Home > Linux > Linux 2.4.27 Released Linux 2.4.27 Released Eugenia Loli 2004-08-08 Linux 22 Comments Kernel 2.4.27-rc6 was released as 2.4.27 with no changes. Here is a list of the most important security issues fixed by this release. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 22 Comments 2004-08-08 8:14 am I don’t know this guys “real” name, but there is some mails from a Ralf Baechle, so probably his name is Ralf Bächle and the ä got mangeled. 2004-08-08 8:45 am I don’t even know how to type that symbol! 2004-08-08 9:07 am That’s because it is a German Umlaut. 2004-08-08 9:47 am Whenever you see two strange symbols next to each other, and the first one is Ã, you can be pretty sure it’s a Unicode character displayed in (or copied from) a program that doesn’t support multi-byte chars. I believe all non-ascii symbols from Latin-1 is coded this way in UTF-8. 2004-08-08 9:50 am I think he means ¤ which is not an umlaut, it’s the universal currency symbol[*] and it appears here because somewhere between Ralf typing his name and it winding up on this webpage a UTF-8 file has been treated as ISO-8859-1. Characters like ä get mangled to a pair of unlikely characters, in this case Ã¤ when this happens. As soon as the 8859 series die off in favour of 10646 these problems will go away. That could take a few years yet, especially on the web. [*] Of course if you’re using a shoddy-enough setup, or if Eugenia’s comment software is broken, you’ll see a Euro symbol here instead <sigh> 2004-08-08 9:59 am And all this discussion has to do with linux updating to 2.4.27 in what way….. ? =] 2004-08-08 11:37 am Oh, you are right. Sorry, misread. 2004-08-08 12:09 pm Can’t. It will make corporate customers unhappy. Uhappy customers may stop paying money for Linux licenses, entitlements, support. That could drain sources of Linux kernel developers’ income. That will make Linux kernel developers unhappy. Unhappy Linux kernel developer- not productive Linux kernel developer. Welcome to the world of legacy support. 2004-08-08 12:41 pm What happened to boycotting LinuxToday? I thought for a while that this was being followed quite widely. Oh well, I guess it’s a bit late now :'( 2004-08-08 1:13 pm ’cause it “just works”. I’ve tried on numerous occasions to upgrade to 2.6 but it’s never worked for me. Maybe in a year or so I’ll to an install with a 2.6 kernel so I won’t have to go through the hassle of trying. Does the new debian installer install the 2.6 or the 2.4 kernel? 2004-08-08 1:19 pm What’s the reason for the boycott? 2004-08-08 3:38 pm The new Debian installer defaults to 2.4, but also has the option to install 2.6 2004-08-08 7:13 pm They have accepted money from microsoft to run adverts. I know, doesn’t seem like that big a deal to me either, but in linux-land nothing but 100% blatant bias in favour of linux is accepted – an independent editorial voice leads to calls for a boycott. It’s the slashdot tendency, and the mob mentality that open source tends to encourage. The mob mentality is most often on display on groklaw, with it’s “we must do..” and “we” that, and “the community” the other. When someone starts using these terms you immediately know that person has never contributed anything and has a political axe to grind. Avoid groklaw, slashdot, and suchlike sites, OSnews is probably under a lot of pressure to become an uncritical linux cheerleader too, and although it has been getting more and mroe linuxy, it isn’t uncritical as yet. I only hope Eugenia can hold out against the zealot tendency Definitely right. But i don’t see any boycott on LinuxToday, quite the contrary, they have more and more hits for each news, except the groklaw ones, which tend to be less ans less readed. In fact, the linux cheerleader / zealots are as very little numerous asthey are loud and fast to spread inanity. Me too, i trust Eugenia to see were is the long term interest. 2004-08-08 9:39 pm >It’s the slashdot tendency, and the mob mentality that open >source tends to encourage. > Slashdot has every right to not accept advertising from anyone. Why should let a company that is out trying to destory the freedom of computing and calling Linux and Free/Open-Source a cancer, advertise on their website. Their are still people around that are not only controlled by money or power you know. LinuxToday should not have let Microsoft advertise on their website but that dit not stop me from visiting it, its peoples own choice to visit it yes or no. No everybody using not Windows is a zealot you know… 2004-08-08 11:39 pm What are you talking about? I have seen an incredible amount of MS ads on Slashdot! 2004-08-09 2:30 am Why should they accept MS money? Because its green. Anything that promotes Linux should be good news for those trying to promote Linux! To use “principles” to reject money that itself could be used to support those principles is utterly foolish. Am I the only person starting to wince every time I read the word “community” used in reference to GNU and Linux? This community used to refer to the hackers who put quality time into making open source software, but more and more, the word “community” is used to invoke some sort of nebulous group of people who supposedly all think the same way about OSS, MS and Linux. Relax, folks. The spirit of freedom that lets you use the software you want also lets others have the opinions they want. And to remain true to “principles”, under this banner of freedom we must include Microsoft itself! 2004-08-09 6:18 am I was not saying they where not letting MS to advertise. 2004-08-09 8:19 am it’s not about displaying ads from microsoft, but (this is from distrowatch) “On one side, we have what many of us would like to believe to be independent Linux news, while on the other, we see reports about Microsoft-sponsored “independent” research studies, FUD and propaganda disparaging Linux at every opportunity. This is not only irresponsible, it also brings into question the true motives of the people behind Linux Today.” you could read the whole article here: http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20040607 2004-08-09 2:16 pm Thanks for the link to the Distrowatch article. It almost reads like an accusation of heresy leveled at LinuxToday. Interesting that they no longer view LT as an “independent” Linux resource because of its MS related content. The careful reader might: 1) read the MS-related content to “know the enemy”, if they view MS that way, 2) just ignore it if it makes their blood pressure rise. Either way, LT still has a great deal of useful Linux material, and boycotting it is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Internet boycotts are nothing different from real life ones – they are designed to call attention to those boycotting, and have little to do with who is actually being boycotted. 2004-08-10 1:18 am > Slashdot has every right to not accept advertising from anyone. BTW, I have seen Microsoft ads on slashdot many times. So what? MS is just supporting slashdot. 2004-08-10 7:23 am Linux Today founder calls for a boycott of Linux Today 2004-08-10 7:31 am here’s the link: http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/14804/index.html sorry about the previous msg… for the people who are already familiar with linux and windows, they could probably snigger at the studies sponsered by microsoft dissing linux as an inferior product, but what about newbies (i’m still one i think) who are uninitiated und are seeking independent und unbiased information? we don’t really need more informercial sites from microsoft. actually i see boycott as something which brings people to find out more about what’s happening. people are going to read whatever they want anyway, but for newbies like me, at least i know now not to trust the info on linux today.