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Linux-Mandrake 8.0 has been released. New features can be studied in detail on their website. Highlights include KDE 2.1.1, GNOME 1.4, Kernel 2.4.3, Xfree86 4.0.3, and Anti-aliasing. If you would like to donate to the project, go to http://www.linux-mandrake.com/donations/
Progeny Debian is out now. The download edition is already available, and the box set will be on sale from April 23. Ian Murdock, Progeny CEO and President, has said that Progeny Debian is not trying to be another distribution of Linux. "In fact, we don't see Progeny Debian as a separate distribution. It is an enhanced version of Debian for the commercial market. All of our development efforts are being contributed back to the Debian community, and we hope that our work can help make Debian better for all users", he comments.
Red Hat have announced Red Hat Linux 7.1 with 2.4 kernel. The Red Hat website has a complete list of the new features.
If you want to see Slackware continue, you can donate to the project via their PayPal account. Donate to email@example.com
SuSE Linux 7.1 for Sparc (Item No. 99985-21SPC) is supplied on five CD-ROMs with online documentation. It can be obtained exclusively directly from SuSE at the price of EUR 159 plus VAT. SuSE Linux 7.1 for Sparc is also available for download from ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/suse-sparc/
Listings courtesy Linux Journal. See LJ's Events page for the latest goings-on.
Linux for Industrial Applications|
3rd Braunschweiger Linux-Tage
|May 4-6, 2001|
Linux@Work Europe 2001||May 8 - June 15, 2001|
Linux Expo, São Paulo||May 9-10, 2001|
São Paulo, Brazil
SANS 2001||May 13-20, 2001|
7th Annual Applied Computing Conference||May 14-17, 2001|
Santa Clara, CA
Linux Expo, China||May 15-18, 2001|
SITI International Information Technologies Week|
OpenWorld Expo 2001
|May 22-25, 2001|
Strictly e-Business Solutions Expo||May 23-24, 2001|
Linux Expo, Milan||June 6-7, 2001|
Linux Expo Montréal||June 13-14, 2001|
Open Source Handhelds Summit||June 18-19, 2001|
USENIX Annual Technical Conference||June 25-30, 2001|
PC Expo||June 26-29, 2001|
New York, NY
Internet World Summer||July 10-12, 2001|
O'Reilly Open Source Convention||July 23-27, 2001|
San Diego, CA
10th USENIX Security Symposium||August 13-17, 2001|
HunTEC Technology Expo & Conference|
Hosted by Hunstville IEEE
|August 17-18, 2001|
URL unkown at present
Computerfest||August 25-26, 2001|
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo||August 27-30, 2001|
San Francisco, CA
The O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference||September 17-20, 2001|
Co-Produced by Linux Journal and Geek Cruises
Send a Friend LJ and Enter to Win a Cruise!
|October 21-28, 2001|
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo||October 30 - November 1, 2001|
5th Annual Linux Showcase & Conference||November 6-10, 2001|
Strictly e-Business Solutions Expo||November 7-8, 2001|
LINUX Business Expo|
Co-located with COMDEX
|November 12-16, 2001|
Las Vegas, NV
15th Systems Administration Conference/LISA 2001||December 2-7, 2001|
San Diego, CA
Newlix Corporation has developed an intelligent and customisable administration solution for Linux based server appliances. Newlix ServerWare contains an intelligent administration engine so intuitive that it creators say "it can be seen as having an entire IT team sucked right into the server appliance!" This technology is intended to improve the functionality and ease of use of server appliances. Full details are available on the Newlix website.
eCluster from XGforce is a scalable, Intelligent load-balance cluster system, which can be scaled up to 1024 Internet cluster groups and each contains 1024 cluster nodes(1024X1024). With round trip time load balance algorithm, one can cluster any OSes on any CPUs, such as NT, Novell, UNIXes (SUN SPARC, OS2000 BSD, Linux), etc. The support of load balance or fail safe mode, ensured non-stoppable and fast business transactions for SQL Database Servers, such as Oracle, MS SQL, Informix, MySQL, Postgress, etc.
A load balance algorithm is used which includes CPU load, weighted load, vm usage, round trip time, CPU usage, etc. Other features include Network Traffic Distribution, Network Failsafe, CFS(tm), and Large Network Management for both Internet and Intranet. Ports for LINUX, SUN, FreeBSD, and NT are available and free support is provided. For more information, consult the XGforce website.
ActiveState has launched a new initiative to enable programming with open source technologies. The ActiveState Programmer Network (ASPN) includes quality assured binary distributions of Perl, Python and Tcl; multi-language and platform IDEs; technical references, sample code, recipes and more. For additional details or go to the ASPN website.
OTG Software has announced its acquisition of Smart Storage, a privately held provider of standards based DVD and CD storage management software. OTG expects Smart Storage's CD/DVD technology to speed its entry into the rich media market, to boost its international momentum, and to enable it to offer more solutions for storing and accessing data on the UNIX and Linux platforms.
There is a vulnerability in kernel 2.4.x IPTables which you should patch if you use Linux 2.4 for firewalling. Quoting from the SANS Institute's alert: "A vulnerability in the ip_conntrack_ftp module, which is responsible for tracking incoming FTP connections, has been found. This vulnerability could be used to bypass IPTables firewall rules if IPTables is configured to allow RELATED connections to pass unhindered, which is a standard configuration used with FTP servers. An attacker can trick the ip_conntrack_ftp module into creating RELATED connections, thus allowing various outbound connections to the network of the firewall itself." A patch is available.
The Duke of URL has the following links to tempt you:
Since the point of FAQ's is to get newbies up to speed, let's take this opportunity to direct attention to The linux-kernel mailing list FAQ. Then when you have digested that, you can see what's happening on-list.
SlashDot has offered the following links in the past month:
Bryan Pfaffenberger writes about Why Open Content Matters in his Linux Journal web column " Currents".
And please, some paper-clip sized sympathy for The Microsoft Office help clip who became the latest (and most welcome ;-) redundancy in the tech-sector recently.
Finally, not strictly Linux, but UnixSpace.com have announced a free on-line internet access service to their ConteXt database server. Includes 30Mb space, Unix shell command line, and some GUI treats focused on DataBase building.
Open SSH have announced the release of version 2.5.2 of their software. The Open SSH suite includes the ssh program which replaces rlogin and telnet, scp which replaces rcp, and sftp which replaces ftp. Also included is sshd which is the server side of the package, and the other basic utilities like ssh-add, ssh-agent, ssh-keygen and sftp-server. OpenSSH supports SSH protocol versions 1.3, 1.5, and 2.0. You cannot afford to ignore security!
Cylant Technology have released CylantSecure for Linux, an intrusion detection system that protects against both known and previously unknown forms of attack. It uses a modified kernel in conjunction with custom kernel modules to provide system protection -- and becomes part of the running kernel. Unlike other IDS products, CylantSecure does not use rules or patterns for identifying attacks, eliminating the need to rely on a database of known attack signatures. Instead, it focuses on actual software behaviour and builds a statistical model of nominal system behaviour. It enables a computer to distinguish between normal and abnormal behaviour, and then uses that information to stop malicious attacks before any damage can occur. Details on the software are in an online press release.
You can get a copy of IEMS 5 at http://www.ima.com/download/v5eval.html. The product overview can, also be downloaded. Beta participants of the Linux-Windows-based Internet Exchange Messaging Server (IEMS) 5 shall get a US$300 price reduction (about 30% off) if they purchase the messaging solution now than wait for its forthcoming official release.
The new version of Mailman, 2.0.4, compatible with Python 2.1, is out. LWN have the story.