September 2003

Software Tweak Makes Linux Boot In Under 200 ms Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2003 @ 5:23 PM by mayhem
A version of Linux has been created that radically speeds up system boot time -- to less than 200 milliseconds (ms) from power-up to application code startup. The techniques, created by Real-time Linux vendor FSMLabs, are processor independent, and boot times of under 100 mS are expected in the future. (Source: Slashdot)
Slackware 9.1 Released Posted Monday, September 29, 2003 @ 5:27 PM by mayhem
Slackware 9.1 is now officially released. This is another great release, featuring GCC 3.2.3, GNOME 2.4.0, KDE 3.1.4, ALSA, and Kernel 2.4.22. Check the official announcement for the full feature list. Note that will not allow ISO downloads starting with this release; instead, the first distribution of the ISOs will be via BitTorrent. (Source: 2CPU)
Linux Kernel 2.6.0-test6 Now Available For Download Posted Monday, September 29, 2003 @ 12:58 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.6.0-test6 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the mirrors here, there is no changelog available.
Questions for Linus Torvalds Posted Saturday, September 27, 2003 @ 7:35 PM by mayhem
An interesting interview with Linus in the NY Times: Q: You gave Linux, the operating system, to the world free, in effect jump-starting the open-source movement. Now this previously obscure company, SCO Group, claims ownership of some of the code and threatens to close the door on open source and Linux. I suppose it's to be expected that when you send your offspring out into the world, you have to be prepared for your kid to run with a crowd you don't approve of.

You can read the full article here. (Source: NewsForge)
Linux Kernel Benchmarking: 2.4 vs. 2.6-test Posted Friday, September 26, 2003 @ 8:27 AM by mayhem
Cliff White recently posted some re-AIM multiuser benchmark results comparing the stable 2.4.23-pre5 kernel against the 2.6.0-test5 and 2.6.0-test5-mm4 development kernels. In his conclusion he makes reference to earlier scheduler tests posted by Mark Wong saying, "Short summary: we mostly rock." (Source: Slashdot)
Samba 3.0.0 Released Posted Friday, September 26, 2003 @ 8:26 AM by mayhem
As posted on the fine folks at released their newest version of the popular free Windows File- and Print Server. Most famous additions are Active Directory integration and possibilities to form NT4 trust relationships. Release notes are online. (Source: Slashdot)
Linux on the AMD Opteron: Are We Ready? Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 @ 10:23 PM by mayhem
Early last week I received an AMD Opteron 240 and an Asus SK8N motherboard. I was so anxious to get Linux on it I could hardly sit still... A week later, Linux is on it, in 32 bit mode only, and my hard drive has informed me that if I reinstall again it is going to go on strike...

Complete story can be found here. (Source: Linux Today)
The Linux Learner's Guide Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 @ 10:21 PM by mayhem
The Linux Learner's Guide is designed to cut down the angle of the learning curve for new Linux users. The guide includes a list of commonly used BASH commands and their purposes, a list of configuration files and what they do, Web addresses for necessary sites like the ALSA Project and the GNU Project, instructions for configuring the kernel and compiling programs from source, and general advice and tips on Linux that the beginning user should know. It's short (about 25 pages), concise, and highly informative. (Source:
Towards Linux 2.6 Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 @ 10:16 PM by mayhem
The impending release of a new stable kernel promises greater adoption for Linux, as it becomes more reliable and scalable over a larger variety of processors. This article highlights some of the changes, both big and small, with some code samples. (Source: NewsForge)
Is There An OS On My Hard Drive? Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 @ 10:14 PM by mayhem
Thanks to an agreement between Lindows and Seagate, from October you will be able to choose a hard drive with or without an Lindows. Michael Robertson, in his usual marketing speak, compares this to adding "Fluoride in the water", because now you get for free somethis you needed to go after (people used to go to dentist to get their Fluoride). According to the PR, the OS can autodetect and configure itself on the host machine. (Source: Slashdot)
Red Hat Linux Project Merges With Fedora Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2003 @ 2:51 PM by mayhem
Red Hat has announced a merger of its Red Hat Linux Project with Fedora Linux, a group that has specialized in providing high-quality RPM packages for Red Hat. According to Red Hat, 'The Fedora Project is a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project. It is also a proving ground for new technology that may eventually make its way into Red Hat products.' From the FAQ: 'Rather than being run through product management as something that has to appear on retail shelves on a certain date, Fedora Core will be released based on schedules, set by a steering committee, that will be open and accessible to the community, as well as influenced by the community.' (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.4.23-pre5 Now Available For Download Posted Monday, September 22, 2003 @ 9:05 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.4.23-pre5 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Latest Review: D-Link DI-704P IP (ADSL/Cable) Router Posted Monday, September 22, 2003 @ 12:44 AM by mayhem
Our latest review was provided by D-Link Australia, the DI-704P is an Ethernet based Broadband router for ADSL or cable, it comes with a 4 port switch and single port printer server built in. The unit provides a great alternative to running a dedicated Linuxbox for Internet Connection Sharing and at an affordable price.

You can read the full review right here.
Remote Root Exploit In lsh Posted Sunday, September 21, 2003 @ 6:47 PM by mayhem
After last week's OpenSSH patch-fest, a lot of people suggested GNU lsh as a replacement. Unfortunately, it seems that the lsh team has recently discovered a heap overflow bug of their own that can lead to compromise. An exploit was posted to BugTraq two days ago. Happy patching. (Source: Slashdot)
New ssh Exploit in the Wild Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2003 @ 12:04 PM by mayhem
In the last few hours there have been several reports of a new ssh bug, with an exploit seemingly in the wild. Oh god not again... The lengths some people will goto to try and damage Theo's pride. Update: 09/17 00:24 GMT by T: friscolr writes Hot on the heels of rev 1 of the buffer.adv advisory, here is revision 2, which fixes more than revision 1 did. Also see the 3.7.1 release notes. (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.4.23-pre4 Now Available For Download Posted Sunday, September 14, 2003 @ 1:16 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.4.23-pre4 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
MandrakeSoft plans new revenue source Posted Saturday, September 13, 2003 @ 11:48 AM by mayhem
Following up on a story appearing this morning at about MandrakeSoft selling ads in their free download version of Mandrake Linux, I contacted GaŽl Duval at MandrakeSoft for more detail on the new advertising/revenue source.

You can find more information here and also here. (Source:
GNOPPIX: Bootable GNOME CD Posted Saturday, September 13, 2003 @ 11:43 AM by mayhem
While KNOPPIX has been around for some time, the GNOPPIX project has only recently made its first release. The main difference is that it lets you boot into the GNOME desktop environment. Usually forks are more trouble than they're worth, but given the limits of what you can compress onto a single CD, separate projects makes sense to me. Hopefully more widespread recognition will also bring about a few more mirrors. (Source: Slashdot)
The Hacker Behind "Hacking the Xbox" Posted Saturday, September 13, 2003 @ 11:42 AM by mayhem
ONLamp has just published an interview with Andrew "Bunnie" Huang, author of Hacking the Xbox. Bunnie discusses the effect of the DMCA on his work and the state of Xbox hacking as he sees it. (Source: Slashdot)
Historic Linux File Archive Created Posted Tuesday, September 9, 2003 @ 6:49 PM by mayhem
Ibiblio (nee metalab, nee sunsite) has rummaged through all the old CDs and old FTP archives we could find, to put together a beautiful picture of the early days of the Linux community: Historic Linux. The files include snapshots of the early Linux archives including and, and early distributions such as MCC (Manchester Computing Center) and SLS (Softlanding Linux Systems), which were some of the first attempts to make Linux easy to install and use. The early RedHat releases are also included, as is early Suse, Debian, Slackware, and Blade. The early distributions ran on machines as small as 386's with 2-4 MB of RAM, so these could be fun ways to resurrect ancient hardware. (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.6.0-test5 Now Available For Download Posted Tuesday, September 9, 2003 @ 12:25 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.6.0-test5 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the mirrors here, there is no changelog available.
SCO's Next Target: SGI? Posted Monday, September 8, 2003 @ 12:35 PM by mayhem
SCO Group, which has sued IBM for more than $3 billion for allegedly moving Unix code into Linux, may also have Silicon Graphics in its crosshairs.

SCO on Friday declined to comment on future legal action, but Chris Sontag, the senior vice president in charge of SCO's effort to derive more revenue from its Unix intellectual property, has said two things that suggest SGI is a likely target...

You can find the complete story here. (Source: Linux Today)
Linux Distro For Linksys WRT54G Posted Monday, September 8, 2003 @ 8:35 AM by mayhem
Here is a tiny Linux distro for the Linksys wrt54g (d/l the distro here). In just a few seconds, you can give your access point's ramdisk syslog, telnetd, httpd (with cgi-bin support), vi, snort, mount, insmod, rmmod, top, grep, etc. Interesting -- "The script installs strictly to the ram disk of the box. No permanent changes are made. If you mess something up, power-cycle it." (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.4.23-pre3 Now Available For Download Posted Thursday, September 4, 2003 @ 12:20 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.4.23-pre3 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Microsoft Longhorn Delayed Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2003 @ 10:41 AM by mayhem
Microsoft has once again shifted the schedule for the release of "Longhorn," the company's next major version of Windows. The product was originally expected to ship next year. Then in May of this year, officials pushed back the release date to 2005. But now executives are declining to say when they expect the software to ship. (Source: Slashdot)
HowTo Upgrade To The 2.6 Kernel Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2003 @ 10:34 AM by mayhem
KernelTrap has written a howto detailing how you can upgrade your GNU/Linux OS from the 2.4 stable kernel to the 2.6.0-test4 development kernel. It's done in eight simple steps, complete with screen shots. From the sounds of it, getting to 2.6 is worth the effort.

You can read the full article here. (Source: