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Inside UnitedLinux
UnitedLinux was created by a consortium of four Linux vendors -- SuSE, Turbolinux, Conectiva, and SCO -- who pooled their expertise with the shared vision of providing a single, standards-based, core Linux operating system. It was announced earlier this year with a bold promise of a November release date. Well, November is here and the good news is that the promise is being realized -- UnitedLinux 1.0 is here. The big question now is, will it fly? Read this article to get a personal tour of this new server platform.

( Permalink: Inside UnitedLinux      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Nov 21, 2002 )

Xandros 1.0: Easy On the Eyes
Linux World takes a look at Xandros 1.0.
"Joe Barr tests the installation process for the sample version of Xandros 1.0. Our hero finds that the Distribution Formerly Known As Corel Linux isn't just pretty... it's pretty darn easy to install, too."

( Permalink: Xandros 1.0: Easy On the Eyes      Submitted by Noel Thu Nov 21, 2002 )

FedEx Freight Delivers With Linux
Network World Fusion tells us about FedEx and Linux.
"The large-volume trucking division of FedEx recently installed Red Linux 7.2 and 7.3 servers running Apache Web server to act as a front end to its customer service application, used by businesses that hire Freight to deliver multitruckload shipments of goods across the country."

( Permalink: FedEx Freight Delivers With Linux      Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 20, 2002 )

Hot Rodding Your Slightly Dated Laptop
Linux Planet talks about putting Linux on your laptop.
"Are you skittish about putting Linux on your laptop because the installation will be hard and it will be tough to find the right drivers? Are you worried that you're going to be limited to command-line based applications, especially on that old corporate laptop that moves like molasses under the weight of XP? Do you have big reservations about putting a brand new $2500 2.0-Ghz whiz-bang laptop on the X-ray belt at the airport?"

( Permalink: Hot Rodding Your Slightly Dated Laptop      Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 20, 2002 )

Sun, Linux and the Corporate Desktop
We all know that Sun is embracing Linux and announced a desktop-oriented product based on Linux, but it is little known that this will just be a licensed Red Hat 8 copy. In fact, Sun won't get involved in the Linux kernel and other OSS developments (while the other big UNIX vendors HP, SGI and IBM do), neither it will share Solaris code as it was rumored a few months ago. Instead, Sun will try to sell low cost PCs with Red Hat in it, on their existing big contractor customers and big Sun machines on the backend will be serving these PCs. While it will be great having Linux on the corporate desktop via Sun's customers, I can't help feeling sad with the way Sun is using Linux to strengthen their position in the market, without really getting involved in the development process.

( Permalink: Sun, Linux and the Corporate Desktop      Submitted by KernelDev Wed Nov 20, 2002 )

BIND Problems
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at a large set of problems in BIND; buffer overflows in KDE's LISA, libpng, masqmail, FreeBSD resolver code, Windowmaker, Tiny HTTPd, and Zeroo HTTP Server; and problems in Lib HTTPd, KDE's telnet and rlogin KIO code, Kgpg, Squid, and UnixWare and OpenUnix's talkd.

( Permalink: BIND Problems      Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 20, 2002 )

Interview with Lance Spitzner
Lance Spitzner is the founder of the Honeynet Project, moderator of the honeypot mailing list, co-author of "Know Your Enemy", author of "Honeypots: Tracking Hackers" and also author of several whitepapers. He works as a senior security architect for Sun Microsystems, Inc. Read the interview at Help Net Security.

( Permalink: Interview with Lance Spitzner      Submitted by LogError Wed Nov 20, 2002 )

Developing LSB-Certified Applications
In five straightforward steps, this article shows you how to build a LSB-certified application. The Linux Standard Base is a big step toward ensuring binary compatibility among Linux applications, and it should greatly reduce the amount of testing and validation required for operation on multiple platforms. Linux inherently has binary compatibility; the Linux Standard Base (LSB), however, has set some rules and guidelines that make this practical for applications.

( Permalink: Developing LSB-Certified Applications      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Nov 19, 2002 )

2.5's Performance Improvements
Kernel trap reports on Andrew Morton on 2.5's performance improvements.
"For the uniprocessors and small servers, there will be significant gains in some corner cases. And some losses. Quite a lot of work has gone into "fairness" issues: allowing tasks to make equal progress when the machine is under load. Not stalling tasks for unreasonable amounts of time, etc. Simple operations such as copying a forest of files from one part of the disk to another have taken a bit of a hit from this. (But copying them to another disk got better)."

( Permalink: 2.5's Performance Improvements      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 19, 2002 )

Interview with Klaus Knopper, Creator of Knoppix
Knoppix has taken the world by storm. Barely known outside its borders only a few months ago, it has suddenly become the focus of Linux media as a great way of introducing anyone to Linux. This amazing product is a brainchild of Klaus Knopper. Klaus was kind enough to take time off his schedule and agreed to answer a few questions for the benefit of DistroWatch readers.

The interview with Klaus Knopper.

( Permalink: Interview with Klaus Knopper, Creator of Knoppix      Submitted by Ladislav Bodnar Tue Nov 19, 2002 )

Today's Unix: New All Over Again
On Lamp brings us: Today's Unix: New All Over Again.
"Today's Unix is sexier, friendlier, and is moving in completely different neighborhoods than yesterday's Unix. Gone is the tough, geeks-only image, wrapped in discussions of kernels and cron jobs, communication."

( Permalink: Today's Unix: New All Over Again      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 19, 2002 )

The Peon's Guide To Secure System Development
Michael Bacarella brings us: The Peon's Guide To Secure System Development.
"Increasingly incompetent developers are creeping their way into important projects. Considering that most good programmers are pretty bad at security, bad programmers with roles in important projects are guaranteed to doom the world to oblivion. The author feels that a step toward washing himself clean of responsibility is by writing this document. Checking your memcpy() and malloc() calls have been lectured to death. It's not working. The approach used by this document is to instead shame developers into producing better systems. Enjoy."

( Permalink: The Peon's Guide To Secure System Development      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 19, 2002 )

Cloning a DB2 Linux and Unix Database
Ever wanted to clone your database for testing? This article gives you the basics of cloning DB2 database for Linux and UNIX Operating System.

( Permalink: Cloning a DB2 Linux and Unix Database      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Nov 18, 2002 )

An Apache Virtual Hosting HOWTO
Linux Orbit brings us: An Apache Virtual Hosting HOWTO.
"First things first. Be sure to copy your clean or working httpd.conf file to a safe place on your server. This provides you with a back-up if you mangle the copy of your httpd.conf file that you are working on. Just move the clean or working copy of your httpd.conf file back into your configuration directory and you're back in business. Take it from me, that little tip has pulled me out of more jams than I can count!"

( Permalink: An Apache Virtual Hosting HOWTO      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 18, 2002 )

Configuring and Using an FTP Proxy
Linux Journal tells us how to configure and use an FTP proxy.
"One important technique is to run an FTP proxy on your firewall. Whereas the standard Netfilter code in the Linux kernel only inspects packets, an FTP proxy lets your firewall act as an intermediary in all FTP transactions. This increases your protection against buffer overflows and many other kinds of FTP attacks. It also allows you to restrict which FTP commands are executed by FTP clients."

( Permalink: Configuring and Using an FTP Proxy      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 18, 2002 )

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