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  • Getting Debian CD via rsync examples online (Mar 31, 2001, 23:00)
    "The problem with getting Debian is getting Debian. It is a huge distribution with multiple archives and many details to know before getting the right files. If you try to get a CD image for yourself, you can not go and overload any ftp sites because in the main you must use rsync to get a CD image."

  • Samba NT Domain Controller (Mar 31, 2001, 22:30)
    "Currently, Samba can go beyond merely emulating Windows shares to actually acting as the Primary Domain Controller for your Windows network. Of course, Samba can also become a NT domain member. In this article we shall look at both these options."

  • Getting Started with Tripwire (Mar 31, 2001, 22:06)
    "A crude yet effective intrusion detection system such as Tripwire can alert systems administrators to possible intrusion attempts by periodically verifying the integrity of a server's file systems. Systems intruders will often use trojan binaries for login, su, ps, and ls, etc. to cover their tracks and keep a low profile on the system.

  • EnGarde Secure Linux Quick Start Guide (Mar 31, 2001, 21:30)
    "This EnGarde Quick Start guide is designed to help you quickly set up EnGarde Secure Linux, change user passwords, and manage certificates. Although this document is sufficient, we recommend you read the complete user manual for a full understanding of the system."

  • IT-Director: Linux: winning answers. Need I say more? (Mar 31, 2001, 21:00)
    "Many commercial software vendors can supply Linux versions of their product, but some customers may not want to retain the same application vendor and would like to move to an alternative. This is an ideal opportunity for the Linux community to pick up."

  • IBM developerWorks: The security implications of open source software (Mar 31, 2001, 20:30)
    "What, then, about the security of open source software? Open source software, by definition, is any program or application that is freely distributed, non-platform specific -- and in which the programming code is open and visible. All else being equal, isn't a closed program more secure than an open one?"

  • Agenda VR3 Developer Edition Preview (Mar 31, 2001, 20:03)
    "The Agenda is very well designed, and a joy to use. It is great fun to have a handheld running the same OS as my desktop. It really is Linux. There is a complete set of GNU like tools, which is actually Busybox's "Swiss Army Knife" of tools in a single executable. It still feels the same, due to careful aliasing. By default, the standard distribution runs a very small footprint shell, ash. But Bash 2 is installed and you can easily configure it to be your default shell by changing the /etc/passwd file."

  • Linux Advisory Watch - March 30th 2001 (Mar 31, 2001, 19:00)
    "This week advisories were released for licq, sgml-tools, openssh, kerberos, vim, joe, and eperl. The vendors include Conectiva, Immunix, Mandrake, Red Hat, SuSE, and Trustix. Please take the necessary time to patch your system. Security requires persistence."

  • IBM developerWorks: Slackware Linux 101: A look at what happens when you boot your Linux box (Mar 31, 2001, 18:30)
    "Since lack of control is a Bad Thing, let's look at what happens when a Linux system boots during the init process, at the various runlevels this involves, and how to customize your system or switch between runlevels while your system is running."

  • LinuxPower: Eazel making its way forward in a sea of change (Mar 31, 2001, 18:00)
    "But the reality is that Nautilus is a very ambitious project, and we depend heavily on rapidly evolving technologies such as Bonobo and Mozilla. So we're proud of the product we've shipped, and we're listening to the feedback, and we're committed to addressing the concerns we've heard over the next few releases."

  • Software Developer Times: Proving Open Source Still Matters (Mar 31, 2001, 17:00)
    "All of this points out the need for a comprehensive, credible, longitudinal study of the real cost of running a business with open-source versus closed-source proprietary software."

  • Linux Journal: VMware Express 2.0 and Win4Lin 2.0: A Comparison Review (Mar 31, 2001, 16:00)
    "Each of these offers a way to access Windows applications from a Linux desktop, and I will evaluate each based on performance in test applications, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Adobe Photoshop, Apple QuickTime and id Software's Wolfenstein 3D."

  • LWN: The Linux 2.5 kernel summit (Mar 31, 2001, 15:00)
    "The "Linux 2.5 Kernel Summit" is a two-day affair, held in San Jose, California. The purpose of this invitation-only event was to get the core kernel hackers together in one place to meet each other and to look toward the imminent 2.5 development series.

  • PC Magazine: Linux Reborn: Kernel 2.4 (Mar 31, 2001, 14:00)
    "The reliability of Linux is already legendary, and that reputation is arguably based on the strength of its small, efficient kernel."

  • The Windows to Linux Conversion (Mar 31, 2001, 13:47)
    "It's very tempting to take the course of least resistance and stick with Windows. On the desktop, at least, that was a tempting alternative even for my small company. Sure, Windows crashed all the time, but is moving Troubleshooters.Com to a Linux desktop worth 40 hours of my labor? That's about what it took. Believe me, spending $400 or whatever on Windows 2000 would have been cheap. So why did I switch?"

  • Linux Journal: Dutch Parliament Insists on Strict Tests for Software Patents (Mar 31, 2001, 13:12)
    "Clearly the 30,000 existing software patents and their level of absurdity are now on the political agenda."

  • MachineOfTheMonth: A look at Killustrator from KDE (Mar 31, 2001, 12:00)
    "What is Killustrator? Well, Killustrator is supposed to be a vector-based graphics design product that you can use on the Linux platform. This being said, how useful it will be to you is an open question because the product does not appear to be perfect yet. It appears to be a work in development."