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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.

Conectiva alert: initscripts

When a machine is booted, one of the tasks performed by the initscripts package is to remove temporary files and stale locks. This script ("/etc/rc.d/init.d/cleanup" in CL9, and "/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit" in CL8), however, incorrectly removed some important files in /var/lock/samba needed by the samba server, causing it to behave incorrectly. The most affected service is winbind, because the idmap file was removed at every boot, causing a loss of the user <-> userid mapping.

How-to: Documenting your project with Eclipse

The Eclipse Platform, which provides a very powerful Integrated Development Environment (IDE), includes its own help system based on an XML table-of-contents referencing HTML files. What isn't immediately obvious is that you don't have to write Eclipse plug-ins to use it.

Migrate? Not me

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 4:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Gentoo
I’ve been using the same operating system on my desktop for the past six years. My desktop is productive, stable, secure, manageable and, best of all, free... By the way, in case you were wondering I use the Gentoo Linux (www.gentoo.org) operating system on my desktop and no, I won’t be migrating to Windows this year.

Microsoft Confirms Leaked Code

"Microsoft spokesman Tom Pilla said in an interview with The Associated Press that some incomplete portions of the Windows 2000 and Windows NT4 source code had been 'illegally made available on the Internet.'"

Aust users back desktop Linux

  • ZDNet.com.au (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 4:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story


A newly-conducted survey of Australian and New Zealand tech users has lent weight to Linux' desktop prospects, with more than three-quarters of respondents saying it will improve its strength in the area.

RLX intros Linux clusters

  • Linux World (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 4:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
These Linux server clusters consist of RLX's Control Tower XT and HPC Cluster Manager software, combined with the 1U high RLX RackModule Servers, the HPC ServerBlades or the RLX HPC ServerBlades with InfiniBand. They also include on-site integration and configuration with packages such as LSF, MIP Pro, OpenPBS or BLAST.

Immunix alert: XFree86

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 4:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Immunix
Greg MacManus, of iDEFENSE Labs, reports finding several potentially exploitable buffer overflows in XFree86's font code.

Red Hat alert: Updated XFree86 packages fix privilege escalation vulnerability

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Red Hat
Updated XFree86 packages that fix a privilege escalation vulnerability are now available.

Red Hat alert: Updated PWLib packages fix protocol security issues

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Red Hat
Updated PWLib packages that contain fixes for security issues found during protocol testing by the NISCC are now available.

Security-enhanced Linux provides a locked down OS

  • Tech Republic (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Don't be naive enough to think that because you run Linux you won't be a target for hackers. If you rely on Linux for hosting or transmitting sensitive data, you should check out Security-Enhanced Linux, created by the U.S. NSA and available for free.

OSS in Space

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 4:06 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Could OSS have saved the '97 Mars Pathfinder mission some headaches?

Novell evangelises Linux in Europe

Novell is making Linux central to its efforts in Europe, and is considering other open-source projects, according to the company's new European president

Novell attacks SCO on new Sequent front

Novell has effectively ordered SCO to drop charges against IBM based on IBM-owned Sequent's obligations regarding its System V Unix licence.

Lindows to keep their name for now, rules judge

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 3:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The United States District Court in Seattle has ruled in favor of Lindows.com Inc in the dispute over the trademark of the generic word, "windows." The company, will be permitted to use the name "Lindows" indefinitely or until the final decision in the case.

Rapid application development tools, part 3: More RAD tools

  • Linux.com (Posted by dave on Feb 13, 2004 3:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In parts 1 and 2 of this series I discussed database front end development tools and RAD environments for the BASIC language on Linux. I'll conclude by looking at tools for smaller programming languages (I won't talk about C++/KDevelop/Anjuta or Java/Eclipse) and little-known or independently developed languages.

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