Sunday, April 10, 2005

No more BitKeeper for Linux kernel use

Linus has decided to no longer use BitKeeper for the management of the Linux kernel deveopment because of recent changes that will mean the freer version will be limited and will not meet the requirements of many Linux kernel programmers.

It's been in use since 2002 and has done the job it was implemented for very well but it is time to change. There are alternatives that are being looked at and the change should not have much of an impact once people are used to using the new system.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Slackware 10

Slackware 10.0 is now officially released, as per the announcement.

It includes amongst other things:

* Kernel 2.4.26 & 2.6.7 optional
* 6.7.0
* KDE 3.2.3
* Gnome 2.6.1
* GCC 3.3.4
* Apache 1.3.31
* Perl 5.8.4
* Python 2.3.4

As well as a lot of other updated applications, bug fixes, new support for hardware and all the usual stuff you have come to expect from new Linux distribution releases.

Go get it from a mirror or BT.

Or buy it.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Suse 9.1 ISO available

If you're interested in Suse & or use it, you'll be interested to know that you can now get your hands on an ISO image of Suse 9.1 Personal Edition direct from the Suse FTP site.

Worth checking out, if you've got some time to kill.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Linux Kernel 2.6.7 released

This release fixes the recently discovered bug which can allow a local user with shell access to crash the system, if you're running 2.4.18-2.6.x. The bug affects both 2.4.2x & 2.6.x kernels on the x86 architecture so you would be advised to upgrade your kernel, especially if you give users or untrusted people access to your systems.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Mandrake 10 available

Mandrake Linux 10 is now available for all to download. You can buy a copy or download the ISO images. Mandrake 10 is one of the first commercially available Linux distributions to have the 2.6 kernel included as default.

Worth checking out if you have a spare box, want to upgrade from a previous version of Mandrake or swap distribution.

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Monday, May 10, 2004

Linux Kernel 2.6.6 released

The latest update to the Linux Kernel has just been released, version 2.6.6.

So, if you've not got a lot to do at the moment, then why not upgrade?
You can of course see the changelog as usual, also the patch between 2.6.5 is available.

You should know where to go...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Gentoo Linux 2004.1 released

This new release addresses various bugs and adds new functionality.
I'll have to check this out, as before I've had problems with it but will see what this new has to offer.

Download as usual!

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Sunday, April 4, 2004

XPde Linux desktop

I've seen this not so long ago, but just noticed a post on Slashdot about it.
As designed it looks much like Windows XP, it's basically eye candy. Just a desktop and window manager that looks like XP. It'll be a nice way for a newbie to make the transition to Linux or just start using it as well.

Take a look at the screen shots, quite nice.

And if you like the look of it, then go & download it.

There is also the XFce environment, which is also looking quite nice. Maybe it is time for the desktops of the *nix world to become more alive with colours?

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Linux Kernel 2.6.5 released

That's right.

There is a massive changelog, you'll probably spend more time looking at that than upgrading to the new Kernel.

Head on over to your usual mirror to get the goods.

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Monday, March 29, 2004

Fedora core 2 test 2 available

This test release is designed for SELinux testing & also but not limited to:

* 2.6 kernel
* GNOME 2.5
* KDE 3.2.1

You can obtain it via one of the mirrors or a torrent.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Fedora core 2 test 1

I'm in the process of downloading the ISO images as I'm going to install Fedora on a development / test system. I think I'll use this distro on there for now and change it to something else at some point.

Due to the old BIOS in the system, some CD's boot and some don't so I;ll probably have to make a boot disk floppy. You see, they are still needed sometimes!

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Friday, March 12, 2004

Linux kernel

Linux kernel version v2.6.4 has been released. Changes included in from v2.6.3 are fixes to XFS support, USB, IEEE1394 & WAN.

Head on over to a mirror and get it!

Sunday, March 7, 2004

New Linux kernel vulnerability

A new serious vulnerability has been discovered in the Linux kernel which could allow a local attacker to gain escalated privileges. The versions that are affected are 2.2 up to & including 2.2.25, 2.4 through to & including 2.4.24 & 2.6 up to & including 2.6.2. The bug is a critical security vulnerability found in the Linux kernel memory management code, due to a missing function return value check inside the mremap(2) system call, it's not related to the other recent mremap bug.

Check out the full advisory and exploit, here.

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Friday, March 5, 2004

Mandrake Linux 10.0

Mandrake Linux 10.0 Community version has been released!
It includes, amongst other things:

* Linux 2.6.3
* MagicDev
* KDE 3.2
* GNOME 2.4

I've not really played about with Mandrake, as with all the distributions to choose from unless I fancy a change, have a live cd version or have a spare box to use - some will get missed. Trying some out now and again is good, but most of us probably don't get to try out each new version unless we tend to stick with that OS or distribution.

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Thursday, February 12, 2004

Fedora Core 2 (Test 1) released

This new release incorporates the 2.6 Linux kernel, Gnome 2.5, KDE 3.2. I'll be downloading this later, along with Knoppix 3.4. I did attempt getting Knoppix already but the torrents I tried were not working at the time. I'll probably choose one of these two distributions to put along with FreeBSD on my Athlon box.

Or then again, I might choose something else...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Knoppix 3.3 / 3.4 CT Edition

I've just noticed that 3.3 has been released, with a lot of updates and improvements - 3.4 including 2.6 kernel support & 3.3 kernel 2.4. The ISO's are available for download on various FTP sites. I shall be checking it out tonight as I have been waiting for 2.6 support on Knoppix for a while.

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Thursday, February 5, 2004

Linux kernel 2.6.2 released

In case you did not know, 2.6.2 has been released. The updates includes a lot of PPC and other fixes.
If you have not already upgraded to the 2.6 version of the kernel, now would be a perfect time to do so.

Head on over and get it!

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Friday, December 19, 2003

Linux kernel 2.6 released

I'm sure you've heard already, I've just been late in posting about it. But in case you did not already know, the Linux 2.6 kernel is finally final and out.

Well done to the team, a lot of people having been waiting ages for this - for the improvements and new support. See Linus talking about how the beaver is out of detox, right here.

Go get it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

UK NHS migrates to Sun Linux desktops

Well, that's the word on the street.

And, it's all good.

Hopefully this will be a stepping stone for the big wide world out there, of point and click users, to be given the chance to try out a stable, unlimited operating system. I hope that more big companies and groups follow the same lines.

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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Gentoo with 2.6 kernel

The Gentoo Linux Project have now released versions that use the 2.6 kernel but at the moment only for x86 and AMD64 based processors. I'll be looking forward to trying it to see if it picks up my SATA drive. It should do, but there may be issues from what I've been reading around.

I'll probably have a play tomorrow. Lets hope 2.6 is out the door pretty soon!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003

No sir, Redhat Linux is already dead

If it wasn't enough that Novell has purchased Suse, Redhat have recently announced they are to terminate Redhat Linux as we know it. That's right. But before you faint, it's not going to be that bad. It appears Redhat want to concentrate on Redhat Enterprise & Fedora.

No doubt essentially it will be the same product, only you're going to have to pay for it. Maybe we'll see something like WS is limited to 10 users & if you want more you're going to have to upgrade to AS or buy a license, for example. On the flip side, that won't work with open source software as you could get a patch very easily.

Since Redhat has gained popularity, costs rise and so they need to cover them. Charging for the products and support is the only feasible way of doing this. Hence, for the corporate there is Redhat Enterprise Linux and the free alternative Fedora.

Enterprise is split into 3 products:

* WS for desktops / client systems, basic & standard editions.
* ES for small / mid range servers, basic & standard editions.
* AS for mission critical servers, basic & standard editions.

Since Linux is generally classed as free, it may appear to a lot of people using Redhat at the moment like RH is going all commercial. Regardless, I'm sure the ISO's will be available for download anyway, so it's not that bad.

Although I didn't think I would see the BSA going after a person or business for using pirated / unlicensed copies of any Linux distribution. Maybe I will now.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2003

2.6 Linux Kernel

As you have probably heard, there is a code freeze on the 2.6 tree, so hopefully 2.6 will be available soon. That will be good, as the SATA support is much needed!

Friday, September 19, 2003

Bug Central - Sendmail, OpenSSH

As I posted about previously, it appears that the current 3.7.1p version of OpenSSH does *not* fix the recent bugs, there is a working exploit in circulation. As far as I know, OpenSSH 3.7.1 for OpenBSD is not affected.

Also, if you run Sendmail you'd be advised to upgrade to 8.12.10, as there is a critical buffer overflow in the address parsing code affecting releases prior to this. A working exploit has been around for some time it seems.

Get upgrading!

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

XBOX Linux

I've been playing about with some of the XBOX Linux distributions tonight, well trying to. For some reason, my XBOX does not like the blank CD's I'm using, even though they are pretty good. I know the drives in the XBOX can be picky, so I tried some DVD's as well. It seems to read them when they are in DVD Video format, but I can't seem to get it to boot of any XBOX ISO I make or try from one of the distributions. I use Nero to burn and have tried various options.

Maybe it's because it is late and I'm tired. I'll come back to it later and as usual, I'll probably come up with something that works after a while... If not, more reading and searching! (and possibly trying different media).

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Microsoft Linux

Microsoft are to release a version of Linux (MS Linux). Yes, really...

Ok, maybe not. But I thought it was quite funny. If they did, would it be open source? Would they try and charge for it? Let's leave the MS Linux idea at the "what if" stage.

Saturday, September 13, 2003

SATA drives with Kernel 2.4.x

By default, 2.4.x kernels don't support SATA hard drives unless they have had the appropriate kernel patch applied. Distributions such as Redhat 9 for example won't find SATA drives without the patch so won't install as default in a SATA drive only system.

The other option is to wait for the next distribution releases, or use a newer kernel. What about trying to do a fresh install from CD? It's not easy (possible?) to use a newer kernel as part of the install as far as I know, which is a pain. The only current distro to use a patched kernel by default is Suse 8.2.

Lesson learnt: don't assume certain technologies are supported already! (Like I just did!). Hmm, what to do?! Let me have a think...

* Wait for a new release
* Go with Suse 8.2
* Install an IDE drive
* See if there is another option

Above is a list of things that first come to mind, I'm sure there are more options!

Wednesday, August 6, 2003

DNS & Stuff

Well, if you're wondering why my blog has been unavailable (probably not noticed), it's because my primary nameserver went down and I didn't have the secondary setup because I needed to update the NS records on some domains including over at Nominet. I got that sorted out, but because the primary was down, I had to create the zones manually which was okay... all sorted. Although, I entered the wrong IP for in the zone, so Apache was serving the wrong pages. Sorted now.

At the moment I've got a RH8 full CD install up at work, 9 sitting on another HDD. When I used Ghost to ghost the drive, it does not copy GRUB over correctly, Symantec are aware of this, check here for fix.