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Linux clustering solutions are flurishing
High-availability solutions for Linux clusters are now available from several Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and span a range of capability and complexity. HA clusters are expected to become common in the near future. It should no doubt become important as Linux clusters become mainstream. This whitepaper covers clustering solutions using IBM hardware, standard Linux distributions and Open Source software.

( Permalink: Linux clustering solutions are flurishing      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Aug 27, 2004 )

Vim Macros for Editing DocBook Documents
"Recently, while helping Linux Journal convert its editorial process to use DocBook/XML for articles, I had occasion to convert some old Vim macros for use with the new process. The original macros were key maps or abbreviations for inserting Quark tags and special characters. The new editorial process involves marking or tagging a document in DocBook/XML. From there, a stylesheet is applied to convert the document either to Quark for publication in the print magazine or to HTML for publication on the Web site."
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( Permalink: Vim Macros for Editing DocBook Documents      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 27, 2004 )

Apple close to licensing FairPlay?
"Is Apple is about to license its FairPlay DRM technology to Macrovision, the creators of copy-protection software used in music CDs distributed primarily in Europe? According to documentation released with a beta version of its upcoming CDS-300 DRM software, iTunes and iPod support will be forthcoming in the fourth quarter of 2004. This has led some to believe that Macrovision has reached an agreement with Apple or anticipates doing so in the not-too-distant future."
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( Permalink: Apple close to licensing FairPlay?      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 26, 2004 )

Wireless Grids
"Wireless grids, a new type of resource-sharing network, connect sensors, mobile phones, and other edge devices with each other and with wired grids. Ad hoc distributed resource sharing allows these devices to offer new resources and locations of use for grid computing. This article places wireless grids in context, explains their basic requirements, and provides an example implementation that uses a wireless grid for distributed audio recording. Finally, it introduces articles in this special issue on wireless grid architectures and applications."
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( Permalink: Wireless Grids      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 26, 2004 )

Building a Diskless 2.6 Firewall
"Want to build a custom router/firewall for your home network? You can obtain the necessary hardware virtually for free from garage sales or on-line auctions. You even might have some old hardware lying around. A Pentium-class system is more than sufficient and can handle the stress well. Typically, we don't need much memory, but I recommend at least 16MB of RAM. In place of a hard disk, we can use a compact Flash, or CF, card. CF has some nifty features, such as on-board error detection and correction to minimize Flash wear. "
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( Permalink: Building a Diskless 2.6 Firewall      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 26, 2004 )

KDE 3.3: A Milestone for Linux on the Desktop
"Each KDE release tends to have a few major focal points. KDE 2.0 was a complete rearchitecture and brought us the underlying design that we still have today in KDE, including KParts, network transparency, and Konqueror. KDE 3.0 featured a port to Qt 3.0. KDE 3.1 gave us enhanced browsing support and many new applications, and KDE 3.2 had a focus on HTML rendering improvements, optimizations, and more new applications. KDE 3.3, on the other hand, shows us what can be done when we focus on improving what's already there in KDE. The highlights from KDE 3.3 include more optimizations, a giant leap forward in personal information management (PIM) tools such as KMail, KOrganizer, Kontact, and Kopete, and the closing of 7000 bugs and 2000 wishlist items. This is certainly an important step forward for Linux on the desktop! Let's have a closer look."
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( Permalink: KDE 3.3: A Milestone for Linux on the Desktop      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 26, 2004 )

Use Kickstart for Unattended RedHat/Fedora Install
Kickstart is the RedHat/Fedora tool for automated OS installation. If you need to deploy a large farm in short order, or simply reassign some hardware, Kickstart is the key to consistent and hands-off builds. This article (O'Reilly Network) provides an introduction to Kickstart and a walk through a sample installation.
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( Permalink: Use Kickstart for Unattended RedHat/Fedora Install      Submitted by QM Thu Aug 26, 2004 )

Web Polling Technique From A 7th Grade Developer
12 year old Aron was completing 7th grade as this article was being written. He has had a Web development business for two years. Aron wrote the PHP code for this article for one of his clients. Web polling or voting provides a great way to get feedback from visitors to your site. The design you'll explore includes using a database to store the polling information and the PHP scripting language to vote, create, manage, and review the polls.

( Permalink: Web Polling Technique From A 7th Grade Developer      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Aug 26, 2004 )

Migrating from Linux Kernel 2.4 to 2.6 on POWER
One of the benifits you get when migrating from Linux Kernal 2.4 to 2.6 is improved stability. The process for loading kernel modules in and out of the kernel was improved. This article highlights and shares information on that and the other differences between the Linux kernels 2.4 and 2.6 including new features of Linux Distributions for POWER5-based systems, SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 (SLES 9), and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 3.

( Permalink: Migrating from Linux Kernel 2.4 to 2.6 on POWER      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Aug 26, 2004 )

Mac Browser Showdown
"Safari may be OS X's default browser, but which is fastest? Opera, iCab, OmniWeb Mozilla and others all spring to mind. PC World set out to find out. Contrary to many nay-sayer's predictions, Apple's Safari did not kill Mac browser development. Far from it. In fact, there's more choice than ever. Even Netscape popped up with an update just this week. "
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( Permalink: Mac Browser Showdown      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 25, 2004 )

Dual-core G4 on the way
"This may ultimately come down to an issue of timing for Apple. The company is going to want its entire line to go 64-bit as soon as possible, so that the base of 64-bit applications can be more easily expanded. The power consumption on the 90nm G5 is pretty decent, if only IBM could produce enough of them. And the 970's inevitable core revision will improve power consumption ever further, especially when the 970 gets its own on-die DDR controller. (The power consumption of the dual-core G4 is an unknown factor, but it's probably pretty good)."
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( Permalink: Dual-core G4 on the way      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 25, 2004 )

Current state of wireless security
British security expert and author of Wi-Foo: Secrets of Wireless Hacking Konstantin Gavrilenko responds to my questions on the current state of wireless security and whether 802.11i and 802.1x development will fix it all. Gavrilenko also notes the increased demand in security consulting, and perhaps he should know, since he's a co-founder of British security company Arhont.

( Permalink: Current state of wireless security      Submitted by Alex Moskalyuk Wed Aug 25, 2004 )

Qt Trouble
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in Qt, SpamAssassin, MySQL, rsync, NetBSD ftpd, Xine-lib, KDE, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Gaim, and xv.

( Permalink: Qt Trouble      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 25, 2004 )

Demystifying the Frontside Bus
"To begin with, the frontside bus is the physical pathway between the CPU and the RAM controller. AMD64 (Athlon 64, Opteron, and Athlon 64-FX) processors have integrated memory controllers, meaning that there is no FSB, technically. Instead, AMD64 processors are measured by their bus speed, which is determined by the number of HyperTransport links that they employ. The frontside bus operates at a certain frequency. These days it's 400mhz, 533mhz, and 800mhz for Intel-based motherboards. A motherboard will generally support a range of FSB frequencies, although some of the later models will only do 800mhz due to other architectural constraints (a different socket type)."
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( Permalink: Demystifying the Frontside Bus      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 25, 2004 )

Report from the KDE World Summit
"Similar discussions moved on in the meeting room, over lunch, and in small huddled meetings over laptops and drinks. Despite the fairly uninspiring content of discussions, there was a palpable excitement here about the week to come, and a sense that everyone is part of an important community project. This spilled over into discussions about the location of next year's World Summit, with questions ranging from the sensible (e.g. "what are the travel costs?") to the important (e.g. "what are the parties like?"). It remains to be seen how the issues discussed will pan out in the near future, but at least the passion and commitment of the contributors will almost certainly persist."
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( Permalink: Report from the KDE World Summit      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 25, 2004 )

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TCP Vulnerability
(Thu May 13, 2004)

OpenBSD PF Developer Interview, Part 2
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PostgreSQL 7.4
(Thu May 13, 2004)

Make shared memory work for you, not against you
(Thu May 13, 2004)

The IPv6 Internet: Connect Today with Linux
(Wed May 12, 2004)

SuSE Linux 9.1 Personal
(Wed May 12, 2004)

DOSEMU and programming with PowerBASIC
(Wed May 12, 2004)

timer A Low-precision Visual Timer
(Wed May 12, 2004)

Helio Chissini de Castro
(Wed May 12, 2004)

CLI for noobies: mmmmm pizza
(Wed May 12, 2004)

Understanding TCP Reset Attacks
(Tue May 11, 2004)

Storage Tank: Delivering On The SAN Promise
(Tue May 11, 2004)

Will the Real NUI please stand up?
(Tue May 11, 2004)

Insights From A Solaris x86 Evangelist
(Tue May 11, 2004)

Linux Offers Better Windows Apps Without the Wait
(Tue May 11, 2004)

Finding an open source programming job
(Tue May 11, 2004)

A conversation with Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT
(Mon May 10, 2004)

A Guide to Centralized Spam and Virus Filtering
(Mon May 10, 2004)

Using the NDIS Wrapper Device Driver
(Mon May 10, 2004)

Red Hat Desktop: Semantics is part of the problem
(Mon May 10, 2004)

A Field Guide to Wireless LANs
(Mon May 10, 2004)

Regular Expressions In 10 Minutes
(Mon May 10, 2004)

Review of Sharp Zaurus SL-6000
(Sun May 9, 2004)

Programming as if Performance Mattered
(Sun May 9, 2004)

SQL Database Access with DBTags
(Sun May 9, 2004)

Linux-Based X Terminals with XDMCP
(Sun May 9, 2004)

Applying Digital Hub Concepts to the Enterprise
(Sun May 9, 2004)

Linux in action: A public library's success story
(Sun May 9, 2004)

Email for the single user in Debian
(Sat May 8, 2004)

Diskless, Low-Form-Factor OpenBSD Systems
(Sat May 8, 2004)

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