You *know* their Linux initiative is going to take the blame for this, right...?
posted by baylink
on May 18, 2000 -
RedHat Linux security problem uncovered.
Today, apparently it was discovered that if you install the Piranha package with RedHat 6.2 (ostensibly part of the default installation, but there's controversy over this), a default password is installed that would give anyone access to the Piranha configuration package; from there, it is apparently trivial to execute any command on the box that you want.
I find it very interesting that the fact that Microsoft had a "backdoor password" in a DLL made huge
news (and it turned out to be patently false), yet this has gotten almost no
press. I'd like to think otherwise, but I know it's because people hate Microsoft, and thus are eager to deride it... and yet here's proof that even the mighty Linux is susceptible to the same exact problems.
Next time you reach for the keyboard to cry out "nyah nyah!" at the discovery of some problem with Windows, remember this...
posted by delfuego
on Apr 24, 2000 -
Sometimes you run across something on the web and you go "gee, why didnt I think of that?". Imagine being given your own linux box, with a way to view the desktop remotely via a java app that only draws the changes to the screen. Workspot does that and more - you get StarOffice, TheGimp, the K desktop, and a web server with cgi - bin access... it's cool!
posted by triptych
on Feb 20, 2000 -
(Feb 13th) - now you can try out Linux with a bootable CDROM. DemoLinux.org
is making available downloadable disk images that you can burn to a CDR and boot from your CDROM drive. This Mandrake
distribution recognized my video card and mouse without any problems (but not my soundcard). A healthy variety of software (like Gimp
, and Corel WordPerfect
) is included.
posted by hit-or-miss
on Feb 14, 2000 -
Linux just got easier than Windows ever will. Fezbox
is a *web-based* installer for Red Hat Linux and works in either Linux (as a windows update-style site), or in Windows itself (apparently you can partition and install linux over the web too). If this works smoothly, I'm in awe.
posted by mathowie
on Feb 13, 2000 -