October 2004

SuSE Linux 9.2 Professional Released Posted Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ 1:56 AM by mayhem
Today, SuSE 9.2 Professional Edition has been released. SuSE writes: 'It combines a fast, secure operating system and more than 1,000 popular open source applications. It is the first complete Linux package to harness both the improved Linux kernel 2.6 and the recently enhanced GNOME 2.6 and KDE 3.3 user desktop environments. Ideal for Linux enthusiasts and developers, SUSE LINUX Professional 9.2 improves support for mobile users and delivers a host of essential tools.' More information at the SuSE website. The price is $89.95. The update version is $59.95. A live DVD image is also available on the SuSE website, for use by DVD. Have fun, SuSE Pro users! (Source: Slashdot)
Dell Teams Up With SUSE Posted Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ 1:55 AM by mayhem
Dell's Linux blog points to the news that Dell and SUSE have teamed up to start offering SUSE Enterprise Linux installed directly on Dell servers. Looks like Dell isn't just a Red Hat shop anymore. (Source: Slashdot)
Apache 1.3.33 Released Posted Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ 1:54 AM by mayhem
Following the release of Apache 1.3.32, the Apache Group released Apache 1.3.33 to fix a security flaw in mod_include and in the Content-Length field. The official announcement is available as well as the ChangeLog for the 1.3.x series. (Source: Slashdot)
Transmeta Mini-ITX Board Reviewed Posted Wednesday, October 27, 2004 @ 12:12 AM by mayhem
Transmetazone.com has posted a link to a 'world-exclusive' IBASE MB860 review on EpiaCenter.com. This appears to be the first review of a Mini-ITX board built around Transmeta's efficeon technology. Transmeta has also approved this board to be the official reference platform for the TM8600 processor and if you take a look at the benchmark results in the review (page 4) then you'll understand why as VIA's EPIA-M10K board looks quite pale in comparison. The review also adresses issues such as power consumption, temperatures and thermal throttling - three very interesting points when looking at the Efficeon processors. If the MB860 weren't so expensive (~500$ or something as it's aimed at the 'industrial market') then this could easily beat the EPIA boards (IMHO). (Source: Slashdot)
IBM First To Receive UNIX 2003 Certification Posted Sunday, October 24, 2004 @ 1:28 PM by mayhem
Last Wednesday, IBM's AIX was the first to receive the UNIX 2003 certification from The Open Group, beating out Sun, HP, SCO and the rest. No mention anywhere in the branded products register of any Linux/BSD distribution, or Mac OS X. Are any companies still developing software to this certification, or requiring it? (Source: Slashdot)
Seamless Applications without the Citrix Penalty Posted Wednesday, October 20, 2004 @ 6:55 PM by mayhem
Michelle Wenner writes "martFLeX Technology Inc., a leading developer of Linux based Thin Client and Desktop solutions, today announced the availability of its new NETion SmartClient. Based on the SmartFLeX Technology NETion software framework, this new embedded Linux Thin Client Solution covers all available Thin Client scenarios. NETion, a member of the company's SmartClient series is the first Thin Client to support Ericom's new PowerTermŪ RemoteView technology.

The NETion SmartClient is the first Thin Client that supports seamless Windows applications and application publishing with RDP at no additional cost. The inclusion of Ericom's PowerTerm InterConnect and PowerTerm RemoteView in the new NETion SmartClient enables access to Windows applications and legacy applications. As a built-in feature, Ericom's PowerTerm RemoteView provides connectivity to Windows applications running on Windows Terminal Server 2000 / 2003 - with seamless applications and application publishing.

Additionally, Ericom's PowerTerm InterConnect enables secure access to legacy applications running on IBM Mainframe, IBM AS/400, OpenVMS, Unix, Linux, Tandem, Data General, HP-3000 and more. The benefit of Power Term InterConnect and PowerTerm RemoteView\'s inclusion is that NETion SmartClient users can take advantage of Windows and legacy application access at no additional cost."

More information available at: www.smartflextech.com
Smoothwall Enhances Its Guardian Web Content Filter Posted Wednesday, October 20, 2004 @ 6:53 PM by mayhem
Internet security specialist SmoothWall Limited today announced the general availability of its much enhanced web content filtering solution, Corporate Guardian Version 3.5. The new Corporate Guardian software includes the latest Dynamic Content Analysis filtering technology, improved reporting and integration with Microsoft Active Directory user authentication.

Guardian's Dynamic Content Analysis filter examines the actual content of all requested web pages, not just where pages come from. "The traditional filtering mechanism based on a blocklist of known bad sites is becoming increasingly unworkable", said George Lungley, Managing Director of SmoothWall Limited. "Every day another half million pages are added to the web's existing four billion pages. Attempting to keep pace with this content explosion is proving very expensive for the producers of conventional URL filtering solutions and thus also for, their users".

More information available at www.smoothwall.net
Linux Kernel 2.4.28-pre4 Now Available For Download Posted Monday, October 11, 2004 @ 10:07 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.4.28-pre4 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Linux Kernel 2.6.9-rc4 Now Available For Download Posted Monday, October 11, 2004 @ 10:07 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.6.9-rc4 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Slackware Likely To Drop GNOME Support Posted Monday, October 11, 2004 @ 9:24 PM by mayhem
"After Hewlett Packard, who jumped off of supporting GNOME, Red Hat has followed by splitting their Desktop Linux out to Fedora which is community driven, and now distributions like Slackware have started to drop GNOME entirely in favor of KDE. Read more about their decision here. It looks like companies as well as distributions start focusing towards one solution." Patrick Volderking's quoted message doesn't announce a final decision to drop GNOME from Slackware, however -- and as the followups in that thread note, it could be interpreted as an endorsement of the good job done by Dropline in packaging GNOME for Slack. (Source: Slashdot)
eWeek Reviews Gnome 2.8 And KDE 3.3 Posted Sunday, October 10, 2004 @ 10:17 PM by mayhem
eWeek Labs reviewed the latest editions of GNOME and KDE desktop environments, and for all the criteria that eWeek uses for evaluating the software products ranked 'good,' while usability, capability and reliability for both products ranked 'excellent.' The online version is missing the screenshots and ranking tables that the printed version has, but eWeek likes Evolution (for mail), Konqueror (for file management), Samba and Kopete. They dislike GConf (still complex and a hassle to use) on GNOME and KMail on KDE. (Source: Slashdot)
New LinuxBeta.com Screenshot Slideshows Posted Monday, October 4, 2004 @ 11:37 AM by mayhem
Chris Haney writes "Last week on LinuxBeta.com, screenshot slideshows were prepared for Gnoppix 0.8.1b4 (ubuntu), SUSE LINUX 9.1, Lycoris Desktop/LX, Debian-Installer pre-rc2, and Libranet 2.8.1 Flagship Edition. Enjoy!"
Linux Kernel 2.6.9-rc3 Now Available For Download Posted Saturday, October 2, 2004 @ 2:39 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.6.9-rc3 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.