January 2003

Linux Kernel Tweaking Guider at 2CPU.com Posted Friday, January 31, 2003 @ 3:24 PM by mayhem
I don't know if I have posted this before, but 2CPu.com have a nice quick guide on kernel tweaking that is worth a read, you can find it over here.
Linux: Debunking the "Security Myth" Posted Friday, January 31, 2003 @ 3:21 PM by mayhem
With all of the recent Microsoft bashing going on lately, this article at InformationWeek is a breath of fresh air. It seems that one brave soul is taking on the Linux community and their belief that Linux is infinitely more secure than a Microsoft OS. He makes some very interesting points too... Like this one:

"For Red Hat Linux 7.2, you go to the Red Hat "errata" page https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/ and from there to the page specific to version 7.2 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/rh72-errata.html . There, you'll see that, to date, Red Hat has issued 151 patches and updates (mostly for security issues; that's what the "broken lock" icon means) for that Linux version. For a very crude sense of scale, that works out to an average of around 2.3 patches per week.

Next, let's do the same thing for XP Professional, starting on Microsoft's errata page, the "HotFix & Security Bulletin Service"; use the pull-down menu to isolate just the XP-related items. You'll see that the page lists 21 XP-specific patches and updates to date. That's an average 0.35 patches per week.

But wait: Maybe that's not a fair count. After all, XP is the newest Windows version, but RH 7.2 isn't the newest Linux version. Red Hat's newest version is actually version 8.0, so let's look at that. Its errata page lists 27 patches and bug fixes issued in the four months the operating system has been available, an average of around 1.6 patches per week, so far. That's a rate significantly less than Red Hat's 7.2's, but still more than XP's."

I know that I am going to regret posting this, but someone needed to. Please, before you fill my inbox with a bunch of flame-mail, read the whole article. If you still don't agree, flame away! (Source: 2CPU.com)
Xbox Cluster? Posted Friday, January 31, 2003 @ 3:18 PM by mayhem
We've seen Linux on a game console and a cluster of SFF PCs, but I think after this we've seen it all... How about a Linux based cluster of Xboxes. That's right, it seems some people just need something to pass the time and this guy in particular decided to do a bit of "super computing" with his Xboxes.

"I was walking back from class thinking to myself I haven't done much in the way of parallel computing lately. So I thought it would be a interesting idea to test the usefulness of the XBOX platform as a cluster node, as the XBOX Linux project says they are useful as. At the same time I had heard a lot on various message boards that individuals were using the XBOX as a Linux desktop to check email and browse the web, etc, etc. So, I wrote a grant proposal to Saint Vincent College asking for funds to build a Linux cluster out of XBOXes. I was issued enough funds to purchase 3 units and accompanying hardware for the project."

All I can say is... Heh. (Source: 2CPU.com)
IBM Trials TCPA Chip Under Linux Posted Sunday, January 26, 2003 @ 2:42 AM by mayhem
From IBM: IBM's Global Security Analysis Lab (GSAL) has done extensive analysis of the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA) chip available on some IBM systems. We have the chip running under Linux, and have studied it extensively. In order to clarify a lot of misunderstanding about the chip, we are making available some helpful white papers and open source device drivers for Linux, so that interested people can test and use the chip in an open environment. (Source: Slashdot)
IBM releases free 2003 Linux Software Evaluation Kit at LinuxWorld Posted Saturday, January 25, 2003 @ 12:45 PM by mayhem
Anonymous writes "Don't be to upset because you couldn't get your boss to send you to the LinuxWorld conference in NY this week. You can still get the free IBM Linux Software Evaluation Kit that's being handed out there to Linux developers. Its been expanded to 4 CDs for 2003. In addition to the newest levels of DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere Application Server, and Lotus Domino, the 2003 SEK will also include WebSphere Studio Site Developer, WebSphere MQ, Tivoli Access Manager, Linux porting tools, white papers and tutorials. Sign-up here and get the Linux Software Evaluation Kit mailed to you at no charge."
Linux Security Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2003 @ 9:24 PM by mayhem
Here is the scoop for getting a fresh install of Linux spiffed up and ready to face the packet monkeys! Are you ph33ring the br34d? Not everything is covered and I'm sure nothing in the article is a new discovery but its decent. You can read the article here. (Source: Linux.com)
Apache 2.0.44 Released Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2003 @ 9:17 PM by mayhem
The Apache Software Foundation is pleased to announce the release of Apache 2.0.44, which addresses a number of security issues. Download it from your favorite mirror. (Source: Slashdot)
FreeBSD 5.0 Available Posted Monday, January 20, 2003 @ 5:26 PM by mayhem
Although not yet officially announced, the 5.0 version of FreeBSD is beginning to appear on the FreeBSD FTP site and mirrors world wide. Congrats to the developers.

Update: Scott Long of FreeBSD Release Engineering team has officially announced the availability of FreeBSD 5.0 release. Improvements include second generation UFS filesystem, GEOM, the extensible and flexible storage framework, DEVFS, the device virtual filesystem, Bluetooth, ACPI, CardBus, IEEE 1394 and many more! FreeBSD is also available on 64-bit sparc64 and ia64 platforms. (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.5.59 Now Available For Download Posted Friday, January 17, 2003 @ 4:27 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.5.59 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Tip: Dual-booting Linux Posted Friday, January 17, 2003 @ 10:58 AM by mayhem
You say that you don't have tons of boxes to work with? Why not consider dual-booting Linux? Learn how to install multiple instances of the same Linux system on a single hard drive. Multiple installations allows you to easily test different libraries with the same program, watch how your program interacts with others, and experiement by tweaking a parameter here or there. This process comes in handy for development and testing. (Source: Linux.com)
Nokia announces Linux J2ME kit Posted Friday, January 17, 2003 @ 10:57 AM by mayhem
Nokia has announced a version of its J2ME software development kit for Linux systems, broadening the availability of its tools to a key group of programmers. The SDK functions as a standalone development environment for MIDP applications or can be integrated with existing tools from Sun and Borland.

"The new edition of the popular toolkit will help further expand the supply of creative applications and services to support the growing line-up of Java enabled devices from Nokia and other manufacturers." (Source: AusPC World)
1KM 802.11b @ 2MB Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2003 @ 12:29 PM by mayhem
Check out this web site to see how a guy in Egypt built his own line-of-site (H:Get? It's Punny.) 1KM broadband connection. Plenty of nice pictures. (Source: Slashdot)
Hyper-Threading Speeds Linux Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2003 @ 12:26 PM by mayhem
The Intel Xeon processor introduces a new technology called Hyper-Threading (HT) that makes a single processor behave like two logical processors. The technology allows the processor to execute multiple threads simultaneously, which can yield significant performance improvement. But, exactly how much improvement can you expect to see? This article gives the results the investigation into the effects of Hyper-Threading (HT) on the Linux SMP kernel. It compares the performance of a Linux SMP kernel that was aware of Hyper-Threading to one that was not. (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel 2.5.58 Now Available For Download Posted Tuesday, January 14, 2003 @ 10:46 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.5.58 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Ricoh MP5125A DVD+R/+RW Writer Review Posted Monday, January 13, 2003 @ 11:36 PM by mayhem
Our latest review takes us into the world of large(r) capacity optical storage in the name of the recordable DVD. For those that know anything about it, you will know that it has been rather highly priced since released and only now is starting to reduce in costs (for both the drives and the blank media).

Well as the market has become more stable and a large following has emerged for the DVD+R/+RW standard, we have been given the opportunity to put Ricoh's current model DVD writer (namely the MP5125A) through its paces and see how it rates.

For more information, read the review here.
Linux Kernel 2.5.56 Now Available For Download Posted Sunday, January 12, 2003 @ 1:31 AM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.5.56 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Linux Kernel 2.5.55 Now Available For Download Posted Friday, January 10, 2003 @ 6:26 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.5.55 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Opera 7 Beta 2 Released Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2003 @ 6:46 PM by mayhem
Opera has been hailed as the fastest browser on earth by users and press worldwide. Opera uses less memory on your hard disk than other competing browser applications, making you more productive on the Web. The latest full build of Opera Browser is 6.05, although the 2nd Beta of Opera 7 is now also available. To download click here, or to read the changelog click here. (Source: AusPCWorld)
Previous Poll Results Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2003 @ 11:08 PM by mayhem

Well its time for a new poll, so here are the results from the previous poll (thanks to all those people that voted):

Previous Poll Topic: ill Linux be a 'end user desktop' operating system?
Maybe, depends on support. - 43.1% (209 Votes)
Yes, for sure. -42.5% (206 Votes)
No, its a Server OS. - 14.2% (69 Votes)
Total Votes: 484

Now its time to start voting on the new poll: Has your Linuxbox ever been hacked?
Linux Kernel 2.4.21-rc3 Now Available For Download Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2003 @ 10:52 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.4.21-pre3 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
RC5-72 LCD Stats Display Script Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2003 @ 10:27 PM by mayhem
Well its been month since the new RC5-72 clients were released from Distributed.net and I am proud to announce that I have just released a perl script for those people out their running it along with a serial or parallel character LCD display.

The script (RC5LCDinfo) takes information that is generated from the dnetc client and displays it on a 20x4 character LCD screen (of course you need a screen to display this information, it also requires the use of the LCDproc display server for drivers etc).

You can see the snapshots of the script in action here: Screen 1, Screen 2, Screen 3, Screen 4.

You can download the script here or just read the readme file here.

PLEASE NOTE: This is still really a Beta, so if you find any bugs please send them to mayhem@linuxathome.net or lcd@linuxathome.net.
ShaoLin and NeTraverse Announce Strategic Alliance Partnership Posted Monday, January 6, 2003 @ 6:57 PM by mayhem
Hong Kong and Austin, Texas - 6 January 2003) ShaoLin Microsystems Limited, an award winning provider of distributed computing solutions and NeTraverse, the leading provider of software solutions enabling Windows applications hosting on the Linux platform, announced today a strategic alliance. ShaoLin incorporates NeTraverse's Win4Lin Terminal Server to deliver the perfect migration platform linking Windows applications to Linux. By combining Win4Lin with ShaoLin Aptus, users can now operate the full range of Windows applications, and organizations can leverage the powerful advantages of Linux while preserving their investment in Windows-based applications.

For more information, please visit www.shaolinmicro.com.
Linux Kernel 2.5.54 Now Available For Download Posted Monday, January 6, 2003 @ 6:56 PM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.5.54 Linux Kernel from here, or any of the www.kernel.org mirrors here, full changelog information is available here.
Linux Is Cheaper Posted Sunday, January 5, 2003 @ 1:19 PM by mayhem
ZDNet is running a story on what a lot of us already know: Linux IS cheaper than Windows. This not because it is free. It is because Linux admins, although slightly more expensive, can handle a significantly larger number of systems than their Windows counterparts. (Source: Slashdot)
Linux Kernel Code Humor Posted Sunday, January 5, 2003 @ 1:17 PM by mayhem
This article points to some pretty funny comments and code in the Linux kernel. From colorful metaphors, to burning printers, to happy meals... A recursive search through the entire code base reveals some interesting language. Is all code like this? (Source: Slashdot)
Linux to Become #2 on the Desktop? Posted Saturday, January 4, 2003 @ 11:00 PM by mayhem
An article from Zdnet says Linux on the desktop has become a reality. It is now possible, for example, to buy a Linux-based PC (running LindowsOS) from Evesham. In the United States, Wal-Mart sells machines based on Lindows, Mandrake Linux and others. But though Linux may have its foot in the door, taking the next step to becoming a mainstream success is proving a more difficult proposition. (Source: Slashdot)