July 2002

Red Hat drops Netscape Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2002 @ 11:28 PM by mayhem
Red Hat Linux 7.4/8.0 on the move. MozillaQuest Magazine (MozillaQuest.com) reports: "Red Hat placed the second beta of . . . [its] next distribution, Red Hat Linux/x86 7.3.93 (Limbo), on its public FTP servers today. It likely will be called either Red Hat Linux 7.4 or Red Hat Linux 8.0. . . . Limbo uses the 2.4.19-pre10-ac2 Linux kernel release. The Netscape Web browser has been removed . . . GNOME version 2.0 is now included . . . The Apache HTTP server has been updated to version 2.0." Check this MozillaQuest.com story for, details, links, and full story!. (Source: NewsForge)
Burning CDs in Linux: Tips and Tricks Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2002 @ 9:51 AM by mayhem
Some may like their CD-RW drives to make nothing but coasters, but for the rest of us, the frustration of a mishandled CD burn can drive us crazy. It does not have to be that way. Linux has some excellent (and maturing) tools that will let you get your data recorded the right way. Dee-Ann LeBlanc reports on these tools and how to use them to the best advantage.

Full story is available here. (Source: Linux Today)
Testing the Best of Linux Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2002 @ 12:07 PM by mayhem
Comparing and evaluating several Linux distributions is a sure way to draw attention from more seasoned Linux users - after all we all have our favourites which we will defend with our lives, right? VARBusiness has done the testing and this is the report comparing Caldera 3.1.1, Mandrake 8.2, Red Hat 7.3, Slackware 8.0, SuSE 8.0 and Turbolinux 7. The testing criteria concentrated on ease of installation, configuration and security. We know little about the testers' background but the heavy reliance on GUI configuration tools gives it away: "Our overall evaluation ranks Mandrake and SuSE tops. The completeness of their packages and excellent management facilities (DrakX for Mandrake and YaST2 for SuSE) will keep IT administrators' headaches to a minimum. We relegate Slackware to the bottom of the heap, because it requires incredible patience." Fair enough, not everybody enjoys spending all day in VIM, but if your system administrator demands graphical tools to manage the servers, then you know you have a problem. Nevertheless, it's an interesting look at, as Newsforge puts it, "the way non-Linux people think about using Linux" Read it here. (Source: Distro Watch)
NetBSD 1.5.3 Is Out Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2002 @ 12:04 PM by mayhem
NetBSD 1.5.3, a patch release improving stability, fixing bugs in, addressing security issues in, and adding some features to NetBSD 1.5.2, has been released with support for 20 architectures. More information is available in the 1.5.3 release announcement. (Source: KernelTrap)
Why Microsoft Is Exhibiting At LinuxWorld Expo Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2002 @ 10:47 AM by mayhem
My questions are what do they hope to accomplish and how will they do it? What would motivate Microsoft to participate in an event celebrating a cancer-causing, communist-inspired, anti-American miscreant of an operating system called Linux? http://www.linuxworld.com/site-stories/2002/0729.microsoft.html (Source: NewsForge)
Second Red Hat Limbo Beta (7.3.93) Released Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2002 @ 10:41 AM by mayhem
The second release for Limbo was released last Friday:

"Thank you for trying out the Red Hat Linux BETA. The purpose of this beta is to get feedback from testers so we can improve our distribution..... Because this is a BETA release we strongly urge you to not use this release on production systems or systems containing important data..... This beta is distributed as 700MB CD images. Attempting to write these images to 650MB CD-R/CD-RWs will most likely fail...... Again, we thank you and hope that you enjoy this BETA..."

As always, you can find LIMBO at redhat.com. Specifically: ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/beta/limbo/

Full article and a list of mirrors are available here. (Source: Linux Today)
Linus: Praying For Hammer To Win Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2002 @ 10:37 AM by mayhem
The boys at Intel can't be happy with the latest opposition to the IA-64 instruction set. According to this Inquirer scoop, Linus himself has weighed in, and it appears he's putting his eggs in the x86-64 basket. In the original usenet post, he goes so far as to say that 'We're ... praying that AMD's x86-64 succeeds in the market, forcing Intel to make Yamhill their standard platform.' (Source: Slashdot)
Linux On XBox Is Making Progress Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2002 @ 1:14 AM by mayhem
The Xbox Linux Project, drawing on the skills of programmers in the UK, Germany and the United States, released a pre-alpha version of the new BIOS on Sunday. When complete, the BIOS will give programmers control over the Xbox's components and peripherals and allow the rest of the Linux operating system to boot.

Full article is available here (Source: NewsForge)
Mandrake Holds Top Ranking in Desktop Linux Poll Posted Monday, July 29, 2002 @ 11:31 AM by mayhem
As part of its efforts to support the growing Desktop Linux revolution, DesktopLinux.com is pleased to announce ongoing survey results in our online Desktop Linux distribution 'quick poll'. The survey asks readers to provide information about which distribution(s) they use (or plan to use) for desktop purposes. The results, after 7 months of polling, are available now . . .

Full information is available here.
USB 2.0 for Linux Coming Soon Posted Monday, July 29, 2002 @ 9:04 AM by mayhem
There's an article on MSNBC about USB 2.0 support in Linux. Interesting to see that the open source community is less than a year behind the most powerful software company in the world in supporting it. Does that make us the second most powerful now? :) (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.5.29 Now Available For Download Posted Monday, July 29, 2002 @ 1:31 AM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.5.29 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
XTDNAccess IrDA Review Posted Thursday, July 25, 2002 @ 8:05 PM by mayhem
Well recently I was lucky enough to be given access to a couple of Extended Systems Infra Red products, namely the XTNDAccess range, for our latest review. The two products tested were the XTNDAccess IrDA PC Adapter and the XTNDAccess IrDA Printer Adapter. You can find my full evaluation in the review here.
Linux Kernel 2.5.28 Now Available For Download Posted Thursday, July 25, 2002 @ 11:44 AM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.5.28 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
IBM Has Released DB2 v8.1 For Linux Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2002 @ 11:17 AM by mayhem
IBM has released DB2 v8.1 for Linux(Intel 32 and 64 bit) today. New features include multi-dimensional clustering(queries and analytics nearly 100% faster), self-configuring, self-healing, self-optimizing, self-protecting, and the ability to consolidate Web Services queries through a single SQL statement. Heres a link to all the platform downloads. (Source: NewsForge)
Mandrake Linux 9.0 Beta 1 Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2002 @ 11:16 AM by mayhem
MandrakeSoft has released the first beta of the next version of its distribution. It features XFree86 4.2, KDE 3.0, GNOME 2.0, and is compiled with gcc-3.1, which (alas) makes it incompatible with a fair amount of commercial software. (Source: Slashdot)
Serious PHP Vulnerability Reported Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2002 @ 3:13 PM by mayhem
The PHP form-data POST handler is susceptible to a malicious POST request that can trigger an error condition which, depending on your hardware, can crash the machine or provide for remote exploitation.

On an Intel x86 machine an attacker has no control over memory allocation/recovery and can only cause a denial of service; on a Sparc/Solaris machine an attacker would be able to free chunks of memory and overwrite them arbitrarily to run code.

PHP versions 4.2.0 and 4.2.1 are vulnerable. The PHP Group has released both a fixed version and patches, available for download here. (Source: AusPCWorld)
Mozilla 1.1 Beta Out And About Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2002 @ 3:11 PM by mayhem
Today mozilla.org released Mozilla 1.1 Beta. New to this release are full-screen mode for Linux, BiDi Hebrew improvements, Arabic shaping improvements for Linux, and significant improvements to Venkman, the best cross-platform JavaScript debugger on the planet. Binaries and release notes available at http://www.mozilla.org/releases/. You can read more about this release at mozilla.org and mozillazine.org and if you want to see how this release fits into the overall 1.1 development cycle there's a pretty picture available at the Mozilla Development Roadmap. (Source: Slashdot)
AMD's 64-Bit Chip Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2002 @ 3:08 PM by mayhem
AMD is set to release a 64-bit chip early next year which will be completely backwards compatible with the Athlon line. The current 64-bit offering from Intel, Itanium, is an entirely new chip that has no backwards compatibility with its x86 line of chips (from the 8080 chip to the Pentium IV) and is designed only for high end servers. AMD's solution to this problem is the Opteron chip (product info) which will be in servers, desktops and laptops. Here is a wired article. (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.5.27 Now Available For Download Posted Sunday, July 21, 2002 @ 12:21 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.5.27 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Hot-Rod Your CD-RW Drive Posted Sunday, July 21, 2002 @ 1:43 AM by mayhem
Currently almost everyone with a computer has a CD-ROM drive and also a big part of them have a CD-RW drive. But what if you want to spend less time on writing a CD-R ? You have to buy a new one, or, if you are a real geek, you just overclock it! Seems to be to good to be true ? It's not! Currently a lot of cheap manufacturers of CD-RW drives are using the same parts in their 32x,40x, and 48x drives and start to sell them at 32x, later to 40x and in end as 48x. and with a little upgrading of the firmware (totally legal) you will have a faster drive, because you remove its limits! It currently works on drives from Lite-On (who also makes drives for Memorex, TDK, Iomega, Cendyne, TraxData and Pacific digital all overclockable) And the list goes on as there are also overclock tricks for LG (32x -> 40x) and Sony drives (32x -> 48x). If you don't believe it, read all the reactions and the postings on the forums mentioned above! (Source: Slashdot)
Rasterman Says Desktop Linux is Dead Posted Sunday, July 21, 2002 @ 1:40 AM by mayhem
The future of Linux, its best hopes for blowing past everything else on an x86 machine, once was located in a little Austrailai website, with a window manager called Enlightenment, which we all hoped to be good enough to build and configure. In an interview with Linux and Main, the recently silent Rasterman talks about GNOME, KDE, E, and his view that the future of Linux requires new playing fields. (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.4.19-rc3 Now Available For Download Posted Saturday, July 20, 2002 @ 9:17 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.4.19-rc3 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
New Features For 2.5 Linux Kernel Posted Saturday, July 20, 2002 @ 6:02 PM by mayhem
The current development version of the Linux kernel is 2.5. At the recent Linux kernel summit, it was agreed to have a "feature freeze" on this kernel by October 31, 2002. Here's a story looking at what's left to be merged before the freeze. Projects most likely to make it into 2.5 (and thus be a part of the next stable kernel, 2.6), include: the reverse mapping VM, the Linux Security Module framework, User Mode Linux and support for filesystems greater than 2TB. (Source: Slashdot)
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 Released Posted Saturday, July 20, 2002 @ 4:48 PM by mayhem
The Debian Project is pleased to announce the release of Debian GNU/Linux version 3.0. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, which now supports a total of eleven processor architectures, includes KDE and GNOME desktop environments, features cryptographic software, is compatible with the FHS v2.2 and supports software developed for the LSB. The Release Notes are available here. (Source: Slashdot)
Perl 5.8.0 Released Posted Saturday, July 20, 2002 @ 1:47 AM by mayhem
The latest version of Perl has been released, with new features such as better Unicode support, a new threads implementation, new IO layer support, and a whole plethora of bundled modules - plus a wonderful collection of regression tests and new documentation. The release notes and links to mirrors for download are on dev.perl.org. (Source: Slashdot)
Fastest Linux Supercomputer Ordered Posted Saturday, July 20, 2002 @ 1:41 AM by mayhem
LAWRENCE LIVERMORE National Laboratory in the US has announced a purchase of the fastest supercomputer running Linux yet configured. It will have a peak theoretical speed of 9.2 TeraFlops (trillion floating point operations per second), which will place it right up there among the fastest five supercomputers. It will be tasked to perform National Security computing, which -- at Lawrence Livermore -- means simulations of performance for the US inventory of aging nuclear weapons devices.

Of course this won't be your local university math department's typical Beowulf Cluster of older boxes interconnected with 100-baseT or Gigabit Ethernet or Myrinet links. This will be state-of-the-art hardware power (1,920 Intel Xeon 2.4 Ghz CPUs) interconnected with NetworX interlinks, 3.8 TB of memory, over 115 TB of disk storage, and specialized systems management software. Government scientists get all the coolest toys.

Full story is available here. (Source: AusPCWorld)
MRTG Setup Information Posted Saturday, July 20, 2002 @ 12:53 AM by mayhem
Well the Programs page has finally been updated to incorporate setup information for the ever popular MRTG (Multi Router Traffic Grapher). The simple guide steps through how to install and setup SNMPD (which is required for MRTG) through to installation configuration of MRTG itself.

The full MRTG installation guide can be found here.
ATIís Radeon 9700 (R300) Ė Crowning the New King Posted Friday, July 19, 2002 @ 11:03 AM by mayhem
The R300 is here and we're ready to tell you its story. Find out what makes the fastest GPU on the planet tick and then see exactly how much faster than the GeForce4 Ti 4600 it really is.

Full story is available here. (Source: AnandTech)
Linux Successfully On The Xbox Posted Friday, July 19, 2002 @ 10:34 AM by mayhem
SA LinuXbox team have successfully installed Linux on the Microsoft Xbox and are the official winners of the Xbox Linux Project. They get to take home a cool $200,000!

"With utmost pride and excitement, I would like to take this moment to announce that we have successfully installed Linux on the Microsoft Xbox and are the official winners of the Xbox Linux Project. Since we're sure many of you might be skeptical of our claims, we have assembled this step-by-step article detailing the process of the Linux installation process"

Full story is available here, but is obviously a hilarious prank. (Source: Overclockers Australia)
Installing Sybase on Your Linux Server Posted Friday, July 19, 2002 @ 10:25 AM by mayhem
Got them ol' licensing fee blues? Looking for a better way to handle your database needs? Sybase for Linux may be one way to solve your problems. Setting it up for a test spin is not a major proposition, either, as Alexander Prohorenko details in this tutorial that covers installation and localization of Sybase.

Full story is available here. (Source: Linux Today)
OpenOffice.org 1.0.1 Released Posted Friday, July 19, 2002 @ 10:23 AM by mayhem
Openoffice.org has released version 1.0.1 of their open-source office suite, a release which makes some important updates, both technical and social.

On the social side, OpenOffice.org 1.0.1 now includes an installation guide, which is contained in the installation tarball under the name installation_guide.pdf. The guide, which is available in English, French, German, or Italian, details how to run a single-user or network installation.

As for technical updates, OpenOffice.org has enhanced Mozilla integration to meet Mozilla 1.0 standards and he released several patches for Solaris/Sparc users of OpenOffice.org.

For a full list of changes made, see the Release Notes. Visit the Download page to acquire a source or binary copy of the office suite.

(Source: Linux Today)
Looking Into Lindows Posted Friday, July 19, 2002 @ 10:15 AM by mayhem
LindowsOS may have a future if it can develop a more compelling case for using it. But for now, I'll stick with Mandrake, thanks.

Full article is available here.
LWN.net Weekly Edition for July 18, 2002 Posted Friday, July 19, 2002 @ 12:33 AM by mayhem
Inside this week's LWN.net Weekly Edition:
  • Front: The LLNL cluster; The road to world domination.
  • Security: Sharp Zaurus Vulnerabilities; Linux attacks on the rise; USENIX Security Symposium papers
  • Kernel: Read-copy-update; enforcing locking requirements.
  • Distributions: Distribution news from Debian, Mandrake, Red Hat, and more.
  • Development: MySQL best practices, Mailman 2.0.12, Cocoon 2, web site tuning, JBoss 3.0, Koha Library Management System, Wine 20020710, Java web security, Perl 5.8.0 RC 3, Test::MockObject, Generator-based state machines in Python, XML Shell, James Clark interview.
  • Commerce: MandrakeSoft Shareholder Newsletter; Evans Data Corp. study on Chinese software development market
  • Press: New draft bill on copying and webcasting, internet radio still alive, RidgeRun closes, Wallmart Linux boxes, Norway cancels MS contract, aggressive Linux advocacy, virtual prototyping, the Game Theory of Open Code, Yopy review, Zaurus security holes.
  • Announcements: LJ Readers' Choice Awards, Little Linux systems guide, Conference for Open Source Content Management, Gnumeric Summit, Perl BOF, Linux-Kongress 2002 tutorials, mod_perl world, Linux clique awards, GNOME users' forum needed.
  • Letters: Scalability; Switching back.

    Full story is available here.
    The Importance of Being Debian Posted Friday, July 19, 2002 @ 12:22 AM by mayhem
    This is an interesting article on why we should be interested in this non-commercial linux distribution. Some of the points: No lies, Suit-Free Zone, Apt-get. And by the way, Hewlett-Packard has chosen Debian to be their standard linux distribution. (Source: Slashdot)
    MySQL Funding Doubled; Claims NuSphere Settlement Close Posted Thursday, July 18, 2002 @ 11:51 PM by mayhem
    Swedish software house MySQL AB, developers of the MySQL database, has secured additional funding from its original European investors.

    According to MySQL CEO Marten Mickos, the company raised 2 million euros ($1.8 million) in a second round.
    MySQL expects to become profitable in December. However, Mickos acknowledged that the company won't report a profit for the full year.

    The six-year-old firm offers its MySQL database under a dual licensing model. It is available for free under the GPL but organizations that want to develop and resell a commercial product with MySQL code have to pay for a non-GPL commercial license.

    Full story is available here. (Source: Linuxgram)
    Review of Gentoo Linux Posted Thursday, July 18, 2002 @ 3:02 PM by mayhem
    OSNews features an interesting review of Gentoo Linux, discussing its installation procedure, portage system, its SPARC port, and its speed.

    "Gentoo (until recently) does not install packages as one would expect (ala RedHat, Suse, etc). The install process actually grabs the latest source from the Gentoo server and builds them right on your machine. This serves many purposes, some of which are: small install disk, packages are built for the machines CPU type, the process itself takes care of dependancies, you get the latest snapshot of the tree. These few I have listed are pretty big pluses. The CPU optimization alone is a good thing. With most other distributions one has a choice of perhaps x86 compatibility or an i686 build. As noted in the preamble, this also solves the "package-dependancy-hell" problem."

    (Source: NewsForge)
    Linux Kernel 2.4.19-rc2 Now Available For Download Posted Thursday, July 18, 2002 @ 9:52 AM by mayhem
    You can now download the 2.4.19-rc2 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
    Linux Kernel 2.5.26 Now Available For Download Posted Thursday, July 18, 2002 @ 9:43 AM by mayhem
    You can now download the 2.5.26 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
    No problems with high speed P4s Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2002 @ 9:59 AM by mayhem
    While Intel won't comment on unannounced products such as its very soon to be released 2.80GHz Pentium 4, the company has got back to us on allegations that software won't support the higher speeds.

    An Intel representative told the INQUIRER today: "We don't comment on unannounced products, however the Pentium 4 processor silicon is very healthy and scaling well. We see no issues in scaling Intel processor performance with today's software loads."

    The suggestion was that there might be difficulties in OS software from Windows supporting high clock speeds with both Intel and AMD processors, which this statement appears to discount.

    The full story is available here. (Source: AusPCWorld)
    Linux Timeline Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2002 @ 9:55 AM by mayhem
    Linux Journal: "As part of our 100th issue celebration, we present 100 of the most significant events in Linux history. As shown in the timeline, the first issue of Linux Journal coincided with the release of Linux 1.0. Ever since, the fortunes of our magazine have followed those of Linux at large."

    Full article is available here. (Source: Linux Journal)
    Kernel.org Down Again? Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2002 @ 9:43 AM by mayhem
    Well it seems that The Linux Kernel Archives (www.kernel.org) are down again, looks like the site has been down since at least 10:00pm last night. Wonder if its another hardware problem, or if the bandwidth usage is simply too much. If anyone has any info then please email us.
    GNOME 2.0 Beefs Up Linux Viability Posted Tuesday, July 16, 2002 @ 10:05 AM by mayhem
    GNOME 2.0 is a giant leap forward in the search for a viable Linux alternative to Windows, according to users and creators of the GNU Network Object Model Environment, but more work needs to be done on the technology.

    To further advance the environment, the GNOME Foundation has begun work on Version 2.2 and plans a GNOME Summit in Boston July 18-20.

    "The most exciting thing in GNOME 2.0 is that we have a proper development platform," said Nat Friedman, co-chairman of the GNOME Foundation and co-founder of Boston-based Ximian Inc. "This is a huge, huge step to help us grow the Linux pie."

    More information available here. (Source: NewsForge)
    A first look at StarOffice 6.0 Posted Monday, July 15, 2002 @ 9:54 AM by mayhem
    StarOffice is a complete package. It's no longer free as in beer, but it's a good buy, especially if you get it as part of a bundle such as a Linux distribution or Ximian's Red Carpet Express. Full article is available here. (Source: Linux World)
    Distribution Release - Debian 2.2r7 Posted Monday, July 15, 2002 @ 9:52 AM by mayhem
    Potato's 7th revision has appeared on the Debian's FTP server. It's kind of hard to get excited about the release which is nothing more than a security and critical bug fix update. This word from the potato's release manager: "This may also be the last version of the 2.2 series, depending on how well the woody release is making progress. There is, however, still a possibility another update (r8, to be scheduled at the beginning of August) has to be released before Debian 3.0." An official announcement should be out shortly (keep an eye on the Latest News page), but I believe that those of you still running potato know the apt-get drill pretty well by now... (Source: Distro Watch)
    The Future Of The 2.0 Linux Kernel Posted Monday, July 15, 2002 @ 9:35 AM by mayhem
    The first 2.0 stable kernel was released over six years ago, in June of 1996. It was followed by the 2.2 stable kernel two and a half years later, in January of 1999. The more recent 2.4 stable kernel followed by two years in January of 2001. And the upcoming 2.6 kernel is at least a year off. Through all these years, 2.0 has continued to be maintained, currently up to revision 2.0.39, also released in January of 2001. David Weinehall maintains this kernel, and says, "there _are_ people that still use 2.0 and wouldn't consider an upgrade the next few years, simply because they know that their software/hardware works with 2.0 and have documented all quirks. Upgrading to a newer kernel-series means going through this work again." Read the full story here. (Source: Slashdot)
    Why Linux is becoming the Residential Gateway platform of choice Posted Thursday, July 11, 2002 @ 11:13 PM by mayhem
    This whitepaper explains why product designers are increasingly making use of Linux as the embedded software platform in Residential Gateway products of many sizes and variations, lists some of the requirements, and identifies sources of software useful to this effort.

    Full article is available here. (Source: Linux Devices)
    Xbox Runs Its First Legal Homebrew App Posted Monday, July 8, 2002 @ 1:48 AM by mayhem
    As Michael Steil, the Xbox Linux project leader says:'On the Xbox Linux website, you can download "linuxpreview," an application that runs on modded Xboxes and is completeley legal, because the XDK was not used for development, and it does not contain any Microsoft code.'. See the X-box logo and Tux on the same screen. More information here. (Source: Slashdot)
    Linux Kernel 2.5.25 Now Available For Download Posted Saturday, July 6, 2002 @ 2:05 PM by mayhem
    You can now download the 2.5.25 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
    Two Lackluster Reviews For LindowsOS on Wal-Mart PCs Posted Friday, July 5, 2002 @ 11:45 AM by mayhem
    Two individual reviews of LindowsOS running on the MicroTel/Wal-Mart hardware were published today. The first can be found over at NewsForge and the other one at BayArea.com. Both reviews are not positive for the Lindows solution and they are not excited about the idea of Click-n-Run. (Source: Slashdot)
    A More In Depth Look at PS/2 Linux Posted Friday, July 5, 2002 @ 9:08 AM by mayhem
    I have yet to see a GOOD review of the Linux (for Playstation 2) kit... until now... " The article takes awhile to get to the point, but covers a lot of information about what you can and can't do w/ the kit, and more interestingly what the author thinks the kit is intended to accomplish. (Source: Slashdot)
    KDE 3.0.2 Released Posted Thursday, July 4, 2002 @ 7:39 PM by mayhem
    The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.0.2, the third generation of KDE's free, powerful desktop for Linux and other UNIXes. KDE 3.0.2 is available in 50 languages and ships with the core KDE libraries, the base desktop environment, an integrated development environment, and hundreds of applications and other desktop enhancements from the other KDE base packages (PIM, administration, network, edutainment, development, utilities, multimedia, games, artwork, and others).

    KDE 3.0.2 primarily provides useability and stability enhancements over KDE 3.0.1, which shipped in late May 2002. For a complete list of changes since KDE 3.0, please see the change log.

    'KDE 3.0.2 is the second maintenance release of the KDE 3.0 series,' explained Dirk Mueller, the KDE 3 release coordinator. "A number of stability and useability enhancements have been backported from the active KDE 3.1 branch to the KDE 3.0 codebase and bundled in this update. We recommend that all KDE 3 users update to this newest, stable release...'

    Complete story is available here. (Source: Linux Today)
    Red Hat 8.0 - New Red Hat Beta, LIMBO, Announced Posted Thursday, July 4, 2002 @ 3:43 PM by mayhem
    A formless gray void shifts around you. You feel neither pleasure nor pain; mainly a sense of waiting. Other souls similarly confused shuffle aimlessly about. What do you do now? Where do you go from here?

    Welcome to LIMBO, a new beta release of Red Hat Linux.

    LIMBO includes, but is not limited to:
    - the latest desktop technology
    - gcc-3.1
    - Mozilla 1.0+
    - OpenOffice 1.0
    - and much much more

    Full information is available here. (Thanks to redlander for the link)
    Microsoft To Exhibit at LinuxWorld Expo Posted Thursday, July 4, 2002 @ 10:30 AM by mayhem
    Linux Today has a confirmed report that Microsoft is going to be an exhibitor at LinuxWorld Expo. One can only guess at what Microsoft's motives might be. It will be interesting to see the reaction to the appearance of a Microsoft booth. (Source: Slashdot)
    PHP Conversion Complete Posted Wednesday, July 3, 2002 @ 9:32 PM by mayhem
    As planned the site has now been converted to PHP and the old SHTML version has been deleted. Hopefully there shouldn't be any problems and if anything the site should be a little bit faster. There will be a few more changes made, so don't give up if anything happens just refresh and it should be fine (don't you just love coding on the fly). If there are any major problems please let me know, mayhem@linuxathome.net.
    New Linux News Portal - LinuxDailyNews Posted Tuesday, July 2, 2002 @ 11:44 PM by mayhem
    Five popular independent Linux websites today unveiled LinuxDailyNews, a collaborative portal site where visitors can get thumbnail glimpses of the latest news and content from each participating site. The founders of LinuxDailyNews are Open for Business, DesktopLinux.com, LinuxDevices.com, and Linux and Main. Those sites were joined before rollout by member site KernelTrap.org, and other sites are expected to be added in the future. (Source: Slashdot)
    Anonymous Will Award $200,000 for Xbox Linux Posted Tuesday, July 2, 2002 @ 8:09 PM by mayhem
    The X-box Linux Project at Sourceforge reports today that an anonymous donor will award nearly a quarter of a million dollars to the individuals responsible for the completion of a two-phased effort to run Linux on the Xbox. One can't help but wonder if this will help or hurt the community. On one hand, it is likely to generate additional interest in the project, on the other, some people may be less inclinded to share their discoveries with money on the line. Then again, getting both Money and Glory sounds pretty good. (Source: Slashdot)