• From: "Timothy Mangan" <tmangan@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 22:17:25 -0500

The following are only rumors..


SP2 should be out late spring/early summer.  Mostly a security rollup
(catching up with Server 2003 stuff), however it is rumored to include two
changes worth note:

1) Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) will be enabled by default.
Previously it was disabled and you had to turn it on.  Now it will be on and
you must turn it off if you don't want it.

2) The memory model  will now add support for NX (or "No eXecute) memory
pages. In particular stack and heap pages will by default be marked to
prevent processors that support this feature from executing any code in
those pages. This will make it harder (not impossible) for viruses to use
buffer overrun techniques. While there may be a very small number of
applications that have a problem with NX, they should be fixed anyway. Now
the bad news. Intel Pentium and Celeron processors don't support NX. AMD K8
and Intel Itanium processors do. More bad news. You have to enable PAE mode
for the OS also.


Beta was supposed to happen in December, but was pushed back to January (not
sure if it is out; the beta is for developers to fix their applications
broken by NX).




From: Tony Lyne 
Sent: Wednesday, 28 January 2004 11:48 a.m.
To: 'thin@xxxxxxxxxxxx'
Subject: MF XP V2


Does anyone know anything about MF XP 2?


Ive heard some rumblings from people that it is due for release sometime
this year. Is this true? 


Does any one know what the differences are?




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