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Linux System Startup
Linux Gazette talks about Linux startup.
"The geek word for starting up a computer is bootstrapping. The short version is booting or boot. The initial part of this process is performed by code stored in ROM. This is code that is general in nature rather than being specific to Linux. Its task is to load the Linux-specific loader and turn control over to it."

( Permalink: Linux System Startup      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 1, 2004 )

Building and Installing nVidia Drivers
I have good news for you: using the Debian nVidia packages, the make-kpkg kernel building tool, and the driver patches available from www.minion.de, you can make building and installing your nVidia driver into an automatic step in your kernel build process. After the initial setup, you'll hardly have to think about it.
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( Permalink: Building and Installing nVidia Drivers      Submitted by h0ba Wed Dec 31, 2003 )

Dual G5 Versus Dual Opteron
Barefeats compares a dual G5 system and dual Opteron system.
"After 4 months of begging, Xicomputer finally let me test a Dual 2GHz Opteron system. There's been a lot of interest from readers regarding the Opteron since it's the only other 64 bit desktop computer besides the G5. Since they both are clocked at 2GHz, I thought it would make an interesting article."

( Permalink: Dual G5 Versus Dual Opteron      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 31, 2003 )

Building Tiny Systems With Embedded NetBSD
BSD Newsletter brings us: Building tiny systems with embedded NetBSD.
"Many programs in the NetBSD system are linked statically. For example, each program that uses the utility library (libutil) has one copy of the library linked to it. Several programs on the system produce redundant copies of the libraries used by the programs. Crunchgen takes the programs' object files and merges them into one uber-program."

( Permalink: Building Tiny Systems With Embedded NetBSD      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 31, 2003 )

Home Networking
The FreeBSD Diary walks us through building a home network.
"I have recently finished setting up my old network in a new location. I now have network connections available at 5 locations throughout my new home. Using the same type of rack as I had before, I was able to improve the layout and tidy things up by using some new tools. In addition, I've added a Wireless Access Point (WAP) to my network and bought two new PCMCIA NICs for the laptops in the house."

( Permalink: Home Networking      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 31, 2003 )

Where is my Made for Linux Machine
When the technology community considers Linux, we know what sets it apart from the competition. But if you were to ask the average consumer, few could give you a legitimate answer other than maybe it doesn’t cost anything. (However there will always be those that look in vain for the free beer everyone keeps talking about.) Editorial contributor Doug Dingus offered the following opinion piece to osViews which proposes some interesting ideas to help differentiate Linux to consumers by way of hardware rather than just software.

( Permalink: Where is my Made for Linux Machine      Submitted by Kelly McNeill Wed Dec 31, 2003 )

Apache Regex Problems
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in Apache, mod_php, XDM, Goahead Web Server, Xerox Document Center, SARA, phpBB2, OpenBB, SquirrelMail, and pServ.

( Permalink: Apache Regex Problems      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 30, 2003 )

Hack notes, Linux and Unix Security
Linux Journal reviews the book: Hack notes, Linux and Unix Security.
"The goal of the book is to educate you how to protect your system by showing how crackers use known methods to break into your system and best practices in order to defend your system. The book has been written around the concept that you need to think like a cracker to be able to react properly against the security threats."

( Permalink: Hack notes, Linux and Unix Security      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 30, 2003 )

KDE 3.x on Sun Solaris
Sun's Bigadmin tells us how to run KDE 3.x on Sun Solaris.
"The good news for users of the Solaris Operating System is that both GNOME and KDE are now available from Sun or other freeware web sites. Recently Sun started to tout GNOME as the default desktop environment on Solaris in the future, but for some people KDE is still their favorite. This article will not go into any GNOME vs. KDE debate, and will only focus on how to install and run KDE on Sun workstations using the Solaris OS."

( Permalink: KDE 3.x on Sun Solaris      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 30, 2003 )

Installing Courier-IMAP on OpenBSD
Daniel Tams tells us about installing Courier-IMAP on OpenBSD.
"In order to be able to use IMAP over SSL (IMAPS) or with TLS, we will need to create a self-signed server certificate. To do this we need to edit the/etc/courier-imap/imapd.cnf file. ... If you have a valid SSL certificate, like from Thawte for example, you will want to use that one instead. For private and in-house uses, our self-signed certificate wil usually suffice. Here is how I set it up:"

( Permalink: Installing Courier-IMAP on OpenBSD      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 30, 2003 )

Mepis Linux
The Software Corner takes a look at Mepis Linux.
"Mepis comes with quite a nice selection of software that is present both on live boot and after install. The standard fare is here: OpenOffice 1.1.0, Gimp, KPaint, XMMS, Xine, Mozilla, Konqueror, gFTP, KSirc, and others. One surprising perhaps overlooked software title was XChat. I will use XChat as a test for compiling under Mepis."

( Permalink: Mepis Linux      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 30, 2003 )

Review of Ground Up Java
I have written a short review of Ground-up Java by Philip Heller. Its a great book for someone who has never written any code and wants to use Java to learn. The book also includes a CD containing software to help make learning Java easier.
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( Permalink: Review of Ground Up Java      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 29, 2003 )

Emulating Networks Using User-Mode Linux
Sys Admin Magazine brings us: Emulating Networks Using User-Mode Linux.
"UML is a Linux kernel capable of running on Linux. It offers networking, access to the host filesystem, jail, and honeypot features. Using virtual switches, you can combine several hosts to form a network. To use UML, you just need a Linux filesystem that the UML kernel can boot. I will also show how to use UML to emulate a testbed for a VPN solution."

( Permalink: Emulating Networks Using User-Mode Linux      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 29, 2003 )

Network Administration from Linux
Newsforge talks about watching your network using Linux and looks at the book Open Source Network Administration.
"MRTG can also tip you off about things such as DDoS attacks by charting sudden spikes in demand; you can then use tcpdump to take a look at the packets. Other good tools include ping, a staple which I don't need to say much about, and traceroute, which shows the paths packets take from your machine to a target on the network. More useful on networks bigger than mine, I thought."

( Permalink: Network Administration from Linux      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 29, 2003 )

CxC: C for Parallel Computing
C/C++ Users Journal takes a look at CxC.
"Under the hood, CxC's runtime environment automatically maps the virtual processors you define in your CxC program to the real processors in the current configuration. In addition, CxC automatically handles the communications between nodes in the most efficient way possible: shared memory between processors on the same SMP box, or message passing between separate boxes in a cluster connected by a high-speed network. The programmer never has to worry about the real topology, or whether to use shared memory or message passing for coordination."

( Permalink: CxC: C for Parallel Computing      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 29, 2003 )

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