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Oracle responds to criticism of licensing, support policies

  • IT Manager's Journal (Posted by dave on Feb 19, 2004 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
We at IT Manager's Journal have put together two sides of a powerful story that may affect a large number of IT shops -- whether they are current customers of Oracle Corp., or are considering a future investment in Oracle products and services.

The LDP Weekly News - Feb 18, 2004

  • LDP (Posted by dave on Feb 19, 2004 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Table of Contents 1. Documents submitted for review 2. New document proposals 3. Updated HOWTOs, FAQs and Guides 4. News in The LDP world

4.1. Iceland Icenet mirror moved

5. HOWTO contribute to TLDP

Intel steps up Linux driver support

Intel has historically dragged its feet in releasing drivers and other supporting software for computers running Linux...the chipmaker has decided to make an effort to remedy this situation. Intel announced yesterday that it is adjusting its release schedule for Linux drivers to match the release schedule for Windows drivers.

Fedora Core alert: Updated kernel packages resolve security vulnerabilities

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 19, 2004 4:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Fedora
The previous security errata (2.4.22-1.2173) unfortunatly [sic] contained a bug which made some systems unbootable, due to breakage in the aacraid scsi driver. This update contains no further changes vs 2173.

Analyzing malware

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 19, 2004 3:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Malware is a set of instructions that run on your computer and make your system do something that an attacker wants it to do. I strongly encourage you to run attack and defensive tools in a laboratory of your own. Here's how.

A Customer-Driven Approach to Open Software: "Community Code"

  • OS News (Posted by dave on Feb 19, 2004 3:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Open Source model – and by Open Source we mean products that adhere to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) guidelines – doesn't, and may never, work for many important software domains. All religious fervor aside, this is a reality because customers say so. We may want it to be otherwise, but the ultimate arbiters in the Open Source versus proprietary debate are customers.

Coker secures spot on Red Hat development team

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Feb 19, 2004 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Open source software contributor Russell Coker has been hired by Red Hat Australia’s development team to amalgamate the Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) architecture into the vendor’s forthcoming Fedora and Enterprise Linux distributions.

Windows Leak An Experiment in Open Source?

Less than a week after it discovered that parts of its Windows 2000 and NT source code were leaked to the Internet, Microsoft officials are now finding that a kind of grassroots peer review of its code is sprouting among programmers and the merely curious from all points of the globe.

"Is It True the DoD Loves Linux?"

  • GrokLaw (Posted by dave on Feb 19, 2004 3:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
I recently discovered, by chance, that one regular on Groklaw, mac586, works at the Pentagon. Naturally, I couldn't resist asking if it is true what a Congressional aide told me last month that the Department of Defense loves GNU/Linux.

Debian alert: New Linux 2.4.17 packages fix local root exploits and more (s390)

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 19, 2004 3:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Debian


Several security related problems have been fixed in the Linux kernel 2.4.17 used for the S/390 architecture, mostly by backporting fixes from 2.4.18 and incorporating recent security fixes.

First Look at Mozilla.org's Firefox

Still, Firefox is a nimble contender to the lumbering IE. Look to Firefox to take chances on innovative tools that Microsoft won't risk developing. If you're not the adventurous type, you'll prefer to keep safe and stable with IE.

A Computer Lab with No Windows, Part II

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Feb 19, 2004 3:43 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Finishing the lab setup, the benefits of OpenOffice.org and looking to the future.

The Future of Computing Part 4: The Next Dimension

  • OSnews (Posted by dave on Feb 18, 2004 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
No, I'm not going all "New Age" on you, this time I'm looking at how computers are going to get a 3rd dimension and how this will change the way we interact with them. The previous parts of this series have been based on extrapolations or previous history. This time I'm looking further forward, when technologies currently in long term development become available and open up a whole new realm of possibilities.

World-first Telco Perl Powers Telephony With Linux

  • Yahoo News (press release) (Posted by dave on Feb 18, 2004 5:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Combined with the Linux-based, telco-grade Whirlwind, Telco Perl brings the power, cost savings and flexibility of one of the world's most popular application programming languages to telecommunications resellers and systems integrators for the first time.

Intel to speed lagging Linux support

Smarting from criticism from open-source programmers, Intel has committed to release Linux versions of essential supporting software at about the same time it releases Windows versions.

Linux on Laptops Part II: Libranet 2.8.1

I considered reviewing Debian for this article. I downloaded a copy of Debian 3.0r2, making sure to get the disk with the 2.4 kernel.

Mandrake security alert: Updated metamail packages fix buffer overflow vulnerabilities

Two format string and two buffer overflow vulnerabilities were discovered in metamail by Ulf Harnhammar. The updated packages are patched to fix these holes.

SUSE Security alert: Linux Kernel (SuSE-SA:2004:005)

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 18, 2004 1:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: SUSE
Another bug in the Kernel's do_mremap() function, which is unrelated to the bug fixed in SuSE-SA:2004:001, was found by Paul Starzetz.

Huge Upsurge in Spam Reported-- MyDoom Using Zombies to Send Spam

  • GrokLaw (Posted by dave on Feb 18, 2004 1:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. MyDoom was programmed to send spam, and it is... Will Darl apologize for leaping to ugly conclusions before all the facts were in? Will journalists and editorial writers and analysts take note and make corrections?

Linux Kernel "mremap()"#2 Local Proof-of-concept

Here is a "proof of concept" exploit for the mremap() vulnerability in the kernel.

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