December 2003

Linux Kernel 2.4.24-pre2 Now Available For Download Posted Tuesday, December 23, 2003 @ 11:04 AM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.4.24-pre2 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Court forces SCO to show code within 30 days Posted Tuesday, December 23, 2003 @ 9:55 AM by mayhem
CRN has recently published an article on the SCO vs Linux battle, here are some highlights:

"IBM won a significant legal victory this month in the US after a Utah judge forced The SCO Group to show within 30 days the Linux code that it claims infringes on its Unix ownership rights."

"Whatever code, if any, that SCO can legally prove it owns the rights to will simply be expunged from Linux. SCO will never see a penny from these suits. And any attempt to sue a company that is merely using Linux without first winning a prerequisite IP (Intellectual Property) case is frivolous."
Linux Kernel 2.6.0 Released Posted Friday, December 19, 2003 @ 3:03 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.6.0 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Linux Kernel 2.4.24-pre1 Now Available For Download Posted Friday, December 12, 2003 @ 11:17 AM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.4.24-pre1 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Solaris 8 and 9 Free for x86 Once Again Posted Friday, December 12, 2003 @ 11:14 AM by mayhem
The Register is reporting that after nearly two years, Solaris x86 8 & 9 is once again Free (as in beer) to download for x86 users. You can download it if you desire. Gives me college flashbacks. (Source: Slashdot)
Mozilla 1.6 Beta Released Posted Thursday, December 11, 2003 @ 8:27 AM by mayhem
As reported on Mozillazine, the Mozilla Foundation today released Mozilla 1.6 Beta. This latest milestone adds support for NTLM authentication on all platforms and improves the implementation on Windows. The automatic page translation feature has been restored (now powered by Google Language Tools) and a new version of ChatZilla, 0.9.48, is now included. In addition, several security and crash bugs have been fixed during the beta release cycle. Builds can be downloaded from the Mozilla Releases page or directly from the mozilla1.6b directory on The Mozilla 1.6 Beta Release Notes have more detailed information about what's new and known issues to watch out for. (Source: Slashdot)
Evolution 1.5 has Been Released Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2003 @ 9:31 AM by mayhem
As announced here, Evolution 1.5 is now available for download (obligatory screenshots, for those who want to click and see). Congrats to all the developers responsible for this gigantic undertaking. (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Hardware Review: Biostar iDEQ 200V Cube Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2003 @ 10:47 PM by mayhem
Anonymous writes "If you're looking to build a small form factor Linux system that uses the excellent AMD XP 2500+ Barton chip, you might want to look at one of the new Biostar iDEQ barebones aluminum cube systems. Librenix recently took a look at the cheapest Socket A iDEQ, the Biostar iDEQ 200V Cube."
SmoothWall 2.0 Linux-Based Firewall Released Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2003 @ 9:29 AM by mayhem
Despite some earlier server problems, SmoothWall 2.0 has been released this evening - there are also release notes available. SmoothWall is 'a firewall operating system distribution based on Linux, enabling a low-end, possibly otherwise redundant, Intel and compatible PC to become a hardened Internet firewall', and changes from version 1 include: 2.4 kernel, new web interface, improved networking and many bugs corrected through the Beta program. (Source: Slashdot)
MS-Linux? It Could Happen Posted Monday, December 8, 2003 @ 1:35 PM by mayhem
Could Microsoft come out with its own Linux distribution? It sure could. There's nothing in the GPL to stop it. And in fact, SCO CEO Darl McBride told me at November's CDXPO in Las Vegas that Microsoft's second licensing payment to his company was for the rights to incorporate Services for Unix (SFU) into its operating systems

Microsoft already has SFU. For what it's worth, Microsoft has SCO's permission to put SFU's Unix functionality into Windows Server so it's unlikely that SCO could complain about Microsoft using Linux. Mind you, I don't think for a second that SCO would yell at anything Microsoft would do, but Microsoft taking the SFU option finesses SCO's legal claims against Linux.

More information is available here. (Source: 2CPU)
Interview with Jeremy Hogan of Red Hat Posted Saturday, December 6, 2003 @ 9:28 AM by mayhem
Jeremy writes "In a followup to his original interview, Jeremy Hogan discusses some of the reasons Red Hat had for EOL'ing RHL, future licensing options for RHEL (including free devel copies), the most common Fedora misconception, his take on UserLinux and more."
Sun Java Desktop System Review Posted Wednesday, December 3, 2003 @ 8:21 AM by mayhem
OSNews has the first in-depth review of Sun's Java Desktop System based on the final code. The article discusses the good (stability, Star Office 7, good Java integration) and the bad (no KDE, buggy RealTek driver, shaky Samba) and it includes a number of screenshots. It seems that Sun has put all its attention on Gnome and while this is good for cosistency across their desktop (some of their Java apps use the native GTK+ themeing), it also limits its users from an out-of-the-box KDE and its thousands of apps choice. (Source: Slashdot)
Kernel Exploit Cause Of Debian Compromise Posted Tuesday, December 2, 2003 @ 11:56 AM by mayhem
The cause of the recent Debian Project server compromise has been published by the Debian security team: 'Forensics revealed a burneye encrypted exploit. Robert van der Meulen managed to decrypt the binary which revealed a kernel exploit. Study of the exploit by the RedHat and SuSE kernel and security teams quickly revealed that the exploit used an integer overflow in the brk system call. Using this bug it is possible for a userland program to trick the kernel into giving access to the full kernel address space'. This issue has been fixed in 2.4.23. Thus, the Linux kernel compromise was not Debian specific. (Source: Slashdot)
MandrakeMove Bootable Linux CD Announced Posted Tuesday, December 2, 2003 @ 11:53 AM by mayhem
MandrakeSoft just announced the release of the MandrakeMove release candidate, a special desktop version of the Mandrake Linux distribution that boots live from the CD and uses a USB key (included in the retail version) to automatically store personal data. It looks a bit like Knoppix, but comes with more features, such as the capability to eject the MandrakeMove CD-ROM during its use, in order to read audio or video files from another CD! The download release candidate is available here. (Source: Slashdot)