The CentOS development team is pleased to announce the release of CentOS 5 (Beta) for i386 and x86_64. This is a beta frozen release. Which implies there are known security issues with packages in this release, and there will be no updates provided in order to resolve those issues. This release is not meant to be used in production and there are no upgrade paths guaranteed from this release. As a user, you should consider this beta release as unsuitable for deployment but usable in a test environment to look at new technologies and changes in the distribution since CentOS 4.
Read the full release announcement and release notes for more information. Interested beta testers can download the DVD media via BitTorrent: CentOS-4.92-i386-bin-DVD (3.34GB), CentOS-4.92-x86_64-bin-DVD.iso (3.88GB).
GNOME 2.18 is out, on time as usual. The top-class free desktop for the masses looks and feels better than ever. It integrates another load of improvements done in the visual design, the performance of the desktop components, and the growing collection of integrated applications. The web browser and the themeable window manager are two good examples to check.
Personal security is now fully integrated into the desktop, allowing digitally signed communications, encryption of emails and local files, and user-friendly management of personal keys. Internationalization records progress in all directions, with support for vertical text layout and a full Arabic localization matching the quality standards. The official release incorporates essential tools for developers, which hopefully will contribute to get more and better software for the GNOME users.
Normally, when a program runs under Linux, it inherits the permissions of the user who is running it, thus if I run a program under my account, the program runs with the same permissions that I would have if that program were me. Thus, if I cannot open a certain file, the program I am running also cannot open the file in question. If I set the SUID or SGID bit for a file, this causes any persons or processes that run the file to have access to system resources as though they are the owner of the file. read more…