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Novell Promotes Better Linux Desktops

A new initiative from Novell seeks to unlock a better Linux desktop experience by helping developers better understand how the desktop is used.

Linux Kernel "request_key_auth.c" and "namei.c" Denial of Service

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

The first issue is due to a memory leak error in "/security/keys/request_key_auth.c", which could be exploited by malicious users to cause a denial of service.

The second vulnerability is due to a memory leak error in "/fs/namei.c" when the CONFIG_AUDITSYSCALL option is enabled, which could be exploited by malicious users to cause a denial of service.

The third flaw is due to an error in the file "drivers/char/drm/drm_stub.c" that does not properly validate "debug" sysfs permissions, which could be exploited by local attackers to bypass certain security restrictions and enable drm debugging.

The Code Project, Mainsoft Announce Winners of 'Race to Linux'

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 11, 2005 7:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Cross-Platform Race Challenged Microsoft Developers to Port ASP.NET Apps to Linux

Linux: 2.6.14-rc4, Final Release Candidate

Linus Torvalds announced 2.6.14-rc4, "the final -rc before a 2.6.14 release." The 2.6.14 merge cycle began with the release of the 2.6.13 kernel on August 28'th [story], allowing for two weeks of time during which large changes were allowed into the mainline kernel [story]. For the past month, primarily only bug fixes have been accepted as the kernel developers have worked toward a stable release. In his email, Linus summarized the changes in the latest release candidate:

"In the diffstat, most of the changes are one-liners, with the main exceptions being some sparc64 work (fix user-space corruption due to FP save/restore) and the new Megaraid SAS driver. There's some networking fixes, and a couple of driver updates (scsi: aacraid, net: cassini, and watchdog: pcwd_pci). Along with a x86-64 suspend/resume page table corruption and some new defconfig files for ARM, that rounds out the bigger chunks."

Oracle and Zend Announce General Availability of Zend Core for Oracle

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by bstadil on Oct 11, 2005 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Adoption of Zend Core for Oracle Accelerates Enterprise Web Application Development and Deployment

Dna Studies Suggest Emperor Is Most Ancient of Penguins

  • New York Times; By CARL ZIMMER (Posted by tadelste on Oct 11, 2005 6:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Gentoo
Penguins are some of the most improbable animals on the planet. They have wings and feathers but cannot fly. They are not fish, but they have been recorded as deep as 1,755 feet underwater. And the most improbable is the emperor penguin, which waddles across 70 miles of Antarctic ice to reach its breeding grounds. New research on penguin DNA suggests that the emperor also has the most ancient lineage of living penguins.

Efficient Linux Mapping tool for MPI Blue Gene

A high-performance computing (HPC) Linux service tool for efficient mapping of Message Passing Interface (MPI) tasks to the IBM Blue Gene/L Supercomputer. The algorithms used for mapping are based on the paper Optimizing Task Layout on the Blue Gene/L supercomputer. [pdf] In this paper it talks about the extensive amount of data transmitted between processors for producing maps and the challenge of minimizing the communication time.

Comment of the Day October 10, 2005

  • Lxer - Article; By Tuxchick (Posted by tadelste on Oct 11, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: LXer
This comment refers to "LinuxToday is no friend of Linux" in response to an angry post.

Critics don't like Microsoft gift

A controversial new partnership between the South African government and the world’s leading software company, Microsoft, is at the centre of a heated debate about the best way to roll out IT access to poor communities.

The memorandum of understanding signed by the Department of Communications parastatal the Universal Services Agency (USA) and Microsoft aims to roll out free Microsoft software and training to telecentres in all 284 municipalities over three years.

However, critics claim that the agreement contradicts the Cabinet-level open-source strategy that was approved in June 2003.

Should Linux vendors think differently?

No matter how many strides Linux makes toward desktop acceptance, we're still a long way from the day when we'll see the free OS become a true drop-in replacement for the commercial systems we use now. Case in point: Last week, the folks at Novell were kind enough to send along a copy of their latest OS release, Suse Linux 10.0. I've always thought Suse had an edge over Red Hat in the UI department. Plus, Novell describes this edition of its product as a home-user version targeted at "hobbyists and enthusiasts." So, naturally, I figured I'd install it on my desktop PC at home.

Linux well-represented at DARPA robot vehicle challenge

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Oct 11, 2005 1:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A Stanford-designed robotic car has driven away with the $2M prize in the second DARPA Challenge, a 175-mile race for autonomous vehicles held this weekend in the Mojava desert south of Las Vegas. Four of 23 vehicles completed the course, including several that used Linux.

Review: Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger

The Ubuntu 5.10 release, also known as Breezy Badger, is not drastically different from the previous Ubuntu release, 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog, but it is an excellent distribution that is well worth a look for any user interested in a Linux distro for the desktop or server.

With 'Free' Lure,

  • Wall Street Journal; By KEVIN J. DELANEY (Posted by tadelste on Oct 11, 2005 12:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's hard to compete with "free."

Some rivals of Web search powerhouse Google Inc. have already learned that lesson. Now, companies in a broader set of industries are grappling with how Google's ad-fueled expansion could potentially make it harder for them to charge for consumer services and products.

Opening Windows

For three decades, the executive leadership at Microsoft Corporation has maintained a firm consensus on how to encourage innovative software development: you pay for it. User feedback, while helpful, is simply no match for the mighty dollar. Cash for code is king. “Who can afford to do professional work for nothing?” asked Microsoft founder Bill Gates rhetorically in a 1976 missive framing Microsoft’s worldview. Titled, “An Open Letter to Hobbyists” (see the sidebar of the same name to read the original letter in its entirety), the essay was, in essence, a cease and desist letter aimed at Altair aficionados who, according to Gates, were guilty of purloining Microsoft source code without paying for it. “Most directly, the thing you do is theft,” wrote Gates.

Consortium launched to support OpenDocument

  • (Posted by ubuntu4all on Oct 10, 2005 11:16 PM EDT)
The Open Document Fellowship was launched on Monday to add momentum to what appears to be a growing movement to support the open standard for the production, storage and dissemination of documents.

Hacks From Pax: Security Enhanced Linux and Mandatory Access Control

Security Enhanced Linux, or SELinux, is an exciting security project that is reaching maturity and poised to revolutionize the way Linux security administration is performed. Originally developed by the National Security Agency and released as an open source project, but now breaking into the mainstream in Red Hat, Fedora, Gentoo, and the new release of EnGarde Secure Linux 3.0, it incorporates Mandatory Access Control into a base Linux system. This is a revolutionary advance, but is also very different from the standard Linux security model. This week in Hacks From Pax, I'll provide a basic introduction to the philosophy behind SELinux, and explain how it can add a powerful layer of security to your Linux system.

Novell employs Agent to minimise drive-bys

A mainstream launch to include gold partners is slated for January.

Read Between The Lines: Microsoft Is Terrified

Ole’ Gatesy has realized he has no chance of pushing Windows to the business market anymore. They have realized it’s only a matter of time before they lose the position to the Windows alternatives.

Sun Microsystems' Florian Reuter: will the real XML please stand up!

Mad Penguin will be running a series of three interviews with people who are in the trenches in the work to bring out OOo 2.0. The first of these interviews, with Florian Reuter, covers some of the differences between the truly open XML found in OOo 2.0, and the closed MS Word ML found in the upcoming Microsoft Office 12, as well as the importance of simple end users in the process of improving the code with bug reports.

Second Firefox 1.5 beta brings minor improvements

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Oct 10, 2005 7:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mozilla.org last week released the second and final preview of version 1.5 of the popular Firefox Web browser. Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 is now available for download by website and Web application developers, Firefox extension developers, and the early adopter community, Mozilla said.

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