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The Future of Computing Part 2: The Hard Road ahead

  • OSnews (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2004 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In Part 1 I discussed how the software development world is about to be turned on it's head. Now in Part 2 I look at how the hardware world may be about to undergo even bigger changes and why it wont be a hardware manufacturer leading the way.

The Future of Computing, Part 1

  • OSnews (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2004 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
OSNews is accompanied by the tagline "Exploring the Future of Computing". In this article I've decided to do exactly that, to go beyond the daily stream of the latest updates & rumors and cast my eyes at the future. What will happen to Software, Hardware the Companies and Technologies involved and how these are developed. I for one think there will be big changes to come, some for the better, some for the worse.

Linux kernel 2.0.40 released

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2004 4:54 PM EDT)
The ancient version of the Linux kernel has been updated with some security fixes and some other minor issues.

Whatever Happened to Investigative Journalism? - by Paul Couture

  • GrokLaw (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2004 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
Paul Couture has graciously agreed to write an article for Groklaw on MyDoom. I found him when I was reading about MyDoom on Slashdot for the story I did about the crank calls, and I noted a comment from someone who seemed knowledgeable about protecting companies from such things, who said that he dealt with such issues on a daily basis in connection with his work, and that in his opinion, this had all the emarks of professional spammers, not a Linux enthusiast. How, he wondered, could the media get this so wrong? So I contacted him, after researching a little about him and his work (he did computer work for six years for the US Air Force and now works in network support and does web design). I asked him to explain a bit about MyDoom and why he is convinced from the way MyDoom was written that it is professional spammers. SCO isn't the main target, in his opinion.He isn't alone in that opinion, by the way. Did you know that MyDoom will attack Kazaa next? It seems MyDoom will create worm-laden copies of entertainment software after the attack on SCO.

China in vow over foreign software

  • Financial Times (subscription) - London,England,UK (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2004 4:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
"The fat margins commanded by US software giant Microsoft have angered Chinese officials, who are keen to promote potential alternatives such as local operating systems based on open-source Linux software."

Debian alert: New mailman packages fix several vulnerabilities

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2004 4:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Debian
The cross-site scripting vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to perform administrative operations without authorization, by stealing a session cookie.

Linux Brings Frustration

  • Onlamp - USA (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2004 8:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Jonathan Gennick gives Linux to his 8 year old son as an experiment, and it doesn't go completely well.

Dick Smith shelves Linux PCs for now

  • Stuff.co.nz - New Zealand (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2004 8:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A New Zealand electronics retailer has temporarily stopped selling preloaded Linux machines, citing poor sales.

Mozilla Thunderbird 0.5 Release Candidate 1 and 2 Available

The final version of Thunderbird 0.5 is expected within the next few days.

UPS for Linux?

  • FedoraNews: Thomas Chung (Posted by dave on Feb 7, 2004 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
"Honey, I just built a Linux RPM package for UPS!"

And my wife says, "UPS? You mean the those cute guys with brown uniform?"

And I said, "Nooo, :) I meant Uninterruptible Power Supply!"

"This Is About *Your* Response To The Order" - Judge Wells

  • GrokLaw (Posted by dave on Feb 7, 2004 5:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
We'll be able to get a transcript soon, but while we wait, Bob Mims has a delicious morsel. It seems that SCO tried at the hearing to argue that they couldn't tell the court what lines of code in Linux are infringing with specificity unless they get to see AIX first. Again with that argument. It didn't fly. Again. The judge, bless her heart, told them that her order already answered that question: *they* were to go first. Period.

Exhibit 3 - SCO's Document Request

  • GrokLaw (Posted by dave on Feb 7, 2004 5:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
Here is SCO's Document Request, Exhibit 3.

Software innovation is dead

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 7, 2004 5:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Software innovation is dead. All that's left is compatibility fixes, security patches, and minor-version-number incremental improvements. The problem isn't a lack of ideas; it's a lack of motivated developers.

Deja Novell All Over Again

Novell Linux Dominates LinuxWorld 2004: Deja Novell All Over Again

Gentoo security alert: PHP setting leaks from .htaccess files on virtual hosts

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 6, 2004 4:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Gentoo
If the server configuration "php.ini" file has "register_globals = on" and a request is made to one virtual host (which has "php_admin_flag register_globals off") and the next request is sent to the another virtual host (which does not have the setting) through the same apache child, the setting will persist. This may lead to leaks of global variables.

Red Hat alert: Updated mailman packages close cross-site scripting vulnerabilities

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 6, 2004 3:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Red Hat
"Updated mailman packages that close various cross-site scripting vulnerabilities are now available."

Us markets warm to Linux makers over SCO

  • The Register - London,England,UK (Posted by dave on Feb 6, 2004 3:37 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
Cash Register If you are looking for evidence proving SCO's success in slowing down Linux momentum, you won't find it in the financial markets.

IBM Report on SCO "Compliance"

  • GrokLaw (Posted by dave on Feb 6, 2004 3:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
Here ya go, Groklaw addicts. Hey, are we having fun, or what? Not proofed yet. I'll correct next, but I know you are drooling. In fact, you can help. Here is the PDF.

Configuring the 2.6 Linux kernel

This whitepaper is the first in a series by William von Hagen on using the new Linux 2.6 kernel, with a 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. Material presented is largely vendor-neutral.

10 from IBM -- pthreads, sockets, buffer overflows, eclipse, mp3 tags . . .

IBM has published the following eight technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its developerWorks Website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . .

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