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CalderaA security problem with rsync is fixed by an upgrade to rsync-2.3.1, according to this Caldera security advisory.
DebianThis week's Debian Weekly News is now available.
Debian packages for Xfree86-1 18.104.22.168-1 have been uploaded to master.
From the Debian Alpha folks, a recommendation comes to install and use apt if you want to upgrade your Alpha to glibc2.1 without breaking your machine. In addition, reports are that egcs will produce invalid code when compiled with -O2.
From the Debian Sparc folks, new bootdisks will be released soon.
Definite LinuxDefinite Linux 6.0has been released. This distribution, only available in the U.K. due to export restrictions, is based on Red Hat Linux 6.0 but with the addition of cryptography based applications such as SSH, Apache-SSL, SSLeay, OpenSSL and more. For more information, check out this note from Jason Clifford.
LinuxGTNew for LinuxGT fans come a discussion forum and a LinuxGT FAQ.
Red HatSparc users are reporting X crashes with the 6.0 release, there is evidently some sort of deep problem with the X server for Sparcs. The word is that people are working day and night on the problem. If you have a Sparc system, you may want to hold off until a new X package has been released before upgrading. (Sparc users are reporting that the rest of the release works great).
Development on Rawhide will take a breather, now that Red Hat 6.0 is out, notes Matt Wilson in this message.
Only a few problem reports with Red Hat 6.0 were seen on the general lists, certainly a first for a "major" release from Red Hat.
SlackwareThe new Slackware Forum is now on-line from Slackware.com. David Cantrell comments in his announcement, "The new PHP3+SQL forum is in place and seems to be running fine. I hope the improvements are liked by all. The new system will automatically keep the page to a resonable [sic] size. We also have some nice archival features and search capabilities. I am currently working on merging all 8500+ messages from the old forum to the new database. Should take a few days to complete that. "
SuSESuSE 6.1 is now shipping in the English-speaking world. It includes the 2.2 kernel, of course, as well as both KDE and GNOME.
Information on SuSE's new VAR and ISV program is available here.
TrinuxFor the very brave Alpha user, an experimental Alpha version of Trinux is available.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
May 6, 1999