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All News Stories Posted August 2004

GmailFS - Use your Gmail account as a 1 GB File-SystemGmailFS - Use your Gmail account as a 1 GB File-System
Now you can use your Google Gmail account as normal mountable Linux storage device!
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Do not use Kernel 2.6.8.x if you want to burn CDs and DVDsDo not use Kernel 2.6.8.x if you want to burn CDs and DVDs
A patch added to the kernel shortly before the 2.6.8.1 release makes the standard Linux dvd+rw-tools unusable unless you run them as the root user. Making the tools set-uid root does not work. Normal users can not burn DVDs or CDs using a system running Kernel 2.6.8.1.
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Knoppix 3.6 aKademy Edition Announced at KDE World SummitKnoppix 3.6 aKademy Edition Announced at KDE World Summit
The new Knoppix version uses Linux Kernel 2.4.27 and, optionally, Kernel 2.6.7. It features a complete desktop based on KDE 3.2.3 and includes a huge variety of useful programs like Gimp 2.0. Hardware autodetection and support is improved, and it now uses ndiswrapper for loading proprietary drivers for wireless network cards.
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GNUstep Live CD 0.5 presentation at LinuxBetaGNUstep Live CD 0.5 presentation at LinuxBeta
The GNUStep Live CD shows how small and alternative Window Managers make excellent alternatives to the KDE and Gnome desktops. LinuxBeta has put together a 50 image slide-show showing the full potential of the GNUStep WM.
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KDE 3.3 released and available for Debian Unstable, SuSE, Yoper, Slackware, Solaris and Gentoo LinuxKDE 3.3 released and available for Debian Unstable, SuSE, Yoper, Slackware, Solaris and Gentoo Linux
KDE is a very popular Linux desktop system. It is user-friendly and power-full. The new version has a number of large improvements and is definitively worth a look.
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KDE 3.3 available for Debian UnstableKDE 3.3 available for Debian Unstable
KDE 3.3 Final is scheduled released tomorrow, 18th August 2004. Distribution developers are busy preparing packages and 3.3 final is already available in Debian Unstable.
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RSYNC exploit: A path-sanitizing bug may allow an attacker to read and write files outside the rsync directory.RSYNC exploit: A path-sanitizing bug may allow an attacker to read and write files outside the rsync directory.
The bug is only present when rsync is running in daemon-mode and without a chroot environment. Most Linux distributions, like Suse and Gentoo, have use chroot = true default settings.
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Check what URL is actually used when using banks or submitting credit card information! The number of Phishing scams is increasing.Check what URL is actually used when using banks or submitting credit card information! The number of Phishing scams is increasing.
Phishing means setting up a website that looks exactly like a known trusted service in order to lure you into submitting credit cards, pin-codes or other valuable information. You may think you are using a bank, financial institution or web-shop when you are actually submitting information to a a fake phishing site.
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Norwegian Police has equipment capable of listening in on IP-telephone conversationsNorwegian Police has equipment capable of listening in on IP-telephone conversations
..and chances are high they also can monitor all other communication systems. Big brother can read your e-mail and so forth. The protection is GNU Privacy Guard, a tool allowing you to secure your mail and instant message chats. The voice and video phone program Gnomemeeting allows you to call other Internet users free, but it does not support encryption.
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BestCrypt for Linux v1.5-7 released, fixes issues with 2.6.x kernels, issues Fedora Core 2 and adds support for SuSE.BestCrypt for Linux v1.5-7 released, fixes issues with 2.6.x kernels, issues Fedora Core 2 and adds support for SuSE.
BestCrypt by Jetico.com is a non-free (as in $50) encryption tool for Windows and Linux that allows users to mount and unmount encrypted file volumes stored a container file. Jetico hopes BestCrypt now works perfectly with 2.6.x kernels.
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Linux Kernel 2.6.8.1 releasedLinux Kernel 2.6.8.1 released
Linux Kernel 2.6.8.1 is released and available for download at kernel.org. The .1 fix came right after 2.6.8 due to a NFS client screw-up.
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The demand for Linux knowledge in the job marked it insignificant, Java expertise is still the most sought skillThe demand for Linux knowledge in the job marked it insignificant, Java expertise is still the most sought skill
A look at dice.com and jobserve.com reveals many new Linux-related jobs and the market seems to be booming, but the number of jobs pale when you compare them to the demand for Java developers.
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The KDE team is pleased to announce KDE 3.3.0 rc2. The KDE team is pleased to announce KDE 3.3.0 rc2.
KDE 3.3 is scheduled released next week and rc2 shows the development is going according to plan. The new version has exciting new features and promises a bright future for the Linux on the Desktop.
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Bug Season continues: All the recently discovered security holes it making GNU/Linux look like a cheese. The pressure is on developers to close all open bugs and restore Open Source's reputation. Bug Season continues: All the recently discovered security holes it making GNU/Linux look like a cheese. The pressure is on developers to close all open bugs and restore Open Source's reputation.
Suse and Trustix released updated, patched kernels yesterday, closing some rather embarrassing security problems. Numerous GNU projects are still have open, high-risk security bugs.
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OnebaseGo 2.1 Live-CD (Bootable Linux Distribution) released, includes KDE 3.3 Beta2 and Koffice 1.3.2OnebaseGo 2.1 Live-CD (Bootable Linux Distribution) released, includes KDE 3.3 Beta2 and Koffice 1.3.2
The Live-CD allows you to try all the latest bleeding edge software without touching your existing installation. The CD also features Mozilla 1.8a1, Flash 7.0, Gaim 0.8, Mplayer-1.0pre4 and OLM 3.0.7.
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Linux kernel security vulnerability affecting 2.4 up to 2.6.7 kernels found in the code handling 64bit file offset pointersLinux kernel security vulnerability affecting 2.4 up to 2.6.7 kernels found in the code handling 64bit file offset pointers
Ipsec has found a flaw that allows any user with normal privileges to read and dump large parts of the kernel memory and thereby, in a worst case scenario, obtain the root password.
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New libpng package closes buffer overflow and other security vulnerabilities New libpng package closes buffer overflow and other security vulnerabilities
The buffer overflow could in a worst case scenario be used to execute arbitrary code. Libpng is used by important applications like the Mozilla Suite.
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Mozilla Roll-out: Firefox 0.9.3, Mozilla Suite 1.7.2 and Mozilla Thunderbird 0.7.3 are available, fixes serious security issues.Mozilla Roll-out: Firefox 0.9.3, Mozilla Suite 1.7.2 and Mozilla Thunderbird 0.7.3 are available, fixes serious security issues.
The new version closes 4 security flaws: A CA certificate DoS, an exploit in the Windows version that allows attackers to run evil code, a libpng bug and a flaw allowing sites to falsely claim they are using a secure ssl connection.
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DOOM 3 RELOADED has landed and has already become incredibly popular. DOOM 3 RELOADED has landed and has already become incredibly popular.
Game addicts are going wild, but skeptics are saying it may be too much.
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Enlightenment Foundation with first Libraries Preview Release, codenamed Asparagus.Enlightenment Foundation with first Libraries Preview Release, codenamed Asparagus.
The libraries released are important building blocks for quite a few Gnome and Enlightenment applications. The release suggests that the DR17 Window manager, currently in development, may be close to a first preview release.
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