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IT Management Linux News for Jun 12, 2008

  • Run a Business Network on Linux: Intrusion Detection (Part 4) (Jun 12, 2008, 22:00)
    Enterprise Networking Planet: "In our first two installments on intrusion detection (see Resources), we got as far as setting up a Snort sensor on our network. Now it's time to set it up to automatically collect new rulesets, and set up BASE (Basic Analysis and Security Engine) to present all that data in a nice digestible way with graphs and sorting tools."

  • Linux in Education: Concepts Not Applications (Jun 12, 2008, 21:15)
    Linux Journal: "One of the biggest arguments used against Linux in grade school level education is that we aren't teaching kids to use the applications they'll use in the "real world". As the Technology Director for a K-12 school district, I've heard that argument many times. After all these years, I still don't buy it. Truthfully, to really give kids a well rounded education, we should expose them to as many different types of technology as we can."

  • Tips for Your Users: Passwords You Can Live With (Jun 12, 2008, 20:30)
    Enterprise Networking Planet: "People have a tendency to pick horrible passwords. After all, it's something they know, and if they don't tell anyone, it's secure. Long, long ago passwords based on names or dictionary words were ousted as trivial to guess. Automated password guessing attempts run all the time.

    Last week, I mentioned why it's important to change passwords frequently and disable old accounts. We also spent a great deal of time on the concept of publicly accessible authentication services. Every enterprise service exposed to the world is a vulnerability waiting to be exploited, or at least it can be used to run password-guessing attacks on. The importance of password strength cannot be stressed enough."


  • Using Chkconfig To Manage Linux Service Run Levels (Jun 12, 2008, 19:45)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Even so, I'm always impressed with ways to make this sort of setup easier. Especially when it comes to manipulation of start and stop (init) scripts that come with system software. Solaris' mish-mosh of hard and soft linked run level scripts can be a headache, for sure, but Redhat, Fedora and other Linux flavours can be a bit of a pain, as well. The main problem I run into is making a customized change that ends up getting overwritten by an RPM upgrade or things of that nature."

  • The Power of Plasma theming - a gallery of 23 themes (Jun 12, 2008, 18:15)
    Liquidat: "One of the most often mentioned concerns at the KDE booth at LinuxTag was the question if Plasma would force the user to have a black panel. While we did have a second machine showing another theme to resolve all doubts it showed that not all users now yet the power of Plasma theming."

  • Red Hat's RHX: Lessons learned (Jun 12, 2008, 17:30)
    The Open Road: "We are just beyond the first year anniversary of RHX, Red Hat's program for open source software vendors. Rumors of its death have been greatly exaggerated. RHX is different now. The team is smaller and the target market is different; but, fundamentally, RHX is smarter. It's very much alive and is undergoing its third iteration. We've learned a lot along the way.

    RHX LESSON 1: You don't fully understand a problem until you try to implement the solution. [1]"


  • Three UK 3G modem in Ubuntu Linux (Jun 12, 2008, 16:45)
    Polish Linux: "I have recently bought a Huawei E220 HSDPA access device (or a so-called "3G modem") from Three UK. In this article I'll share with you my experiences of using Three 3G modem in Ubuntu Linux distribution. And don't worry, it works just fine."

  • Open Source Tour of Europe: Russia (Jun 12, 2008, 16:00)
    451 CAOS Theory: "Given that open source software is essentially a communist plot to undermine America and the global software industry (joke) you'd expect Russia to be one of the most proactive adopters of open source software..."

  • Firefox Download Day Set (Jun 12, 2008, 15:15)
    Practical Technology: "Mark June 17th on your calendars Firefox and open source fans. That's the day when the Mozilla Corp. is going to release Firefox 3 and try to set a new world record for downloads of a single product in one day."

  • One small lawsuit for Red Hat, One big legal step for open source (Jun 12, 2008, 14:30)
    Practical Technology: "Red Hat announced the settlement of patent litigation involving Firestar Software and DataTern on June 11th. Yadda, yadda. Another day , another patent lawsuit settled. Where the script changes is that Red Hat's settlement covers not just its programs, but any open-source programs connected with the settlement."

  • Debian GNU/Linux powers Max Planck Institute 32.8 TFlops supercomputer (Jun 12, 2008, 13:45)
    DebianWiki: "A team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics have created Germany's 4th largest supercomputer by using Debian GNU/Linux.The massive computing effort necessary for this research is provided by a Debian GNU / Linux cluster of 1342 nodes called ATLAS. Using 10+ TB RAM, approximately 1.3 PB storage and a special network able to transfer almost 4 days worth of DVD movies each second, the cluster achieves a measured performance of 32.8 TFlops. This performance places the ATLAS Debian GNU / Linux supercomputer at 4th place in Germany, 11th in Europe and 34th worldwide, at a cost of EUR 1.8m (~ US$ 2.8m)."