July 2001

Automatically update your machines time & date Posted Monday, July 30, 2001 @ 6:29 PM by mayhem
Well thanks to a little program that WizRd suggested I have written a little how-to to help you keep the time automatically up to date on your linux machine. To check out the little how-to just follow this link.
Site Problems Posted Thursday, July 26, 2001 @ 4:24 PM by mayhem
Well I just got home from work and what a lovely surprise did I come home to, the site coming up with multiple "[an error occurred while processing this directive]" messages. The reason behind this is Namezero has decided to change the way they manage domains and instead of www.linuxathome.net loading index.shtml it now loads index.shtml/, the added "/" causes the shtml file and the webserver to not understand whats going on and therefore the site wouldn't display.

We have managed to fix www.linuxathome.net and forum.linuxathome.net is unaffected, we have emailed Namezero and should hopefully have the problems sorted out A.S.A.P., sorry for the the inconvenience.
SSH 3.0.0 Flaw gives hackers key to Unix computers Posted Thursday, July 26, 2001 @ 12:11 PM by mayhem
ZDNet has an article that anyone running the latest version of SSH should read (v3.0.0 released June 21).

"A flaw in widely used Unix software could allow attackers to gain control over computers running Solaris, HP-UX and several versions of Linux, security analysts and the company selling the software warned Monday."

Luckily SSH released a patch, version 3.0.1, which can be downloaded from the company's FTP site. (The full article is available here).
Kernel Intrusion System (KIS) Trojan Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2001 @ 6:39 PM by mayhem
Redlander has posted some information about the Kernel Intrusion System (KIS) Trojan in the forum and we have decided to post it in an article on the site for everyone to read.

If you run a Linux server (or any Linux machine for that matter) then you really should read this article and see if it applies to you. The KIS trojan is one that runs at the kernel level in a similar fashion to the subseven and netbus trojans for Windows machines, it allows the hacker to run processes on your Linux machine and do a whole lot more which makes it rather a dangerous trojan. The article talks about the trojan itself, how you can detect is your machine has it and then goes onto information on how you can remove the trojan from your system.

If you would like to read the article then please follow this link.
Hotmails got a new look! Posted Thursday, July 19, 2001 @ 7:39 PM by mayhem
Well for those of you who have a Hotmail account and haven't logged into it for the last couple of days then your going to be in for a big surprise. As many people have already found out Hotmail has a new design/theme, personally I think that is not that great (although I do like the blue a bit better than the old colour scheme), I liked the old simple design and now with added graphics it could cause people problems on a slower connection. But what do the users think?

Optus At It Again Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2001 @ 6:20 PM by mayhem
Well Optus@Home is at it again, restructuring subnets that is, at least 2-3 people I know of have had there IP address change (including one of the crew of this site). No information has been e-mailed to customers or notices displayed on the @Home site. Does this mean that everyone will soon be affected? I hope not, if anyone has more detailed information then please e-mail us.
New Title Graphics Posted Sunday, July 15, 2001 @ 10:06 PM by mayhem
Well the bland old graphics have been replaced with a (hopefully) better graphic, this is just a test graphic, we might come up with something better. Any comments, ideas, or replacements can be sent to mayhem@linuxathome.net.
Updated Links Section Posted Sunday, July 15, 2001 @ 2:20 PM by mayhem
Well I thought it was about time that the links section of the site was update, quite a few new links have been added and one or two dead ones removed. Hope that this wider range proves to be useful.

If you have a site that you think should go in our links section and you would be willing to link to us, then please send me an e-mail.
RedHat 7.1 for Itanium Released Posted Saturday, July 14, 2001 @ 12:51 PM by mayhem
Redhat has released it's new version distribution for the new line of Intel Itanium 64Bit processors. This brings it's releases in line across the Intel platform it support. Obviously the 64bit processor has increased it's memory addressing capability to allow Redhat 7.1/Itanium to support up to 64Gb of RAM (now thats alot of memory).This should strengthen the enterprise support for Linux, however it seems Intel has some problems with it's existing chips.

News from http://www.core.org.au/.
Previous Poll Results Posted Thursday, July 12, 2001 @ 12:30 AM by mayhem
Unfortunately the *exact* results of the poll where lost in transit, but based on a backup and slight adjusting from memory (hope I was correct) here are the results:

50.0% - (150 Votes) - Internet Explorer
24.0% - (72 Votes) - Opera
12.0% - (36 Votes) - Netscape
8.3% - (25 Votes) - Mozilla
5.6% - (17 Votes)- Lynx
Total Votes: 300

Internet Explorer comes in first place with my personal favourite Opera not far behind, thanks to all that voted, please be sure to check out our latest poll 'Favourite Web Design Languages'.
KDE 2.2beta1: Ready to Roll Posted Saturday, July 7, 2001 @ 3:29 PM by mayhem
It's finally official: KDE 2.2beta has been announced. "With this release, KDE is in a great position to deliver a very strong KDE 2.2 release," said Waldo Bastian, the KDE 2.2 release coordinator. "With support for IMAP, the totally new printing framework and improved proxy support, KDE 2.2 will be an excellent foundation for the desktop needs of many businesses." Some other goodies: KMail now can send mails without blocking. Konqueror enhancements include stopping animated GIFs (thank you, thank you!!), "Send File" and "Send Link" options, new file previews and lots of new plugins. Noatun boasts an improved plugin architecture and some new visualization plugins. KWin has Xinerama support. A number of new applications are part of the package, such as KPersonalizer (desktop configuration) and Kooka (scanning). For a longer list, read the announcement (also attached below), and for a really long list of improvements, read the ChangeLog. As always, enjoy, and thanks to the KDE "we never sleep" Team!

Read more over at http://dot.kde.org/994334211/.
Netstats FAQ Posted Friday, July 6, 2001 @ 3:44 PM by mayhem
I just added the "Netstats FAQ" to the articles section of the site, some of you might recognise it from www.ausbug.org, recently we have made arrangements to host it here so that I may update it when necessary (I am the original author of the document).

The following updates have been made:
  • Account Management Tutorial information has been added.
  • Download and Upload information has been modified.
  • Bandwidth Monitor and Optuse have been added to the tools list.
    Avocent Annouce New Version of DSView Posted Wednesday, July 4, 2001 @ 1:53 PM by mayhem
    Today Avocent announced a new version of DSView companion software for its DS1800 KVM over IP switching system as well as a new DS1800 Grand Slam Starter Kit promotion effective July 2- August 31, 2001. As part of its strategy to introduce the enhanced DS1800 switching functionality and powerful new DSView software, Avocent is offering a DS1800 Grand Slam Starter Kit for $4,995 (U.S.). Details are available at www.avocent.com/grandslam.
    phpSysInfo 1.8 Released Posted Sunday, July 1, 2001 @ 4:41 PM by mayhem
    For those of you who might remember a little script that people were talking about not so long ago in the forums, then you might be interested to know that a new version of the script has been released (http://phpsysinfo.sourceforge.net/).

    In version 1.8 (latest) they have added themes and the ability to change languages. If you want to check them out then follow these links:
  • Demo
  • Demo with AQ Theme
  • Demo in French

    If you would like to see or modified version of there script (previous release without themes and languages) then you can see it here: sysinfo.linuxathome.net.