Linux Today Quick Takes

Legato Networker 5.5.1 now available for Linux, New
Linux-Mandrake Gold Pack 2000, Linux PLC project has a home and
mailing list, Seeking Examples of Corporate Use of Linux for a
Firewall, S/Key packages for Debian and PalmOS, Kerberos5 HOWTO and
Kerberor5 Debian binaries published, Nodevice.com – Linux
Programmer’s Website, LPI Linux Certification Is Live! and
LinuxPorts.Com: January Release of VAR HOWTO.

  • James

    “Legato Networker 5.5.1 now available for Linux

    Just received my new copy of Networker (resold by Sun as
    Solstice Backup) and was quite pleasantly surprised to see that
    v5.5.1 has a linux client included. There’s no official html about
    it at the Legato
    website, but it is listed as a supported client in
    the Legato Compatibility Guide for Software (in pdf).

    All in all, it’s a really good thing ™, because it quite
    obviously points to Legato, one of the major backup software
    houses, taking the linux community seriously.

    My question to you – how soon before we see results of
    {Free|Net|Open}BSD emulations running successfully? I’m going to be
    testing the package on solaris 8 with lxrun ;)”

  • Alix Guillard of
    Mandrakesoft wrote to tell us:

    “New Linux-Mandrake Gold Pack 2000

    Linux-Mandrake Gold Pack 2000 offers new users an easy and
    convenient way to enter the Linux world.

    The latest MandrakeSoft package, Gold Pack 2000, is now
    available at local reseller throughout the USA and UK. The
    Linux-Mandrake Gold Pack 2000 is a complete solution for newcommers
    to Linux world : it is packed with the latest enhancements to our
    current distribution (Linux-Mandrake 6.1) and provides 60 days free
    phone support, an easy hard disc partitioning with System
    Commander, our new Graphical installer, DrakX and a free update to
    the next release of Linux-Mandrake.”

  • Curt Wuollet writes:

    “Linux PLC project has a home and mailing list.

    The Linux PLC project is attempting to bring the virtues of Open
    Source to one of the last bastions of proprietary hardware and
    software and produce a free controller and ancillaries using Linux.
    Right now we have lots of automation and controls folks and few
    Linux programmers. We could sure use some experienced Linux
    programmers with controls experience or interest. We’re just
    starting out so there are plenty of challanges to go around. Here’s
    your chance to change an industry. The site’s not much to look at,
    the action is on the mailing list.”

    You can find the web site at http://www.linuxplc.org.

  • Steve writes in with
    this request:

    “Seeking Examples of Corporate Use of Linux for a Firewall

    I need the Linux Community’s help! We set up a firewall at work
    using Linux and TIS. Because we had never done something like this
    before, we are trying to hire someone to come in and audit our
    security setup. The first company we talked with refused to perform
    an audit on the Linux machine we set up, and instead offered a
    different solution. We turned them down because they didn’t do what
    we asked. That must have angered them because they wrote a report
    about the insecure nature of Linux (I don’t believe them a bit
    here) and sent it to one of the company executives. They basically
    lied about Linux in general and we want to prove them wrong to our

    Here is where I need everyone’s help. If you know of any sights
    that using Linux for a firewall (preferably of well-known
    companies), please post a comment here or e-mail me. I would prefer
    it is a sight that we can verify with Netcraft (not that I don’t
    believe you, but we need concrete proof to show the execs), or
    other concrete evidence that I can use. Even a sight that uses
    Linux at all for anything web related (http server, mail, news,
    etc.) would be helpful. We want a huge list to present to our
    executives to prove to them the reliability of Linux.

    I’m sorry this isn’t an informational post, but I need your
    Thank you all!”

  • Bear Giles writes:

    “S/Key packages for Debian and PalmOS

    AT&T S/Key is a method of implementing one-time-passwords
    (OTP) for use on untrusted networks. This isn’t a critical issue if
    you have SSH, but if you’re unable to depend on SSH you can use
    S/Key to provide a *safe* way to access telnet.

    The following items have been posted on my web site:

    • S/Key for Debian 2.1 (unofficial)
    • S/Key PAM module for Debian 2.1 (unofficial)
    • S/Key key generator for Palm OS

    Most users will want to install the base package for the key
    manipulation tools, but use the PAM module instead of the ancient
    AT&T “login” script. Finally, the PDA program can be used to
    compute the OTP in the field, avoiding the need to carry around a
    list of future keys.”

  • Bear Giles also

    “Kerberos5 HOWTO and Kerberos5 Debian binaries published

    Kerberos5 is a network authentication protocol that has been
    used in the Unix world for years… and will also be used by MS
    Windows 2000. Kerberos5 supports both mutual strong authentication
    and encryption. (MIT K5-1.1.1 only supports DES, but DES3 will be
    available in a near-future release.)

    I have published a HOWTO
    on my web site. This document discusses

    • What Kerberos is
    • Setting up a basic Kerberos Domain Controller (KDC)
    • Configuring Kerberos servers (ktelnetd, kftpd, klogind)
    • Using Kerberos clients (ksu, ktelnet, kftp, krlogin, kshd)
    • Using Kerberized applications, with information on LPRNG, CVS
      and XFree86.

    Most of the document is distribution-agnostic, but some of the
    details assume Debian or my Kerberos-enhanced extensions, “Coyote

    In addition, I have published unofficial Debian packages for
    Kerberos and a few Kerberized applications. To minimize problems,
    all of these packages install to the /opt directory.

    These packages may be subject to US export control, so the
    packages are password protected. If you are a US resident, send me
    a note indicating the same and that you will not export the
    packages and I’ll reply with the password. Hopefully all of this
    nonsense will go away when the US government issues its revised
    ITAR interpretations in November (no, December (NO!,

  • Minek sent in this

    “Nodevice.com – Linux Programmer’s Website

    Nodevice.com – website that
    offers free access to all Usenet newsgroups related to Linux and
    programming (mostly C/C++, Perl, Web) took off yesterday. Browsing,
    searching, posting. No registration. Documentation, tutorials,
    howtos, faqs, technical articles.”

  • Anthony Awtrey writes:

    “LPI Linux Certification Is Live!

    I just registered for
    the Linux Professionals Institute
    certification exam hosted by VUE.
    It turns out that I was on the site about 15 minutes after it went
    live and my registration number is: LPI000001003. I asked the nice
    guy that processed my registration how many people registered
    before me and he said that I was the first one in the system! I
    wonder if that is like getting the first post at Slashdot. I’ll
    post my comments about the exam after I take it and also cover the
    test experience at the Melbourne
    (Florida) Linux User Group
    meeting tomorrow night.”

  • Joshua Drake sent in

    “LinuxPorts.Com: January Release of VAR HOWTO

    January edition has been released.

    The VAR HOWTO is a LinuxPorts.Com for the Linux Documentation Project document
    providing information on Linux vendors. Over 100 vendors are listed

    If you are considering purchasing a Linux based computer the VAR
    HOWTO can be of great service. It allows anyone to view over 100
    vendors of Linux systems without having to search for them.”