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Automating rsync with a Simple Expect Script
Expect is a great tool in a system administrators arsenal and can be used to easily automate tasks that require periodic user input. This can allow the administrator to make better use of their time than watching the application or utility to spot the next time it requires input. This short article provides an example script that uses Expect to automate a series of rsync operations using an ssh tunnel.

( Permalink: Automating rsync with a Simple Expect Script      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 17, 2003 )

CLI for Noobies
Newsforge introduces us to the command line interface.
"Honest, that's what man says about init, in a gender-unspecific sort of way: "Init is the parent of all processes." Feel the power, grasshopper. I promised you that knowing the secrets of the CLI meant you would feel pure energy at your fingertips. Here's proof. With the init program, you can change run levels."

( Permalink: CLI for Noobies      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 17, 2003 )

2003 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards
The 2003 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards have begun. There are awards for Distribution of the Year, Browser of the Year, Multimedia App of the Year and many other categories. Winners will be able to pick up their awards at LinuxWorld. Last years winners include Red Hat, PostgreSQL and Mozilla.

( Permalink: 2003 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards      Submitted by jeremy Mon Nov 17, 2003 )

Next-Generation Grids Focus on App Integration
The beauty of the grid is that it can draw on a wide range of heterogeneous hardware devices and operating systems. But what does it take to integrate and manage your applications across all these resources? This article explores the emerging tools and technologies that are making it work.

( Permalink: Next-Generation Grids Focus on App Integration      Submitted by Anonymous Sun Nov 16, 2003 )

First Look at TurboLinux 10D
The new vesrion of TurboLinux, 10D, is to be released next week and OSNews has a review of the software. Apparently the author found some weak spots but his overall experience was very positive and at $29 seems to be a good buy for good ol' TurboLinux.

( Permalink: First Look at TurboLinux 10D      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Nov 15, 2003 )

Quick Guide to the GNU Build System
This is a quick guide to the GNU Build System (autotools) comprising (autoconf, automake, aclocal...) to release your software in an easily installable and portable format. The aim is to create a package which can be simply installed by "./configure; make; make install" like most free and open source software.

( Permalink: Quick Guide to the GNU Build System      Submitted by Chandrashekhar Bhosle Fri Nov 14, 2003 )

Fedora Core 1 and Xandros Desktop 2.0
OSNews reviews Fedora Core 1 but the author found lots of usabiliy problems and bugs with the distro making Fedora Core a trying experience. The author puts the blame to poor QA of Fedora Core 1 as Red Hat has shifted focus to Enterprise with Fedora serving merely as a testbed.
OSNews also has some more info on Xandros Desktop 2.0, including a PDF file directly from Xandros which highlights the new features and strengths of the OS.

( Permalink: Fedora Core 1 and Xandros Desktop 2.0      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Nov 14, 2003 )

Invoking Web Services With Java Clients
There are two families of Web services clients in the Java world: unmanaged and J2EE container-managed clients. This article describes Web services invocation, Web services standards for Java environments, the different types of Java Web services clients and explains how to write portable, vendor independent code.

( Permalink: Invoking Web Services With Java Clients      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Nov 14, 2003 )

Q&A: Microsoft Corp. v. Lindows.com Inc.
Those wondering about the pending legal dispute between Michael Robertson's Lindows.com and Microsoft over the trademark dispute regarding whether or not "Windows" is in fact a generic name, finally have some answers. Mr. Robertson, issued a statement today about the lawsuit in a lengthy question and answer session.

( Permalink: Q&A: Microsoft Corp. v. Lindows.com Inc.      Submitted by Kelly McNeill Thu Nov 13, 2003 )

Crossover Office 2.1
Jeremy White and Mike Angelo discuss Crossover Office, Wine, and MS-Windows APIs for Linux in this penetrating MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) article. Crossover Office and Wine let you run software designed for the MS-Windows operating system on the GNU-Linux OS by providing Windows APIs for the GNU-Linux OS. Crossover Office and Wine are very efficient and cost-effective because they implement MS-Windows APIs within the GNU-Linux OS. Thus, Crossover Office and Wine use little system resources themselves and you do not need to install MS-Windows on your Linux-based system -- that means you do not need to purchase a license or serial number from Microsoft to run Windows-based applications in Linux. If you want to use MS-Windows compatible software on a GNU-Linux OS, give Crossover Office a try.

( Permalink: Crossover Office 2.1      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Nov 13, 2003 )

Review - Red Hat Linux Pocket Administrator
As it is always with this kind of a pocket reference type of books, you'll either love 'em or hate 'em. They don't hold enough information about the topics they are covering, but on a positive side, they provide a time-saving way to refresh your knowledge on some specific topic.


( Permalink: Review - Red Hat Linux Pocket Administrator      Submitted by LogError Thu Nov 13, 2003 )

Libranet 2.8.1 and FreeBSD
David Barker reviews Libranet 2.8.1 for OSNews, some shots are included. In another OSNews story a Linux user takes FreeBSD for a spin and then writes this review.

( Permalink: Libranet 2.8.1 and FreeBSD      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Nov 13, 2003 )

Yet Another Rendition of Linux 
Wired reports on Bruce Peren's UserLinux. Linux World also has an article about this: UserLinux – The Leaning Linux Tower of Babel?
"The new version of Linux, called UserLinux, is being proposed by open-source sage Bruce Perens, who claims to have the backing of some of the world's largest companies, across a number of business sectors. UserLinux, which will be paid for with multimillion-dollar donations from Perens' corporate backers, will be free for unlimited use, and will be certified by large computer makers. "

( Permalink: Yet Another Rendition of Linux       Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 12, 2003 )

Linux Security.com tells us about OpenVPN and interviews its funder James Yonan.
"OpenVPN uses the underlying cryptographic mechanism of SSL/TLS to secure a VPN connection, but the web analogy stops there. OpenVPN can best be understood as a portable, user-space VPN implementation which uses SSL/TLS as its underlying cryptographic engine. OpenVPN is able to use the same public key infrastructure as Apache, but is otherwise not related to the secure web. "

( Permalink: OpenVPN      Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 12, 2003 )

Spam Cleaning with the Big Boys
Enterprise IT Planet talks about spam.
"You can't believe it's that much. Think again. How bad is it? Ferris Research, a San Francisco- and London-based email and groupware analysis firm, says that 30% of inbound email is spam at ISPs, while at companies, spam accounts for 15% to 20% of inbound email. "In 2002," Ferris says, "the total cost of spam to corporate organizations in the United States was $8.9 billion." "

( Permalink: Spam Cleaning with the Big Boys       Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 12, 2003 )

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