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Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Firefox Vulnerability Hoax?

There was a lot of buzz recently about a report at a hackers' convention that Firefox's Javascript implementation was "a complete mess" and "impossible to patch." Well, now Ars Technica has word that the whole thing is most likely a hoax. Somebody obviously thinks they're very clever. Unfortunately the media really ran with this story. I was doubtful from the first moment because they didn't show any exploit code that actually worked. When someone says that something is either great or terrible without one shred of concrete evidence, something is amiss. I'm not saying that Firefox is perfect. What the Mozilla team has succeeded in doing is getting exploit concerns out there and forcing Microsoft to really go to work on IE again.

Slackware 11.0 Released!

At long last Patrick Volkerding has declared Slackware 11.0 to be complete! Right now the site is being Slashdotted so make sure to hit your favorite mirror site. Here's a snip from the announcement regarding kernels:

Slackware uses the kernel bringing you advanced performance features such as the ReiserFS journaling filesystem, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, SATA support, and kernel support for X DRI (the Direct Rendering Interface) that brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics to Linux. Additional kernels allow installing Slackware using any of the journaling filesystems available for Linux, including ext3, ReiserFS, IBM's JFS, and SGI's XFS. Slackware 11.0 also fully supports the 2.6 kernel series, with your choice of the well-tested kernel in /extra (including a version of this kernel that supports multiple processors, multi-core CPUs, HyperThreading, and about every other optimization available), or the recently released 2.6.18 kernel in /testing. This kernel also spent a long time in development and in our own testing has proven to be fast, stable, and reliable.

I've been running a fully-patched Slackware 11.0 RC5 release for a little over a week now, using the kernel. Everything seems to be working quite well.

Update! This is the mirror I used. I was able to max out my 2M cable connection.

Monday, October 2, 2006

PalmPDF 1.4 Released

MetaViewSoft has released PalmPDF 1.4, a utility which allows you to view PDF files natively on a PalmOS PDA or smartphone. There are a number of handy fixes, but there also seems to be the addition of some begging screens. They don't interfere with the use of the program but they sure are annoying. Thanks PalmInfoCenter.

Past Two Days' News

Recent Headlines

January 5, 2015: It Returns!
August 10, 2007: SCO SUCKS IT DOWN!
July 5, 2007: Slackware 12.0 Released
May 20, 2007: PhpBB 3.0 RC 1 Released
February 2, 2007: DOOM3 1.31 Patch

January 27, 2007: Join the World Community Grid
January 17, 2007: Flash Player 9 for Linux
December 30, 2006: Darkness over Daggerford 1.2
December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
December 9, 2006: WRT54G 1.01.1 Firmware OK with Linux/Mac

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