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Managing Linux Releases
O'Reilly talks about how to manage Linux releases.
" I contend that the release cycle of distributions as a whole is less of a problem than the lack of a clean interface for layering products onto Linux systems. There can be no argument that the speed of Linux development--especially from a security perspective--is a good thing; a cleaner mechanism is needed in order to support multiple versions of software to help IT managers keep end-user-visible changes and disruptions under control."

( Permalink: Managing Linux Releases      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 19, 2003 )

Getting Ready for Slackware Linux 9.0
OSNews offers an introduction to the upcoming Slackware 9.0 and in the Slackware world in general.
"Did nothing change? No, a lot changed. Right now Slackware has the latest desktop environments, server software, utilities and libraries. Hardware support got better with hotplugging and with the latest gcc performance has increased. For existing Slackware users Slackware Linux 9.0 is definitely worth buying (at least if you want to support development). To other people I would like to say: if you do like an adventure, if you truly want to learn Linux to the bones, Slackware is really worth looking at."

( Permalink: Getting Ready for Slackware Linux 9.0      Submitted by -Gentu- Wed Mar 19, 2003 )

From Exile to X11: A Journey Through Time
Mac Dev Center talks about how the Mac became Unix in: From Exile to X11: A Journey Through Time.
"This is because Mac OS X is (beneath that pretty Aqua interface) a true UNIX system, with all of the power and capabilities that implies. This is why so many UNIX applications, like Apache, MySQL, PHP, run on Mac OS X."

( Permalink: From Exile to X11: A Journey Through Time      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 18, 2003 )

The Linux-Windows Market-Share Myth
Linux World talks about the Linux-Windows market-share myth.
"There are dozens of reasons why people have underestimated how quickly Linux has been grabbing Windows' market share. Windows starts out with a false boost and maintains its illusory market share even as it gets replaced by Linux. In 2004, don't be surprised when Linux overtakes Windows to become the main focus for developers. "

( Permalink: The Linux-Windows Market-Share Myth      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 18, 2003 )

The state of SuSE
Newsforge brings us: The state of SuSE.
"I spent a little time on AIM with SuSE U.S. rep (and all-around nice guy) Holger Dyroff, discussing SuSE's new products, trends in Linux desktop/consumer use, and the state of Linux market penetration in general. This transcript has been edited (very lightly) only for grammar and spelling, not content. Make sure you read all the way to the end, where Holger mentions SuSE's take on SCO's decision to commit corporate suicide."

( Permalink: The state of SuSE      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 18, 2003 )

The Definite Desktop Environment Comparison
OSNews posted a very long and very interesting comparison between the most popular desktop environments today: Windows XP Luna, MacOSX Aqua, BeOS/Zeta and Unix's KDE and Gnome. Some of the points in the article can be thought to be 'subjective', but overall many good points are made and it seems that there is room for improvement for all DEs.

( Permalink: The Definite Desktop Environment Comparison      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Mar 18, 2003 )

Honeypots: Tracking Hackers
Everything I have read by Lance Spitzner has been great and it looks like he has continued this trend in his new book. Unix Review has a review of Honeypots: Tracking Hackers.
"All in all, Spitzner has put together a fabulous book. It's intriguing and will make its readers want to delve into the world of honeypots, which in turn will make getting hacked an exciting experience because readers will encounter hackers in an environment that is under their control."

( Permalink: Honeypots: Tracking Hackers      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 18, 2003 )

Web-Based Applications: Shopping Carts
What is a shopping cart? Well, a shopping cart is a piece of software that sits in the cgi-bin of your webserver (if it's perl-based) or it sits in some other directory if it uses php, for example. But wherever this software lives, what it does is the same. It takes orders. It presents your products to people on the internet. It lets you know who ordered what so that you can manually run their credit card and make the shipment. Or it automatically connects to your credit card processor through what is called a "payment gateway" and the money goes into your bank account automatically - some shopping carts support payment gateways because their developers realize you want your money fast.

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( Permalink: Web-Based Applications: Shopping Carts      Submitted by glenn mullikin Mon Mar 17, 2003 )

SCO-Caldera v IBM
Conectiva re-evaluating UnitedLinux ties to SCO.. MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) reports six paragraphs "of SCO-Caldera's Complaint belittle and insult Linux developers, the Linux kernel, GNU/Linux, Linux distribution providers -- in essence the entire GNU/Linux and free software community . . . we asked Conectiva's Gordon K. Ho to comment on the Linux-related allegations SCO-Caldera makes in its Complaint against IBM."

( Permalink: SCO-Caldera v IBM      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Mar 17, 2003 )

A Newbie's Gentoo Review
OSNews features a review of the Gentoo Linux distribution from the newbie's point of view. While the author is a "newbie" he claims that Gentoo is not actually that hard after all.

( Permalink: A Newbie's Gentoo Review      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Mar 17, 2003 )

Linux System Security
Choosing "Linux System Security" for a title of your book is surely a pretentious step. But usually, when someone picks this kind of name for a planned publication, he or she is sure to deliver the quality readers expect. I'm satisfied to say that, in this case, the authors do provide the level of information suitable for the book's title.

Read more at Help Net Security

( Permalink: Linux System Security      Submitted by LogError Mon Mar 17, 2003 )

SCO's Case Against IBM Stands on Shaky Ground
Linux World talks about SCO's lawsuite.
"SCO claims IBM is destroying the Unix market by taking knowledge the company gained via its source-code license to Unix and sharing this knowledge with the Linux community. This alleged action strengthens Linux, and, because Linux is no-cost or almost-no-cost, it cuts the legs out from under SCO's market. SCO claims IBM's duplicity has damaged SCO to the tune of $1 billion."

( Permalink: SCO's Case Against IBM Stands on Shaky Ground      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 14, 2003 )

Python in a Nutshell
Unix Review reviews the book: Python in a Nutshell.
"Experienced, erudite author. Compelling topic. Proven format. What happens when you combine them? It depends. In book publishing, as with rock-and-roll bands and athletic teams, there are plenty of cases where apparent "all-star" combinations have turned out badly. The fate of Python in a Nutshell is happier, though. If you want to learn about Python, and can choose only one book to do so, take Python in a Nutshell."

( Permalink: Python in a Nutshell      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 14, 2003 )

Egoboo: The Cute Way to Dungeon Role Play
O'Reilly takes a look at Egoboo.
"Egoboo features real-time action and 3D graphics. As is standard in dungeon adventures, game play consists of combat against monsters, spell-casting, and exploring a variety of map levels. The world of Bishopia consists of seven environments. You choose to play as one of eight hero characters, including an elf, rogue, soldier, or wizard. While the game is nowhere near complete, Egoboo's current form still has plenty of dungeon romping and monster-bashing. The game runs under Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X."

( Permalink: Egoboo: The Cute Way to Dungeon Role Play      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 14, 2003 )

Interview with Bero of ArkLinux
Many will remember Bero from his work at Red Hat among other things. He quit the job on disagreements for the desktop directions the company was following. Bero has now created his own distribution, ArkLinux, and version 1.0Alpha7 is just released to the public. OSNews features a interview with him and they also posted two screenshots of the default Ark desktop.

( Permalink: Interview with Bero of ArkLinux      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Mar 14, 2003 )

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