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Fedora Core 3 Transferred to Fedora Legacy

With the release of Fedora Core 5 Test 2, the Fedora Core Steering Committee would like to announce the transfer of Fedora Core 3 to the Fedora Legacy Project.

Looking Forward: Fedora Core 5

  • Mad Penguin; By Adam Doxtater (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 16, 2006 6:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Fedora
I usually like to wait for a Linux distribution to officially be released before I review it, but there comes a time in every mans life when he needs to live on the edge and this is my time. I am... ahem... living on the edge. I'm not sure how many of you recall, but last year I did a short review of Fedora Core 4 right before it's release (FC4 Test 2 if I recall correctly) to give everyone a rundown of what to expect in the eagerly anticipated release. I thought it would be interesting to see where it was at exactly one release later, so here we are folks.

Linux Kernel Multiple Remote and Local Denial of Service ...

Multiple vulnerabilities were identified in Linux Kernel, which could be exploited by remote or local attackers to cause a denial of service.

The first issue is due to an infinite loop in the "netlink_rcv_skb" [af_netlink.c] function when handling a specially crafted "nlmsg_len" value, which could be exploited by local attackers to cause a denial of service.

The second flaw is due to an error in the PPTP NAT helper that does not properly calculate the offset when handling an inbound "PPTP_IN_CALL_REQUEST" packet, which could be exploited by attackers to crash a vulnerable system.

The third vulnerability is due to an error in the PPTP NAT helper that does not properly calculate the offset based on the difference between two pointers to the header, which could be exploited by attackers to cause a kernel crash.

Windows Vista, Tainted Already

The "experience" link on Microsoft's Windows Vista PR info is already tainted at this stage of the game.Try to view it on Ubuntu (or perhaps your favorite brand of Linux) with Firefox web browser. It's a link on the Windows Vista PR page called "The Experience" When you click it, the page is all messed up. Evidently Microsoft still needs a lesson in how to make w3c.org compliant HTML. Thus, your experience becomes immediately tainted. Guess they don't care about pulling over Linux fans back to their platform.

UWIN - Unix for Windows (When you have to use it)

There are times when you are forced to use a Windows machine and there is no way of getting your hands on a PC running Linux. This situation is common if your office PCs all run windows and the company policy forbids you from installing an alternate OS on it. And you feel your productivity is severely hampered because certain tasks - which could easily be accomplished using the plethora of command line tools in Linux - do not have an easy solution in Windows.

Sybase to diversify portfolio to Linux, RFID

(BNamericas.com Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)US software supplier Sybase (NYSE: SY) is looking to expand its product offering beyond databases in Mexico and is in search of distribution partners to help it sell solutions in the areas of business intelligence, RFID and Linux, online news service Infochannel reported.

Draft of GPL Version 3 now available for comment

The Free Software Foundation has published the first draft of the much-anticipated version 3 of the GNU General Public License. The draft of the new version is almost twice as long as version 2: It weighs in at more than 4,500 words, versus 2,500 for the earlier version.

LinuxFest Northwest 2006 Call For Presenters

Looking for a place to talk about your new sysadmin breakthrough or killer Web application?

Free software wins out in embargoed Syria

For many the choice between free and proprietary software is exactly that: a choice. But if you live in a country like Syria, which is at the receiving end of an extensive US embargo -- including an embargo on software -- free software may be your only choice. Which is not all bad, according to Anas Tawileh of the Syrian GNU/Linux Users Group. Frederick Noronha spoke to him during a visit to the Africa Source II workshop in Uganada this week.

Progress Software Includes 64-bit Linux Support

Progress Real Time Division, an operating unit of Progress Software Corporation today released Progress ObjectStore Enterprise Version 6.3, the latest version of the industry’s most popular object database, featuring dramatic performance improvements across all environments and support for 64-bit Linux.

ATI Petition for Adequate Drivers in Linux

  • Digg.com; By cyanidenfs (Posted by tadelste on Jan 16, 2006 11:00 AM EDT)
We are the customers of ATI who use Linux to power our computers. We will no longer endure ATi's poor driver support for Linux both in 32-bit and 64-bit computing.

Initial report from GPL 3 conference (as it happens)

  • OnLamp.com; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Jan 16, 2006 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story


We got it just a few hours ago--the proposed GPL 3 license. Most of the world got it from a web site, while a lucky few hundred of us got it at a formal meeting at MIT,

Lots of observers wondered how Richard Stallman, Eben Moglen, and their advisers would handle such hot issues as remote services (called Application Service Providers in the 1990s) and patents. Surprisingly, the license embodies both the conservatism and the room for experimentation for which we can take U.S. law as a metaphor.

Digg Story

Letter to the Editors: Major Newspapers Blocking US Technology Sector



The Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, New York Times and friends have a plan. If you work in the technology field, you don't figure into that plan. Also, why do we keep picking up the paper in our front yards and paying those monthly fees? For the Sports Section?

Jon Hall, president of Linux International, to form UnifiedRoot ...

Amsterdam, January 16, 2006 – UnifiedRoot, the company that has created a new and simplified Internet addressing system for corporate and public top-level domains (TLDs), has appointed Jon Hall, president of Linux International, as a founding member of its advisory board. He will assist UnifiedRoot in the expansion of the advisory board with the specific task of addressing technical and policy issues.

Nokia Runs Short of Nokia 770 Internet Tablets

  • MobileWhack (Posted by tadelste on Jan 16, 2006 9:07 AM EDT)
As I had suspected, Nokia 770 is all set to become the next big little thing. Nokia recently announced that it will actually increase production of the Nokia 770 internet tablet, as the demand for it has grown beyond expectations. The tablet runs Linux-based Internet Tablet 2005 software. At present, demand for the Nokia 770 is so high in Europe and the United States that the company is unable to supply the requisite number of devices, and people are left with no choice but to wait for at least two weeks before getting their hands on it.

Related Story:

Nokia scores hit with wireless internet device:The Register

Taiwan legislature takes on Microsoft

  • MacWorld UK; By Dan Nystedt (Posted by tadelste on Jan 16, 2006 6:59 AM EDT)
Taiwan's legislature has passed a resolution asking the government to reduce its purchases of Microsoft Corp products by 25 per cent this year, a further sign the world's largest software company is running into resistance in Asia. The resolution, passed on Friday, is an attempt by the island's law making body to reduce Taiwan's dependence on Microsoft, which holds a near monopoly on supplying software to local government offices, a legislative aide said.

Additional Story:
Taiwanese parliament votes against Microsoft -Techworld

Firefox for Intel Macs planned for March

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 16, 2006 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The Mozilla Corporation has set a March launch date for a version of its Firefox Web browser that will run on Apple's Intel version of Mac OS X.

Free Standards Group opens Linux lab in China

  • Computerworld Australia; By Sumner Lemon (Posted by dcparris on Jan 16, 2006 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Free Standards Group, a non-profit group that promotes standards for open-source software, last week opened a lab in Beijing to certify that Linux distributions and applications developed in China meet the Linux Standard Base (LSB) standards, the group said in a statement.

CLI Magic: Learn to talk awk

User level: Advanced When it comes to slicing and dicing text, few tools are as powerful, or as underutilized, as awk. The name "awk" was coined from the initials of its authors, Aho, Weinberger, and Kernighan -- yes, the same Kernighan of the famous Kernighan and Ritchie "C Programming Language" book. In the Linux world, every distribution includes the GNU version, gawk (/bin/awk is usually a symbolic link to /bin/gawk). The GNU version has a few more features than the original. Let's play with some of the core features common among POSIX-compliant awks.

DistroWatch Weekly: Intel Inside Apple, Xandros 4, Fedora Core 5 Test2

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jan 16, 2006 1:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's third issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Several interesting announcements at last week's MacWorld provided fuel for many technology web sites, but an important question remained unanswered: will Linux run on the new MacBooks? Read on for an expert opinion. A rather quiet week on the Linux distribution front, but expect things to pick up shortly as the second test of Fedora Core 5 will be officially out today (Monday), while the first beta of SUSE Linux 10.1 should appear on mirrors later this week. Also in this issue: Fedora or Yellow Dog for your Mac, Xandros seeks beta testers, Debian terminology explained, news from the development of Dapper Drake, a new SUSE-based distribution for musicians, GParted Live CD for all your disk partitioning tasks, and a good round-up of popular Linux live CDs. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

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