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Centralized Configuration With Cfengine, Part I
"One software package designed to handle select configuration conformity is Cfengine, by Mark Burgess of Oslo University. Cfengine is a distributed convergent configuration management system with a centralized server and a client process on each machine. The purpose of Cfengine is to allow the administrator to create a single centralized system configuration which defines how each host on the network should be configured. An interpreter runs on each client host and parses the centralized configuration, checking the local machine's configuration files against it. If the machine's configuration has diverged from the defined standard, the necessary changes are performed to bring it back into conformity."

( Permalink: Centralized Configuration With Cfengine, Part I      Submitted by Noel Fri May 13, 2005 )

Porting projects from Solaris to Linux
Among the flavors of UNIX, Solaris is considered to be the closest to Linux, so before starting a port of large Unix-based application to Linux, the operating system-dependent code is generally picked up from Solaris. But for migration purposes, differences can arise in the areas that depend on the architecture, memory maps, threading, or some specific areas like system administration or natural language support.

( Permalink: Porting projects from Solaris to Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Fri May 13, 2005 )

Review: America's Army: Special Forces v.2.3
"Good news, however, came early last month when it was confirmed that Ryan Gordon, the man responsible for porting AA:SF to Linux and OS X, had found an alternate server browser software for Mac OS X that could connect to the Gamespy list! A few Beta testing weeks later, America's Army: Special Forces v2.3 was finally offered to Mac gamers and with it, a potential solution for other games using the Gamespy software. "

( Permalink: Review: America's Army: Special Forces v.2.3      Submitted by Noel Thu May 12, 2005 )

Bruce Schneier on Cryptography
"I'm a security technologist. My career has been a series of generalizations. I started working in cryptography: mathematical security. Then I realized that all the cryptography in the world won't help if the computer is insecure, and all the computer security won't help if the network is insecure. Since then, I have been concentrating more on the social and economic aspects of security, realizing that all the technology in the world won't help if those aren't done right. "

( Permalink: Bruce Schneier on Cryptography      Submitted by Noel Thu May 12, 2005 )

25 Years After DOS: Lessons Learned for Linux
Microsoft Corporation is preparing a gallant pageant to celebrate 25 years of what should at the very least be considered remarkable marketing. But what can the Linux world learn from Microsoft's past 25 years of unique experiences and domination? I think we can uncover a lot simply going back to that first fateful year when...
Complete Article

( Permalink: 25 Years After DOS: Lessons Learned for Linux      Submitted by walter v. koenning Thu May 12, 2005 )

Image Management Applications
"The technology of photography has moved forward in recent years, but certain issues remain. Your editor's closets contain numerous binders full of carefully organized negatives, contact sheets, and slides. Said closets also contain several boxes full of rather less carefully organized photographic output. There's a lot of great pictures there, but chances are good that nobody will ever see them. Organizing photographs is hard."

( Permalink: Image Management Applications      Submitted by Noel Thu May 12, 2005 )

Load Linux on the Mac mini
The Mac mini is an ideal low-cost, high-performance PowerPC development platform for numerous applications. Learn how to install and configure Linux on the mini. Future articles will add the software required to make it into a stand-alone multimedia appliance.

( Permalink: Load Linux on the Mac mini      Submitted by Anonymous Thu May 12, 2005 )

State of the Game - Wreaking Havok
"If you've owned a Mac for as long as I have (20 years to be exact), you know that being a Mac gamer can be challenging at times. We've had our ups and downs over the years but recently, especially in the last few years, things have been looking pretty good for Mac gaming. Apple is selling a ton of iPods and Macs and game publishers are cranking out as many games as possible."

( Permalink: State of the Game - Wreaking Havok      Submitted by Noel Wed May 11, 2005 )

The Potential for an SSH Worm
"A new paper from MIT explores the potential for a worm to use this infection mechanism to propagate across the Internet. Already attackers are exploiting this database after cracking passwords. The paper also warns that a worm that spreads via SSH is likely to evade detection by the bulk of techniques currently coming out of the worm detection community."

( Permalink: The Potential for an SSH Worm      Submitted by Noel Wed May 11, 2005 )

Shelling your Linux box with Festival
"Do you want a bit more "humanized" version of your computer? If you are ready for this adventure, all that you need is a computer with Linux operating system and a little bit of time to download and install the required programs. Now let us have some fun with bash and Festival TTS (Text To Speech) software."

( Permalink: Shelling your Linux box with Festival      Submitted by Noel Wed May 11, 2005 )

The great intrusion prevention debate
"MWL : While I agree with your assertion that the infrastructure can be orchestrated to provide more comprehensive protection, I do not agree that IPS is simply a point defense. Unlike a firewall, IPS is not being deployed just at the perimeter, but throughout the entire network to protect the core as well as internal segments. To meet the stringent networking requirements (latency, throughput, reliability) that these core and internal network locations demand, state-of-the-art IPSes are based on purpose-built custom hardware like other network infrastructure devices such as switches and routers."

( Permalink: The great intrusion prevention debate      Submitted by Noel Wed May 11, 2005 )

Review: Kate OS 2.0
"Kate is a lightweight, free GNU/Linux distribution from Poland released with the goal of allowing people to play games, watch movies, listen to music, and surf the Web. While it does do these tasks, it requires a lot of handholding, manual configuration, and knowledge on a user's part. A single-CD install (with an optional second CD) is all it takes to get you up and running with Kate, but you may need to have a computer nerd handy for the setup."

( Permalink: Review: Kate OS 2.0      Submitted by Noel Wed May 11, 2005 )

Game Review: Chessmaster 9000
"Chessmaster 9000 for Mac has a clear and important place in any player's library. New players, intermediates, and stronger players will all find something worthwhile in the Classroom function. On the Mac side, nothing else comes close to the polish, feature set, and usability of CM9000 by a large margin, and the Aqua overhaul over the PC version looks fabulous. "

( Permalink: Game Review: Chessmaster 9000      Submitted by Noel Tue May 10, 2005 )

Linux vs. Windows: Why Linux will win
"For a private business to blithely entrust their data to proprietary formats and protocols is irresponsible at best. For a public company to do so can be looked upon as a breach of the shareholder's trust; an unnecessary liability. It's quietly overlooked now partly because of the ubiquity of the practice and partly because no Microsoft-dependent organization wants to point out a liability from which they also suffer. This situation will change with growing awareness of the problem and as the Linux-plus-free-applications option makes vendor lock-in increasingly harder to justify. The time is coming when the stock market will recognize and reward data independence among public companies."

( Permalink: Linux vs. Windows: Why Linux will win      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 10, 2005 )

NetBSD CGD Setup.
A report on how to setup CGD on NetBSD/i386.
NetBSD CGD Setup (CGD is the cryptographic device driver - Noel)

( Permalink: NetBSD CGD Setup.      Submitted by Stuart Mackie Tue May 10, 2005 )

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