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CalderaErik Ratcliffe wrote to point out that Caldera 1.3, although libc5 based as we mentioned last week, will include a runtime version of glibc2 which will allow it to run glibc2 compiled programs.
The Debian folks have released Hamm-JP, a large add-on to the 2.0 release for Japanese users. This looks like an impressive bit of work. The Debian Project Manual is an updated version of the Debian History Document in sgml format. An html version is also available.
Debian-policy has accepted the following guidelines for updating policy documents.
MandrakeGael Duval sent us a copy of the Linux-Mandrake News, a newsletter detailing the latest information on the Mandrake distribution. The Mandrake distribution integrates KDE with Red Hat Linux 5.1. This distribution is likely to be of growing interest to Red Hat Linux users who want to use KDE, since Red Hat has officially stated that they will not ship the Qt library, upon which KDE depends, with Red Hat.
The high points of the newsletter include the integration of the latest Red Hat updates, updated Netscape, XEmacs and KDE packages and some security modifications.
Red HatIn addition to the nfs fixes mentioned in our security section, Red Hat also posted new RPMs to fix a security problem in linuxconf and a problem with dumping core in xscreensaver.
S.u.S.E.We received confirmation that the English version of S.u.S.E. 5.3 started shipping in Denmark last week. Reports are that orders are very heavy. The first post we saw from a user with 5.3 in hand was posted Friday, August 28th. If you're still waiting, you can gaze hungrily at the front cover of the box until it arrives.
Lenz Grimmer wrote in to let us know that the first official releaseof the S.u.S.E. FAQ is now finished.
TrinuxThe Trinux maintainer is looking for testers with laptops. Trinux is a two-floppy micro distribution "with a network security enphasis"; its maintainer is trying to add PCMCI support to the distribution to enable its use on laptops. But he, strangely enough, does not have a room full of different laptops to test it on. Since this floppy-based distribution should be testable without disturbing any operating systems already on the system, it should be easy for people to try out. See his note if you think you might be able to help out.
A mailing list has been created for those interested in trinux development. Here the announcement if you want to sign up.
StackguardStackguard is actually the name of a modified version of the gcc compiler; it is designed to produce code which is immune from buffer-overruns on the stack. They have taken their compiler and completely rebuilt Red Hat 5.1; as they say, "These 526 RPMs are drop-in replacements for the RPMs provided by Red Hat, except that stack smashing is no longer an alternative means of getting into the box when you forget the root password". See their announcement if you're interested.
September 3, 1998