|Linux.com introduces us to whatis and apropos.
"Here's how they are related. Both whatis and apropos use the whatis database to help remember things like program names, functionality, and keywords. Typically, Linux distributions schedule a program called makewhatis to maintain the whatis database. It does this by reading all the man pages on your system and making sure all the programs and keywords found there are present in the database."
( Permalink: whatis and apropos Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 20, 2004 )
|Making the ViewSonic Tablet PC Run Linux|
|Linux Journal tells us how to install Linux on a ViewSonic Tablet PC.
"The system itself is a ViewSonic ViewPad 1000 (Figure 1). It has 256MB of RAM, a 20GB hard drive, a wireless infrared keyboard with integrated pointing device and a touchscreen. The built-in video is an SiS630 chipset video device, which can support the screen at 800x600 resolution and 16-bit color depth. For networking, it has an SiS900 10/100 wired Ethernet port and a Harris Prism Wavelan chipset 802.11 Ethernet radio. We are able to expand the system by way of two USB connectors, a PCMCIA slot and a single serial port."
( Permalink: Making the ViewSonic Tablet PC Run Linux Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 20, 2004 )
|VMware Workstation 4.0.5|
|Unix Review takes a look at VMware Workstation 4.0.5.
"VMware enables you to create virtual machines on your computer, complete with boot-up BIOS and memory checks. It virtualizes your hardware configuration, essentially creating a PC inside your PC. Guest operating systems such as Windows (9x, 2000, XP, etc), Linux (pretty much any flavor), Netware, and FreeBSD see these secure, virtualized machines as real systems complete with associated hardware (including USB). These guest operating systems are not emulated. They are actually running on your virtual machines."
( Permalink: VMware Workstation 4.0.5 Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 20, 2004 )
|An Introduction to Linux in Ten Commands|
|This ten minute lesson on the Linux command line covers navigating around a Linux filesystem along with brief examples and explanations on using ten of the most essential GNU/Linux commands.
"You should have access to a Linux system in order to perform the example commands as we progress through the tutorial. If you don't have a dedicated Linux box, you can use a Live Linux CD-ROM-based distribution such as Knoppix."
( Permalink: An Introduction to Linux in Ten Commands Submitted by Anonymous Thu Feb 19, 2004 )
|Understanding Packet Filter|
|Peter Matulis has written a guide to using OpenBSD's Packet Filter.
"This goal of this document will be i) to introduce the theory of the Packet Filter firewall system and ii) to provide a practical approach to setting up a three-legged firewall for use in a home lan. Packet Filter is the excellent firewall software made by the OpenBSD team. It began shipping with OpenBSD 3.0 (released December 1, 2001) where it replaced IP Filter. Considering its young age, Packet Filter never ceases to impress me. This tutorial is heavily based on the PF User's Guide."
( Permalink: Understanding Packet Filter Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 19, 2004 )
|Novell: Patient Men, Proper Conduct|
|Orangecrate editorializes in: Novell: Patient Men, Proper Conduct.
"If there is an example of how to conduct oneself in the midst of litigation, Novell is setting that example. Although they could have easily chosen to act as unprofessionally as others have done to date, they have instead chosen to take the high road. Simply put, they have chosen to keep quiet about their impending litigation and acted with proper advice from counsel. They have chosen not to come out swinging with press release upon press release with wildly contradictory statements about nebulous concepts that they hope no one would ever understand."
( Permalink: Novell: Patient Men, Proper Conduct Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 19, 2004 )
|Tripwire on your Fedora Box|
|Fedoranews tells us how to set up Tripwire under Fedora.
"Tripwire is an Intrusion Detection System. This can be used to alert users whenever their system is compromised. Tripwire detects and reports changes in system files. It will alert you through email whenever a change is detected. If the change is due to normal system activity, you can instruct Tripwire not to report the change to that file in future. If the change is not due to normal system activity, then it is a clear indication that something is wrong and you need to act immediately and fix the issue. Thus tripwire comes very handy to maintain the integrity of the system."
( Permalink: Tripwire on your Fedora Box Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 19, 2004 )
|James Atkinson , Founder of phpBB|
|sitepoint interviews James Atkinson , founder of phpBB.
"Our biggest advantage is that being Open Source affords us a larger community than pay-for-play scripts. There's no price point for entry into the phpBB community -- any Webmaster who wants to put a board on their site can do so. As they gain experience with phpBB, they often feel they want to give something back, so they join our community and help out other users of the software. This is one of the best things about the Open Source movement -- people helping people."
( Permalink: James Atkinson , Founder of phpBB Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 19, 2004 )
|Improvements in Kernel Development From 2.4 to 2.6|
|The long-awaited 2.6 kernel is finally here. The author takes a look behind the scenes at the tools, tests, and techniques -- from revision control and regression testing to bugtracking and list keeping -- that helped make 2.6 a better kernel than any that have come before it. Some interesting changes took place in the way the Linux kernel is developed and tested. Several key changes have improved overall stability as well as quality.|
( Permalink: Improvements in Kernel Development From 2.4 to 2.6 Submitted by Anonymous Thu Feb 19, 2004 )
|Bruce Schneier, Cryptographer|
|CSO interviews Bruce Schneier, Cryptographer.
"Security is a system, and the more I worked with security the more I realized that a systems perspective is the most appropriate one. When my primary work was in cryptography, I would design mathematically secure systems that would be defeated by clever attacks against the computers they ran on. Then, when I started doing more work in computer security, I would see well-designed security software and hardware being defeated by insecure networks. And then secure networks being defeated by human error. And so on. Security is a chain, and it's only as secure as the weakest link."
( Permalink: Bruce Schneier, Cryptographer Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 18, 2004 )
|XandrosOS: User-Friendly to a Fault|
|The Register reviews XandrosOS Linux.
"Xandros wisely includes Crossover Office, an emulator enabling one to install and use Microsoft Office on Linux. This is good for Excel and Word, but the idea of using MS Outlook, even on Linux, concerns me from a security point of view. It would be wise for Xandros to include Ximian Evolution, which is safer than Outlook, looks like it, and works just as well, and encourage users to chuck Outlook in favor of it."
( Permalink: XandrosOS: User-Friendly to a Fault Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 18, 2004 )
|Wireless Honeypot Trickery|
|Security Focus brings us: Wireless Honeypot Trickery.
"Wireless honeypots could help to reveal real statistics about such attacks on your infrastructure, such as the frequency of attacks, the attacker's skill level, his goals and methods. Wireless honepots can also help with protecting your networks while the attacker expends significant effort on fake targets; thus with honeypots blackhats will lose time in their discovery of your network."
( Permalink: Wireless Honeypot Trickery Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 18, 2004 )
|Gunnar Schmi Dt|
|Fosdem interviews Gunnar Schmi Dt, who works on KDE Accessibility.
"Yes, one of the main goals of our project is to ensure that we do not have multiple different architectures for accessibility needs on the Linux desktop. For example we cooperate closely with Bill Haneman from the GNOME Accessibility team. We are also in contact with Trolltech developers who are writing the bridge from the Qt Accessibility Framework to ATK. (A first snapshot is already available.)"
( Permalink: Gunnar Schmi Dt Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 18, 2004 )
|Via Epia-M10000 Mini-ITX Motherboard|
|PCBurn takes a look at the Via Epia-M10000 Mini-ITX Motherboard.
"The M10000 mITX form factor motherboard from Via is the current front runner in a new category of efficient integrated pint sized motherboards. Today we're going to take a look at exactly what this board has to offer including performance benchmarks, design ideas, and how it runs under a variety of Linux flavor's. We'll note what operating systems were used where and how benchmarks were run, as well as provide a glossary of links to useful sites."
( Permalink: Via Epia-M10000 Mini-ITX Motherboard Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 18, 2004 )
|Newbies take on LiveCDs Everybody Wins|
|Linux.com takes a look at several LiveCDs.
"We chose to test Knoppix, MandrakeMove, and Slax based on their hardware detection, applications, aesthetics, usability, and the ability to allow a non-technical person to operate without the need to tweak settings."
( Permalink: Newbies take on LiveCDs Everybody Wins Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 18, 2004 )