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I have written a tutorial about apt on rpm-based distributions.
In this short tutorial I will show how to install and use Debian's package manager apt on various rpm-based distributions like Fedora, Mandrake (or Mandriva, they changed their name...), RedHat, SUSE, and Yellow Dog Linux. apt for rpm is also known as apt4rpm, or aptrpm.

This tutorial is split into two parts: in the first I will demonstrate how to install and use apt based on an example (apt on SUSE 9.2), and in the second part I will give you an overview of the packages to install and the package repositories for each distribution mentioned above.

( Permalink: HOWTO: Apt For RPM      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue Apr 12, 2005 )

Commands for Beginning System Admins
Over the past few months so many new users have been clamoring for a "list of essential server admin" commands that I finally took the time to compile this list.

This short list is truly written for novices entering the powerful realm of server administration. My hope is that this brief summary will help further demonstrate the usefulness and ease of the command line!

( Permalink: Commands for Beginning System Admins      Submitted by Mark Rais Tue Apr 12, 2005 )

Native Linux Gaming on the rise.
How many Linux geeks do you know that dual-boot to game? It's an unfortunately common thing for Linux geeks to be gamers as well. More unfortunate, however, is the seeming incompatibility of these two 'professions'. Sure you can play Neverwinter Nights, a handful of other ports, and un-ported games using WINE and Cedega, but where's the fun in that? Where are all the Open-Source games? When is the innovation that's been seen all over the Open-Source community going to make it's way to gaming? The answer is right now. Cube, an open-source FPS engine, is one of the most viable attempts to make native OSS gaming on Linux a reality. Jeremy at LinuxForumsDOTorg takes it for a spin, fragging his heart out to bring you this review, telling you everything you need to know about Cube.

( Permalink: Native Linux Gaming on the rise.      Submitted by sarumont Tue Apr 12, 2005 )

Protect Your Firm Against the Newest Email Threats
The battleground in the ongoing fight against spam by organizations worldwide is shifting based on new tactics from spammers and hackers designed to defeat conventional anti-spam content filtering solutions.

( Permalink: Protect Your Firm Against the Newest Email Threats      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Apr 12, 2005 )

The Right Stuff: Continuing a NASA Legacy
"When I came on board, all the bookeeping for our archive was done in three-ring binders,” he explains. “The first thing I did was purchase a Macintosh to set up a FileMaker Pro database so we could input all the image metadata to get us out of the three-ring binder world.” His office uses Filemaker Pro to keep track of both photo data and customer information."

( Permalink: The Right Stuff: Continuing a NASA Legacy      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 11, 2005 )

A parallel Linux backup script
This article describes an example bash shell script which demonstrates a simple method of creating backups of multiple filesystems to several tape drives simultaneously. The example script can easily be modified to write to other device types and to create a different number of backup streams.

( Permalink: A parallel Linux backup script      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Apr 11, 2005 )

Ubuntu 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog Review
Overall, Ubuntu: Hoary Hedgehog is a rock solid distro, and is a great choice for a user with any level of Linux experience (it's also a great distro for beginners or people completely new to Linux.) The install process and initial system use should be fairly straightforward for beginners, and Ubuntu has very decent hardware detection. In fact, the only major complaint I have about Ubuntu is the release name.

( Permalink: Ubuntu 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog Review      Submitted by Scrivs Mon Apr 11, 2005 )

Running Linux and BSD on the Mac Mini
NetBSD and Yellow Dog Linux have both begun to support the Mac Mini. Seebach looks at open source operating system options on this new contender in the embedded PowerPC platform space.

( Permalink: Running Linux and BSD on the Mac Mini      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Apr 11, 2005 )

Complex layered configurations with AppConfig
AppConfig shines as a way of configuring applications in Perl in the simple cases, but occasionally you need more power in command-line processing and configuration-file parsing. Instead of using data formats such as XML or YAML, you can apply a little extra effort and alter AppConfig so it can process complex command-line switches to create multi-level hashes.

( Permalink: Complex layered configurations with AppConfig      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Apr 11, 2005 )

Howto: The Perfect Setup - SUSE 9.2
I have written a detailed description about the steps to be taken to setup a SUSE 9.2 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.). In addition to that I will show how to use Debian's package manager apt on an rpm-based system because it takes care of package dependencies automagically which can save a lot of trouble.

( Permalink: Howto: The Perfect Setup - SUSE 9.2      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Apr 11, 2005 )

Living Happily with a PC and a Mac Mini
"Inexpensive and charmingly small, the Mac Mini (below) was just too enticing to pass up. Yes, it's not running Windows, but that actually made it even more attractive--it would be more resistant to viruses and spyware, and I would be far less likely to junk it up with test-ware. The really big question was: How well would it cohabit with my Windows PC? Click "more" below to find out!"

( Permalink: Living Happily with a PC and a Mac Mini      Submitted by Noel Fri Apr 8, 2005 )

The good and bad of Linux LiveCDs
"Each Linux distribution is configured differently. Each ships with its own kernel, modules and associated tools. Some use the Gnome desktop environment, others use K Desktop Environment, and still others ship as bare-bones command-line systems. Some provide lots of applications and services for maximum flexibility, whereas others have been pared to the minimum and locked down for security."

( Permalink: The good and bad of Linux LiveCDs      Submitted by Noel Fri Apr 8, 2005 )

Running XBoard in Irssi
"Now, you could play chess this way, if you don't mind using an ASCII chess board and entering all your moves manually, but most people use an interface program to provide them with a graphical chess board. I use XBoard for my graphical interface, which provides a nice board, but it directly passes the ICS output to stdin, and sends its stdout to the ICS. That is to say, you start xboard in an xterm, and it's almost as if you'd used telnet to connect except you have a graphical chess board. This isn't so bad, except:"

( Permalink: Running XBoard in Irssi      Submitted by Noel Fri Apr 8, 2005 )

Lexical Closures In C
"Even if one is an experienced C programmer, a successful compilation of your program in the first attempt certainly brings a sense of satisfaction - whatever the logic behind it may be. "Hey, look! The GNU C Compiler has accepted my program!" Take a look at the two code samples given below; these are the two most common methods used by programmers to start coding a program."

( Permalink: Lexical Closures In C      Submitted by Noel Fri Apr 8, 2005 )

One-on-one with Miguel de Icaza
"Miguel: A friend of mine, we had a couple of Unix machines, and a friend of mine recommended that I check the GNU stuff out because they had Emacs and a free compiler that we could use on our school UNIX and SPARC machines. This was in 1990, I believe. 1990, yeah."

( Permalink: One-on-one with Miguel de Icaza      Submitted by Noel Thu Apr 7, 2005 )

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