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Installing Slackware Linux
Bitbender brings us: Installing Slackware Linux.
"This is basically how I would allocate this space, for use with Slackware. It's just the way I do things, you can choose other partitioning schemes and sizes. If disk space is tight, you should create only a root partition, and save some space for a swap partition. For example, if you have 4 Gb of space to allocate, create a 3.7 Gb root partition and use the rest for swap. That would be a half decent setup."

( Permalink: Installing Slackware Linux      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 30, 2004 )

Interview with Laurent Constantin
Linux Security talks to Laurent Constantin, creater of Netwox.
"Netwox contains over 130 tools built into one program. Each tool is referenced by a particular number and is readily available and searchable. The coolest tool is the network sniffing program. This tool sniffs network packets and doesn't output it like you normally see with tcpdump or ethereal. No, it outputs the packets just like you learned it. In the cool graphical format. See the example here. You can run it with the command: "

( Permalink: Interview with Laurent Constantin      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 30, 2004 )

XGrid or the Future of Computing
Mac Dev Center tells us about XGrid.
"To my surprise, this distributed computing turned out to be quite fun : XGrid can be installed like any application on your Macs and you just need to use a preferences pane to create a cluster, ready to be used in a matter of minutes."

( Permalink: XGrid or the Future of Computing      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 30, 2004 )

Mandrake Linux 9.2 AMD64 Review
For those of you expecting a rundown of all the features in Mandrake 9.2 or a large number of screenshots, this is probably not the right article for you. However, if you have an AMD64 box and are looking to install a Linux distribution on it this just might help you make a decision on what or what not to install. Read the full article here.

( Permalink: Mandrake Linux 9.2 AMD64 Review      Submitted by Chris Bergeron Thu Jan 29, 2004 )

Lotus Trouble
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in Lotus Notes for Linux, tcpdump, mod_perl, kdepim, honeyd, NetWorker, NetPBM, jabber, mc, and Mambo Open Source.

( Permalink: Lotus Trouble      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 29, 2004 )

Managing Remote Files with Konqueror
Linux Gazette tells us how to manage remote files with Konqueror.
"If you have ssh running on a remote host which you need to access, you can dramatically reduce the amount of typing you have to do to manage files by using Konqueror. To access a remote host in this manner, use "sftp://" in the Location Toolbar. Then put your username followed by the @ character and the hostname. Here's an example:"

( Permalink: Managing Remote Files with Konqueror      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 29, 2004 )

How to Use GIMP for Photo and Image Editing
Grab a sneak preview of GIMP 2.0 and learn how to use it, too. In this excellent and easy to follow hands-on tutorial, you will learn how to use The GIMP's powerful layer tools by editing a photograph in the digital darkroom of MozillaQuest Magazine's (mozillaquest.com) Mike Angelo. If you do not know what layer tools are, or you never have used the GIMP's powerful layer tools, you are about to have your eyes popped wide open.

( Permalink: How to Use GIMP for Photo and Image Editing      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jan 29, 2004 )

A Close Look at Sun Microsystems
IT Investor's Journal takes a look at what Sun is doing these days.
"I like Sun Microsystems as a longer-term turnaround play. The company has a great management team, which unfortunately, in my opinion, has made some bad product decisions in the past. And let's not forget the company's war chest of a balance sheet -- that could be useful. In terms of an investment in SUNW stock, at this point investor point expectations (and numbers) are still so low that all the company has to do is show some margin improvement to take the stock higher."

( Permalink: A Close Look at Sun Microsystems      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 29, 2004 )

GNU GCC Vs Sun's Compiler on a SPARC
When doing research for his evaluation of Solaris 9 on his Ultra 5, Tony Bourke kept running into the same comment online over and over again: Sun's C compiler produces much faster code than GCC does. However, he couldn't find one set of benchmarks to back this up and so he did his own.

( Permalink: GNU GCC Vs Sun's Compiler on a SPARC      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jan 29, 2004 )

Linus Torvalds on SCO
BusinessWeek interviews Linus Torvalds and asks about SCO.
"So basically SCO's arguments are just too wrong to even discuss rationally. SCO doesn't own the copyright on the files they are talking about -- the University of California at Berkeley does. But even if they did, the Linux files weren't even copied in the first place. And even if they had been copied, no copyright notices would have been removed, since they didn't exist in the original. There are literally several levels of SCO being wrong. And even if we were to live in that alternate universe where SCO would be right, they'd still be wrong."

( Permalink: Linus Torvalds on SCO      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 28, 2004 )

Linux Bootable CD Distributions
Extremetech takes a look at several Linux Bootable CD Distributions.
"Linux has been criticized in the past for being too difficult to install and too hard to understand. The distros we've looked at in this article certainly disprove that old canard. More than that, they provide a quick and easy way for anyone to get a taste of what operating in Linux is like. The overall best of the bunch right now is Knoppix, particularly for folks that are new to Linux. MEPIS is also nice, but Knoppix currently provides a better user experience."

( Permalink: Linux Bootable CD Distributions      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 28, 2004 )

Better sendmail Configuration
On Lamp tells us some tips on better sendmail configuration.
"Edit the submit.mc file. Add the MASQUERADE_AS macro to the configuration so that replies to mail sent by the local host will go to a server that has an active SMTP port, and add the name of the mail relay host to the MSP FEATURE command. Here are sample lines from a modified submit.mc file:"

( Permalink: Better sendmail Configuration      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 28, 2004 )

Performing Date Arithmetic with shift_date
Unix Review's Shell Corner brings us: Performing Date Arithmetic with shift_date.
"shift_date is a Korn shell script to add or subtract a number of days from a date. It allows you to specify any date beween 0001 and 9999 AD, and add or subtract any whole number of days."

( Permalink: Performing Date Arithmetic with shift_date      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 28, 2004 )

Secure Web Based Mail Services
What approaches are there for deploying web mail systems in a secure manner? What are the options for web mail deployment? Understanding how web mail system work can help in deciding if web mail systems can be securely deployed. Read more here.

( Permalink: Secure Web Based Mail Services      Submitted by LogError Wed Jan 28, 2004 )

Best of The Perl Journal
Slashdot reviews the book: Best of The Perl Journal.
"Computer magazines come and go at an unrelenting pace. The Perl Journal was one of the better ones before Jon Orwant, the editor and publisher, passed it to CMP. It is therefore pleasing to find he has taken all the articles published over the five year period, removed the chaff and published the rest in three volumes."

( Permalink: Best of The Perl Journal      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 28, 2004 )

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Trust Unlimited
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Will Server Clusters Swarm the Mainstream?
(Mon Mar 31, 2003)

Knoppix to the rescue!
(Mon Mar 31, 2003)

Interview with Scott Mann
(Mon Mar 31, 2003)

IBM Replies to Some SCO Allegations
(Fri Mar 28, 2003)

Eric Raymond Talks About Going Back to Basics
(Fri Mar 28, 2003)

First Mandrake Linux 9.1 Review
(Fri Mar 28, 2003)

Linux for the Rest of Us
(Thu Mar 27, 2003)

MySQL Cookbook
(Thu Mar 27, 2003)

Ark Linux H20: Simple and (Nearly) Complete
(Thu Mar 27, 2003)

Custom Kernels with Debian's Kernel-Package System
(Thu Mar 27, 2003)

Open Source Making Headway in Texas Government
(Wed Mar 26, 2003)

Red Hat Linux 9 - First Looks at Shrike
(Wed Mar 26, 2003)

Interview with Chris Negus
(Wed Mar 26, 2003)

Linux Kernel Root Hole
(Wed Mar 26, 2003)

Setting Up a Base Linux Install on a Laptop
(Wed Mar 26, 2003)

Open Source in Government Conference Wrapup
(Tue Mar 25, 2003)

Book Review - Maximum Security Fourth Edition
(Tue Mar 25, 2003)

Architecting the Future: Dr. Marc Tremblay
(Tue Mar 25, 2003)

Yellow Dog Linux 3.0 Review
(Tue Mar 25, 2003)

Large Scale Network Forensics
(Mon Mar 24, 2003)

Checking System Integrity with tripwire
(Mon Mar 24, 2003)

An Analysis of a Compromised Honeypot
(Mon Mar 24, 2003)

CeBit 2003 Report
(Fri Mar 21, 2003)

Improving the Windows
(Fri Mar 21, 2003)

Ten Security Checks for PHP
(Fri Mar 21, 2003)

Book Review - Red Hat Linux 8 Bible
(Fri Mar 21, 2003)

Linux Gurus Tallk about SCO and IBM
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Gentoo vs. the n00b: Round 2?
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Cultured Perl: More one-line Perl Scripts
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