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An Illustrated Guide to IPSec
This is a fantastic guide to IPSec. It even has pictures :)
"IPSec is a suite of protocols for securing network connections, but the details and many variations quickly become overwhelming. This is particularly the case when trying to interoperate between disparate systems, causing more than one engineer to just mindlessly turn the knobs when attempting to bring up a new connection."
An Illustrated Guide to IPSec

( Permalink: An Illustrated Guide to IPSec      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 7, 2005 )

The first Power Architecture Technical Briefing
This question and answer session features Stanley Kwong, the person in charge of worldwide technical briefings for IBM. Stan handles developerWorks briefings and is about to orchestrate the first-ever briefing on the Power Architecture-related dW event in the People's Republic of China.

( Permalink: The first Power Architecture Technical Briefing      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Sep 7, 2005 )

Linux In a Windows Network with SAMBA HOWTO
Integrating Fedora Linux into a Windows network is reasonable and easy as long as you use the SAMBA utilities. This article includes every step necessary to help you implement a SAMBA server in a Windows environment. Once integrated, a Linux server looks and acts exactly like any other server on a Windows intranet... Complete article

( Permalink: Linux In a Windows Network with SAMBA HOWTO      Submitted by Mark Rais Wed Sep 7, 2005 )

Editorial about small Linux distributions
"Of course, many distros are created for special needs. One example is SME Server, designed as a plug-and-play file server and network gateway. Another is Smoothwall, created to be a network router. But the majority of distributions that don't receive much attention aren't that different in structure or purpose than those that get the notice and popularity."
In praise of small Linux distros

( Permalink: Editorial about small Linux distributions      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 7, 2005 )

Interview with Steve Wozniak
Great interview with Steve Wozniak, designer of the Apple II computer, builder of the first Apple prototype, and very interesting guy.
"That being said, Wozniak reminisced about his own first MUG-like presentation, ďI stood in front of the Homebrew Computer Club with the Apple I in my hands, describing the technical features and price and all. I did the same with the Apple ][. Also, at the club, although I was too shy to ever raise my hand (besides these 2 product intros) I set up my Sears TV and Apple prototypes and demonstrated and spoke about them after the main club meeting was over.Ē "
Real People: an exclusive interview with Steve Wozniak

( Permalink: Interview with Steve Wozniak      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 7, 2005 )

Katrina public web kiosk project
They have a site set up in Dallas TX, with 25 machines connected to the net. Its in a building owned by Walmart and other equipment was donated by Hotels.com. Great job!
"A Linux developer is organizing volunteers for a public "web station" project to assist Hurricane Katrina victims. Steve Hargadon's plan is to create numerous Linux-based public kiosks that boot directly into the Firefox browser and display a special home page with links to various services. In addition to offering disaster relief information and news, the kiosks will provide basic email capabilities via Yahoo!, Gmail, Earthlink, MS Hotmail, and other web-mail services."
Katrina public web kiosk project wants volunteers

( Permalink: Katrina public web kiosk project      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 6, 2005 )

Audio CD script
My suggestion is to just buy an iPod, but if you really really like audio CDs this guy has some scripts that can burn them for you.
"Back a few years ago, some friends of mine got very interested in creating audio CDs from *.mp3 files. At the time, they had access to a large directory structure with numerous directories (read: CDs), each containing around 10-13 mp3 audio files. At first, when the need arose to create a CD, one of the many "interactive CD burning software" packages would be used. This entailed selecting the relevant mp3 files with a mouse, dragging them to another "window", selecting any CD-specific options, and then finally pressing the "go" button. In addition to this manually intensive process, the software itself usually took a good deal of time to complete the "burn", during which one dare not do any serious work on that computer, for the CD buffer may run dry, and the burn process would be ruined. Because of the amount of effort that went into creating a single CD from a set of MP3 files, only the most "important" CDs were created in this way."
Using Linux to Create a Audio CD Library

( Permalink: Audio CD script      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 6, 2005 )

How many backups can you go back?
Our backup rotations go back from one to two months. But I do have some set aside with special information on them and have burned some data onto CDs. I have been burned by a user wanting information that had rotated out of the backup tapes months earlier. So I think A.P. Lawrence is right.
"It's just not true that the value of backups is ephemeral. For example, some of the Cobol programs I took from a very old sco box and brought to life on a Linux box should have been on tapes; it was fortunate that the drives hadn't died completely:Transfer SCO Acucobol to Linux. As the programs themselves hadn't changed in years, even a very old tape would have been valuable."
Deep Backup

( Permalink: How many backups can you go back?      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 6, 2005 )

Building Web Apps with Eclipse, WTP, and Derby
Building dynamic Web applications is easy using Eclipse, the Web Tools Platform (WTP) for Eclipse, Derby, and Jakarta-Tomcat. Learn how to install and configure all of the required Open Source components, and build a complete web application using JSPs and servlets to store and retrieve information from a Derby database.

( Permalink: Building Web Apps with Eclipse, WTP, and Derby      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Sep 6, 2005 )

iPod Rumors
"Think Secret was the first to report that the iPod mini will be going all flash and will be available in 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB sizes. In addition, they will shrink in size and acquire color displays. Pricing is supposed to be set at US$200, US$250, and US$300, respectively. That news jibes with last month's news that Samsung was to begin supplying Apple with 4GB NAND flash RAM chips at a deep discount. So the 8GB mini would contain two of the chips."
Details on iPod changes, new phone become clearer

( Permalink: iPod Rumors      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 6, 2005 )

Elive 0.3 review
Elive 0.3 is here. Elive is a Live CD distribution featuring Enlightenment as the main (and only) window manager (and desktop shell as well). Its version 0.1 was mostly an alpha release, and while Enlightenment 0.16 (the current stable release) run fine, Enlightenment 0.17 was severely broken in many aspects. Elive 0.3 fixes most of those problems and presents Enlightenment 0.17 at a point where itís perfectly usable for the day to day desktop.

If you ever wanted to try Enlightenment 0.17, and didnít want to go through the hassle of compiling it from scratch, this is your opportunity. And if you donít want to install it just to test it, then Elive is for you. Elive 0.3 makes e17 easier than ever. But beware, once you try it, you may not be able to go back to your dated window manager.

Read more

( Permalink: Elive 0.3 review      Submitted by Flavio Villanustre Mon Sep 5, 2005 )

Beagle Desktop Search Reviewed!
Google Desktop Search has taken the Windows community by storm. What about the real geeks that use Linux? Beagle comes to the rescue! An Open-source alternative, Beagle provides fast indexing and searching of all your files. Kevin of the LinuxForums Content Development team has used it, abused it and reviewed it. Read all about Beagle here!

( Permalink: Beagle Desktop Search Reviewed!      Submitted by sarumont Mon Sep 5, 2005 )

Look at Xen
"The Xen VMM (virtual machine monitor) is an open-source project that is being developed in the computer laboratory of the University of Cambridge, UK. It enables us to create many virtual machines, each of which runs an instance of an operating system."
Introduction to the Xen Virtual Machine

( Permalink: Look at Xen      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 5, 2005 )

Using Disk Images
"Disk images in Mac OS X provide developers with a powerful mechanism for packaging and delivering software on the internet. They enable developers to make a good first impression with users. A well-crafted disk image shows attention to detail, and signals that the software is designed well and with the user in mind."
Easy Access to the Applications Folder from a Disk Image

( Permalink: Using Disk Images      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 5, 2005 )

Look at Keepalived
Interesting article that talks about how to use keepalived to provide VRRP (Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol).
"Redundancy is one of the key ways you can increase the reliability of your network. As the concept of RAID (redundant arrays of inexpensive disks) has shown, it can be much more cost effective to group a number of inexpensive components together than to spend much more money on one high-priced item. You can apply the same idea to your network: instead of investing in one very expensive proprietary router, why not install several redundant Linux routers made out of commodity parts and free software? This article shows how easy it is to do just that with Keepalived on Linux."
Improving Network Reliability with Keepalived

( Permalink: Look at Keepalived      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 2, 2005 )

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Linux Games: An Interview With Michael Simms
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