May 2007

The Secrets of Firefox about:config Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2007 @ 3:03 PM by mayhem
"While Firefox is very customizable, many of its settings aren't in the Options. Each setting is named and stored as a string, integer, or Boolean in a file called prefs.js and accessed via about:config from the nav bar. Computerworld provides instructions on 20 tweaks for speeding up page loads, making tabs behave, reducing memory drain, and generally making the interface act the way you want it to. Customization also comes through the must-have FF extensions (but be sure to skip these)." (Source: Slashdot)
How To Install VMware Server On A CentOS 5.0 Desktop Posted Monday, May 28, 2007 @ 11:57 AM by mayhem
Falko Timme writes "This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Server on a CentOS 5.0 desktop system. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems (virtual machines) such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system. This has the benefit that you can run multiple operating systems on the same hardware which saves a lot of money, and you can move virtual machines from one VMware Server to the next one (or to a system that has the VMware Player which is also free)."
Bash Parameters in Linux Posted Monday, May 28, 2007 @ 11:56 AM by mayhem
CowGirl writes "The bash shell is available on many Linux and UNIX systems today, and is a common default shell on Linux. In this tip you will learn how to handle parameters and options in your bash scripts and how to use the shell's parameter expansions to check or modify parameters."
Lintrack As A LAN Gateway And An OpenVPN Bridge Posted Monday, May 28, 2007 @ 11:55 AM by mayhem
Falko Timme writes "This tutorial will guide you through the installation and configuration of Lintrack, a GNU/Linux distribution specialized in networking tasks. We will give two LANs access to the internet along with DHCP and DNS cache servers, and then we will connect our networks using OpenVPN in bridging mode. You should be running all these in well under an hour, thanks to the unified configuration interface of Lintrack."
Linux System Auditing by Example Posted Monday, May 28, 2007 @ 11:49 AM by mayhem
CowGirl writes "Think you have a secure Linux system? Following best practices during installation and setup is a must, but if you haven't set up regular system auditing, you've only won half the battle. This article discusses some existing tools and offers a couple of sample scripts to automate the process in a real-world environment."
ZIP Files in PHP Posted Monday, May 28, 2007 @ 11:48 AM by mayhem
CowGirl writes "ZIP? It's about time! PHP just added ZIP features to PHP V5.2. Now they're now built-in. After reading this article, you will be well versed in the art of ZIP files using the latest ZIP PHP extension, so you can reduce bandwidth overhead or storage usage when handling large files with PHP."
Optimize PHP and Accelerate Apache Posted Monday, May 28, 2007 @ 1:41 AM by mayhem
"As the load on an application increases, the bottlenecks in the underlying infrastructure become more apparent in the form of slow response to user requests. This article discusses many of the server configuration items that can make or break an application's performance and focuses on steps you can take to optimize Apache and PHP." (Source: Slashdot)
CentOS 5 Releases Posted Monday, May 28, 2007 @ 1:33 AM by mayhem
The CentOS team is pleased to announce the availability of CentOS 5.0. Major changes in CentOS 5 compared to CentOS 4 include:

These updated software versions: Apache-2.2, php-5.1.6, kernel-2.6.18, Gnome-2.16, KDE-3.5,, Evolution-2.8, Firefox-1.5, Thunderbird-1.5, MySQL-5.0, PostgreSQL-8.1. Better desktop support with compiz and AIGLX. Virtualization provided by the Xen hypervisor with Virtual Machine Manager and libvirt.
Sabayon to simplify the construction of user profiles.

Release Announcement
Screenshots Review
Release Notes: CentOS | Upstream
Download: i386 | x86_64
Build Google Gadgets Posted Monday, May 7, 2007 @ 5:15 PM by mayhem
IdaAshley writes "Learn how to develop Google gadgets, small applications you can add to most any Web page as a means to offer dynamic and rich content. You can write them for your own use and then publish them on Google, where other developers can integrate your work into their Web projects."
UNIX Command Line in One Sentence Posted Monday, May 7, 2007 @ 5:15 PM by mayhem
IdaAshley writes "Speaking UNIX is simply a matter of building a sentence. An executable is a verb, output is a noun, and the shell operator is a conjunction. Virtually all non-trivial problems require you to filter good data from bad. Discover the many UNIX command line utilities that use regular expressions to discern the relevant from the irrelevant."
SAP Installation with DB2 on Linux and UNIX Posted Thursday, May 3, 2007 @ 12:30 AM by mayhem
IdaAshley writes "One of the many enhancements of IBM DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows is the ability to install multiple copies of the DB2 software on the same server. In this article, you'll follow step-by-step instructions to learn how to take advantage of this enhancement in an SAP environment."