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Japanese lab adds cluster supercomputer from Linux Networx

  • ComputerWorld; By Todd R. Weiss (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The 556-processor Evolocity II cluster will be used as part of a massive supercomputing grid project

Green Hills calls Linux 'insecure' for defense

  • EE Times Online; By Alexander Wolfe (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 5:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A storm has erupted in the embedded community, with real-time operating systems house Green Hills charging that Linux is fundamentally insecure and wide open to security breaches by "foreign intelligence agencies and terrorists."

Ark Linux 1.0 alpha 11 Released

  • OS News; By Eugenia Loli-Queru (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 5:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Ark Linux team has announced the immediate availability of Ark Linux 1.0 alpha 11, a new version of its easy to use, easy to learn desktop operating system.

Tutorial: Setting Up Samba 3.x

  • OSnews; By Brian Snipes (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2004 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Recently I got the opportunity to setup a new lab for a small school. The server runs Linux and the workstations run WindowsXP. There are 3 levels of access on the workstations (admin, teacher, and student) and security on the workstations is based on Windows policies applied at logon.

Sun's Microsoft Mistake

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 12:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft, Sun
Sun's Microsoft deal will only hurt it in the long run and puts an end to the idea of open-sourcing Java, Linux & Open-Source.

KDE 3.2: A User's Perspective, Now Online

  • KDE Dot News; By William Kendrick (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
I gave my presentation "KDE 3.2: A User's Perspective" to my local Linux User Group last Tuesday night as previously announced...My presentation 'slides', a collection of over 3MB of screenshots of KDE in action, are now online for your viewing pleasure (mirrored here). Enjoy!

Claimed-first EPIC SBC runs embedded Linux

  • Linux News (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 11:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
C operation, is available with an optional Linux 2.6 starter kit, and targets military, security, industrial, and mobile applications.

The Changing Face of Open Source

  •; By Susan Kuchinskas (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 10:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
...the stereotype of the lonely programmer working in the wee hours is seriously outdated. The second generation of open source projects responds to specific business demands, and the people building these applications are getting paid -- even if the code they write will be free.

Linux Powers Sony's New Navigation System

  • Designtechnica (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 10:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sony Corp has chosen the Linux operating system to power its car navigation system, equipped with a hard disk drive, which is due for release in June.

At the Sounding Edge: Sounding Better All The Time

  • Linux Journal; By Dave Phillips (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 9:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In preparation for this month's Linux Audio Developers conference at Karlsruhe, Dave offers a status report on the state of Linux audio.

How to circumvent Open Source Licenses for commercial and interoperability purposes

  • Advogato; By Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 8:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As Open source begins to overtake commercial software in functionality and squeezes out the commercial competition, and license compatibility between Open Source projects becomes a real impediment to progress, what becomes a way forward?

Japanese Scientists Launch Linux Supercluster

  • TechNewsWorld; By Gene J. Koprowski (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2004 8:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SGI
The GTRC aims to become the focal point of research and development in the grid communities in Japan and Asia-Pacific region," Satoshi Sekigucki, director of the GTRC, told LinuxInsider. "The cluster provided by Linux Networx and SGI will be a key contributor to the success of the Grid program and we look forward to advances the cluster will make in our research programs.

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 <> (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 <> (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. 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.

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