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VMware Workstation 4.0.5
"Imagine not one, but two, three or more separate operating systems loaded on a single PC, each of which functions as a separate OS on a separate physical machine. VMware Workstation 4 does just that by creating and managing one or more virtual machines on a single, physical host PC. "
Story

( Permalink: VMware Workstation 4.0.5      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 11, 2004 )

ASK Me No Questions, I'll Tell You No Lies
"ASK is the Active Spam Killer. I run it as a procmail recipe, but you can run it in a number of different ways. ASK is a functional, simple, confirmed-sender only e-mail filter. Basically, if I haven't gotten e-mail from you before, you get a nice e-mail asking you to reply, thus confirming you are a human and not a subhuman, lice-infested, vomit-smelling, loser spammer."
Story

( Permalink: ASK Me No Questions, I'll Tell You No Lies      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 11, 2004 )

The Journey from Poacher to Gamekeeper
"IRC is a great place to meet people and talk about the latest security issues and tools. In 1998 and early 1999, I continued to operate in various underground circles, joining security research groups such as Rhino9, and eventually joining a group called the Masters of Downloading (MoD). "
Story

( Permalink: The Journey from Poacher to Gamekeeper      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 11, 2004 )

Build a phpBB Forum in 5 Steps
"Most versions of PHP on Apache are compiled with support for MySQL databases. You can confirm this by looking again at the "info.php" file. The third line of this file should be the Configure Command. In this line, look for the words with-mysql."
Story

( Permalink: Build a phpBB Forum in 5 Steps      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 11, 2004 )

Solaris 64-bit Developer's Guide
"Beyond the 32-bit virtual address limit, applications programmers can still handle large problem sizes -- usually by splitting the application data set between primary memory and secondary memory, for example, onto a disk. Unfortunately, transferring data to and from a disk drive takes a longer time, in orders of magnitude, than memory-to-memory transfers."
Story

( Permalink: Solaris 64-bit Developer's Guide      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 11, 2004 )

A Preview of GNOME 2.6
Sayamindu Dasgupta has written: Diving Into GNOME 2.5 - A Preview of GNOME 2.6.
"After some Googling and RTFM sessions, I figured out that Nautilus was following a "Object Oriented" metaphor, instead of the normally used "Navigational" metaphor. The most user visible aspect of the OO metaphor is that there is a always a direct, one-to-one relationship between folders and windows, and the window for each folder remembers where you placed it the last time - i.e, the next time it will pop up in the same position. "

( Permalink: A Preview of GNOME 2.6      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )

New Nmap
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at a new version of Nmap, problems in jailed processes under FreeBSD, and other problems in Adobe Acrobat Reader, the GNU Coreutils dir command, xboing, Apple Filing Protocol, libxml2, GNU Anubis, Sun's passwd command, and Safari.

( Permalink: New Nmap      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )

A peek at script kiddie culture
Newsforge talks to Andrew D. Kirch about script kiddies."The government on a whole is still very insecure. I've found several .gov machines in kiddies' DoSnets, some even from DoE fusion research labs, happily packeting away for them. Since you can spoof packets with Windows XP, most kiddies won't packet through proxies anymore. "

( Permalink: A peek at script kiddie culture      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )

Introduction to the Gumstix tiny linux computer
Rich Gibson reviews the Gumstix tiny linux computer.
"The Gumstix computer (also see Gumstix.org) is a tiny 200 or 400 Mhz single board computer based on the Intel XScale processors. with Linux Kernel 2.6.0 in flash ram. They have 64 mb of RAM. You can get your Gumstix as a tiny little board, or a 'full fledged' computer."

( Permalink: Introduction to the Gumstix tiny linux computer      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )

On The Fly: Boot Knoppix Linux, Keep Windows
Tom's Hardware takes a look at using Knoppix Linux."The Knoppix Linux distribution was created a few years ago to solve that problem. Linux newbies can use Knoppix to play with Linux, without touching their precious hard drives. Hackers will find Knoppix extremely useful, because it contains awesome security auditing and system imaging/recovery tools. Knoppix is a great Linux tool for all skill levels, and can benefit all users."

( Permalink: On The Fly: Boot Knoppix Linux, Keep Windows      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 10, 2004 )

SCO Vs AutoZone - If it were hardware...
If you cut through all the PR spin and uninformed comment behind SCO groups current legal actions there is an underlying issue about the way software is sold. Unfortunately very little of the current discussion focuses on this problem. The following osViews editorial contribution tries to make sense of the SCO vs. AutoZone confusion that has proliferated throughout the Internet.

( Permalink: SCO Vs AutoZone - If it were hardware...      Submitted by Kelly McNeill Wed Mar 10, 2004 )

My Experience As an Election Judge
Avi Rubin who has been critical of paperless voting machines spent a day as an election judge.
"The security risk I saw was that Diebold had designated which machine would be the zero machine, and at one point, all of the vote tallies were loaded onto that one machine in memory. That would be the perfect point to completely change the tallies. There is no need to attack all of the machines at a precinct if someone could tamper with the zero machine. In fact, even when the modem is used, it is only the zero machine that makes the call."

( Permalink: My Experience As an Election Judge      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )

Networking Improvements in the 2.6 Kernel
The new Linux kernel includes support for and improvements in many areas of networking: from tunneling and better file security to encryption and privacy protection. This article covers how these improvements affect users even as they make Linux more secure and more enterprise-ready.

( Permalink: Networking Improvements in the 2.6 Kernel      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Mar 9, 2004 )

Dual Booting Windows XP and Fedora
Overclockers Club tells us how to Dual Boot Windows XP and Fedora.
"As I mentioned at the start of this guide, we are configuring a dual boot system with Windows installed on one hard disk (hda), and Fedora Linux to be installed on the 2nd disk (hdb). Since Windows was installed on the first disk (hda), we obviously don't want to over write it when we install Fedora (hard to dual boot with only one OS :p), we will uncheck hda. This tells Fedora to only use hdb for the install."

( Permalink: Dual Booting Windows XP and Fedora      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )

The Linux Booting Process Unveiled
pycs.net brings us The Linux Booting Process Unveiled.
"The system starts, when init loads in an undefined state (sometimes called N), and then will switch to one runlevel or another depending on what the runlevel argument from the bootloader to the kernel was, and the contents of /etc/inittab."

( Permalink: The Linux Booting Process Unveiled      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )

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