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OS Review: NetBSD 1.6.2 on SPARC64
NetBSD is the king of operating system portability, running on 40+ different hardware platforms, including x86, MIPS, and even the Sega Dreamcast. So it comes as no surprise that among the supported platforms, NetBSD runs on Tony Bourke's Sun Ultra 5. Here is his review.

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Interview with Matthew Dillon of DragonFly BSD
Well-known FreeBSD/DragonFly/Linux/Amiga hacker Matthew Dillon discusses a number of interesting points regarding where the BSDs are going, the status and goals of his latest project DragonFly BSD, his exciting plans to develop DragonFly into a transparently cluster-capable system implementing native SSI (Single System Image) which is something that no other operating system can do today.

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A Field Guide To Wireless LANs
"The book covers the principal areas of wireless networking, including security, the hot topic for every LAN administrator. While the book does a great job of addressing the theoretical security issues (and other aspects of wireless LANs operation), it is light on practical recommendations in day-to-day WLAN management. The Guide delves into creating strong passwords for use with WLANs, though, and addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the WEP architecture. It is especially rich in providing insights into the handshake and authentication procedures within WEP. "
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( Permalink: A Field Guide To Wireless LANs      Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 21, 2004 )

Your LDAP administration toolbox
"The OpenLDAP tools are the no-brainer tools for LDAP administrators, partly due to the fact that they come with the OpenLDAP software distribution, and partly because you could probably administer an OpenLDAP directory without the aid of much else."
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( Permalink: Your LDAP administration toolbox      Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 21, 2004 )

Unreal Tournament 2004
"The most significant additions, the vehicles and stand-alone turrets, are found in the new game modes. Now you can hop in a lightweight Manta hovercraft and blow away opponents or even stomp them by bringing it down on their heads. Or you can climb into the massive five-man Leviathan and use its four turrets and rear-mounted rocket pack to subdue your enemies. There are even two starcraft the human and Skaarj fighters that let you take the tournament into outer space"
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( Permalink: Unreal Tournament 2004      Submitted by Noel Sat Mar 20, 2004 )

iLife 04: iDVD 4.0 Review
"After having worked on this project, I was excited with Jobs announced iDVD 4 and all it's cool new features. There were some issues that I had noticed with iDVD (namely, speed) that I wanted to reevaluate in the 4.0 release, as well as test out the new features. Here's what I found."
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( Permalink: iLife 04: iDVD 4.0 Review      Submitted by Noel Sat Mar 20, 2004 )

An Advanced File System for Linux
"Fortunately, a number of other Linux file systems pick up where Ext2 leaves off. Indeed, Linux now offers four alternatives to Ext2: Ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, and XFS. In addition to meeting some or all of the previously mentioned requirements, each of these alternative file systems also supports journaling, a feature certainly demanded by enterprises but beneficial to anyone running Linux. A journaling file system can simplify restarts, reduce fragmentation, and accelerate I/O. Better yet, journaling file systems make fscks a thing of the past."
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( Permalink: An Advanced File System for Linux      Submitted by Noel Sat Mar 20, 2004 )

An Interview with OpenBSD's Marc Espie
" Like most OpenBSD developers, I am very interested in the stability and robustness and security of the whole system. Which means that I do a lot of development outside of my own area: see bug, fix bug. It's as simple as that. That said, as far as OpenBSD is concerned, I'm the main person responsible for a few main areas:"
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Benchmarking With FreeBSD
"Recently someone on the FreeBSD-Current mailing list (Poul-Henning Kamp) suggested some tips for precision benchmarking in FreeBSD. This was a veritable gold mine for me as I was gearing up to conduct a salvo of benchmarks on three different systems to compare performance in a variety of areas, but during my testing I found that most of these tips were useless or ill-advised for testing hardware. It occurred to me too late that the author of the post probably had software benchmarking in mind when he wrote it, and unfortunately that has little to do with performance testing of hardware. "
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Some Reasons Why Ronny prefers Gnome over KDE
"Of course, the KDE approach might be more flexible and configurable, but I like to get some reasonable options and the rest of the magic should be done by the DE. I'm not an artist, and everytime I try to adjust the theme under KDE it looks a little amateurish. I like to compare this with the choice between MS Word/OpenOffice and LaTeX. The latter just does the magic and you can care about the content of your work. However, Word and others give you many layout options to choose from, but the result cannot compete with a LaTeX document because the average user is not aware of the art of layout."
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( Permalink: Some Reasons Why Ronny prefers Gnome over KDE      Submitted by Noel Sat Mar 20, 2004 )

Tackling Unix security in large organisations
"In large heterogeneous Unix/Linux environments with several hundred servers, keeping up to date with security patches, which are the number one requirement for strong security, is next to impossible. Pushing out patches across hundreds of servers, with a mix of different operating systems, kernels, and versions, is complex, time-consuming, risky, and very expensive."
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Learning Functional Programming through Multimedia
"The Haskell School of Expression should be very effective for programmers who have experience in more traditional languages, and programmers with a Lisp background can probably move quickly through some of the early material. If you've never learned a functional language, I highly recommend Haskell: Since Haskell is purely functional (unlike Lisp), it will more or less prevent you from "cheating" by reverting to a non-functional style."
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Are You Talking to Me? Speech on Mac OS X
"The Speech technology is in fact built in two parts: a speech synthesizer that your Mac can use to communicate with you -- read text on demand but also keep you informed about the status of a process. And a speech-recognition technology that allows you to talk to your Mac to send commands to it -- what you usually do with a keyboard and mouse."
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( Permalink: Are You Talking to Me? Speech on Mac OS X      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 19, 2004 )

Apple Boot Key Combos
"This list of special key combinations has been compiled for your information. I cannot always verify the information so if there is an error please let me know. I have not included special Finder keys or standard CMD-SHIFT-# shortcuts because Apple has done such a good job of documenting them in the Finder Help. "
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Cooking with sendmail
"For a query to succeed, sendmail and LDAP must use and understand the same schema. The ldap_routing feature depends on a mail routing schema defined in a draft IETF document. That schema, which is available in the misc.schema file provided with the OpenLDAP distribution, must be included in the LDAP configuration in order for that LDAP to understand the mail routing queries coming from sendmail."
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( Permalink: Cooking with sendmail      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 19, 2004 )

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