November 2001

Linux Kernel Updates Released Posted Friday, November 30, 2001 @ 6:30 PM by mayhem
Download 2.4.16 from here, changelog:

- Fix 8139too oops (Philipp Matthias Hahn)

- Correctly sync inodes in iput() (Alexander Viro)
- Make pagecache readahead size tunable via /proc (was in -ac tree)
- Fix PPC kernel compilation problems (Paul Mackerras)
Download 2.4.17-pre1 from here, changelog:

- Change USB maintainer (Greg Kroah-Hartman)
- Speeling fix for rd.c (From Ralf Baechle's tree)
- Updated URL for bigphysmem patch in v4l docs (Adrian Bunk)
- Add buggy 440GX to broken pirq blacklist (Arjan Van de Ven)
- Add new entry to Sound blaster ISAPNP list (Arjan Van de Ven)
- Remove crap character from (Niels Kristian Bech Jensen)
- Backout erroneous change to lookup_exec_domain (Christoph Hellwig)
- Update osst sound driver to 1.65 (Willem Riede)
- Fix i810 sound driver problems (Andris Pavenis)
- Add AF_LLC define in network headers (Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo)
- block_size cleanup on some SCSI drivers (Erik Andersen)
- Added missing MODULE_LICENSE("GPL") in some (Andreas Krennmair)
- Add ->show_options() to super_ops and
implement NFS method (Alexander Viro)
- Updated i8k driver (Massimo Dal Zoto)
- devfs update (Richard Gooch)
Download 2.5.1-pre4 from here, changelog:
- Jens Axboe: fix up bio highmem breakage, more cleanups
- Greg KH: USB update
Linux Kernel 2.5.1-pre3 Released Posted Thursday, November 29, 2001 @ 4:11 PM by mayhem
Download the tarball here. Changelog:
- Al Viro: more superblock cleanups
- Jens Axboe: more patches for new block IO layer
- Christoph Hellwig: get rid of the old, long- deprecated SCSI error
Opera 6.0 for Linux Technology Preview 1 Released Posted Thursday, November 29, 2001 @ 1:44 AM by mayhem
The following areas have been added or updated in the beta release:

New look
Personal Bar
Bookmark management
Cookies Management
Quick Preferences [F12]
Improved window handling
Contact List
Plug-in support
Tip of the day
Help files
Help window

Press Release:

Linux Kernel 2.5.1-pre2 Released Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2001 @ 6:51 AM by mayhem
Download: gz, bz2, Changelog:
- Greg KH: USB update
- Richard Gooch: refcounting for devfs
- Jens Axboe: start of new block IO layer
SCHEDULED DOWN TIME Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2001 @ 9:43 PM by mayhem
Well as on tomorrow 5pm I am on holidays (yay only 2 more subjects until I graduate from Uni), so I have begun to restructure the internals of the site. During this process I will be changing the site around undernear (all the nitty gritty code and stuff) and then converting to php and possibly some mysql. This could take upto a week so news will be a bit slow and the occasional error might be noticed.

Please bare with me and report any major errors to

So take this opportunity to enter our competition.
Slashdot: Nvidia Geforce 4 (NV25) Information Posted Monday, November 26, 2001 @ 1:54 PM by mayhem
nV News has a brief article about the long-awaited NV25-based video adapters. These graphics processors have similar capabilities compared to the XGPU, and are a lot more powerful than GeForce3 Ti500. Since they are manufactured using .13 micron technology, they will probably be clocked at very high levels.
Linux Kernel 2.5.1-pre1 Released Posted Monday, November 26, 2001 @ 1:05 AM by mayhem
You can download it from here. Changelog follows:
- me: README references to 2.4.x -> 2.5.x
- Alexander Viro: fix unmount inode breakage
- Jeff Garzik: fix 8139too initialization
Linux Kernel 2.4.16-pre1 Released Posted Sunday, November 25, 2001 @ 1:32 PM by mayhem
Download the tarball (gz) from here or any of the mirrors. Changelog follows:
- Correctly sync inodes in iput() (Alexander Viro)
- Make pagecache readahead size tunable via /proc (was in -ac tree)
- Fix PPC kernel compilation problems (Paul Mackerras)
Linux Kernel 2.4.15 / 2.5.0 Released Posted Saturday, November 24, 2001 @ 12:51 AM by mayhem
You can download the final released of 2.4.15 here or at the usual mirror sites. Changelog for 2.4.15:
- Jan Kara: fix quota SMP races with BKL
You can download 2.5.0 from here, but it is the same as 2.4.15 (see below).

"Linux-2.5.0 is exactly the same as 2.4.15, except for a version number change. Subsequent releases diverge, with Marcelo Tosatti maintaining the stable 2.4.x kernels, while the 2.5.x kernels are for development work." -

Also note the poll has been updated to include 2.5.x for those who are going to install it ASAP.
Contest Update Posted Saturday, November 24, 2001 @ 12:41 AM by mayhem
Well being the nice ppl we are, we have given an extension of 2 weeks for the Competition, this means you now have till the 14th of December to enter the competition (just for all those HSC and Uni students who want to enter), final prize and winner will be drawn on the 24th of December (or maybe earlier) and the winner will receive the prize in the new year :).

A number of good entries have been submitted, so please start coding or designing those wallpapers and dont forget to enter here.
Industrial Light & Maigc (ILM) Convert To Linux Posted Thursday, November 22, 2001 @ 6:16 PM by mayhem
"THE MASTER OF ILLUSION in the entertainment industry, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)—George Lucas's visual effects and 3-D animation studio—is undergoing its own metamorphosis and sloughing off longtime partner SGI in the process.

According to Andy Hendrickson, director of research and development, San Rafael, Calif.-based ILM is in the process of replacing its 600 Unix-based SGI O2 workstations—which it used to render such characters as the gauze-clad antagonist in The Mummy, the fearsome velociraptors in the Jurassic Park flicks and Jar-Jar Binks in Star Wars Episode I—with Pentium Four Linux machines. It is also replacing SGI's Unix-based Origin 2000 server with a combination of a Pentium Four computer and Alpha processors that will run Linux from Red Hat."

Full story is available at
Linux Kernel 2.4.15-pre9 Released Posted Thursday, November 22, 2001 @ 6:10 PM by mayhem
The final release of 2.4.15 doesn't look to be too far away as pre9 has been released today. You can download the tarball (gz) from here or from any of the mirrors. Changelog follows:
- David Brownell: usbnet update
- Greg KH: USB and PCI hotplug update
- Ingo/me: fix SCHED_FIFO for UP/SMP for good (flw).
- Add back direct_IO now that it works again.
LinuxToday: Red Hat's Alan Cox Named Candidate for Prestigious Technology Review 100 Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2001 @ 9:04 PM by mayhem
"From a Red Hat press release:

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--Nov. 19, 2001-- Alan Cox , "Kernel Hacker" at Red Hat, known throughout the open source community as one of the industry's most influential programmers, has been named a candidate for the worldwide Technology Review 100 (TR100). The TR100 is a unique listing of the world's top 100 young innovators published by Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) award-winning publication. Cox was singled out as an individual whose technical achievements for Red Hat and for the Linux industry demonstrate promise to impact technology in the 21st century."

Full story and information can be found
Linux Kernel 2.4.15-pre8 Released Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2001 @ 8:56 PM by mayhem
Download the tarball (gz) from here or any of the mirrors. Changelog follows:
- Greg KH: USB and PCI hotplug update
- Richard Henderson: alpha update
- Andrew Morton: fix ext3/minix/sysv fsync behaviour.
More Site Updates Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2001 @ 4:36 PM by mayhem
Thanks to some information from redlander we now have started a page dedicated to "System Recovery" (here), basically this page will try and document common problems that you might come across and how you can overcome them.

A Red Hat 7.2 mini How-To is currently underway with thanks to fat tony, hopefully this should be up soon and will help those people that are having troubles setting it up.
Linux Kernel 2.4.15-pre7 Released Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2001 @ 5:50 PM by mayhem
Download the tarball (gz) from here or any of the mirrors. Changelog follows:
- Jeff Garzik: network driver updates
- Christoph Hellwig: UFS filesystem byteorder cleanups
- me: modified Andrea VM page allocator tuning
Ximianized ISO Images Posted Sunday, November 18, 2001 @ 10:45 PM by mayhem
Well for those of you who want to download your Linux distro ISO's with the Ximian Desktop packages then you will be glad to know that has joined the mirror list.

If you would like to download it then you can from here, the UUXI site is also a good place to look for other mirrors.
Linux Kernel 2.4.15-pre6 Released Posted Sunday, November 18, 2001 @ 10:39 PM by mayhem
As usual you can download the tarball from here.
- Russell King: /proc/cpuinfo for ARM
- Paul Mackerras: PPC update (cpuinfo etc)
- Nicolas Aspert: fix Intel 8xx agptlb flush
- Marko Myllynen: "Lindent" doesn't really need bash ;)
- Alexander Viro: /proc/cpuinfo for s390/s390x/sh, /proc/pci cleanup
- Alexander Viro: make lseek work on seqfiles
TechTV Cracks Open Microsoft's New Xbox Posted Saturday, November 17, 2001 @ 8:21 PM by mayhem "TechTV has some pictures of the inside of Microsoft's new Xbox ... looks just like a PC? Wont take long to hack that baby."
Journaling capabilities of ext3 Posted Saturday, November 17, 2001 @ 8:15 PM by mayhem "IBM developerWorks has an article running on The Journaling capabilities of ext3. It will give you a good understanding of how ext3 compares to the other journaling filesystems currently available. The article is located here."
Slashdot: 802.11g Approved By IEEE 54 mb/s on 2.4 gigahertz Posted Saturday, November 17, 2001 @ 8:11 PM by mayhem
IEEE just approved the 802.11g as the new standard in a vote late Thursday. This enables data transfer rates of up to 54 megabits per sec and works on the 2.4 gigahertz band that 802.11b uses. This in turn makes it compatable and operable between the offical standard. By mid-2002 we should be seeing products based on this technology. Unlike 5 GHz 802.11a, 802.11g is backwards compatible with the huge installed base of 802.11b products. Cool stuff if you want to wirelessly stream video and music in your home. More info on 0211-planet.
Services Page Updated Posted Saturday, November 17, 2001 @ 3:35 AM by mayhem
If you want to setup your Apache or Samba server to be more pratical for multiple users on your network then the extra information in the Services page will help you to do that. The following information has been added:

- User HTML and CGI-BIN directories

- Sharing user home directories
- Sharing a public folder
- Restricting access to a valid user
Linux Kernel 2.4.15-pre5 Released Posted Friday, November 16, 2001 @ 5:46 PM by mayhem
Download the patch from here (tarball), changelog:
- Greg KH: enable hotplug driver support
- Andrea Arcangeli: remove bogus sanity check
- David Mosberger: /proc/cpuinfo and scsi scatter-gather for ia64
- David Hinds: 16-bit pcmcia network driver updates/cleanups
- Hugh Dickins: remove some stale code from VM
- David Miller: /proc/cpuinfo for sparc, sparc fork bug fix, network
fixes, warning fixes
- Peter Braam: intermezzo update
- Greg KH: USB updates
- Ivan Kokshaysky: /proc/cpuinfo for alpha
- David Woodhouse: jffs2 - remove dead code, remove gcc3 warning
- Hugh Dickins: fix kiobuf page allocation/deallocation
Redhatbox: x86-64-2.4.14-1 linux kernel released Posted Wednesday, November 14, 2001 @ 1:39 AM by mayhem
Subject: [announcement] x86-64-2.4.14-1 linux kernel released
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 10:07:35 +0100
From: Andi Kleen
A new snapshot of the x86-64 linux kernel tree has been released. It is based now on the 2.4.14 kernel.

Changes to previous snapshot:
- Merged to 2.4.14
- Some bug fixes

For information on how to compile and use it see

Full tar: MD5: b249c589fe41995dd810945104a43425

Patch against Linux 2.4.14: MD5: 0e97844dd45107ca937f5d9baf1ee37c


Linux Kernel 2.4.15-pre4 Released Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2001 @ 12:09 PM by mayhem
Download the gz or bz2 from, changelog follows:
- Mikael Pettersson: make proc_misc happy without modules
- Arjan van de Ven: clean up acpitable implementation ("micro-acpi")
- Anton Altaparmakov: LDM partition code update
- Alan Cox: final (yeah, sure) small missing pieces
- Andrey Savochkin/Andrew Morton: eepro100 config space save/restore over suspend
- Arjan van de Ven: remove power from pcmcia socket on card remove
- Greg KH: USB updates
- Neil Brown: multipath updates
- Martin Dalecki: fix up some "asmlinkage" routine markings
Bandwidth Utilization Bar (Ubar) Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2001 @ 2:01 AM by mayhem
For those of you who visit regularly, you would have noticed the following bandwidth utilization bar:

Up until now you might not have known that you can actually download this script (program written in C) and run it on your own Linux webserver. Well I have just set it up on my machine and it works great, for more information read about in our programs section here.
Linux Kernel VM Systems Compared Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2001 @ 1:20 AM by mayhem
"There has been a lot of discussion lately, both on lkml and elsewhere, regarding the VM subsystem used in the 2.4 series of the Linux kernel. Recently, these issues have been dramatically inflated by Linus replacing the entire VM (originally built by Rik van Riel) with a whole new VM system by Andrea Arcangeli in the midst of a "stable" kernel series, specifically with the 2.4.10 kernel release."

Full article here...
Slashdot: "Linux is *the* threat," Says Microsoft Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2001 @ 12:46 AM by mayhem
"Anybody who works selling Linux into large accounts should read this leaked MS memo on The Register. Show it to your clients as well. The good news is that Microsoft is scared. The bad news is that these guys play tough. On the other hand, I've worked with IBM sales before, and they're no push-overs either." And it appears that they want to go after the the City of Largo as well.
Linux Kernel 2.4.15-pre3 Released Posted Monday, November 12, 2001 @ 5:07 PM by mayhem
You can download the gz or bz2 from
- Alan Cox: more driver merging
- Al Viro: make ext2 group allocation more readable
Linux 2.4.15-pre2 Released Posted Saturday, November 10, 2001 @ 4:49 PM by mayhem
You can download the pre-patch here, or in bz2 format here
- Ivan Kokshaysky: fix alpha dec_and_lock with modules, for alpha config entry
- Kai Germaschewski: ISDN updates
- Jeff Garzik: network driver updates, sysv fs update
- Kai M臾isara: SCSI tape update
- Alan Cox: large drivers merge
- Nikita Danilov: reiserfs procfs information
- Andrew Morton: ext3 merge
- Christoph Hellwig: vxfs livelock fix
- Trond Myklebust: NFS updates
- Jens Axboe: cpqarray + cciss dequeue fix
- Tim Waugh: parport_serial base_baud setting
- Matthew Dharm: usb-storage Freecom driver fixes
- Dave McCracken: wait4() thread group race fix
OpenBSD 3.0 Ready for Pre-Orders Posted Thursday, November 8, 2001 @ 2:54 PM by mayhem
Theo de Raadt has just announced that OpenBSD 3.0 is now accepting pre-orders. 3.0 will now be shipping with 3 cds supporting booting from cd for 6 architectures. Plus there is a bonus audio track on the cd :) Plus the all new pf firewall, which replaces Darren Reed's ipf. I hear pf is pretty rock solid with quite a few new features.
Apache 1.3.22 Now Available Posted Thursday, November 8, 2001 @ 2:47 PM by mayhem
The Apache Group is pleased to announce the release of the 1.3.22 version of the Apache HTTP server. Apache 1.3.22 is the best version of Apache currently available; everyone running 1.2.X servers or earlier are strongly urged to upgrade to 1.3, as there will not be any further 1.2.X releases. At present, the Win32 port of Apache is not as stable as the UNIX version.

Download Apache 1.3 | Apache for Win32 | New Features in Apache 1.3 | ChangeLog for 1.3.22
Linux Kernel 2.4.15-pre1 Released Posted Thursday, November 8, 2001 @ 2:45 PM by mayhem
You can now download 2.4.15-pre1 from here, changelog follows:
- me: fix page flags race condition Andrea found
- David Miller: sparc and network updates
- various: fix loop driver that thought it was part of the VM system
- me: teach DRM about VM_RESERVED
- Alan Cox: more merging
CNET: Got Linux? Many companies say no Posted Thursday, November 8, 2001 @ 2:39 PM by mayhem
Almost every large company has at least thought about Linux, and some of them are running pilot projects or even day-to-day (albeit nonessential) systems on the open-source operating system.

And because the economy is still weak, many tech observers believe that Linux--and its price tag of "free"--will attract more businesses looking to cut costs.

At least that's the theory. Practice indicates something else.

Read More ...
Slash 2.2.0 Released Posted Thursday, November 8, 2001 @ 2:38 PM by mayhem
If you meander over to Slashcode, you will notice that Slash 2.2.0 has been released. This is of course the website engine that runs Slashdot. The release has the message system, improved journal functions, new comment filters, and countless bug fixes. And of course a variety of optimizations that continue to make it possible to serve a quantity of pages that no other open source package like this can even touch :) Plus it's way easier to install. Now that we've got the Fry tree out of the way, its off to work on Zoidberg (which will include subscriptions, killfiles, and a few surprises).
Slashdot: Linux Breaks 100 Petabyte Ceiling Posted Thursday, November 8, 2001 @ 1:40 AM by mayhem
Linux has broken the barrier with the 100 petabyte ceiling, and doing it at 144 petabytes." And this is even more impressive in pebibytes, too.

"We almost forgot to mention this, but Linux recently became the first desktop OS to support enormously large file sizes. How large?

144 Petabytes, or 144,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. A Petabyte is roughly a thousand Terabytes, with a Terabyte being roughly a thousand Gigabytes, of course.

This came up in conversation when we were chatting to Andre Hedrick, who looks after the Linux IDE subsystem, in our story about Mount Rainier CDs last week. Hedrick's code exploits extensions to the ATA-133 spec, which uses 48-bit rather than 28-bit addressing. The drivers are included in the 2.4.13-ac6 kernel tree, says Andre, or alternatively you can download them from his site.

The 144 Petabyte figure is obtained by raising two to the power of 48, and multiplying it by 512. A big arse number. "
- TheRegister
Slashdot: One-Machine Linux Cluster Posted Thursday, November 8, 2001 @ 1:36 AM by mayhem
An AC wrote: Forget Beowulf? clusters, Jacques Gelinas has made available a kernel patch to enable many virtual servers running on the same machine, even the same kernel. Read his original message posted to the Linux kernel list." Imagine what this will mean for hosting companies.
OpenSSH 3.0 Released Posted Thursday, November 8, 2001 @ 1:34 AM by mayhem
According to and OpenSSH 3.0 was released on November 6th.

"OpenSSH 3.0 has just been released. It will be available from the
mirrors listed at shortly.

OpenSSH is a 100% complete SSH protocol version 1.3, 1.5 and 2.0
implementation and includes sftp client and server support.

This release contains many portability bug-fixes (listed in the
ChangeLog) as well as several new features (listed below).

We would like to thank the OpenSSH community for their continued
support and encouragement."
Slashdot Developers: Linus And Alan Settle On A New VM System Posted Thursday, November 8, 2001 @ 1:29 AM by mayhem
ZDNet are reporting that Linus Torvalds and Alan Cox have finally agreed on which Virtual Memory manager to include in future kernel releases. Both have agreed to use the newer VM, written by Andrea Arcangeli, from kernel version 2.4.10 onwards. Read more in the article.
Linux 2.4.14 Kernel Released Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2001 @ 3:44 PM by mayhem
You can download the tarball from here, also full changelog available here.
- David Miller: sparc/scsi scatterlist fixes
- Martin Mares: PCI ids, email address update
- David Miller: revert TCP hash optimizations that need more checking
- Ivan Kokshaysky/Richard Henderson: alpha update (atomic_dec_and_lock etc)
- Peter Anvin: cramfs/zisofs missing pieces
AcidHardware: AMD AthlonXP 1900+ Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2001 @ 3:41 PM by mayhem
"AMD has announced the new AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor 1900+, which sets a new level of performance and continues to extend AMD's leadership with the world's highest overall performing PC processor. The AMD Athlon XP processor 1900+ features QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture and delivers up to a 25-percent performance advantage versus competitive processors on real-world applications, in such categories as digital media, office productivity and 3D gaming."

The Athlon XP 1900+ will run at a speed of 1.6GHz, the full information is available at
Streaming MP3's Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2001 @ 12:42 AM by mayhem
For anyone who wants to setup a Streaming MP3 Server on their Linux Server then the following site is for you: I just set one up for myself so that everyone on my home network can log in and listen to my MP3's, its really easy and takes about 5 minutes to setup.
Slashdot: Wolfenstein Multiplayer Test 2 Out Posted Monday, November 5, 2001 @ 8:04 PM by mayhem
Kallahar writes: "Everybody and their pet will report this, but the new Wolf MP test is out! Get it from Blues News (or many mirrors)." This probably would have been a better submission if it had included a download link of some sort.
Linux Kernel 2.4.14-pre8 Available Now Posted Sunday, November 4, 2001 @ 1:20 PM by mayhem
The patch can be downloaded from here, changelog:
- Andrea: fix races in do_wp_page, free_swap_and_cache
- me: clena up page dirty handling
- Tim Waugh: parport IRQ probing and documentation fixes
- Greg KH: USB updates
- Michael Warfield: computone driver update
- Randy Dunlap: add knowledge about some new io-apics
- Richard Henderson: alpha updates
- Trond Myklebust: make readdir xdr verify the reply packet
- Paul Mackerras: PPC update
- Jens Axboe: make cpqarray and cciss play nice with the request layer
- Massimo Dal Zotto: SMM driver for Dell Inspiron 8000
- Richard Gooch: devfs symlink deadlock fix
- Anton Altaparmakov: make NTFS compile on sparc
Linux 2.2.20 Is Now Available Posted Saturday, November 3, 2001 @ 7:31 PM by mayhem
You can download 2.2.20 from here at
Slashdot: Linux 2.2 and 2.4 VM Systems Compared Posted Saturday, November 3, 2001 @ 11:15 AM by mayhem
Derek Glidden writes "I got sick of trying to figure out from other people's reports whether or not the 2.4 kernel VM system was broken or not, so I decided to run my own tests, write them up and post them online. The short conclusion is that the 2.4 VM rocks when compared with 2.2, but there's more to it than just that."
Linux Kernel 2.4.14-pre7 Patch Released Posted Friday, November 2, 2001 @ 6:36 PM by mayhem
You can download the patch from the usual places, like here, changelog follows:
- me: reinstate "delete swap cache on low swap" code
- David Miller: ksoftirqd startup race fix
- Hugh Dickins: make tmpfs free swap cache entries proactively
ICQ 2001b: Show IP Address Posted Friday, November 2, 2001 @ 12:52 AM by mayhem
If anyone is interested I have modified the appropriate DLL file for ICQ 2001b so that you can see peoples IP address's, I am now trying to get rid of the "Whats new in 2001b?" (if you know what DLL its in please tell me so I can remove it), also for those that want to enable IP address's please email me or come to

Update: You can now download the Build #3633 DLL or Complete Instructions from the following address
Amazon: Linux Saved Us Millions Posted Thursday, November 1, 2001 @ 9:14 AM by mayhem
"ZDNet news presents another chapter in the Windows vs. Linux debate. claims that by switching to Linux, they were able to "cut technology expenses by about 25 percent, from $71 million to $54 million."" Lots of little bits in there. Nothing really new, but it's still nice.
Slashdot: VA Linux Dropping "Linux" From Name Posted Thursday, November 1, 2001 @ 1:19 AM by mayhem
Several folks noted that VA is changing its name to "VA Software" to reflect the fact that they aren't a Linux company anymore. VA of course owns OSDN which runs various Linux and Open Source web sites including amusingly enough Can't say it matters much to me what they call the thing as long as they let us keep running Slashdot, but it really is sad knowing that most of the cool open source hackers no longer work there. My bad. Anyone have a link to the press release that doesn't require a login?
Slashdot: Netscape 6.2 Released Posted Thursday, November 1, 2001 @ 1:18 AM by mayhem
"Netscape today released version 6.2 of its browser based on Mozilla. Downloads for a variety of platforms and languages are available. You can also check out the release notes. This release comes off the Mozilla 0.9.4 branch, and is the third major release from Netscape using Mozilla." Kmeleon also has a release today, if you'd like your web with a little more browsing and little less AOL-promotion.
ICQ 2001b Released Posted Thursday, November 1, 2001 @ 12:43 AM by mayhem
You can now download ICQ 2001b from If you want to remove the ads then follow these simple steps:

1. Backup your database (/ICQ/2000b/ Directory).
2. Un-install your current version of ICQ.
3. Install 2001b onto your system.
4. Before it starts up delete the ICQhttp.dll file (or rename to ICQhttp.bak).
5. Run regedit and set AutoUpdate = No.
6. Place your database back into the ICQ directory (/ICQ/2000b/).
7. Run ICQ, once it uploads your database to the server, then your done.

Enjoy the latest ICQ without those annoying ads.