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Wireless Network Security Basics
TechTastic.ca tells us the basics of Wireless Network Security.
"WEP uses an encryption key that the router and all wireless cards in your network will use to get access to each other. Key sizes are usually 64 bit or 128bit, though Dlink does have some with 256 bits. Use the highest encryption rate you got. Also make it a habit of changing your WEP key ever week or so. "

( Permalink: Wireless Network Security Basics      Submitted by Noel Sun Jan 25, 2004 )

Lam-mpi Cluster on FreeBSD Howto
BSDHound tells us how to make a Lam-mpi Cluster on FreeBSD Howto.
"A cluster is used to make a collection of 2 or more computers run as a single super computer. Clusters can be used to increase reliability and/or increase performance and resources available. A Beowulf cluster is a group of usually identical PC computers that are networked together into a TCP/IP LAN, and have libraries and programs installed which allow processing to be shared among them."

( Permalink: Lam-mpi Cluster on FreeBSD Howto      Submitted by Noel Sat Jan 24, 2004 )

Robert Love
Ars Technica interviews Robert Love.
"The 2.6 process scheduler intentionally dynamically modifies the priority of processes to better optimize the system for I/O and interactive use. This is done via an "interactivity estimator" that gives a small priority bonus to I/O-bound processes and a small priority punishment to CPU-bound processes. Processes can receive as much as 5 nice levels in either direction from their given static priority."

( Permalink: Robert Love      Submitted by Noel Sat Jan 24, 2004 )

Peering Into the WiMAX Spec
Commsdesign brings us: Peering Into the WiMAX Spec.
"New work being conducted at the 802.16 committee has breathed new life into developing systems that delivery data services over broadband wireless links. And, with the development of the 802.16 specification (also known as WiMAX), the IEEE is providing a technology platform for developing low-cost radios that can make fixed broadband wireless soar."

( Permalink: Peering Into the WiMAX Spec      Submitted by Noel Sat Jan 24, 2004 )

XFM: The Xandros File Manager
Consulting Times takes a look at Xandros' XFM file manager.
"What got me started on all this was a recent conversation I had with Ming Poon, the Xandros VP for software development, in which he explained why Xandros eschewed KDE's generic UNIX file manager in favor of a home-grown Xandros File Manager [XFM], that's tightly linked to the Linux OS. Now building a file manager has to be a huge task, and, in Ming's case, it's been his pet project ever since his days a manager of Corel Linux."

( Permalink: XFM: The Xandros File Manager      Submitted by Noel Sat Jan 24, 2004 )

Review of Windows Services for Unix 3.5
Microsoft released their Windows Services for UNIX 3.5 for free a few days ago (news sites cited Linux's competition for the price change) and Roberto J. Dohnert gives it a test run and states that this version is much more polished than the previous 3.0 one: 'Services for UNIX will not make a loyal Linux/UNIX user switch to MS Windows no more than we can change diehard Mac or Windows fans but for people like me who have to deal with UNIX, Linux and Windows, Services for UNIX is a great tool for that arsenal without having to dual boot or hunt down an available system with the OS you need.'

( Permalink: Review of Windows Services for Unix 3.5      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Jan 24, 2004 )

Advanced UI design for GNOME
GTK programming has almost never been this easy: IBM developer shares his skills, his enthusiasm, and his modified code for the SimpLIstic sKin interface (or SLIK). SLIK provides a great tool for building advanced user interfaces in Linux or Unix systems. A part of the GQmpeg toolset, it is written using the GTK toolkit, a powerful set of widgets for graphics used by such applications as the GIMP and other GNOME-based apps.

( Permalink: Advanced UI design for GNOME      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Jan 24, 2004 )

GNU-Linux Home Desktop Kit PC Project Part 4
Linux's diversity is often regarded as one of its greatest strengths. That diversity -- as great as it is -- also translates to inconsistency, which many regard as one of the operating system's greatest weaknesses. The following osViews editorial contribution is the fourth piece in a multipart series, ( [1] | [2] | [3] ) which outlines the framework for a consistent Linux desktop platform that would help grow the operating system's desktop install-base among new users and Windows converts.

( Permalink: GNU-Linux Home Desktop Kit PC Project Part 4      Submitted by Kelly McNeill Fri Jan 23, 2004 )

LinuxWorld NYC 2004 Show Coverage
January 22nd was the first Linux World Expo conferance day in NYC and we were there to find out what's going on in the Linux world. Our first article on the show concerns Novell/SuSe's plans for Linux and Bruce Peren's "State of Open Source" Q&A session. Find out what's going on in the Linux World.

( Permalink: LinuxWorld NYC 2004 Show Coverage      Submitted by Chris Bergeron Fri Jan 23, 2004 )

The Role of root
Linux Gazette introduces us to the role of root.
"That one very special account is the super user. The login name is always root and the user number associated with it is always 0. This user is allowed to bypass the whole permission system. That is, root can change owners and permissions of files it does not own. Unrestricted, the power of root can easily be used to destroy a system."

( Permalink: The Role of root      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 23, 2004 )

Linux on Mac: a POWER Programmer Primer
Even though most Linux users have treated Linux as an operating system for their x86 white boxes, Linux runs equally well on PowerPC machines. This article looks at Linux on the PowerPC and the appealing range of PPC machines produced by Apple, where the option of using Linux is of great value to many users.

( Permalink: Linux on Mac: a POWER Programmer Primer      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Jan 23, 2004 )

Are 64-bit Binaries Slower than 32-Bit?
The modern dogma is that 32-bit applications are faster, and that 64-bit imposes a performance penalty. Tony Bourke decided to run a few of tests on his SPARC to see if indeed 64-bit binaries ran slower than 32-bit binaries, and what the actual performance disparity would ultimately be. According to his tests, he concludes that both kinds of binaries are pretty equivelant in terms of performance.

( Permalink: Are 64-bit Binaries Slower than 32-Bit?      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Jan 23, 2004 )

Learning Python, 2nd Edition
Slashdot reviews the book: Learning Python, 2nd Edition.
"If you want to learn the core Python language quickly, this may be your best bet. Learning Python only covers the basics, but it is deep in information on what it does cover. Well written, understandable, and in a very logical arrangement, this book is densely packed with info."

( Permalink: Learning Python, 2nd Edition      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 23, 2004 )

Xandros OS 2.0 Reviews
ExtremeTech and Linux.com have reviews of Xandros OS 2.0.
"Obviously the Gentoo crowd won't be interested in this distro, but Windows users who haven't used Linux before or have had bad experiences with other distros will particularly enjoy this release. The time to begin the desktop migration to Linux might very well have arrived with Xandros 2.0."

( Permalink: Xandros OS 2.0 Reviews      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 22, 2004 )

Encrypted Email
MacDevCenter tells us how to set up encrypted email under Mac OS X and Newsforge talks about signing email.
"As we have seen together, S/MIME requires that you obtain a certificate from a third-party certification authority. Since most Mac users will probably obtain their certificate from Thawte, I will use their web site as a basis for the next part of the tutorial."

( Permalink: Encrypted Email      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 22, 2004 )

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