Linux News for Jul 29, 2001
Linux Journal: Hacking Vegas at Black Hat and DEF CON: One Geek's Experience
Darth Elmo reports on Black Hat and DEF CON, covering a variety
of talks and lectures: "DEF CON, which began as a relatively small
get-together for members of the IS underground, has grown in recent
years to become the world's largest and most publicized annual
gathering of the diverse groups that comprise Information Systems
Security. But despite its growth and more-or-less-mainstream
success (measured in numbers and news articles), DEF CON is first
and foremost for hackers."
IBM developerWorks: Linux hardware stability guide, Part 2: Drivers, IRQs, and PCI latency (2001-07-29 23:00:55)
"One of Linux's claims to fame is its stability. But the most
stable operating system in the world won't do you any good if your
hardware is defective or misconfigured. In this article, Daniel
Robbins shares his experiences in getting his NVIDIA TNT graphics
card working under Linux using NVIDIA's accelerated drivers."
TechWeb: Free Mainframe (a review of the IBM Linux Community Development System)
TechWeb looks at IBM's LCDS: the program under which developers
can gain access to an account on a mainframe. Though IBM's
struggling to keep up with demand, says the review, the service is
LinuxDevices.com: Embedded Java+Linux Quick Reference Guide (2001-07-29 22:00:25)
LinuxDevices offers a reference guide to Embedded Java and Linux
development, including a general introduction, a collection of
whitepapers, and links to developer tools.
MaximumLinux.org: Open Letter Against Using Microsoft Server Products (2001-07-29 21:30:18)
An unhappy network engineer defends his choice of Linux for a
variety of tasks in the wake of a company's report on his network
that recommended removing SAMBA and sendmail in favor of Windows
LinuxWorld.com: What Ximian's trying to accomplish with Mono (2001-07-29 20:28:43)
Ximian's Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza defend their company's
development of Mono in this article: "I believe that Microsoft has
behaved criminally, has stifled competition." Friedman said, "I
think we are calling Microsoft's bluff here. They are saying that
.NET is an open system... We're going to implement an open version
of it, and see how they react."
Byte.com: FrontPage XP Bad, Ricochet Good (2001-07-29 19:22:46)
Given the choice between Windows 2000 and Linux for his new
Ricochet setup, Jerry Pournelle goes with Linux, maintaining that
it's the more secure alternative and that support from the
developer community is good.
O'Reilly Network: Tools of the Trade: Part 3 (2001-07-29 16:35:05)
The O'Reilly Network continues its look at basic security tools
with snort and syslog.
O'Reilly Network: Heading for a Safe Harbor in a Rough Market (2001-07-29 15:00:32)
"This being a Linux in the Enterprise column, I'll present some
ideas on how to make sure that you're still around, and how you can
do this by leveraging your Linux skills."
IBM developerWorks: OpenSSH key management, Part 1: Understanding RSA/DSA authentication (2001-07-29 13:30:04)
"In this series, you'll learn how RSA and DSA authentication
work, and see how to set up passwordless authentication the right
way. In the first article of the series, Daniel Robbins focuses on
introducing the RSA and DSA authentication protocols and showing
you how to get them working over the network."
MLUG: 'So listen good - use Linux; It's the only real escape.' (2001-07-29 12:00:21)
Start your Sunday off with some 'Tux Noir': "It was back in
1996. A sordid tale if there ever was one. Foul enough to shock
even me, a hard-boiled computer junkie. The stench was so thick you
could cut it with a knife and serve it as day-old bread. So maybe I
just have to come clean now. Maybe it will help some poor schmuck
Alan Cox: make rpm (2001-07-29 00:47:02)
Alan Cox has written a kernel rpm-ifier: "I've been meaning to
do this one for a while and I now have it working so that with my
current -ac kernel working tree I can type 'make rpm' and out puts