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Linux syslog may be on way out

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

In an effort to foil crackers attempts to cover their
tracks by altering text-based syslogs, as well as improve the
syslog process as a whole, two Red Hat developers are proposing a
new binary-based tool called The Journal that could replace the
syslog daemon in as early as the Fedora 17 release.

And believe you me, some people are less than enthused by the
proposed solution.

Developers Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers are proposing that
the current 30-year-old syslog system is inefficient and too easy
to misread and hack to properly perform even its most basic
function: store a log of system events on a given Linux box.


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