April 2002

Linux Kernel 2.5.11 Released Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 @ 11:39 PM by mayhem
The 2.5.11 Linux Kernel has been released, you can download it from the main download side here at www.kernel.org or you can download it from any number of the mirror sites. The full changelog is available here.
Digital V6 Releases First Over IP KVM Networking Device with Power Control Posted Sunday, April 28, 2002 @ 6:31 PM by mayhem
Digital V6 will announce on May 1st the release of Kaveman PWR8, a new addition to the Kaveman family of products. Kaveman PWR8 is the first KVM (Keyboard, Video and Mouse) over IP networking device that gives users remote power control.

Every Kaveman networking device allows users to control servers either over the Internet or a local network via TCP/IP. Kaveman functions include remote hardware reset, BIOS-level access and full keyboard and mouse control. With Kaveman PWR8, users can also control the power of up to eight attached servers, as if they were sitting in front of the server.

To control the power, users attach up to eight servers directly to a power control strip; they cycle power or turn servers on and off using Kaveman’s user-friendly GUI. The power control functions can be accessed from either of Kaveman’s remote clients - an Internet browser or VNC (Virtual Network Computing) Viewer.

In addition to remote power control, Kaveman is the only over IP KVM device that automatically monitors server activity and notifies users if their server behaves erratically. Accordingly, power reset can be triggered by pre-selected events.

“We are proud to offer the most complete remote server management solution that is available in the market,” said Kwong Ho, President and Chief Executive Officer of Digital V6. “We look forward to developing more innovations in the networking space.”

The Kaveman PWR 8 will be available in quantity June 2002. The Kaveman product line has now expanded to include both single- and eight-channel versions, with or without power control. For more information, visit www.digitalv6.com.

More information on the upcoming products and current products are available here.
Avocent Unveiling New Power Management Over IP Devices At Networld + Interop Posted Sunday, April 28, 2002 @ 6:24 PM by mayhem
Avocent will be demonstrating its newly expanded DS Series KVM switching system, which features Avocent's exclusive KVM OVER IP control. DSR switches are the only devices today that combine powerful digital and analog connections in one switch and feature CAT 5 cabling. These switches are managed with a Windows interface that provides one centralized view of multiple servers and devices. Now IT managers can use one interface to take control of servers OR serial devices in the data center. Whether they are in the office, in the NOC or outside the building, Avocent provides click and connect control, just as if they were sitting at their desk.

In addition to demonstrating its DS Series platform of KVM and serial over IP appliances, Avocent will be unveiling two new power management over IP devices. To get a sneak preview of these products that expand IP control in the data center, please contact NetPR.

When: May 7-9, 2002
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV- Booth #7586
Linux Kernel 2.5.10 Released Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 @ 1:01 AM by mayhem
The 2.5.10 Linux Kernel has been released, you can download it from the main download side here at www.kernel.org or you can download it from any number of the mirror sites. The full changelog is available here.
LinuxToday: PHP 4.2.0 Released Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 @ 2:35 AM by mayhem
The PHP Group is happy to announce the immediate availability of PHP 4.2.0, the latest version of the widely-used, general-purpose scripting language that is especially well-suited for Web development.

This latest release contains over one hundred changes, bug fixes and improvements over the previous release, PHP 4.1.2. Among the highlights are experimental support for Apache 2, cleanups in variable handling and overhauls of various PHP components, including the domxml, posix, sockets and iconv extensions. For more information, click here. Changelog is available here.
Linux Kernel 2.5.9 Released Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 @ 2:32 AM by mayhem
The 2.5.9 Linux Kernel has been released, you can download it from the main download side here at www.kernel.org or you can download it from any number of the mirror sites. The full changelog is available here.
Portazero is publishing an interview with Heiko Zuerker, author of Dev Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 @ 1:30 AM by mayhem
GdA writes: "Devil-Linux is a special Linux distribution which is used for Firewalls and Routers, quite special because resides on a CD-ROM with the system configuration located in a floppy disk. Portazero is publishing an interview with Heiko Zuerker, author of Devil-Linux." - English Version, Italian Version.
Why Open Source Software/Free Software? Look at the Numbers! Posted Saturday, April 20, 2002 @ 4:56 PM by mayhem
This paper provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software/free software is a reasonable or even superior approach to using their proprietary competition according to various measures. This paper examines market share, reliability, performance, scaleability, security, and total cost of ownership. It also has sections on non-quantitative issues, unnecessary fears, and other sites providing related information, and ends with some conclusions.

Full story is available at www.linuxtoday.com.
WineX 2.0 Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 @ 8:34 AM by mayhem
Looks like Transgaming has released version 2.0 of WineX (with full support for Jedi Knight II and initial 3D sound support. Joy!) Prepackaged .debs and .rpms are available only to subscribers, but you can always just download and compile it yourself (you just won't get the nifty SafeDisk workarounds/InstallShield proprietary stuff).
Perlbox: A Unix Desktop Written in Perl Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 @ 8:36 AM by mayhem
It appears that this programmer has created an Open Sourced Unix Desktop, PerlBox, written in Perl and Tk. I found this posted in response to an article on Perl Monks asking if Perl was obsessed with CGI?. Apparently not. Check it out, it looks pretty interesting. But I wonder how fast it runs?
Microsoft And The GPL/LGPL Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 @ 6:13 PM by mayhem
In this CNET news article, it talks about how Microsoft's new license that will allow competing companies to read-over software code for their products does not allow software covered under the GPL/LGPL licensing agreement (such as Linux, SAMBA, and Mozilla).
Linux Kernel 2.4.19-pre7 Patch Now Available Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 @ 5:58 PM by mayhem
You can now download the Linux Kernel 2.4.19-pre9 Patch from the usual place here, also it is available for download on the mirror sites, full changelog can be found here.
NewsForge: Lindows faces off with Free Software Foundation Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 @ 11:59 PM by mayhem
It was another interesting week for fledgling desktop OS company Lindows, which has been sued by Microsoft for alleged trademark violations. This week, Lindows heard from the other side of the software philosophical spectrum, with the Free Software Foundation asking where the source code is for its first two beta releases.

It all started with our own Tina Gasperson reviewing the second preview release of Lindows, Linux desktop OS that's supposed to run Microsoft applications. Later in the week, the Free Software Foundation began asking questions about why Lindows hasn't released its source code. Lindows CEO Michael Robertson said the source code will soon be released, and he criticized the FSF for "eating its young." That story, also by Tina, has 150-plus comments and counting.

Robertson's comments prompted an open letter from Open Source/Linux advocate Bruce Perens, who told Robertson releasing the source code was part of the partnership agreement that developers of Free Software make with each other. Perens' letter has 40-plus comments itself since we published it Saturday morning.

Still, the Lindows project can't beat the attention it's been getting over the past several months. Whether that's the sign of a worthwhile project and solid business plan, or 15 minutes of fame for the latest technology fad, it may be too soon to tell.

More information can be found here.
Tripping The Rift Soon To Hit A TV Near You !!! Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 @ 11:52 PM by mayhem
"Cin飄roupe and Film Roman to Produce SCI FI Animated Series

The newly formed alliance of Canadian production company Cin飄roupe and animation producer Film Roman Studios has begun production on SCI FI Channel's first-ever animated series TRIPPING THE RIFT. The CG-animated series is based on the short film of the same name, with thirteen half-hour episodes slated to debut in first quarter 2003 as part of SCI FI's regular Friday primetime line-up of original series. Created by Chuck Austen and Chris Moeller, TRIPPING THE RIFT follows the adventures of The Free Enterprise, a smuggling vessel led by a purple alien called Chode who, along with his misfit shipmates, battles enemies and new obstacles in space each week."

I don't know about anyone else, but this is some great news, every since watching the first movie at a friends place I have been awaiting the release of the second. Now news of a TV series is just fantastic. More information can be found here.
Linux Kernel 2.5.8 Released Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 @ 9:42 PM by mayhem
You can now download the Linux 2.5.8 Kernel from here, the changelog is available here.
Andreas Hasenack Interview @ Portazero Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 @ 9:20 PM by mayhem
Gd'A writes - "www.portazero.info - the Italian portal for network security interviews Andreas Hasenack, security expert from Conectiva (well known for kernel development thanks to Marcelo Tosatti and Rik van Riel), the brazilian company which is promoting the "Conectiva Linux distribution". Conectiva is a very important project for an emerging economy as is Brazil and is a great opportunity for the open movement in the Latin America area."

More information is available here.
IPTables Information Posted Sunday, April 14, 2002 @ 7:33 PM by mayhem
Recently I have been asked alot about setting up Linux using IPTables (well its understandable seeing as every distribution now uses it since they come with the 2.4.x Linux Kernel). So in order to help those people out I have added some rough information on how to setup IPTables, it can be found here, or in the Sections menu to the left of the page.

I value any suggestions, fixes or information that people would like added/changed on the page, so if you would like to send some information please direct it to mayhem@linuxathome.net.
Linux Kernel 2.5.8-pre3 Patch Now Available Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 @ 12:10 AM by mayhem
You can now download the 2.5.8-pre3 Linux Kernel Patch from the usual place, or any of the mirror sites, the full changelog can be found here.
www.linuxathome.net has a new host !!! Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 @ 1:50 AM by mayhem
Well due to the popularity of www.ausforum.com Dean has had to move to a new bigger and bettter server for hosting, this unfortunately leaves us to find new hosting. Luckily Dean was able to hook us up with www.myacen.com and we are back up and running at 99% and should have the bugs worked out very soon.

If you find any problems with the new host please let me know A.S.A.P via email: mayhem@linuxathome.net.
Red Hat 7.3 Beta 2 Released Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 @ 8:19 PM by mayhem
Red Hat Linux 7.3 beta 2 now available: "Can the little town of Skipjack survive if Keyser Denis uses the dragon? What devastation would result from Gnome putting his foot down? And what if the lovely Alternatives can't mend the symbolic links which are so much a part of Hendrik's and Pixie's lives?" This is not your standard boring corporate announcement so make sure to read it, then start looking for the fastest mirror (list included within the announcement) to help with beta testing. Quick links to the 5 ISO images: Skipjack-i386-disc1.iso (668MB), Skipjack-i386-disc2.iso (666MB), Skipjack-i386-disc3.iso (508MB), Skipjack-i386-disc4.iso (584MB), Skipjack-i386-disc5.iso (621MB); of the 5 CDs, only the first 3 are essential for installation, the last two containing source RPMs. Also check out the README and the RELEASE-NOTES. As always, our Red Hat page has more details and the basic package list, for the full one please refer to this RPMS directory.
OpenBSD: Looking Towards 3.1 Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 @ 8:15 PM by mayhem
OpenBSD is on a six month development cycle. The last official version, OpenBSD 3.0, was released on December 1st, 2001. The next version, 3.1, is due to be released on June 1st, 2002. (At some point, more information on this upcoming release will appear here.)

Last November we spoke with OpenBSD creator Theo de Raadt, who offered much insight into the world of OpenBSD development. From his description of their development cycle, we know that OpenBSD developers are working this month on a final image of 3.1 (while in development referred to as -current). Some time around May 1, -current will become the official 3.1 release and production will begin on the CD's. The -current tree, currently locked to all but those making important bug fixes, will be reopened, entering what Theo calls "the insane month", explaining that this is "because many developers have completed projects over the last two months which were not permitted in because of the lock."

Theo describes OpenBSD development as evolutionary instead of revolutionary. Understanding this concept helps one to properly anticipate 3.1. As reflected in the following email, the OpenBSD packet filter, PF, has undergone significant improvements with this release. (PF was introduced in 3.0, after the previous packet filter, IPFilter, was removed due in part to issues with its license.) 3.1 also offers memory model change. The full list of improvements can be found on this page.
KernelTrap: FreeBSD 5.0 Developer Preview #1 Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 @ 8:12 PM by mayhem
"A Developer Preview release of FreeBSD 5.0-CURRENT is now available for widespread testing. This preview is a significant milestone towards the eventual release of FreeBSD 5.0 in late 2002."
5.0-DP1 is available for the i386, alpha, and sparc64 architectures. Murray's full announcement email follows, with complete details as to what's included in this release and where to get it. Also check out the release notes and errata.
NewsForge: Microsoft still baffled by UNIX Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 @ 8:09 PM by mayhem
The flap over the Microsoft-Unisys "We Have the Way Out" Web site, revealed to be running Apache and FreeBSD, has overshadowed flaws inherent in the ad campaign itself. The site implies that because Windows is prevalent on the desktop, it makes sense in the data center. Yet in one of the "research reports," a chart labeled "Important Issues That Drive High-End Server Selection" shows "reliability; stability; availability" as the top answer, at 53 percent. "Easy to use; simple; familiar" is last, at 8 percent. Doesn't seem like "desktop familiarity" is much of an argument for Windows over Linux. Such flimsy arguments are just the latest evidence that Microsoft simply doesn't understand Unix.
ServerWatch: Apache 2.0 Goes Live Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 @ 8:06 PM by mayhem
The Apache Group Saturday capped three years of development and one year of beta with its release of the first generally available version of Apache 2.0.

Apache 2.0 has been running on the Apache.org Web site since December of 2000. It had been in Beta since early April 2001.

This latest version of Apache works on many versions of Unix, BeOS, OS/2, Windows, and NetWare. The Apache Group believes that because of the improvements made to Apache 2.0, the initial release of the server will perform equally well on all supported platforms...

Comleter sotry is available here.
Slashdot: Unix Isn't Dead Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 @ 8:05 PM by mayhem
Compaq, Sun, SGI, and IBM are releasing new machines running Unix. From cnet.com.: 'Compaq has begun shipping test versions of a new line of AlphaServer Unix servers using the EV7 "Marvel" version of the company's Alpha processor. ... As expected, IBM released on Monday its p670, a 16-processor machine that's essentially a smaller version of Big Blue's top-end 32-processor p690 "Regatta" server introduced in late 2001.' Also, Sun teamed up with Sony to release video-on-demand servers.
Slashdot: Apache 2.0 Goes Gold! Posted Sunday, April 7, 2002 @ 4:41 AM by mayhem
The Apache Software Foundation's Apache HTTP Server, version 2.0.35, has now been released for General Availability. You can find the official announcement, and download the server, from their website. Be sure to try a mirror first. Congratulations to the HTTP Server Project for getting the final release out. If you are wondering about it being usable in a production environment, you should poke around Slashdot's servers and see if you are surprised (now if only mod_perl was finished we could move more of our servers over to using the new release).

The HTTP Server Project is now recommending this release for use on production websites. 2.0.35 is now considered their best release and should be used in preference to all older versions (including the 1.3 series). A few of the new features are:

  • higher performance over 1.3
  • multiple operational models: threaded, hybrid multi-processes and multi-threaded
  • specific request processing for Windows, Netware, BeOS, and OS/2
  • integrated SSL and WebDAV support
  • improved HTTP proxy support
  • I/O layering and filtering
    Linux Kernel Updates Posted Sunday, April 7, 2002 @ 4:37 AM by mayhem
    You can now download the 2.4.19-pre6 Linux Kernel Patch from here, the changelog is available here.

    You can now also download the 2.5.8-pre2 Linux Kernel Patch from here, the changelog is available here.
    Linux Kernel 2.5.8-pre1 Patch Now Available Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 @ 6:29 PM by mayhem
    You can now download the 2.5.8-pre1 Linux Kernel Pre Patch from the usually place, here and the mirrors here, changelog is available here.
    NewsForge: Three of the Internet's best places to get started with Linux Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2002 @ 12:34 AM by mayhem
    This is for people who want to learn the basics of Linux at home, on the Internet. You don't have to be a "learn all alone" kind of person to do it this way -- there's plenty of human help out there. These three venues offer current, interactive, real-life Linux help for real people.
  • Newchix

  • MandrakeUser.org

  • Basic Linux Training

  • More information can be found here.
    LinuxToday: Gentoo Linux 1.0 Released Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2002 @ 12:30 AM by mayhem
    Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast, completely free x86-based Linux distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Unlike other distros, Gentoo Linux has an advanced package management system called Portage. Portage is a true ports system in the tradition of BSD ports, but is Python-based and sports a number of advanced features including dependencies, fine-grained package management, "fake" (OpenBSD-style) installs, path sandboxing, safe unmerging, system profiles, virtual packages, config file management, and more.

    More information can be found here.
    Linux Kernel 2.2.21-rc3 Patch Now Available Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2002 @ 12:25 AM by mayhem
    You can now download the 2.2.21-rc3 Linux Kernel patch from here or any of the mirror sites, changelog:
    o Plan B driver updates (Michel Lanners)
    o 3ware raid update (Adam Radford)
    o Fix PowerMac compile (Krzysiek Taraszka)
    o Fix nvram/rtc ioctl returns (Paul Gortmaker)
    o OV511 compile/build fixes (Toru SAGAMI)
    o Final ppp zlib bits (Paul Mackerras)
    Netgear FS-524s Fast Ethernet Switch Review Posted Monday, April 1, 2002 @ 1:19 PM by mayhem
    Well I have just had the opportunity to review one of Netgears Fast Ethernet Switches, the 24 port 10/100Mb FS-524s which is a rather impressive unit. The unit is stackable with a total of up to 8 units providing 192 ports and also a 4GB backbone. The review can be found here.