

  • Washington Times (Posted by dave on Apr 8, 2004 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the mainstays of Navy firepower, the Aegis Weapons System, has been reconfigured into an open-source architecture to make modifications easier. Lockheed Martin said this week the shift to open source allows the Navy to use commercial computer technology when making software changes and other upgrades to the Aegis, which is a primary fire-control system aboard ships, subs and aircraft.

Question mark hangs over Linux/Windows reports

  • ComputerWeekly.com; By Matthew Broersma (Posted by dave on Apr 8, 2004 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The accuracy of two recent reports comparing the relative costs and benefits of the Linux and Windows operating systems has been called into question.

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