Welcome once again to this helping of news and tidbits gathered from mailing lists of Unix and Linux related projects. While other sites may be inflicting (hopefully tasteful) April Fool's pranks on you, we're currently following happenings in the Linux Kernel, GNOME, KDE and Mozilla circles. If you'd like to see information from other projects in these pages, please let us know. Now on with the updates...
- Mariusz Mazur announces the release
of linux-libc-headers v2.6.4. These headers are replacements for the headers
that come included with the Linux v2.6.4 kernel and are designed to cut down on
collisions between data structures that are defined in libc implementations and
- If you are having problems with resuming a suspended session from disk, please be
aware that this feature does not work when IDE
support is compiled as a module. Arkadiusz Miskiewicz has graciously provided a
patch that should
the suspend feature from showing at config time.
- Users of RealTek 8169 network cards who are experiencing
hard crashes might want see if
one of the later -mm kernels fix the problem. If you would rather apply the fixes to
the standard Linux tree, you can try some
fixes from Francois Romieu, and see if they help.
- Nigel Kukard announces
a reworking of the DVD+-RW support for Linux 2.6.x. Give it a whirl and let us
know your experiences with it.
- It appears that 2.6.x installs that use dm-crypt may suffer
from heavy loads from pdflush. If you suffer from this problem, you might want to
try this small
fix from Andrew Morton. These performance enhancements will hopefully migrate
to the main kernel tree in upcoming revisions.
- Greg KH announces another release of hotplug scripts on March 29.
2.6.5-rc3 released on March 30. Quoth Linux, "Nothing earth-shattering...",
but we figured we'd mention it, anyway. nVidia users, who are happily chugging away
on 2.6.4, man want to consider delaying this upgrade, however.
- Are you curious about the maximum file size allowable on ext2/ext3? Well, it really
the block size, but with some programming tricks, you can access files that are
terabytes in size!
- Apple iBook2 users who have been having no luck with getting Linux 2.6.4 to boot
using OpenFirmware might want to try some
tips from Martin Schaffner, and see if they have better luck.
- Having problems with slow writes over NFS with Linux 2.4.x? If you are mounting your NFS share with the
"noac" option, consider removing
it and see if that helps your performance.
- Tom Chance has released
a draft copy of his media guide, as a part of the KDE Quality Team HOWTO. While
some may think this an odd place to find such information, it should still prove to be
a valuable resource the Open Source community. Give it a read, and pass on any suggestions you have to Tom.
- Marc Heyvaert has started a wiki-page for those of you interested in compiling
- WARNING! -- It appears that there may be a Mozilla-targetted
piece of spyware/adware existing in the wild.
If a site asks you to install something called a "Content Access Plugin v1.01", please
be careful and check it before you consider
installing it. Chances are, you'll be better off
- Users who would like external programs to specific protocols (like mail, news and FTP)
may want to try out these
- Firefox users, who would like to have handy navigational aids which will support
<LINK> tags, may want to take a
suggestion from Black Fox and install linkTool.