|On February 7th, The NetBSD Foundation held it's annual meeting, during which
the developers discussed, among other things, how NetBSD progressed over the
last year and what things are planned for the comming year. The Annual NetBSD Status
Report summarizes this meeting and provides an overview of past, present
and future of the NetBSD Project, the NetBSD operating system, pkgsrc and the NetBSD Foundation both in general
and from the perspective of each group, to give users and people interested in
NetBSD insight into the project. Please join our mailing lists for participating
in ongoing discussion, and see our web site for more information about the NetBSD project.|
( Permalink: NetBSD in 2003 - Annual NetBSD Status Report Submitted by Jan Schaumann Mon Mar 1, 2004 )
|Backing up with Konserve|
|Newsforge tells us about Konserve.
"So Konserve works, but it lacks any refinements that might make it more useful than a tar command in a crontab file. For instance, there's no option to choose full, incremental, or differential backups -- full is your only choice. You can't pick specific directories or files to include or exclude. Once in progress, you can't interrupt a backup job. Konserve provides no log file of what it has done. Restore options are non-existent; your only choice is to restore the entire archive, which is annoying when you only need a single file you deleted by accident."
( Permalink: Backing up with Konserve Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 1, 2004 )
|Great Software for Your Sharp Zaurus|
|PDA Buyers Guide brings us: Great Software for Your Sharp Zaurus.
"So you've got yourself a Z, and you want a couple of killer apps. If you're new to the Zaurus or new to Linux, you've come to the right place. Movie players, image viewers, file managers and Net apps are popular, but the Z doesn't ship with particularly strong apps in all of these categories. Here are some apps that should be on a Zaurus owner's short list. Most of the apps are turn key-- just install the .ipk package file and you're set. A few are for the Linux-saavy, and we'll note that. "
( Permalink: Great Software for Your Sharp Zaurus Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 1, 2004 )
|Preventing a Cross-Site Scripting Attack|
|Cross-site scripting (XSS) occurs when an attacker introduces malicious scripts to a dynamic form that allows the attacker to capture the private session information. This article casts light on the areas vulnerable to XSS exploitation, explains how the user can protect himself, and details what the webmaster can do to secure a site from this type of malicious intrusion.|
( Permalink: Preventing a Cross-Site Scripting Attack Submitted by Anonymous Mon Mar 1, 2004 )
|Automating Unix and Linux Administration|
|Unix Review takes a look at the book Automating Unix and Linux Administration.
"If you're expecting a book that's code intensive, you won't be disappointed. A cursory inspection of the source code located at the Apress Web site finds 15 Perl scripts and 70 Bash scripts ready for your editing pleasure. Since publisher Apress already provides an Index and a detailed Table of Contents at their Web site, I'll spend the balance of this review describing the tools that Bauer covers:"
( Permalink: Automating Unix and Linux Administration Submitted by Noel Sun Feb 29, 2004 )
|On the ALSA Track|
|Linux Journal talks abotu making sound with ALSA.
"With the adoption of ALSA as the default Linux sound system, a new world of improved audio resources awaits developers and users. However, since 1992 many excellent sound and music applications have been written for the now-deprecated OSS/Free interface. ALSA wisely provides an OSS/Free emulation layer that acts transparently when a non-ALSA audio application is run. There's no need for the normal user to reconfigure anything; ALSA simply appears as OSS/Free to the running program."
( Permalink: On the ALSA Track Submitted by Noel Sun Feb 29, 2004 )
|Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther|
|Slashdot reviews the book: Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther.
"For a book of just 168 pages, the authors pack quite a bit on making a Mac OS X system work from its Terminal roots. New Mac OS X system administrators will find this book most useful, particularly if their UNIX experience is lacking or radically different from what Mac OS X presents. Experienced *NIX users who bought a new Mac may find the book a good intermediary to demonstrate how Mac OS X Panther differs from the *NIX boxen they've used in the past."
( Permalink: Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther Submitted by Noel Sun Feb 29, 2004 )
|Linux.com takes a look at automounters.
"The world of automounters is a confusing one. For one thing, a single automounter wasn't enough, so there are two of them for Linux, called 'amd' and 'autofs'. While it's easy to say 'well, just pick one and go on your way', many environments have demands that will require both, and both serve different purposes and have different strengths and weaknesses. The automounter world is not so cut and dry. In this article, I'll give a light overview of what amd and autofs look like, what their respective purposes are in life, and go over some of the common configuration options for each."
( Permalink: Automounter Madness Submitted by Noel Sun Feb 29, 2004 )
|Centrino's Core: The Pentium M|
|Ars Technica takes a look at Centrino's Core: The Pentium M.
"Banias, or the Pentium M (as it's now called) is clearly the latest and greatest version of Intel's venerable "P6" microarchitecture, on which Intel's 32-bit desktop chips from the Pentium Pro down through the PIII were all based. But Banias includes a few tricks from the P4, too, as well as some innovations that set it apart from both processors."
( Permalink: Centrino's Core: The Pentium M Submitted by Noel Sun Feb 29, 2004 )
|Client Side Optimization|
|Sitepoint talks about Client Side Web Site Optimization.
"In this article, we present what we consider to be the top twenty markup and code optimization techniques. You can certainly perform some of these optimizations by hand, find some Web editors and utilities that perform a few of the features for you, or roll your own crunching utilities. We do also somewhat shamelessly point you to a tool developed at Port80 Software, called the w3compiler."
( Permalink: Client Side Optimization Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 28, 2004 )
|Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo|
|Gamers Radio takes a look at the Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo. The Linux and Mac OS X version of the demo can be found at icculus.org.
"The graphics are a bit better then what was in UT2003, but that should be expected. One good thing to note, on a decent gaming machine, the graphics didn’t seem to lag out the game play. This is with everything cranked all the way up. One thing I did notice is that it is easier to see the other players at a distance then in UT2003."
( Permalink: Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 28, 2004 )
|Book Review: Debugging|
|Slashdot reviews the book Debugging: The 9 Indispensable Rules for Finding Even the Most Elusive Software and Hardware Problems..
"The entire book revolves around the "nine rules." After the typical introduction and list of the rules, there's one chapter for each rule. Each of these chapters describes the rule, explains why it's a rule, and includes several "sub-rules" that explain how to apply the rule. Most importantly, there are lots of "war stories" that are both fun to read and good illustrations of how to put the rule into practice."
( Permalink: Book Review: Debugging Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 28, 2004 )
|A First Look at the New GIMP 2.0|
|Newsforge takes a look at GIMP 2.0 and Mozillaquest tells us how to frame photos and images with GIMP.
"The GNU Image Manipulation Program, a.k.a. the GIMP, is a freely available and versatile graphic editor comparable to Adobe Photoshop and Jasc Paintshop Pro. This powerful program can refine photographs, generate animated images, and create graphics suitable for the Web and print. The highly anticipated version 2.0 of the GIMP, due out next month, will run under Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, and preview versions are now available for all three platforms. "
( Permalink: A First Look at the New GIMP 2.0 Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 28, 2004 )
|The Future of Computing|
|Nicholas Blachford --of AmigaOS/BeOS/MorphOS fame-- finished today his series of articles dubbed 'The Future of Computing'. The five part article (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) looks into the future of technology and computing in general and discusses about how things will probably be shaping up in the years to come.|
( Permalink: The Future of Computing Submitted by Anonymous Sat Feb 28, 2004 )
|Learn more about Port Knocking with a FAQ and an old article from Linux Journal.
"... users make connection attempts to sequences of closed ports. The failed connections are logged by the server-side packet filtering firewall and detected by a dæmon that monitors the firewall log file. When a properly formatted knock sequence, playing the role of the secret used in the authentication, is received, firewall rules are manipulated based on the information content of the sequence."
( Permalink: Port Knocking Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 27, 2004 )