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Emulating legacy operating systems on Linux
From CP/M to OpenVMS, one of the best things to do with a Linux box is to run programs for other operating systems on it. It can simplify your life considerably. Emulations of a wide variety of operating systems are available for Linux. More than mere academic exercises, these "hosted OSes" are practical investments for many server rooms. Also see Cameron Laird’s notes on emulators.

( Permalink: Emulating legacy operating systems on Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Nov 16, 2004 )

Passwords - Common Attacks and Possible Solutions
This article will provide you with an overview of how important, yet fragile, passwords security really is; you will be acquainted with different techniques for creating and maintaining passwords, and possible alternative methods for authentication.
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( Permalink: Passwords - Common Attacks and Possible Solutions      Submitted by LogError Tue Nov 16, 2004 )

Interview with Ryan Gordon: Postal2 & Mac Gaming
"Postal 2 nails it. It's a brilliant caricature of our mangled, disconnected, fast-food society, disguised as a collection of dirty jokes and ultraviolence. It's Bret Ellis's American Psycho in the desert...it's Flannery O'Connor for the new millenium. You might not see people playing soccer with a human head in real life, but if things aren't a little creepy in their familiarity, you aren't really paying attention. "
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( Permalink: Interview with Ryan Gordon: Postal2 & Mac Gaming      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 15, 2004 )

From NeXTSTEP to Mac OS X
"But in 1996, Apple did not seem to be a success either. The company was desperate for a new operating system, and after briefly flirting with BeOS decided to acquire NeXT. Avie Tevanian took over OS development, leading the Rhapsody project to transform the NeXT operating system into the next generation Mac OS while Steve Jobs was brought on as a consultant. Apple continued to bleed red ink, though, and eventually Steve persuaded the existing board to fire Gil Amelio, and appoint him Chairman and interim CEO. Jobs was, in essence, given carte blanche by the Apple board to both return the company to profitability and to lead the search for a new CEO."
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( Permalink: From NeXTSTEP to Mac OS X      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 15, 2004 )

Feather Linux: The Swiss Army Knife of LiveCDs
"With its small footprint, Feather Linux downloads in just over an hour on a 128Kbps line. It is even possible to download via a 56Kbps modem, making it the ideal emergency LiveCD for almost everyone. Its low resource needs makes it an ideal distro for recycling legacy PCs with modest hardware, even machines with 486-DX100 CPUs or 48MB of memory. There are also active Feather Linux forums."
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( Permalink: Feather Linux: The Swiss Army Knife of LiveCDs      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 15, 2004 )

FreeBSD for Linux Users
"Most introductory Unix courses start with the differences between SysV and BSD. Students, unimpressed by this fascinating bit of theoretical trivia, tend to jot down a few notes dutifully, and then wait patiently for the hands-on portion of the class. Within the hour, though, someone will make a panicked discovery and shout out, "Where are my runlevels?" There's an inevitable and incredulous follow-up of "What do you mean there aren't any runlevels?" and "Where'd all my startup scripts go?" Herein lies one of the tangible design differences between a SysV system such as Linux and a BSD system."
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( Permalink: FreeBSD for Linux Users      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 15, 2004 )

Beepway's Product: Real Time Tracking With Linux
"The main tools that use this are a GSM Network, GPS, an IP Network, GNU Software and cartography. To track vehicles, each vehicle has an embedded Linux system (the Beepway itself) coupled to a GPS which then transmits latitude, longitude, height and speed to the server system across the GSM network. The system can handle 200 vehicles directly, and is scalable - add another server, get another 200 vehicles tracked."
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( Permalink: Beepway's Product: Real Time Tracking With Linux      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 15, 2004 )

ht://Dig as a powerful Search Engine
Johnathon Williams has introduced us to the power of using ht://Dig as a search engine. "Like Google, ht://Dig can search PDF, PostScript, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint files, in addition to the expected plain text and HTML files. Unlike some search utilities, it maintains its database in plain text files, keeping software dependencies low."

( Permalink: ht://Dig as a powerful Search Engine      Submitted by Brice Burgess Mon Nov 15, 2004 )

Pro Music Production with Wired on Linux
For all us music professionals who were longing to a promising music production and creation software on Linux, there is Wired (screenshots). It supports unlimited Audio/Midi tracks playback and recording, and introduces a Plugin system for instruments and effects (VST support under way too). It can also read AKAI CDs and import 18 different Wave formats. The first test version was released a few days ago and it has already made the rounds successfully on OSNews & GnomeDesktop while it was placed "app of the week" over at GnomeFiles.

( Permalink: Pro Music Production with Wired on Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Nov 15, 2004 )

On the leading edge, with élan
"Many a keyboard jock has fantasized about a desktop computer that looks like a flat panel display standing alone. Apple has finally given it to them. All the iMac G5's workings are housed in a cabinet less than two inches thick. Major components like the optical drive and stereo speakers are stealthily built into the unit. Discs feed into the optical drive automatically, so there aren't any protruding buttons to mar the cabinet's minimalist lines."
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( Permalink: On the leading edge, with élan      Submitted by Noel Fri Nov 12, 2004 )

Linux on a flash drive
"How many times have you sat at a computer and thought, If Linux was installed on this box I could... Wish no longer. Instead of carrying around bulky Live CDs or an external hard drive, how about Linux in your pocket? The combination of a USB key and SLAX, the Linux distro used in this example, is a powerful combination when it comes to troubleshooting and spreading the word about Linux. The ability to boot the key, browse the computer's hard drive (SLAX has NTFS support built in), and then locate and burn a file to CD can be very helpful, especially with a computer that is on its last legs. So grab your key and come with me, when we're done you'll have a new tool to help out in the computing trenches."
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( Permalink: Linux on a flash drive      Submitted by Noel Fri Nov 12, 2004 )

SSH User Identities
"OpenSSH supports more than just simple passwords for authentication. It can be configured to use PAM (Pluggable authentication modules), Challenge/Response protocols, Kerberos authentication, authenticated host-based trust[1], and there are even patches for other methods, such as X509 keys. However the most popular alternate authentication method is Identity/Pubkey authentication."
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( Permalink: SSH User Identities      Submitted by Noel Fri Nov 12, 2004 )

Advanced Kickstart Techniques
Kickstart is the automated OS-install tool for RedHat Linux and Fedora Core Linux. This article covers Kickstart customization, scalability, and security, including: dynamic ks.cfg; storing ks.cfg on removable media; default booting to kickstart; pre- and postinstall scripts; custom RPMs and package groups; and using Kickstart to upgrade.
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( Permalink: Advanced Kickstart Techniques      Submitted by Ethan Fri Nov 12, 2004 )

Kino Tips
"The December issue of Linux Journal includes our feature article "Making Movies with Kino". Here, we offer a companion article with instructions for installing or upgrading Kino, as well as some tips for what you can do with this popular video editing program."
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( Permalink: Kino Tips      Submitted by Noel Fri Nov 12, 2004 )

Richard Stallman Meets the World Scout Bureau
"Stallman: It's not who was the developer, it's whether he respects your freedom that matters. If you want to live in freedom, you've got to reject software that tramples your freedom. You shouldn't stand for software that keeps you helpless or forbids helping others. When a program is free software, that means you and others can see what it does. So you can listen to other people in the community who have studied it and used it and thus decide whether you want to use it. If you really are concerned about what the program does, you can read the code yourself."
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( Permalink: Richard Stallman Meets the World Scout Bureau      Submitted by Noel Fri Nov 12, 2004 )

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