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2001.10.15 Meeting Notes


  • "most" (a pager like 'less' and 'more') has buffer overflow bugs
  • Kernel 2.4.11 released. Mostly bugfixes and driver updates. It's been renamed 'linux-2.4.11-dontuse.tar.gz'. Linux calls it "a sorry excuse for a kernel."
  • Kernel 2.4.12 released. Unfortunately, there are now two 'official' stable branches, one with old virtual memory code (Alan Cox), the other with new code (Linus).
  • A new Portuguese Linux distro, "Effort Linux" (horrible name!) targets security and high availability
  • The Finnish city of Turku moving 5000 systems from MS to Linux and replacing MSOffice with OpenOffice.
  • Annual Linux Showcase (previously Atlanta...), occuring in Oakland in November, is offering free registration to help gain attendance (since the WTC attacks caused many to want to stay put)
  • lpq (print spool queue) buffer overrun error can be used in attacks!
  • Nullsoft has released "WinAmp" for Linux. The question: why?
  • Polaroid files chapter 11.
  • Linux Kernel now preemptable.
  • Linux Weekly News is in trouble - dropped by their parent, Tucows.
  • FAQs.org in trouble - running out of funding!
  • Star Office 6.0 beta has very strange license.
  • New 'devfs' system in Linux can cause a race condition! Fortunately, nobody uses it out of the box except Mandrake, and they've already provided a kernel patch.
  • Very small packets can get through a hold in netfilter. Fixed in 2.4.11.
  • Progeny (a commercial version of Debian) has called it quits
  • IBM and Citizen announce prototypes of it's "WatchPad" Linux-based wrist-watch computer. 32bit CPU, 320x240 b/w LCD touch screen, 8MB RAM, 16MB flash, Bluetooth wireless, IrDA (infrared), RS232, speaker, microphone, vibrator, fingerprint sensor!, and accelerometer!!! Price: 6hr battery life. :^)

Project Reports

  • Demo - Our next demo will be at the Co-Op on October 27th.

  • Installfests - The next IF will be at UC Davis on October 21st.

  • LERT - No news.

  • Library - Pete Salzman donated a JavaScript book and a Curses Programming book.

Other Business

  • Food - Steve Nguyen of Maxim Group donated a number of large Togos sandwiches. Christine Scobee brought cupcakes.

  • Officer Nominations - Officer nominations have opened. E-mail the Secretary if you'd like to nominate someone. Elections will begin at our next meeting, November 6th.

  • Swag - Pete gave out a copy of Win4Lin and John Alden brought in an Amiga monitor, a popcorn popper, and some RS232 bits, which people grabbed.

  • Financial Report - $41.00 in voluntary dues were collected.


  • Dr. Norman Matloff of UC Davis did a talk titled "Debunking the Myth of a Desperate Software Labor Shortage."

Photos of this meeting


  • Pete Salzman
  • Rhonda Bailey
  • Melissa Hardenbrook
  • Bill Kendrick
  • Bill Alexander
  • Eric Engelhard
  • Joel Baumert
  • Sherrie Navarro
  • Jeff Newmiller
  • Ryan
  • Seth Nagao
  • Geoff Herteg
  • Kevin Murakoshi
  • Christine Scobee
  • Ian
  • Mark K. Kim
  • Mark H.
  • Tim
  • Dave N.
  • Steve
  • Jeff DeFay
  • John Alden
  • Verbus M. Counts
  • Dr. Norman Matloff
  • John Gardner
  • Anna Leslie

Quote of the Day

  • "I hope so, cuz your talk is really depressing" - Pete Salzman, responding to Dr. Matloff's comment that Pete might be able to get a job.

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