Infrastructure Linux News for Sep 30, 2001
LinuxFocus.org: Shell Programming
"The shell is not just a collection of commands but a really
good programming language.You can automate a lot of tasks with it,
the shell is very good for system administration tasks, you can
very quickly try out if your ideas work which makes it very useful
for simple prototyping and it is very useful for small utilities
that perform some relatively simple tasks where efficiency is less
important than ease of configuration, maintenance and portability.
So let's see now how it works..."
Linux.com: Notes from the Command-Line Commando: Fetchmail
"One of the first things I wanted to do when I first set up my
Linux box was send and receive email. To read my email, I use Pine
v4.21 (which I think is the latest version at this time). Sending
and receiving email to users on the system or in a network
environment is easy with Pine, but what if you want to receive
email from a source outside your network? Fetchmail is the
Alan Cox: W3C Patent Policy: Bad for the W3C, bad for business, bad for users (2001-09-30 16:49:11)
"When patented W3C standards ensure there is only one web
browser in the world, its owners will no longer have time for the
W3C or standards."
Community: W3C and the Promotion of Fee-based Standards for the Web
On 16 August 2001 the W3C made public a proposal to
substantially change their patent policy framework. Amongst the
changes is support for a new licensing model (called RAND) that
legitimises the W3C's role in developing and promoting standards
that could require the payment of royalties. This is a substantial
shift in the philosophical direction of the W3C and should be of
extreme concern to anyone who values being able to implement W3C
standards in a royalty-free manner. In particular this has profound
implications for the support and implementation of future W3C
standards by the free software community. It is likely to
extinguish free software development and deployment in the areas
where the payment of royalties is required.
UnixReview.com: A Look at Squid
"If you haven't heard of Squid before, it's a package that
handles proxy caching for Internet objects. Note that I didn't say
"Web pages," because Squid can handle more than just HTML files.
Squid can be used for a number of things, including saving
bandwidth, handling traffic spikes, and caching sites that are
occasionally unavailable. Squid can also be used for load
IBM developerWorkks: Reading and writing Excel files with Perl (2001-09-30 09:56:24)
"Parsing Excel files presents a conundrum any way you look at
it. Until last year, UNIX modules were completely unavailable, and
data from Excel files for Windows could only be retrieved with the
Win32::OLE modules. But things have finally changed, thanks to two
Perl hackers and a lot of volunteer help and contributions!"