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djbdns Guide
There are a number of reasons someone might want to run a local DNS server/cache. Maybe your ISP's DNS servers are wonky, maybe your on dialup and just wanna get things a bit faster, or maybe something completely different. This guide will walk you through the process of setting up your very own local DNS server/cache for your network. This guide assumes you are using Gentoo Linux, but 99.9% of the information is valid for any Linux distro.
djbdns Guide

( Permalink: djbdns Guide      Submitted by xiando Thu Oct 21, 2004 )

mod_ssl Problems
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in mod_ssl, LibTIFF, mpg123, LessTif, the Cyrus SASL library, MySQL, CUPS, ProFTPD, and the Squid web proxy cache.

( Permalink: mod_ssl Problems      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 21, 2004 )

An Ocean and Synth look at JDK 5.0
Now that Tiger is an official release, it's time to explore even more exciting differences between the 1.4 version of the Java 2 Standard Edition platform and 5.0 of the Java 2 Development Kit. In this installment of Taming Tiger, UI expert John Zukowski explores the newly available Ocean and Synth look and feels. Now, even non-programmers can develop custom look and feels without writing code or having the benefit of a good eye!

( Permalink: An Ocean and Synth look at JDK 5.0      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Oct 21, 2004 )

Security Information Management Systems (SIMS)
"Firewalls didn’t keep out network attackers -- in fact, the notion of "perimeter" is severely flawed. Intrusion detection systems (IDSs) didn't keep networks safe, and worms and viruses do considerably damage despite the prevalence of antivirus products. It's in this context that I want to evaluate Security Information Management Systems, or SIMS, which promise to solve a serious network problem: log analysis."
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( Permalink: Security Information Management Systems (SIMS)      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 21, 2004 )

Plain Text Vulnerability Found In Linux
"Research by the Humorix Vast Spy Network(tm) indicates that Microsoft plans to unveil more Linux "exploits" in the coming weeks. "One employee just stumbled across a real doozy... During some situations, Linux is vulnerable to the plain text exploit, '6D 76 20 2F 73 62 69 6E 2F 69 6E 69 74 20 2F 73 62 69 6E 2F 62 69 6C 6C 72 75 6C 65 73', which can prevent the system from successfully rebooting," said an anonymous mole."
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( Permalink: Plain Text Vulnerability Found In Linux      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 21, 2004 )

PowerPC on Apple: An Architectural History, Part I
"The PowerPC 750, known to Apple users as the G3, is a design based heavily on the 603/603e. Its four-stage pipeline is the same as that of the 603/603e, and many of the features of its front-end and back-end will be familiar from the previous article's discussion of the older processor. Nonetheless, the 750 sports a few very powerful improvements over the 603e that made it faster than even the 604e."
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( Permalink: PowerPC on Apple: An Architectural History, Part I      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 20, 2004 )

HOWTO: Compile And Install Kernel 2.6 On Debian
I have written a tutorial describing how to compile and install kernel 2.6 on Debian. It covers all steps from getting the kernel sources and installing/updating necessary .deb packages to configuring the boot loader and rebooting the machine. It even comes with a default kernel configuration file.

( Permalink: HOWTO: Compile And Install Kernel 2.6 On Debian      Submitted by Falko Timme Wed Oct 20, 2004 )

An Introduction to Embedded Linux Development
"Linux, available for many architectures, is an obvious candidate for an embedded system, and it already is being used widely in this area. Its open nature makes it particularly attractive to developers. Development tool suites have begun to appear in response to the perceived need, although one can work without such luxury and employ less integrated tools already available in Linux. New embedded systems companies using Linux have opened for business, and various older embedded systems companies have added Linux to their product line."
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( Permalink: An Introduction to Embedded Linux Development      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 20, 2004 )

KDE performance Tips
"KDE is constantly being optimized, and every new KDE version is generally perceived as being more efficient than older versions. However, many aspects of KDE performance depend on the underlying system or configuration, which KDE usually cannot affect. This page lists some of the related issues together with instructions how to avoid or fix the problems."
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( Permalink: KDE performance Tips      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 20, 2004 )

Linux Kernel 2.6.9 released!
Improvements in USB, SELinux fixes and the usual load of bug fixes are among the news.

Some of the bug fixes solve deadlocks and crashes, users who have switched to the new 2.6.x development line should seriously consider upgrading. The differences between 2.6.9-rc4 and the final version are small and mostly compiler fixes and small patches, the differences between 2.6.8 and 2.6.9 are quote signifficant.

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( Permalink: Linux Kernel 2.6.9 released!      Submitted by xiando Wed Oct 20, 2004 )

Anti-spam Domain keys
Google has now implemented Yahoos new proposed anti-spam standard DomainKeys, allowing mail transfer agent software to check if a message who claims to be from gmail comes from them or a spoofed source. There is a experimental open source implementation available, sendmail and qmail support is being developed. The DomainKey-Signature systems works by applying a field DomainKey-Signature: to the message headers. A valid signature may look like this:
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( Permalink: Anti-spam Domain keys      Submitted by xiando Wed Oct 20, 2004 )

Apple updates iBook line
"The iBook bump had been widely anticipated for the past week or so. What came as a surprise was a new Power Mac G5 model. Apple introduced a single-CPU Power Mac G5 along with the iBooks. Sporting a single 1.8GHz PowerPC 970 CPU and a price tag of $1,499, the new aluminum tower is essentially the same as the dual 1.8GHz model minus one CPU and with a slower FSB. The single-CPU G5 comes with a NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra video card, 256MB of RAM, and a 600MHz FSB (compared to 900MHz for the dual-1.8GHz model)."
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( Permalink: Apple updates iBook line      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 19, 2004 )

RSS for Mac OS X Roundtable
"Mac users have always enjoyed a piece of tomorrow's technology today. We had desktop publishing, color screens, and icons before anyone else. We had CyberDog which, though it ultimately failed, reached into the future a bit. Heck, we had eWorld! Mac users are creative, brainy folks who like to reach, to push, to see how far they can drive themselves. Windows users are more the "pull me along, grudgingly" crowd. Of course, I'm generalizing, and not everyone fits that mold. After all, I'm still trying to get my dad to stop using Internet Explorer on his Mac… Secondly, as I said, Mac OS X is itself a rich foundation."
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( Permalink: RSS for Mac OS X Roundtable      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 19, 2004 )

DTrace Case Study for Developers
"DTrace provides a diagnostic short-cut. Instead of sifting through the /var/adm/messages file or pages of truss output, DTrace can be used to capture information on only the events that you as a developer wish to view. The magnitude of the benefit provided by DTrace can best be provided through a few simple examples. I'll share a few experiences in diagnosing a device driver that fails to load. The following example is a work in progress."
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( Permalink: DTrace Case Study for Developers      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 19, 2004 )

LinuxCertified on Linux Laptop Support
Chander Cant, the founder of the Linux laptop company LinuxCertified.com, gave an interesting interview at Tux:Tops. He speaks of the hardware challenges that laptops pose to Linux but also about the progress of the 2.6.x kernels, especially with 'software suspend'. LinuxCertified sells 12", 15" and 17" Linux laptops and an ultra portable is in the works, while they are considering Ubuntu to become among the distros they support.

( Permalink: LinuxCertified on Linux Laptop Support      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Oct 19, 2004 )

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