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Gentoo 2004.2 Released, available for x86, AMD64, HPPA, and SPARC. The biggest change: X.org-X11 is now the default XServerGentoo 2004.2 Released, available for x86, AMD64, HPPA, and SPARC. The biggest change: X.org-X11 is now the default XServer
Gentoo is a excellent Linux distribution for servers and desktops aimed at experienced users. The new version still requires some skill to install.
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txt2tags 2.0 is released. txt2tags is a single python script that converts text files with minimal markup to into formatted HTML, SGML and other document formats. txt2tags 2.0 is released. txt2tags is a single python script that converts text files with minimal markup to into formatted HTML, SGML and other document formats.
The new version adds (valid) XHTML support and better support for images and css. mgp, moin and man targets are improved. Some of the markup tags have been changed and documents created for 1.x must be converted.
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Yoper V2 Development (2.9.1) Released, includes the new KDE Beta 2Yoper V2 Development (2.9.1) Released, includes the new KDE Beta 2
Yoper, a Linux Distribution for i686 and higher aimed to be fast and optimized, announced v2.9.1, the projects first unstable release since 2.0.
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SuSE and Gentoo has made new Samba packages available, closing two buffer overflow security holes that may allow arbitrary code to be executed. SuSE and Gentoo has made new Samba packages available, closing two buffer overflow security holes that may allow arbitrary code to be executed.
A buffer overflow vulnerability is present in the base64 code of The Samba Web Administration Tool (SWAT) in Samba version 3.0.2 to 3.0.4. It may allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code before any authorization has taken place. Another buffer overflow in Samba 2.2.x, Samba 3.0.0 and later version is present if you are using mangling method = hash in smb.conf.
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More Linux kernel flaws: Multiple DoS and permission vulnerabilitiesMore Linux kernel flaws: Multiple DoS and permission vulnerabilities
Updated kernels are available for Gentoo and other systems and users are encouraged to upgrade.
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KDE 3.3 Beta 2 Kollege Released, source and packages for Gentoo, Slackware, Suse and Yoper are available. KDE 3.3 Beta 2 Kollege Released, source and packages for Gentoo, Slackware, Suse and Yoper are available.
KDE 3.2 enjoy, the kdepim, kdevelop and kdewebdev modules can be used on KDE 3.2.x. Beta 2 is mainly a bug-fix release. No more features will be added to KDE 3.3, it is all about polishing form here on.
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Gaim 0.80 is released. Drag and drop is greatly improved, third party software support is better and it now uses the GTK+ 2.4 file dialog. Gaim 0.80 is released. Drag and drop is greatly improved, third party software support is better and it now uses the GTK+ 2.4 file dialog.
Typing notification for the Zephur protocol is also added along with status messages for Gadu-Gadu. Status notification is improved by adding parentheses to conversations with off line and parted users.
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Serious PHP memory_limit remote vulnerabilitySerious PHP memory_limit remote vulnerability
Apache2 users who use php and limites how much memory a script may consume with memory_limit in php.ini should consider upgrading to php version 4.3.7, previous versions may allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code.
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Stealth worm uses anti-debugging techniqueStealth worm uses anti-debugging technique
A new worm called Atak makes life hard for anti-virus vendors. It checks if it is executed within a sandbox or debugging environment and exits to prevent researchers to get any idea of it's inner workings.
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The Movie Girl Next Door is awesomeThe Movie Girl Next Door is awesome
This movie has got it all. Love, romance, humor, and amazingly a rather interesting plot. It is well worth viewing, renting and even buying.
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KDE 3.2.3 and 3.3 Beta 1 Released KDE 3.2.3 and 3.3 Beta 1 Released
3.2.3 features more icons (bloat) used in different widgets (kdelibs) and numerous bug fixes for konqueror, konsole, kicker, kwin, kopete and quanta and is meant for daily use. The development branch, 3.3 Beta 1, has important improvements like Kopete file transfer support and tab switching using the mouse wheel in Konqueror.
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Xine 0.99.2 ReleasedXine 0.99.2 Released
A new version of the popular media player Xine has been released. The new version fixes tool-tip related crashes on some system and now reports correctly when frames are dropped.
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Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator v0.84 ReleasedMultiple Arcade Machine Emulator v0.84 Released
MAME v0.84 source and binaries for Windows and DOS were released this week. The releases were followed by a major Games ROM Flood on Usenet which has made almost all of the nearly 5 thousand supported games available for download.
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Reading your mail is legal in BostinReading your mail is legal in Bostin
A Federal District Court in Boston, USA, last week ruled that it is legal for ISPs to read your email without your knowledge or permission, even before you receive it, as long as they make sure this is done by redirecting and not intercepting the mail.
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Wikipedia Passes 300,000 Articles making it the worlds largest encyclopediaWikipedia Passes 300,000 Articles making it the worlds largest encyclopedia
After only 3 years of existence Wikipedia has become the worlds largest encyclopedia with 300,000 articles. It is made completely by volunteering user and it is free of charge.
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Catwoman movie looks badCatwoman movie looks bad
The movie Catwoman is really.. really.. bad. It's terrible.
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US Dept. of Homeland Security recommends not using IEUS Dept. of Homeland Security recommends not using IE
Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team says Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser is to insecure for daily usage and asks Windows users to install alternative browsers.
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China's New Generation Of Ipv9 Network Technology Ready China's New Generation Of Ipv9 Network Technology Ready
At the New Generation Internet Ten-Digit Network Industrialization and Development Seminar held on June 25th at Zhejiang University, it was announced that China's Internet technology, IPv9, had been formally adapted and popularized into the civil and commercial sectors.
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Grouping task bar icons patented by MicrosoftGrouping task bar icons patented by Microsoft
Now task bar icon grouping is patented. Both the KDE and Gnome desktop panels can do this along with Windows XP. The patent is granted despite overwhelming amounts of prior art.
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