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Building an Advanced Mail Server
O'Reilly installs SquirrelMail and Apache.
"According to SquirrelMail's homepage, "SquirrelMail is a standards-based webmail package written in PHP4. It includes built-in pure PHP support for the IMAP and SMTP protocols, and all pages render in pure HTML 4.0 (with no JavaScript required) for maximum compatibility across browsers." I've found that SquirrelMail is generally easy to work with and hack. With a pervasive plug-in structure, it's easy to make portable changes to the code."

( Permalink: Building an Advanced Mail Server      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 15, 2003 )

The Missing Manual: Mac OS X
Unix Review reviews the books: Mac OS X: The Missing Manual and Mac OS X Hints.
"Your judgment of Apple's place in the market needn't be so strong. My point is simply that Apple's MacOS X operating system, and books about it, are at least pertinent to Unix-oriented readers, and sometimes vital"

( Permalink: The Missing Manual: Mac OS X      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 15, 2003 )

Mono-Culture and the .NETwork Effect
This article discusses the dangers posed by a very successful Mono project. Microsoft has several means at their disposal to effectively shut down Mono if it should ever gain critical mass. Unfortunately, Linux would be the big loser if that were to happen.
"For Microsoft, their best strategy to do real damage to Linux is to make it easy for Mono to succeed while carefully laying their traps. They can quietly go about the business of patenting all of the key functions of .NET. Anyone who has followed the trend of software patents must realize that Microsoft could have dozens of patent claims covering .NET before Mono rises to prominence."

( Permalink: Mono-Culture and the .NETwork Effect      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Oct 14, 2003 )

Maxtor's DiamondMax Plus 300 GB Monster
Tom's Hardware tells us all about Maxtor's DiamondMax Plus 300 GB hard drive.
"With the 4A300J0, Maxtor is traveling a different route: its aim is to provide as much storage capacity as possible at an acceptable price. The recipe it has chosen consists of 5,400 rpm instead of the favored - because it's quicker - 7,200 rpm and only 2 MB in place of the 8 MB cache usual in top models. Since SATA still costs more, it uses an UltraATA/133 interface. This is ample for the coming months, as transfer rates on the fastest ATA disks are still below 70 MB/s max."

( Permalink: Maxtor's DiamondMax Plus 300 GB Monster      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 14, 2003 )

Debian on Steroids II.1
Linux Journal reviews Libranet 2.8.1.
"While Libranet 2.8.1 may be only a dot release, it is a compelling offering for desktop users looking for an easy to install and maintain Linux distribution. Anyone looking for a distribution that arrives ready and able to do some serious work should give this Debian distribution a try. From a productivity standpoint, the updates are noteworthy. AbiWord version 1.99.2 now provides full WordPerfect file support. KOffice fans also will appreciate WordPerfect filters. OpenOffice.org 1.0.3 unfortunately, like its previous release and StarOffice cousin, still lacks WP support."

( Permalink: Debian on Steroids II.1      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 14, 2003 )

Adding System Calls to OpenBSD
On Lamp tells us how to add kernel system calls to OpenBSD.
"In general, the kernel services invoked by system calls comprise an abstraction layer between hardware and user-space programs, allowing a programmer to implement an operating environment without having to tailor his programs too specifically to one single brand or a precise, specific combination of system hardware components."

( Permalink: Adding System Calls to OpenBSD      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 14, 2003 )

Linux Filesystems and Files
Newsforge tells us about Linux filesystems and files in this excerpted from the book Linux Power Tools.
"Beyond picking a filesystem, you should be familiar with various filesystem tools. Filesystem creation options and performance enhancing tools can improve disk throughput, and partition resizers enable you to grow or shrink a partition to better suit your storage needs. Filesystems sometimes become corrupted, and fixing these problems is critical when they occur. Finally, one very common problem is that of accidentally or prematurely deleted files. Knowing how to recover such files can save you or your users a lot of time and effort."

( Permalink: Linux Filesystems and Files      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 13, 2003 )

One Too Many Viruses
Linux Journal brings us: One Too Many Viruses: Converting a Non-Geek to Linux.
"I got a call from a friend the other day asking, "What would it take to get me a Linux box?" I could hear the frustration in her voice. This wasn't the first time she experienced computer problems. Word-based viruses run rampant on college campuses, and being on a student's budget, she can't afford the top-of-the-line AV software. On this day, it seemed that another virus had snuck past the freeware she had loaded."

( Permalink: One Too Many Viruses      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 13, 2003 )

A Harvest of Security Certifications
Unix Review brings us: A Harvest of Security Certifications.
"For this article, I originally intended to compare and contrast every security certification available. To my consternation, however, the more I looked, the more certifications kept appearing in the quagmire. I finally realized that those certifications specific to only one product or concept were of less value to readers than those that looked at security from a broader scale. At peace with the fact that one or two lesser-known entities might not be included, I created the alphabetic list (in vendor order) that follows."

( Permalink: A Harvest of Security Certifications      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 13, 2003 )

Two on Apple's Panther
Newsfactor and O'Reilly take a look Apple's Panther in Ten Things I Dig About Panther and Apple's Panther: A Jaguar on Steroids.
"Mac OS X 10.0 (internally code named Cheetah) was the stake in the ground. It showed the world that Apple was changing tracks from the old classic Mac OS to a new Unix-based system ... But this next beast, Panther, is where Apple is no longer trying to establish a new operating system -- that job is done as of Jaguar. Panther is where Apple builds on the base of the previous releases and takes the system into territory that Windows folks won't get to until after the release of Longhorn, whenever that is."

( Permalink: Two on Apple's Panther      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 13, 2003 )

A Refactoring Example
Perl.com brings us: A Refactoring Example.
"In his book, Martin Fowler defines Refactoring as "the process of changing a software system in such a way that it does not alter the external behavior of the code yet improves its internal structure." In other words, you clean up your code but don't change what it does."

( Permalink: A Refactoring Example      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 13, 2003 )

Review - Red Hat Linux 9 Unleashed
To be honest, I don't like books that try to cover all about one complex system such as a new version of Red Hat, although I must admit I did enjoy this book. The beauty behind this book is that the authors have put many small, but valuable tips on configuring services or utilities.
Story

( Permalink: Review - Red Hat Linux 9 Unleashed      Submitted by LogError Sun Oct 12, 2003 )

Sun Announces More Than 300,000 Registrations
On the heels of its landmark Sun Java Enterprise System announcements, Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced more than 300,000 registered licenses of the Solaris 9 Operating System (x86 Platform Edition). Read the news at OSNews.com.

( Permalink: Sun Announces More Than 300,000 Registrations      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Oct 11, 2003 )

Remove HTML Limitations with XML-based DITA
This is worth checking into. The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is an XML-based format for structuring and authoring technical content. This article explores advantages DITA provides for producing HTML content -- including easy global changes, portability through standards, superior linking and Web management, conditional processing, content and design reuse, and better writing through focused content.

( Permalink: Remove HTML Limitations with XML-based DITA      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Oct 10, 2003 )

An Automated Binary Security Update System
This paper describes an automated system for building and distributing binary security updates for FreeBSD, and describes the challenges encountered. (Article is in PDF - Noel)

( Permalink: An Automated Binary Security Update System      Submitted by LogError Fri Oct 10, 2003 )

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