|The Kalamazoo Linux Users Group has an in depth look at Devil-Linux 1.0 which is scheduled to be released this Halloween.|
"Devil-Linux is a distribution which boots and runs completely from CDROM. The configuration can be saved to a floppy diskette or a USB pen drive (new in 1.0). Devil Linux was originally intended to be a dedicated firewall/router but now Devil-Linux can also be used as a server for many applications. Attaching an optional hard drive is easy, and many network services are included in the distribution."
( Permalink: Devil Linux 1.0 - In Depth Look Submitted by blubdog Thu Oct 30, 2003 )
|Interview with Brian Hatch|
|In an interview with LinuxQuestions.org security guru Brian Hatch, Chief Hacker at Onsight Inc., writer of "Hacking Linux Exposed" and co-maintainer of Stunnel talks about what to look for when you want to become a security expert, why badgering Fyodor is a Good Thing, his opinions on BIND and Sendmail and why you'll need a thick skin to succeed in the security field. He also gives advice about things you can do when you can't audit source code yourself, tools any Linux system owner should use, how to start hardening your system and what choices you have when your Linux box gets compromised.|
( Permalink: Interview with Brian Hatch Submitted by Jeremy Thu Oct 30, 2003 )
|Torvalds: Test Kernel Crucial in the Enterprise|
|Torvalds: Test kernel crucial for proactive enterprises
In this interview, Linus Torvalds talks up the test version of the 2.6 Linux kernel released last weekend. He also hints at when a stable, production 2.6.0 might be released. |
"What I'm really hoping for is that enterprise users who know that they will eventually switch over to 2.6 will just decide to do internal pilot projects in-house. They have the incentive to do that anyway, but, at the same time, these are also usually the same people who do not want to just test any random development kernel. This is what the test-series is all about, especially the current crop: letting people like that know that [this is] no longer any random kernel. "
( Permalink: Torvalds: Test Kernel Crucial in the Enterprise Submitted by Jan Stafford Thu Oct 30, 2003 )
|Vector Linux 4.0|
|Vector Linux (download edition) bills itself as a pre-configured Slackware derivative with updated packages and all the programs you'll need for a generic desktop or file server. Basing their OS's underpinnings off of Slackware allows Vector Linux to retain the old school Unix feel of Slack while loosing some of the non essential bits accumulated up over that venerable distribution's history. Think quick Slackware installation with only the essentials. Read|
( Permalink: Vector Linux 4.0 Submitted by Dr.T Wed Oct 29, 2003 )
|Tips from a Veteran Linux Programmer|
|The author is one of the top Linux developers around, and a long-time Unix champion. Fellow Linux developers will benefit from the useful, common-practice shell scripting techniques that the author and his Codemonks Consulting partners employ on a daily basis in their Linux development and applications services work.|
( Permalink: Tips from a Veteran Linux Programmer Submitted by Idean Wed Oct 29, 2003 )
|Libranet 2.8.1 Flagship Edition Review|
|Will Senn reviews for OSNews the Libranet 2.8.1 Flagship Edition.
"People who are used to downloading the latest version of their favorite distribution - to give it a shot, will be shocked to learn that Libranet costs, money. Not a lot, for the value it provides, but unlike some distributions, it definitely costs, period. It costs $69.95 US for the Flagship Edition - 2 CDs or $64.95 US to download. That having been said, I strongly suggest that you read on. There is definite value to be had in a distribution that costs. Libranet adds value. "
( Permalink: Libranet 2.8.1 Flagship Edition Review Submitted by Anonymous Wed Oct 29, 2003 )
|Microsoft's Misunderstanding of Open Source|
|Robert X. Cringely talks about
Microsoft and Open Source.
"Linus attributes the high quality of Linux (it is very stable, certainly compared to Windows) to the very grass roots development effort that Ballmer criticizes and doesn't understand. This would seem to contradict the idea many people have that it takes a high buck development operation to create great software. Just the opposite, says Linus, who claims that free software is nearly always better."
( Permalink: Microsoft's Misunderstanding of Open Source Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 28, 2003 )
|System Recovery with Knoppix|
|Rescue a non-booting Linux system, edit files, mount networked filesystems, and do a bare-metal rebuild with only a Knoppix disk and an Internet connection. This article shows you what to do when good disks go bad. |
( Permalink: System Recovery with Knoppix Submitted by Anonymous Tue Oct 28, 2003 )
|Switching From Red Hat to Debian|
|Screaming-penguin asks if we should
switch from Red Hat to Debian?
"The deadline to find a new Linux distro or start paying Red Hat money is fast approaching. What I mean is that Red Hat has made it clear that they will not support free versions any longer. The support runs out on 7.x, 8.x and 9.x on December 31 2003. "
( Permalink: Switching From Red Hat to Debian Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 28, 2003 )
|The Art of Unix Programming|
|I just finished reading Eric Raymond's book The Art of Unix Programming and found it to be an enjoyable book to read and one that would be of value to any who uses Unix from the old Unix hand to the brand new user. |
Read the review
( Permalink: The Art of Unix Programming Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 27, 2003 )
|Thunderbird 0.3: The Eagle has Landed.|
I finally shifted to Mozilla Thunderbird on both Linux and Windows with the 0.3 release. Thunderbird 0.3 is a major improvement in performance v/s the earlier kludged versions where writing a large email gave you sudden flashbacks of teletypes.
I was using Outlook (on Windows) and Evolution (on Linux). Thunderbird isn't equal yet in terms of sheer speed but this is why I shifted.
( Permalink: Thunderbird 0.3: The Eagle has Landed. Submitted by Chandrashekhar Bhosle Mon Oct 27, 2003 )
|Linux Is Sometimes a Pleasant Surprise|
|Linux Planet tells us about
online sporting goods retailer Anaconda Sports and Linux.
"Sometimes, companies end up gaining advantages from Linux even though Linux wasn't mainly what they had in mind. That's what happened when online sporting goods retailer Anaconda Sports replaced its outgrown e-comm server with an IBM Websphere architecture combining Linux and Windows 2000 components.
"We weren't exactly shouting, 'We must have Linux!' But our DB2 server running Linux has worked out great," said Rob Meyer, Anaconda's director of Internet services. "
( Permalink: Linux Is Sometimes a Pleasant Surprise Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 27, 2003 )
|Review: Mandrake Linux 9.2|
|OSNews contributor James Smyth reviews Mandrake Linux 9.2 Download Edition: "most of the changes are merely superficial or security and performance tweaks. Mandrake Linux 9.2 Download Edition is a worthy OS, but beyond perfomance and security tweaks, it just doesn't offer much of an incentive to upgrade from 9.1."|
( Permalink: Review: Mandrake Linux 9.2 Submitted by Anonymous Sun Oct 26, 2003 )
|Cultured Perl: Inversion Lists With Perl|
|Inversion lists are an essential part of any Perl programmer's toolkit, especially for those who deal with ranges and Unicode. In this article, the author explains inversion lists, illustrated by a Perl implementation that he wrote and put on the CPAN network, and shows how inversion lists can be used to compress normal data in addition to bit strings.|
( Permalink: Cultured Perl: Inversion Lists With Perl Submitted by Anonymous Sat Oct 25, 2003 )
|Yellow Dog Linux 3.0.1 Review|
|The recently-released Yellow Dog Linux 3.0.1 receives a test from OSNews. The author states that YDL is the best Linux solution today on Macs (easy to install, easy to use), however it doesn't come without its problems.|
( Permalink: Yellow Dog Linux 3.0.1 Review Submitted by Anonymous Sat Oct 25, 2003 )