# RootPrompt.org   Nothing but Unix.[Home] [Features] [Programming] [Mac OS X] [Search]

Co-Founder Returns To Sun
Information week talks to Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun Co-founder.
"Sun dominated with technical workstations in the '90s. More recently, many customers have looked at Linux on x86 as their preferred solution in traditional engineering scientific markets. This is a market where I believe Sun will be very successful with Opteron but more likely on the Linux front. You could call this a technical early-adopter market."

( Permalink: Co-Founder Returns To Sun      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 25, 2004 )

The Trade Show Floor: The Invisible Demo
Linux Journal reports on the Demo 2004 trade show.
"Two things blew my mind downstairs there at Demo. One was that so many of these hot new products and services were deployed on Linux as a matter of course; the operating system choice was hardly open to question. The other is that Debian is clearly emerging as a primary choice, even for somewhat embedded products."

( Permalink: The Trade Show Floor: The Invisible Demo      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 25, 2004 )

Using MySQL from PHP
On Lamp tells us how to use MySQL from PHP.
"In database-driven applications, three different players produce the final output of the web page you view with your client: the web server, the scripting language (PHP), and the database back end (MySQL). When the client browser requests a page from your web site, the following steps occur: ..."

( Permalink: Using MySQL from PHP      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 25, 2004 )

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Study
The Inquirer takes a look at total cost of ownership (TCO) of HP OpenVMS on Alphaservers, IBM's AIX on p-series machines, and Sun Solaris on Sun Fire clusters.
"One thing that the report makes very clear is that the vast majority of the TCO is due to costs associated with management and downtime, with the cost of downtime alone for more powerful clusters being more than 50% of the TCO. The costs associated with the purchase, installation and configuration of these clusters and any training of support staff are relatively minor by comparison."

( Permalink: Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Study      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 25, 2004 )

Linux on Dell Inspiron 8600
Diwaker Gupta tells us how he installed Linux on Dell Inspiron 8600.
"I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 8600. Being an avid Linux fan, I just wanted to get Linux up and running on it as soon as possible. Finally, after much effort, my system is in perfect shape, with ALL components working fine (had a lot of good timing to thank for that!). This page is to share all that information. I got a lot of help from several pages about Linux on Dell 8500, which are listed in the references below."

( Permalink: Linux on Dell Inspiron 8600      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 24, 2004 )

A Week with Slackware 9.1
Welcome to the third installment of our “A week with” series. This time we will do things a little differently. I had recently been wanting to update my laptop with a current Linux distro and have decided on Slackware 9.1. So instead of installing on our retrobox PC we will be configuring a Dell Inspiron laptop. As with previous reviews we'll reiterate to keep in mind that this series will show my experiences only. Your mileage may vary. Anyways... lets get started!

Read more at Linuxbeginner.org

( Permalink: A Week with Slackware 9.1      Submitted by g0troot Tue Feb 24, 2004 )

Debunking Common GNU/Linux Myths
The Jem Report brings us: Debunking Common GNU/Linux Myths.
"That being as it is, most of the popular and oft-used open-source projects subject themselves to regular security audits where several experienced programmers review the source code to ensure that there are no security holes. If any are discovered by this audit or by a bug report or other method, patches appear almost instantly to fix the problem. Since users don't have to rely on a single vendor for patches, the work is done much faster and more efficiently. Opening the source code to universal peer review makes programs more secure, not less. More eyes seeing the code means more flaws are caught before they become a problem."

( Permalink: Debunking Common GNU/Linux Myths      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 24, 2004 )

Configuring Web Logs in Apache
Sitepoint tells us how to configure web logs in Apache.
"However, for logging multiple sites, you have a few options. The most common is to identify individual log files for each domain. This is seen in the example below, again using the log directive within the container for each domain."

( Permalink: Configuring Web Logs in Apache      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 24, 2004 )

An Introduction to Wireless USB
Deviceforge tells us about Wireless USB.
"As the latest iteration of USB technology, wireless USB (WUSB) will offer the same functionality as standard wired USB devices but without the cabling. As the new Wireless USB Promoter Group prepares to develop the specifications that will help standardize the technology, the industry is planning products that can take advantage of the convenience and mobility that this new device interconnect will offer."

( Permalink: An Introduction to Wireless USB      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 24, 2004 )

SPARC Optimizations With GCC
In continuing with his articles exploring the my SPARC-based Sun Ultra 5, Tony Bourke is going to cover the topic of compiler optimizations on the SPARC platform. While many are familiar with GCC compiler optimizations for the x86 platform, there are naturally differences for GCC on SPARC, and some platform-specific issues to keep in mind.

( Permalink: SPARC Optimizations With GCC      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Feb 24, 2004 )

Dealing With the End Of Life Of Red Hat Linux
Kurt Seifried talks about how to deal with the with the end of life of Red Hat Linux 7.x, 8.0 and 9. Red Hat 7.2, 7.3, and 8.0 users could also take a look at Fedora Legacy.
"FreeBSD has two major benefits over OpenBSD for replacing Red Hat Linux. The first is a longer support cycle for releases, typically 1.5 to 2 years, and the second is a program that allows for remote installation of FreeBSD onto Red Hat Linux systems. This code and process is currently not 100% reliable, it is strongly advised that sites test it first on mock-up systems before doing it remotely. The tool is available at:"

( Permalink: Dealing With the End Of Life Of Red Hat Linux      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 23, 2004 )

Defeating Nmap OS-Fingerprinting
David Barroso Berrueta talks about how to defeate Nmap OS-Fingerprinting.
"Remote OS Fingerprinting is becoming more and more important, not only for security pen-testers,but for the black-hat. Just because Nmap is getting popularity as the tool for guessing which OS is running in a remote system, some security tools have been developed to fake Nmap in its OS Fingerprinting purpose. This paper describes different solutions to defeat Nmap and behave like another chosen operating system, as well as a demonstration on how can be accomplished."

( Permalink: Defeating Nmap OS-Fingerprinting      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 23, 2004 )

Rapid Application Development Tools
Devchannel continues talking about rapid application development tools.
"Apple's Hypercard is the inspiration for Python Card. Hypercard utilizes an easy-to-understand card metaphor and organizes information into stacks of electronic cards that users can explore. Python Card is based on the wxWindows GUI toolkit and its wxPython bindings."

( Permalink: Rapid Application Development Tools      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 23, 2004 )

A Computer Lab with No Windows
Linux Journal talks about building a Linux based Computer Lab and then continues in Part II.
"In 2002, I decided to redesign my school computer lab without MS Windows and try to teach all my courses with open-source materials. I started with an Athlon 1GHz machine with 1.5GB of RAM as my terminal server; 24 IBM 300PLs (a Pentium 200MHz slim-line desktop) as workstations; and three consumer Gnet 100MHz switches for connections. Running Linux Terminal Server Project 2.1 and using Icewin as the default desktop manager, the lab now runs smoothly. We never experienced any problems throughout the entire academic year."

( Permalink: A Computer Lab with No Windows      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 23, 2004 )

Skolelinux Interview
The KDE Edutainment Project talks about Skolelinux.
"Skolelinux is the Debian-edu project's Custom Debian Distribution (CDD) in development. It's aiming to provide an out-of-the-box localised environment tailored for schools and universities. The out-of-the-box environment comes with 75 applications aimed at schools, as well as 15 network services pre-configured for a school environment. Coupled with an easy, three question installation, this means that the amount of technical knowledge required is minimal."

( Permalink: Skolelinux Interview      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 23, 2004 )

Featured Articles:
Unix and Linux Podcasting Guide

Expect and SSH

The Linux Enterprise Cluster

Book Review: Podcasting: Do-It-Yourself Guide

Remote Backups With Rsync

Weakness and Security

Essential CVS

Spring Into Technical Writing

Other News:
Biodiesel Resources

Older News

More on SCO
(Fri May 23, 2003)

Adventures with Kerberos, CVS, and GSS-API
(Fri May 23, 2003)

Running Windows Desktop Apps
(Fri May 23, 2003)

Embedded Linux "Cool Devices" Quick Reference
(Fri May 23, 2003)

Performance Inspector
(Thu May 22, 2003)

Interview with Mark Komarinski
(Thu May 22, 2003)

Linux Clustering With MOSIX
(Wed May 21, 2003)

Linux Kernel Problems
(Wed May 21, 2003)

User Ditches Mac OS X; User Finds Yellow Dog Linux
(Wed May 21, 2003)

Administer Linux on the Fly
(Wed May 21, 2003)

Beginning Eclipse for Advanced Developers
(Wed May 21, 2003)

CGI::Kwiki
(Mon May 19, 2003)

Tool of the Month: Index and MultiTail
(Mon May 19, 2003)

Introduction to IP CHAINS
(Mon May 19, 2003)

Gentoo Emerges Victorious
(Mon May 19, 2003)

What If SCO Is Right?
(Mon May 19, 2003)

Java Theory and Practice: Urban Performance Legend
(Fri May 16, 2003)

Public Key and Symmetric Key Encryption
(Fri May 16, 2003)

Deploying Apache Tomcat on FreeBSD
(Fri May 16, 2003)

IBM Response to SCO-Caldera
(Fri May 16, 2003)

Inside the PowerPC 970
(Thu May 15, 2003)

Securing Apache: Step-by-Step
(Thu May 15, 2003)

Lite-On's External Strikes Back
(Thu May 15, 2003)

SCO Suspends Linux Sales, Torvalds Reacts
(Thu May 15, 2003)

Red Hat's Michael Tiemann
(Wed May 14, 2003)

Secure Programming Techniques
(Wed May 14, 2003)

First Hand-Held Software Radio
(Wed May 14, 2003)

Shell Corner: He SED, She SED
(Wed May 14, 2003)

Grandma Runs Linux
(Wed May 14, 2003)

Grid Computing: Conceptual Flyover For Developers
(Tue May 13, 2003)

[Latest News] [Newer News] [Older News]

Our content can be syndicated: Main Page Mac Page
(Validate RSS code)

Copyright 1999-2005 Noel Davis. Noel also runs web sites about sailing and kayaking.
All trademarks are the property of their owners.
All articles are owned by their author