"As Linux Mandrake works it's way away from it's Red Hat
roots, they've added a number of features "out of the box" that
make it easier to use as a server. However, there are still a
number of things that I do before considering a new install "ready"
to be configured for offering any services. I recently had to
put together a list of things that I normally do after installation
for my employer, and I figured I would pass this information along
to RootPrompt in the hopes that it will help someone else. Despite
the fact that this is geared towards Mandrake, most of this should
apply with very few changes to almost any distribution."
"One of the nicest things about the newest Mandrake releases is
a better emphasis on security. One thing I really like that isn't
present in RedHat is the 'secure' versions of the kernel, which
includes some of the optional third-party patches for locking down
Linux, the most notable being the 'OpenWall' patches, that help
prevent buffer overflows and /tmp race-condition hacks, as well as
restricting access to fifos and the /proc filesystem. For a
complete rundown of what it does, see the README."
"While it's not really security-related, another nice thing that
Mandrake supports out of the box, is the new ReiserFS filesystem.
It offers journaling, and a btree-based structure that promises to
speed things up as well as use less space."
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