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FreeBSD 5.0 Offers Many New Benefits
FreeBSD 5.0 is the first major version of the FreeBSD operating system in over two years. Many important features and substantial improvements have been added. This article at BSD Newsletter.com lists some of the benefits that can be had by all users upgrading to this new version.

( Permalink: FreeBSD 5.0 Offers Many New Benefits      Submitted by Jeremy C. Reed Thu Jan 23, 2003 )

Building OpenSSH for Solaris OE systems
Sun has published an updated article on building OpenSSH for Solaris systems. (Article is in a PDF file - Noel)
"The updated article concerns building OpenSSH on Solaris 2.6 through 9 systems, using the included
system libraries, pointing out some needed packages, and updated packaging scripts."

( Permalink: Building OpenSSH for Solaris OE systems      Submitted by JR Thu Jan 23, 2003 )

Managing Access with CVS
Linux.ie talks about CVS.
"In this article, we look at common project set-ups, and present a scheme adequate to the needs of the project. The access strategy that you use will depend on your situation. In many cases, the most sophisticated scheme requires more administering than a lone developer is required to spend, for example. The goal of this article is to give an idea of the simplest scheme that you will have to use to cater for your particular situation."

( Permalink: Managing Access with CVS      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 23, 2003 )

Advantages of OpenMosix on IBM xSeries
What is openMosix??? It's a clustering technology for Linux that is introduced in this three-part series. By the end of the series, you'll have your own openMosix mini-cluster up and running and will be ready to use it to accelerate your computing tasks. In Part 1, you get an introduction to the current clustering technologies available for Linux and to openMosix. In Part 2, you will get a fully-functional openMosix cluster configured and running. Finally, in Part 3, you'll see some ways to use openMosix to tackle computing challenges.

( Permalink: Advantages of OpenMosix on IBM xSeries      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jan 23, 2003 )

GNU/Linux Media Player Round-up
Linux Orbit takes a look at media players available for GNU/Linux users: " As GNU/Linux distributions continue to mature, you read more and more articles in the popular media comparing Linux and Microsoft Windows (98, ME, XP, 2000, ad nauseum) on the desktop. I decided to write this round-up after having just finished reading yet another Linux vs. Windows article. One of the common themes these kind of reviews seem to discuss is the lack of decent Windows Media Player replacements available on Linux. This is a common misconception that I feel is brought about by a few of the more mainstream Linux distributions not supplying decent media player packages with their CD distributions. (Are you listening Redhat and Mandrake?)."

( Permalink: GNU/Linux Media Player Round-up      Submitted by John Gowin Wed Jan 22, 2003 )

Projection Keyboards
Micah Alpern tells us about Projection Keyboards.
"These are virtual keyboards that can be projected and touched on any surface. The keyboard watches your fingers move and translates that action into keystrokes in the device. Most systems can also function as a virtual mouse."

( Permalink: Projection Keyboards      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 22, 2003 )

Secret preloads, Bitkeeper and TCO
Linux World continues talking to Bruce Perens.
"Bruce Perens, former Linux/Open-Source strategist for HP, advises Joe Barr about hot-headed journalism tactics and sounds off on Bitkeeper, pre-loaded Linux PCs and the ever-fervent Windows vs. Linux TCO debate."

( Permalink: Secret preloads, Bitkeeper and TCO      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 22, 2003 )

Customizing and Upgrading Linux, 2nd Edition
Unix Review takes a look at the book Customizing and Upgrading Linux, 2nd Edition.
"The one thing that makes Customizing and Upgrading Linux stand out most is that it is an intermediate-level book. Among the Linux shelves, there is no shortage of beginner books, and there are a plethora of titles on high-end topics. The former all tend to act as if you've never heard of Linux or Unix before and need to be spoon-fed overview information lest anyone get left behind."

( Permalink: Customizing and Upgrading Linux, 2nd Edition      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 22, 2003 )

Open Source Honeypots: Learning with Honeyd
Security Focus brings us: Open Source Honeypots: Learning with Honeyd.
"Now that you have a better understanding of honeypot technologies, lets actually build one. In this case, we are going to cover the OpenSource solution Honeyd, which was created and maintained by Niels Provos. It's designed to be used on Unix-based operating systems, such as OpenBSD or Linux; however, it may soon be ported to Windows. Since this solution is OpenSource, not only is it free, but we also have full access to the source code, which is under the BSD license."

( Permalink: Open Source Honeypots: Learning with Honeyd      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 22, 2003 )

Keeping Users in Check
Unix Review tell us how to keep user in check
"To use scp, a user must have a login and password on a machine. Usually, that corresponds to being able to log into the machine. This is not always a good idea, either for security reasons, or just because the users don't know what they're doing. scponly acts as a kind of alternative shell. It doesn't allow users to get a shell on your machine, but it does allow users to copy files using scp."

( Permalink: Keeping Users in Check      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 21, 2003 )

Patching OpenBSD
O'Reilly takes a look at how to patch OpenBSD.
"To apply patches, you will need access to the sources of the OpenBSD release you installed on your machine. These are the sources that have been used to build that release of OpenBSD, not the CURRENT sources held in CVS. Strictly speaking, they are in CVS, but extracting them from there would take the uninitiated users too much time and effort."

( Permalink: Patching OpenBSD      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 21, 2003 )

Improving Linux Kernel Performance and Scalability
The first step in improving Linux performance is quantifying it, but how exactly do you quantify performance for Linux or for comparable systems? In this article, members of the IBM Linux Technology Center share their expertise as they describe how they ran several benchmark tests on the Linux 2.4 and 2.5 kernels late last year. The benchmarks provide coverage for a diverse set of workloads, including Web serving, database, and file serving. In addition, we show the various components of the kernel (disk I/O subsystem, for example) that are stressed by each benchmark.

( Permalink: Improving Linux Kernel Performance and Scalability      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Jan 21, 2003 )

Avoid Wireless LAN Security Pitfalls
Wireless LANs are not everywhere they could be. Enterprises have heard the horror stories of competitors and crackers sitting in a parking lot and accessing the corporate network. Unfortunately most of these stories are true. Gartner predicts that by the end of this year, a third of all enterprises will suffer a serious security exposure due to a wireless LAN. The reason? The main protector of wireless LANs, the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) standard, remains full of holes. Research from Cahners' In-Stat and META Group suggest the lack of security is the biggest deterrent to widespread adoption of WLANs. But the more IT professionals learn about WLAN technology, and its newer security options, the better moving to wireless sounds. Read more at Help Net Security.

( Permalink: Avoid Wireless LAN Security Pitfalls      Submitted by LogError Tue Jan 21, 2003 )

Scaling Server Performance
Ace's Hardware has a new article, Scaling Server Performance, discussing the performance advantages of data object caching in persistent web applications. By eliminating the need to query the database for many requests, significant performance improvements have been realized.

This performance has also been benchmarked with AutoBench/httperf and ApacheBench. Furthermore, static HTTP performance has been benchmarked on Resin 2.0.2, Apache 1.3.27, and Apache 2.0.43.

( Permalink: Scaling Server Performance      Submitted by Brian Neal Tue Jan 21, 2003 )

Wacky Little Linux Cartoon Annimations
Take a little break and look at these wacky little Linux cartoon annimations. How cool is a Linux rebel with a cause, find your serenity with Linux meditation, the errie Linux monster is alive, a little bit of Linux tenderness, mighty Linux crawl out of the muck, and finaly a dancing Linux fool

( Permalink: Wacky Little Linux Cartoon Annimations      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Jan 17, 2003 )

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