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A well rounded PF tutorial (with spamd)
A recent linux.com story highlighted the wonderfulness of OpenBSD's spamd with an empasis on greylisting. This tutorial, field tested at user groups and conferences, gives a slightly broader view of the things you can do with PF on OpenBSD and the other BSDs. Last seen at AsiaBSDCon 2007, but on the menu for BSDCan 2007 and EuroBSDCon 2007 too.

Seeing the reception the linux.com stories about spamd got, I thought it might be the time to point in the direction of the tutorial I've been updating and maintaining over the last couple of years. The next time this is done live is at BSDCan 2007, the version at http://home.nuug.no/~peter/pf/en/ corresponds to the AsiaBSDCon 2007 version. Updates land at that URL after conferences or other sessions and when I see a need for an update.

( Permalink: A well rounded PF tutorial (with spamd)      Submitted by Peter N. M. Hansteen Tue May 1, 2007 )

Solaris 10 Review
This article takes a good look at Sun Microsystem's latest offering of Solaris 10. From the article ...
I believe this is an operating system which holds a lot of promise as a Desktop OS. And if the people steering Sun Microsystems take the right decisions (hint: GPL ???), it just might take the fancy of a large section of IT savvy public, enough to motivate many of them to start developing Free software for Solaris.

( Permalink: Solaris 10 Review      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 1, 2007 )

Interview: Sam Hocevar, new Debian Project Leader
By: Bruce Byfield Sam Hocevar recently became the next Debian Project Leader (DPL), defeating seven other candidates while running on a platform that emphasized ways to improve how project members interact. Hocevar's election comes at a time when Debian may be losing mindshare among both users and developers to Ubuntu, and looking for ways to improve its efficiencies and to mend internal divisions. Recently, Linux.com discussed these challenges with Hocevar via email in his first interview since his election. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Interview: Sam Hocevar, new Debian Project Leader      Submitted by FreeRhino Tue May 1, 2007 )

Make Gmail better
By: Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier Many people have embraced Google's Gmail service due to its slick interface and ample storage -- but like any application, Gmail leaves a few things to be desired. To trick Gmail out to your specifications, take a look at Lifehacker's Better Gmail, a Firefox extension that brings all sorts of extra goodness to Gmail. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Make Gmail better      Submitted by FreeRhino Tue May 1, 2007 )

Custom Charts with Perl and GD
This article describes techniques you can use to create new levels of usefulness in your dynamically generated charts with Perl and GD. Cook up some automatically generated graphs for your organizational meetings or live enterprise directory data. Annotate the charts with readable text that delivers more information than the standard pie chart. Using the power of GD and Perl, you can link various data and images together to create sophisticated charts that will help bring visual interest to your applications.

( Permalink: Custom Charts with Perl and GD      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 1, 2007 )

Put your OpenSSH server in SSHjail
By: Anže Vidmar Jailing is a mechanism to virtually change a system's root directory. By employing this method, administrators can isolate services so that they cannot access the real filesystem structure. You should run unsecured and sensitive network services in a chroot jail, because if a hacker can break into a vulnerable service he could exploit your whole system. If a service is jailed, the intruder will be able to see only what you want him to see -- that is, nothing useful. Some of the most frequent targets of attack, which therefore should be jailed, are BIND, Apache, FTP, and SSH. SSHjail is a patch for the OpenSSH daemon. It modifies two OpenSSH files (session.c and version.h) and allows you to jail your SSH service without any need for SSH reconfiguration. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Put your OpenSSH server in SSHjail      Submitted by FreeRhino Tue May 1, 2007 )

Review: SimplyMEPIS Linux 6.5
By: Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier A few weeks ago, MEPIS released SimplyMEPIS 6.5. The latest version of the Ubuntu-based desktop distribution offers a number of interesting new features, including a 64-bit release and Beryl for 3-D desktop effects. After spending a fair amount of time with the release, I found it to be a worthy update to earlier versions of MEPIS. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Review: SimplyMEPIS Linux 6.5      Submitted by FreeRhino Tue May 1, 2007 )

Pagestream delivers easy, powerful DTP
By: Bruce Byfield Pagestream is a proprietary desktop publishing program for Linux, Windows, Macintosh, and Amiga. First developed for the Atari more than two decades ago, it is produced by a small company, but has attracted a loyal and active group of users. Pagestream's strengths include an easy-to-use interface and a strong awareness of typography, but in the version 5.0.3.4 beta for GNU/Linux, users also have to contend with limited font support and apparently disabled table support. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Pagestream delivers easy, powerful DTP      Submitted by FreeRhino Tue May 1, 2007 )

Automatic patch management with PatchQuest
Patch management has become an area of concern for business networks and home networks as well. Updates and patches are continually developed by vendors to improve their solutions. Most network administrators would know the chaos resulting from the release of a new critical patch. PatchQuest is patch management software that frees administrators from manually managing patches for their existing Windows/Linux installations. Linux-Tip tested the free edition , which can manage up to 5 computers.

Read more at Linux-Tip.net

( Permalink: Automatic patch management with PatchQuest      Submitted by Frank Neugebauer Mon Apr 30, 2007 )

Perfect Setup Of Snort + Base + PostgreSQL
This tutorial describes how you can install and configure the Snort IDS (intrusion detection system) and BASE (Basic Analysis and Security Engine) on an Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) system. With the help of Snort and BASE, you can monitor your system - with BASE you can perform analysis of intrusions that Snort has detected on your network. Snort will use a PostgreSQL database to store/log the data it gathers.

( Permalink: Perfect Setup Of Snort + Base + PostgreSQL      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Apr 30, 2007 )

Book Review: Python Phrasebook
This article contains a review of the latest book - "Python Phrasebook - Essential code and commands". It also contains an excerpt of a chapter from the book highlighting the sample code as well as the structure and language used in the book.
The advantage of the Python Phrasebook is that it is small enough to be held in the palm of your hand. And the number of pages are no more than 300. Which means it is the exact dimension and size of an average pulp novel. But the difference is that each of those 300 pages contain a wealth of knowledge in the form of bits of useful code which can be readily used by programmers.

( Permalink: Book Review: Python Phrasebook      Submitted by sas Mon Apr 30, 2007 )

Common beginner Linux installation issues solved
In this cursory overview, Mark Rais provides some of the common reasons why people brand new to Linux have installation failures. The brief article covers key issues and solutions for Fedora, Gentoo, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, and Ubuntu... Complete article

( Permalink: Common beginner Linux installation issues solved      Submitted by Andrea W. Cordingly Mon Apr 30, 2007 )

Rawstudio: A fast and light RAW photo converter
By: Nathan Willis Rawstudio is an open source, GTK+-based RAW photo converter. It takes a straightforward approach -- no outside-the-box interface designs, no fancy frills. The result is an easy-to-use application that is stable enough for everyday usage, even though it is still undergoing constant development. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Rawstudio: A fast and light RAW photo converter      Submitted by FreeRhino Mon Apr 30, 2007 )

How To Install Internet Explorer On Ubuntu
This guide shows how to install three different Internet Explorer versions (6.0, 5.5, and 5.0) on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, Edgy Eft and Dapper Drake desktops. This is good for people such as web designers who have switched to Linux but still need to test their web sites in Internet Explorer. In addition to that, there are still a few web sites out there that work only in Internet Explorer.

( Permalink: How To Install Internet Explorer On Ubuntu      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Apr 30, 2007 )

Getting things done with Tracks
By: Nathan Willis I broke down and read Getting Things Done (GTD) in February (after letting the book sit unopened on the couch for a month). When I finished, I was determined to adopt the popular organizational method. I searched for a solid software tool to track projects and next actions, and found dozens of desktop-oriented applications to choose from. One of the GTD axioms is to collect all of your tasks, projects, and lists in one place; since I regularly use four PCs and laptops and a mobile phone, finding a GTD-aware tool that would run as a Web app was paramount. I settled on Tracks; it is open source, easy to use, and accessible from anywhere. Read more at Linux.com.

( Permalink: Getting things done with Tracks      Submitted by FreeRhino Mon Apr 30, 2007 )

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