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All News Stories Posted October 2004

Nmap 3.75 Released: More Stable and better OS fingerprint identificationNmap 3.75 Released: More Stable and better OS fingerprint identification
Nmap 3.75 was announced Monday, but came with a bad gpg fingerprint. Developer Fyodor today confermed is was a valid release and that mutt screwed up the signature. The new version cat detect 1,353 different Operating systems, including IP telephones, modified XBoxes and Apple's AirPort Express WAP.
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Mandrakesoft Move 2.0 released, features better support for USB storage devicesMandrakesoft Move 2.0 released, features better support for USB storage devices
Mandrake Move is a Live-CD version of the Mandrake Linux distribution meant to allow you to bring your Linux desktop and personal files with you to anywhere where you have access to a computer. It also allows you to try how Linux looks and feels without installing anything on your machine.
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Linux Kernel 2.6.9 released! Improvements in USB, SELinux fixes and the usual load of bug fixes are among the news.Linux Kernel 2.6.9 released! Improvements in USB, SELinux fixes and the usual load of bug fixes are among the news.
Some of the bug fixes solve deadlocks and crashes, users who have switched to the new 2.6.x development line should seriously consider upgrading. The differences between 2.6.9-rc4 and the final version are small and mostly compiler fixes and small patches, the differences between 2.6.8 and 2.6.9 are quote signifficant.
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It is time for mail administrators to learn about DomainKeys, a new (for now useless) standard aimed to separate spam from real e-mail messages. It is time for mail administrators to learn about DomainKeys, a new (for now useless) standard aimed to separate spam from real e-mail messages.
Google has now implemented Yahoos new proposed anti-spam standard DomainKeys, allowing mail transfer agent software to check if a message who claims to be from gmail comes from them or a spoofed source. There is a experimental open source implementation available, sendmail and qmail support is being developed.
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Mozilla Firefox preview release downloaded more than 5,112,591 timesMozilla Firefox preview release downloaded more than 5,112,591 times
The Firefox web browser is rapidly gaining popularity. The official download count has now passed five million downloads, but this is only the tip of the iceberg because many download the browser directly from ftp mirrors and other sources who are not included in the official number.
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EFF Challenges Secret Government Order to Shut Down Media WebsitesEFF Challenges Secret Government Order to Shut Down Media Websites
Seizure of Servers Hosting Indymedia Websites Violates the First Amendment
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Microsoft now holds a patent on the extremely general term: System and method for dynamically adjusting data values and enforcing valid combinations of the data in response to remote user input  Microsoft now holds a patent on the extremely general term: System and method for dynamically adjusting data values and enforcing valid combinations of the data in response to remote user input
This may actually mean anyone using Java, Java-Script, HTML, Perl or SQL databases may be a patent infringer as the patent pretty much covers any the way any modern web-service functions.
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KDE 3.3.1 is released! This maintenance release fixes many bugs in KHTML, flagship media player Juk (kdemultimedia), kstars and the kdepim packages (kontact, kmail and korganizer) KDE 3.3.1 is released! This maintenance release fixes many bugs in KHTML, flagship media player Juk (kdemultimedia), kstars and the kdepim packages (kontact, kmail and korganizer)
The biggest news is in the personal information management packages. Kontact, Kmail and Korganizer are now much more stable and they now support LDAP perfectly.
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Fedora Core 3 available soonFedora Core 3 available soon
FC3 test3 is released and this is the last planned test release before the final version is available. It will include Gnome 2.8 and Evolution
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FBI seizes Global Indymedia Servers. Reasons UnknownFBI seizes Global Indymedia Servers. Reasons Unknown
The FBI took the hard drives of Global IMC servers in the USA and the UK. It appears that a court order was issued to Rackspace (Indymedia's service provider with offices in the US and in London) to physically remove the hard drives from Global Indymedia servers (backup servers are now in place).
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SUSE 9.2 is released by Novell, featuring 2.6 kernel, KDE 3.3, Gnome 2.6 and Evolution 2.0.SUSE 9.2 is released by Novell, featuring 2.6 kernel, KDE 3.3, Gnome 2.6 and Evolution 2.0.
The biggest news are advanced support for wireless networking and bluetooth in the YaST configuration tool. Once setup, Suse can roam between wireless LAN networks and other types of networks. ACPI power management has also been improved and they are probably the first ones to get the new suspend-to-disk functions in the 2.6 kernels working on a installation done by a Linux distribution.
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OpenOffice.org 1.1.3 available! This is the most important Office suite of our time. It is based on StarOffice, free as in free speech, available for both Windows and Linux and based on open file-formats.OpenOffice.org 1.1.3 available! This is the most important Office suite of our time. It is based on StarOffice, free as in free speech, available for both Windows and Linux and based on open file-formats.
The suite is the obvious choice for the modern corporate world: OpenOffice.org is excellent. Get the new version of the stable branch NOW.
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Never visit or use trusted services like CityBank or Paypal when their address are shown as something like 211.158.34.250/citifi/Never visit or use trusted services like CityBank or Paypal when their address are shown as something like 211.158.34.250/citifi/
The above URL point to criminals who, at the moment of writing, have set up a website that looks identical to Citybanks pages. The site is announced in a mail that warns customers that their security is compromised and advices customers to visit Citybank in order to verify their personal details. The link looks like it is pointing to their official sites, while it actually refers user to a fishing scam site.
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