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Helping new (enterprise level) Linux users

Author: JT Smith - By Robin "Roblimo" Miller - Looking at my email and talking to people I meet at various industry association meetings, I am seeing a shift in the kind of people who are switching to Linux. And the latest round of "converts" I see are not dumber or less computer-savvy than "old-...
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Some games aren't fun: Blizzard vs. bnetd

Author: JT Smith InfoWorld has a column by frequent NewsForge contributor Russell Pavlicek taking about the Blizzard Entertainment vs. bnetd Open Source game server controversy. "The problem here is one of precedent. If you thought you were free to use legally obtained software any way you wanted,...
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2.5 Linux kernel status summary

Author: JT Smith It's posted at LWN.net: "Spring must be on the way because a there has been a lot of activity and merging in the past week. As usual, the gory details are at http://kernelnewbies.org/status/." Category: Linux
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Jac virus targets Linux

Author: JT Smith Vnunet.com reports: "Virus watchers have reported the rare sighting of a new strain affecting the Linux platform. The Jac virus follows the recent trend of infrequent Linux infecting malware, as the first to hit the platform in three months. Jac infects the Linux binary files in...
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SuSE announces SuSE Linux 8.0

Author: JT Smith It's posted at LWN.net. Today, SuSE Linux, the international Open Source technology leader and solutions provider, announced the launch of the eighth generation of Europe's most popular Linux operating system and applications package to be available from software retailers from...
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Linux company issues plea for help

Author: JT Smith PCWorld.com catches up on MandrakeSoft asking users for subscriptions. "MandrakeSoft claims that over 2,000 users have joined the club, each paying $5 per month. Costs for corporate memberships start at $2,500. The company did not indicate if any corporate memberships had been sold...
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NetBSD: gzip Buffer overflow vulnerability

Author: JT Smith Posted on LinuxSecurity.com: "/usr/bin/gzip, a file compression program, does not properly check supplied filenames against its buffer size. It could lead to execution of arbitrary code under the privilege with which gzip is running. There are ftp daemon programs that invoke gzip...
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Tonight at GNUbies in NYC: Alex Khalil will answer all questions about GNU/Linux

Author: JT Smith We are pleased to announce that our next Gnubies meeting -- this Wednesday, March 13th will be a full Question and Answer session led by Alex Khalil. The meeting will begin with the usual general questions from 6:30 to 7:00, where individual questions may be asked without regard...
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Marxist theory and free software

Author: JT Smith Mikael Pawlo writes, "First Monday published an article by Johan Soderberg where Soderberg explores free software from a Marxist perspective. Soderberg is very ambitious in his efforts to apply Marxist theory to free software development. It is not easy to sum the article up in a...
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Porting OS/2 applications to Linux

Author: JT Smith ShellDawg writes, "This paper at IBM.com is a summary of problems encountered by the LAN Distributed Platform (LANDP) for Linux team whilst porting LANDP from OS/2 to Linux. This paper should be useful to other teams that are porting OS/2 applications to Linux." Category: Linux
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