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Interview with Ben Hermans
James Hill of had an interesting interview with Ben Hermans of Hyperion Entertainments about their Linux ports. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 20. Jan. 2001, 23:12] [Comments: 0]
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Bernd Gmeineder on ANF

Fire & Ice - Now Legal and Free at AMI Sector One
AMI Sector One has the following interesting news:
First of all the company 'Jester Interactive' which owns the copyrights of many older Amiga games, has granted us permission to post many of the games from the cult company 'Graftgold' for free download on our site: The first free game that is available is 'Fire & Ice' which should ring a bell to every Amiga-Fan.

Furthermore more commercial games and PD classics like 'Magic Forest 2', 'Seek & Destroy', 'Mayhem', and many more have been made available. The first version of the new 'Amiga Applications Compendium' has been put online. This allows the user to search for more than 300 Amiga applications, companies and developers.

Nostalgic disk magazines and cheat disks put a nice finish to this year's first update. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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'The Best Of The Amiga Scene CD' for Free at
Fredrik, also known as ORG* of X-TRADE ^ BoB, and two friends compiled an Audio CD containing the best Amiga Songs ever five years ago. The CD sold well but now there are only two left and so it was decided to make the songs available for free download at MP3.

Not all songs are already available, but they will be as fast as possible. Enjoy! (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Looking for AmigaDE-Developers
#Developer needs YOU! If you are a AmigaDE developer come to the IRC channel #Developer on Amiganet (see title link). If you are sick of off-topic news in mailing lists, but like to share your knowledge about coding, #Developer is the place to be. More information about IRC and Amiganet can be found here. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Amiga Flame

Amiga Flame: Top 10 of the Games 2000 Determined
Every year the online gaming magazine 'Amiga Flame' starts a poll to determine the best games of the year and then compiles a top 10 hit-list. The results of 2000 are now computed. Here now the games in reversed order:
  • 10. Virtual Ball Fighters by Xteam Software Solution
  • 09. Tales From Heaven by Darkage Software
  • 08. Code Name Squad by Digital Dreams Entertainment
  • 07. Foundation: Gold Edition by Paul Burkey (Epic Interactive)
  • 06. Exodus: The Last War by Blittersoft
  • 05. Bubble Heoes by Arcadia Developments (Crystal Interactive Software)
  • 04. Simon The Sorcerer II by Adventure Soft (Epic Interactive)
  • 03. Earth 2140 by Topware (Epic Interactive)
  • 02. Nightlong by Trecision (clickBOOM)
  • 01. Heretic II by Hyperion (Titan Computer)
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Extraterrestrial developers via eMail

New Crusader-Clone in Development - Demo Available
The team arround 'Extraterrestrial Developing' is currently working on a Crusader clone. The first demo version 0.2b of the game called 'Silencer' is ready for download.

The game runs on a 640x480 screen with 256 colors and needs 16MB RAM and 15MB on the harddrive.

The team is still looking for a distributor. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 20. Jan. 2001, 17:52] [Comments: 0]
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Olaf Koebnik via eMail

Amiga Arena News
'Weltendaemmerung' a new strategy game by UAC Design is online. In the game the user plays a character called Robert Ungar. He must try to stand against the creatures of Dr.Coypu. To achieve this he must gain control over a army of mutants... (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Patrick Beerhorst on ANF

WB 2000 Preferences Pics / PlayAmiga Design
On the occasion of the release of WB2000 Images for applications and tools with more than 350 pictures, we have now posted the current archive for preferences with 40 images on our site. Furthermore there is a preview screenshot in the gallery on our news page of the new design of Play! (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Friedbert Baer on ANF

Another Interview with MeterNet
Greg Wible, CEO of MeterNet held an interview with amiga.topcool. There he talks about his collaboration with Amiga, amongst others. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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MindIt on ANF

New Firmware (v1.08) for Plextor PX-R820T
There is a new firmware version 1.08 for the Plextor CD-ROM 'PX - R820T'. Here are the changes in detail:

  • Reading of over-burned Audio discs

  • Read of CD TEXT data (Error detection added)
  • Initialisation of CD-Extra discs
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Christoph Dietz

Interview with Greg Wible of MeterNet
Christoph Dietz had an interesting interview with Greg Wible, the founder and CEO of MeterNet Corp.. MeterNet is the company that delivers, amongst others, the 'SimpleBox'

Greg Wible
Greg Wible

Amiga-News: Where are you born?

Greg Wible: I was born in Medina, Ohio - a small town in between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. I graduated from University of Cincinnati and moved to Southern California in 1980. BTW, I understand that one primary ancestor Frederick Wible (aka "Weibel") sailed from his home in Rhine Province through Rotterdam in 1751 to relocate and start a new life in Western Pennsylvania in the US... so my family roots can be traced back to your country, Germany.

Amiga-News: How old are you?

Greg Wible: 43...but most days I feel about 28!

Amiga-News: When and where was MeterNet founded?

Greg Wible: Founded in May, 1996 with registered office in Reno, Nevada and sales office in Long Beach, California (near Los Angeles). More company info found at

Amiga-News: Your position at MeterNet?

Greg Wible: Founder and President.

Amiga-News: How many employees are working for MeterNet and in which department the most?

Greg Wible: A total worldwide team of 12, evenly divided in sales/admin & development. We also use contract programmers from US and abroad.

Amiga-News: This seems not to be much. How large is the army of contract programmers?

Greg Wible: We are a small company. at any time we use from 0 to 6 contract programmers.

Amiga-News: Is MeterNet a public company?

Greg Wible: Currently private, although in the last two weeks we have received an offer sheet from a public company to acquire MeterNet. If/when this acquisition happens, we will make official news release.

Amiga-News: Can you tell us about investors?

Greg Wible: These are private citizens.

Amiga-News: You just introduced the "SimpleBox wb7500" with "EnReachTV2". What is this EnReachTV2?

Greg Wible: We use the SimpleBox brand throughout our product line covering both entry level and mid-class devices: wb6400, wb7500 and wb8600. Specs for the entire line are found at Our MeterNet "mid-class' SimpleBox wb8600 series will be powered by AmigaDE on an x86 platform designed for broadband connection. Our 'entry level' SimpleBox wb6400 series have been shipping since 1999. Its a basic browser device using analog modem on a PA-RISC processor platform from Winbond and a tailored browser SDK from Access in Japan. We are extending our entry level category with the new wb7500 series which is powered by a tailored version of the TV2 browser from Enreach running on a Luxsonor RISC platform with soft modem. Enreach is a Chinese company that has long experience in VCD and is also working hard to promote PVR technology for their next generation TV4. But we are using their proven TV2 solution for the 'entry level' segment. We have no current plans for PVR or other 'bleeding edge' features.

Amiga-News: Do you focus an using AmigaDE in the next future for the SimpleBox?

Greg Wible: Absolutely! Initially in the wb8600 series, plus on a new Internet Radio device slated to be released in late 2001. Bill, Randy, Fleecy, Dean and the entire Amiga team are very long term alliance partners that are crucial for the continued growth of MeterNet. We anticipate mutual success utilizing AmigaDE in our SimpleBox devices.

Amiga-News: When can we expect the SimpleBox with AmigaDE to hit the market and what is the business plan for the SimpleBox?

Greg Wible: Our overall plan is to always offer a series of devices to our US vertical and export markets. We hope to begin shipments of wb8616 in US market by late February, but this depends our DSL partners and on the v1.0 software being ready. In the US we will ship the wb8616 bundled with DSL service as part of the offering. However, our current DSL partner just announced a major reorganization and have pushed back our timeline. We are still studying the best bundle and channel strategy to market in Germany, Europe and other export markets. When we do we ship, all wb8600 series will ship with online update capability, so as the AmigaDE solution continues its development progress we will offer the ability to upgrade to latest version.

Amiga-News: So the consumer only can get the SimpleBox in a bundle with provider? Or can the Set-top box be available without a provider chosen to connect through a self chosen one to the internet?

Greg Wible: In US, it will only be bundled with one provider and user cannot change (like a mobile telephone). As mentioned, we are still studying best strategy for outside US.

Amiga-News: Do you know about the existing Amiga community?

Greg Wible: We continue to learn more and more about the worldwide Amiga community, which is really quite amazing and unique.

Amiga-News: Why do you think the Amiga community is amazing and unique?

Greg Wible: Active/durable/committed/some borderline raging fanatics... and much larger than we ever imagined--especially in Germany & Europe.

Amiga-News: Do you need the Amiga community? If yes, which part of the community is important?

Greg Wible: We recognize that a portion, but not all, of the Amiga user community will be interested in our wb8600 series bundled with broadband service. But we are also targeting other market segments who, while possibly familiar with the Amiga brand and long history, are not active Amiga users. Long term, we expect to offer external hard drive / CD-ROM drive via USB for wb8616 that will come preloaded with some of the rich Amiga content including apps and games. We hope this will appeal to more of the Amiga community, both users and developers.

Amiga-News: Your "last words" to our readers?

Greg Wible: Keep the faith...but never forget the only thing permanent is change.

Amiga-News: Greg, thank you for this interview!

Contact Information MeterNet Corp.

MeterNet Registered Office

100 West Grove Street #360
Reno, Nevada 89509
email: MeterNet Corp.

Long Beach
Telephone: (562) 989-8976
Fax: (562) 424-4964
Reception: 3633 Long Beach Blvd. Suite #207
Correspondence: 4450 California Place PMB#344
Long Beach, CA 90807

WWW: MeterNet (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Alfred Sturm

New Aminet Uploads
CNCD-KillerCGX.lha   demo/euro  3.0M+CNCD: Killer (CyberGraphX version)
APX-TB3FIX.lha       demo/mag     9K+Taboo #3 AGA/CGX - FIX (magazine by Appe
pmDevBas.lha         dev/basic  112K+Using PopUpMenu library from HBasic
adasrc1.lha          dev/src      7K+Collection of simple Ada-Sources
Aminet-CD-40.lha     docs/lists  28K+Aminet CD 40 index and description
Mattonite.lha        game/demo  239K+BreakOut demo game, working in progress
zab-android.lha      mods/hardc 1.3M+DBM 8ch -> Zabba <- strange gabba 266bpm
id3taglibgui.lha     mus/edit    34K+MPEG Audio ID3Tag (V1.x and V2.x) Editor
SamX26.lha           mus/midi   400K+Sample-X v2.6 (registered version)
tmathtrans.lha       util/libs    2K+Faster FPU mathtrans.library v43.6b
choowin.lha          util/wb     17K+Window activation utility
VisualPrefs_PL.lha   util/wb     10K+VisualPrefs: Polish catalog
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Czech Amiga News

New CyberGraphX Mailing List at eGroups
A new mailing list on the topic 'CyberGraphX' was created at eGroups. You'll find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing at the title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 19. Jan. 2001, 23:38] [Comments: 0]
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Crystal Interactive Inc.

'Aqua' Released by Crystal Interactive Inc.
As reported Crystal Interactive has become distributor of the new adventure game 'Aqua' and today they announced it has been completed.

In this game you'll find yourself in a mysterious world and will have to find your way out. More information and screenshots at Emerald Imaging, the programmers of the game.

Requirements: AmigaOS 3.x or higher, an 68020 processor (68030 or better recommended), 8 MB RAM, AGA or graphics board. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 19. Jan. 2001, 23:00] [Comments: 0]
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New AmiTradeCenter Beta Version Released
A new beta version of the FTP client AmiTradeCenter (ACT) has been released. You'll find the latest changes here.

Download: ATC_beta_19012001.lha - 280 KB (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 19. Jan. 2001, 22:41] [Comments: 0]
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Deftone on ANF

SMSEngineer NEWS
SMSEngineerMUI has been available in version 1.1beta for about a week. This version contains the beta tester keyfile which enables the full functionality and the use of the beta version.

We're also looking for someone who maybe has created own SMS-Gateways (gateway.dat) and could send us these preferences. The requirement is that it must work. Servers that set cookies don't work with SMSEngineerMUI. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 19. Jan. 2001, 19:43] [Comments: 0]
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Martin Merz on ANF

New Image Sets with GlowIcons Design
Some new archives were released on the MasonIcons homepage:
  • 3PMguiMI - a new skin for 3PMgui based on AppMI
  • AmiMDCMI - a GlowIcons toolbar for AmiMDC800
  • AudioMI - a toolbar imageset for AudioMaster 2k
  • DataMI - a complete set of icons and toolbar images for DataM-II

For more information please visit the "projects" page of Mason. Home at the title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Christoph Meier on ANF

First Screenshot of 3vix Encoder for Amiga
The Amiga version of the 3ivx encoder will be available soon. A screenshot of a Workbench on which 3ivx is already running can be found here.

Supplement 20 Jan 2001:
Christoph Meier wrote:
The author of Frogger has published a screenshot of the OpenDivX encoder displaying a movie on his Workbench at 352x288 pixels and 14 frames/sec. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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News agency owi by fax

Amiga Becomes Handheld PC
On video text page 632 of German TV station RTL2 there's the following news today:

«On the CeBIT the "Smart-Boy®", a new miniature PC in handheld format, will be presented which is equipped with a touch-screen display, chip- and credit card reader. A consumer device is supposed to follow this autumn which will be distributed under the label "Amiga(TM)". In the eighties, the Amiga was the first fully multimedia capable computer for the mass market.»

Manufacturer is the company Thendic Electronic Components GmbH from Aschaffenburg, Germany. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Reader on ANF

Simon the Sorcerer 2 - Update 4 Available
As announced, Paul Burkey has released another update of Simon the Sorcerer 2. Especially in the German version, many bugs have been fixed. French language support and the F10 feature have been added.

Download: Simon2Upd4.lha (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 19. Jan. 2001, 13:40] [Comments: 0]
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Christoph Meier on ANF

NVidia Survey on Preferred Operating System
Amiga wins the NVidia survey on the preferred operating system with 58,4%.

The question was: "Which is your preferred operating system". 4788 people voted:

58.40% - Amiga OS
13.05% - Windows 2000
6.79% - OS2/ Warp
6.29% - Windows 98
4.91% - BeOS
4.47% - Windows Me
3.17% - Linux
0.90% - MacOS
0.40% - Other
0.38% - DOS
0.29% - S-TOS
0.29% - Solaris
0.23% - Windows 95
0.17% - IBMs ROM Basic
0.04% - Windows NT
0.04% - VMS
0.02% - Windows CE

The Amiga vote would be surprising if it were for the fact that almost 60% of all the voters were referred to the poll from Amiga fan-sites anyway. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Creative Amiga Box
'Fisherking' has built his Amiga, after installing the Mediator PCI board, in a really creative wooden box. Have a look at some pictures of this beautiful Amiga at the title link.

In the comments to this message on our German page, Dennis 'Hurrican' Pauler referred us to this drawer computer by Atroxis from Virtual Dimension. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Fun Time World

New Plugin for ProstationAudio Released
A new plug-in named 'Vinylizer' has been released for all versions of ProStationAudio. The effects of a vinyl record can be applied to sounds.

Download: Vinylizer.lha (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 19. Jan. 2001, 00:24] [Comments: 0]
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18.Jan.2001 on ANF

Exploring MP-Like Solutions
Fleecy Moss (Vice President - Development - Amiga Inc.) talks on the AMIOPEN mailing list about the subject Memory Protection (MP) in the new Amiga. This discussion rose from the interview with Francis Charig from TAO. Hereupon followed several discussions in the MooBunny forum:

1. Thread Looks (to me) like AmigaDE will never have mp
2. Thread Tao's response to MP in AmigaDE
3. Thread Bill M's response to Tao's response to MP in DE

Also at ANN this subject has been discussed industrious in a long Thread.

There were many comments at, too. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Frederic Laboureur via eMail

PureBasic Version 2.00
Version 2.0 0f the compiler PureBasic has been released. It was completely re-written and now is 4 to 7 times faster than before. For registered users there is an update and a demo version for non-registered users available. The website has moved and now is accessible under Technical details.

About the compiler:
  • Completely rewritten !
  • Now, it's 4 to 7 times faster to compile
  • Faster procedure handling
  • Multi-dimensioned arrays are now supported
  • Residents are now saved/loaded in one file
  • PowerPC code have been removed (nobody want it ?)
  • Some bugs have been fixed
  • The switch MC68020 have been added to the command line

About the PureLibraries:
  • Rewritten the Sprite library (50% faster) and added several commands: SaveSprites(), LoadSprites(), RemoveCookie(), FlushSprite(), SpriteHandle(), CopySprite(), GrabSprite()
  • Added 'DisableDebugger' and 'EnableDebugger' to disable the debugger for some part within a program.
  • Added the debugger support for Sprite, Joypad, Chunky and Sound libraries.
  • Added the following commands: Processor(), MMU(), FPU(), RectsHit(), Hex(), Bin().
  • Fixed some commands: ListIndex(), FontID(), DrawingFont()

About the editor:
  • Added a keyboard shortcut to close the error window.

Misc (Full version only):
  • SpriteGrabber (Allows to get sprites from a picture)
  • OpenPureBasic (C/C++ -> PureBasic convertor)

The PureBasic web site has now moved to The Windows x86 version is available for free to any Amiga registered users ! Just send us a mail to get it !/li (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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New QNX Distribution
Today QNX Software Systems released an new QNX® distribution. This one contains Version 6 of QNY RTOS with new Neutrino® 2.11 mikrokernel, as well as Photon® 2.0 mircoGUI. Newly added was SCSI support, a packet manager allowing to update the integrated browser VoyagerTM. The new distribution offers enhanced support for audio streaming and video in the range of multimedia. More information is to find under the title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 18. Jan. 2001, 18:08] [Comments: 0]
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Planet IT: Interview with Bill McEwen
Dave Johnson from Planet IT did an interview with Bill McEwen, President and CEO at Amiga Inc. on January 8th, 2001.

Here a small extract from the six-pages interview:

Q: It sounds like you have plans to do a lot of things. Where are you concentrating your effort?

A: In the home. Homes need set-tops, desktop computers, handhelds and cell phones. Motorola even has a cell phone running the Amiga OS, by the way. The home is our target, and I think you'll see us first in set-top boxes. We also have some reference designs for some amazing desktops that we think will blow people away. We won't build hardware ourselves, but we have reference designs for others to build.

Q: So there could be new Amiga hardware coming out. Will there also be shrink-wrapped Amiga OS packages to run on Windows?

A: Yes, there will be, but I'm not sure what the timing will be. We're still finishing up some of the last components, like the 3D renderers. That will all be finished up in the next new months. Already, we can run very cool 3D animation on a Cassiopeia, and it is very smooth.

The entire interview is to find under the title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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MeterNet® Press Release
At the bottom of the following press release MeterNet announced the SimpleBox 8600 series (powered by AmigaDE) to be released late February 2001.

MeterNet® Selects EnReach Technology's Easy Internet Access Platform for SimpleBox wb7500 Series

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 17,2001 PRNewswire -- EnReach Technology, Inc., a global leader providing infrastructure software for enabling enhanced services on television, announced today that MeterNet Corporation has selected the EnReachTV2(TM) Internet access platform to power the new wb7500 series in its expanding SimpleBox entry-level Internet appliance lineup.

The new SimpleBox wb7500 series will utilize a specially tailored version of EnReachTV2 that integrates Webmail, TV Lists, and MeterNet's SimpleBox User Interface. Each SimpleBox wb7500 will ship preconfigured with US Nationwide access dial-up service for $19.95 per month. Multi-lingual English and Spanish technical support will also be provided. Initial US shipments are scheduled for March 2001.

"EnReach's interactive software solution and our new SimpleBox wb7500 series is an easy to use, low-cost combination that targets 'Late Adopters' seeking a simple preconfigured alternative to discover the Internet on their home televisions," said Greg Wible, President of MeterNet.

The EnReachTV2 Internet access software offers companies like MeterNet the opportunity to supply their customers with a low cost Internet access solution optimized for television. Advanced smart-fit screen technology and an embedded browser make this a strong contender in the device marketplace.

"We are pleased to be working with a solution provider like MeterNet, who was identified as one of the six major stand-alone Internet on TV providers by The Carmel Group," said Bo Wu, CEO for EnReach."

MeterNet's SimpleBox Program is dedicated to bringing best of breed solutions to their embedded platforms that target vertical and export markets. Each device incorporates a tailored SimpleBox User Interface (UI) on top of rugged solid-state design hardware with no moving parts. Along with providing simple navigation and operation, the SimpleBox UI offers optional integrated Web-based eMail and TV Listings that are optimized for display on televisions. The new wb7500 series complements the wb6400 series that have been shipping worldwide for the last 18 months and the new broadband wb8600 series that will be released in February. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Oliver Roberts

New WarpBMP.datatype Version 44.1
WarpBMP.datatype v44.1 by Oliver Roberts released. The BMP picture datatype is freeware and available for download for the following processors: 68k, PPC/WarpOS und PPC/MorphOS. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 18. Jan. 2001, 01:15] [Comments: 0]
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Heise [Newsticker]

Heise: Linux Worm Obviously Spreading Rapidly
«An Internet worm named Ramen is attacking servers running under the Linux distribution by Red Hat and apparently is spreading quite quickly. It's activities stood out by augmented scans on Remote Procedure Call Services (RPC). The worm utilizes two security gaps known long before inside of FTP-Server wuftpd and the program rpc.statd, which obviously still not have been remove from many Linux machines. Already in September 2000 the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) gave warning of augmented attacks of this kind.»
See title link for the complete article (German). (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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Heise [Newsticker]

Heise: DivX Successor "OpenDivX" goes Open Source
«The MPEG4 video codec successor "DivX", which derived some stardom from being in operation for spreading piracy copied movies via the Internet, may hope to be widely supported. To gain more programmers to participate in the so called "Project Mayo" the developers around Joe Bezdek, "Director of Product Definition" of Project Mayo decided to release the current en-/decoder core of the video format as Open Source. OpenDivX is only one step on the way to realize greater goals: a versatile video codec - named "DivX Deux" by the programmers - offering high quality and being free available at the same time »
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