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Interview - Dennis Ritchie
Unix.se interviews Dennis Ritchie.
"Dennis Ritchie: The single thing that I'm happiest about is that the notion of making the Unix system portable was mostly mine. C was already implemented on several quite different machines and OSs, Unix was already being distributed on the PDP-11, but the portability of the whole system was new."

( Permalink: Interview - Dennis Ritchie      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 10, 2003 )

Grid Computing Oracle Style
Linux Planet tells us about Grid Computing Oracle style.
"Benny Souder is Vice President of Oracle Distributed Database Development. In a recent interview, he talked about Oracle's 9i product, the Linux-based grid platform, and ways that the combination benefit the customers. "Oracle is focused on all aspects of data management. Specifically how to make data available and how Oracle 9i can help clients," Souder said. "The main idea behind a grid is that it is thought of as a utility. Much like the electrical utility grid."

( Permalink: Grid Computing Oracle Style      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 7, 2003 )

One-Time Passwords
On Lamp talks about one time passwords.
"There is another authentication system known as One Time Passwords (OTP). As the name suggests, you can only use a password once; you aren't allowed to reuse it. An OTP system ensures that a discovered password is useless to the person who discovers it. This can provide a bit more security in a world that contains password crackers, packet sniffers, and keyloggers."

( Permalink: One-Time Passwords      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 7, 2003 )

FreeBSD From Scratch
Daemon News talks about FreeBSD From Scratch.
"This article describes my efforts at FreeBSD From Scratch: a fully automated installation of a customized FreeBSD system compiled from source, including compilation of all your favorite ports and configured to match your idea of the perfect system. If you think make world is a wonderful concept, FreeBSD From Scratch extends it to make universe."

( Permalink: FreeBSD From Scratch      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 7, 2003 )

Knoppix Gives Bootable, One-Disk Linux
If you've ever needed a functional Linux setup that is portable and runs the same way on any hardware, read on. Knoppix packages a specialized and highly useful Linux distribution on a single, bootable CD-ROM. Whether you're packaging up demo programs or need a consistent hardware test environment that fits in your pocket, Knoppix is a small distribution that solves big problems.

( Permalink: Knoppix Gives Bootable, One-Disk Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Feb 7, 2003 )

Fun with Simputer and Embedded Linux
Linux Gazette brings us: Fun with Simputer and Embedded Linux.
"The Simputer is a StrongArm CPU based handheld device running Linux. Originally developed by professors at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, the device has a social objective of bringing computing and connectivity within the reach of rural communities. This articles provides a tutorial introduction to programming the Simputer (and similar ARM based handheld devices - there are lots of them in the market)."

( Permalink: Fun with Simputer and Embedded Linux      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 7, 2003 )

Linux at the National Weather Service
Newsforge talks about Linux at the National Weather Service.
"So how does Linux compare in performance to current NWS systems? According to Kirkwood, their current HP-UX systems can take up to eight minutes of start-up time to load their software should the system go down, while Linux on the Intel platform takes under a minute. In addition, the switch has helped increase data processing speed. The performance that we measure with our benchmark has increased by over 100% since we completed phase one of our Linux migration," happily boasts Piercy."

( Permalink: Linux at the National Weather Service      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 5, 2003 )

Fire in the belly
Linux World brings us: Fire in the belly.
"When you think of open source databases, MySQL or PostgreSQL may first spring to mind. However, hot on their heels is Firebird, a relational database which has been a hotbed of development activity for the past two and a half years."

( Permalink: Fire in the belly      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 5, 2003 )

ActiveState PureMessage
Unix Review takes a look at ActiveState PureMessage.
"PureMessage is a full-featured mail filtering system that can be used as a combination filter/MTA solution or a standalone filter that passes messages on to a MTA for delivery. The program, however, has features beyond spam filtering and virus blocking. You can also use PureMessage to attach "banners" to email, redirect mail, and even check spelling on corporate keywords."

( Permalink: ActiveState PureMessage      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 5, 2003 )

Systrace Policies
On Lamp talks about Systrace.
" A system call is a function that lets you talk to the operating system kernel. If you want to allocate memory, open a TCP/IP port, or perform input/output on the disk, that's a system call. System calls are documented in section 2 of the online manual."

( Permalink: Systrace Policies      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 5, 2003 )

Xmingwin for Cross-Generating Apps
Xmingwin makes it practical to generate Windows programs from a Linux server. This column gives a recipe for setting up Xmingwin, outlines the most important reasons for doing so and shows you how to generate executables for multiple platforms -- including Windows DLLs -- from a single Linux source.

( Permalink: Xmingwin for Cross-Generating Apps      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Feb 4, 2003 )

Cleaning Core Dumps Made Easy
Linux Orbit Professional takes a look at core dumps.
"So what are core dump files for? Used mainly as an aid for software developers to debug problems, a core dump is a snapshot of the information in your system RAM at the moment a program crashes. Most users aren't developers however, so although they serve a purpose, they can be a problem."

( Permalink: Cleaning Core Dumps Made Easy      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 4, 2003 )

Exploring Certifications from Sun Microsystems
Unix Review tells us about certifications from Sun Microsystems.
"All exams are given through Prometric testing centers (http://www.2test.com) and prices vary per exam, but are generally $150. If you fail an exam, you must wait 2 weeks before you retake it. The programming exams include assignments and/or essays that must be completed in addition to the Prometric tests and are discussed beneath the Java section of this article."

( Permalink: Exploring Certifications from Sun Microsystems      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 4, 2003 )

FreeSCI: Rebuilding Sierra's Classic Quests
O'Reilly takes a look at FreeSCI.
"Sierra On-Line built these and other games upon its own SCI ("SCript Interpreter" or "Sierra Creative Interpreter") engine. Each game was comprised of scripts, graphics, and sound files that were compiled and controlled by SCI. For the past few years, programming-capable adventure fans have been developing FreeSCI, an open source SCI clone."

( Permalink: FreeSCI: Rebuilding Sierra's Classic Quests      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 4, 2003 )

Securing Systems with chroot
On Lamp brings us: Securing Systems with chroot.
"When a process requests to chroot to a given directory, any future system calls issued by the process will see that directory as the filesystem root. It becomes impossible to access files and binaries outside the tree rooted on the new root directory. This environment is known as a chroot jail."

( Permalink: Securing Systems with chroot      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 4, 2003 )

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