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Follow the Yellow briQ Node

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GNU/Linux"Clean air. Walk to work. Rocky Mountain National Park is less than 45 minutes from here." That's how Kai Staats describes living in Loveland, Colo., and working at Terra Soft Solutions. Perhaps the only thing more refreshing than the Rocky Mountain scenery are the innovative PowerPC-based Linux products that his company has created. Terra Soft co-founder and CEO Kai Staats was busy developing Web sites and doing marketing consulting work through his Terra Firma Design company. Business was good, but there was a problem with how his work, and by extension, the work of his clients was presented. "We hosted our Web sites on servers that we neither owned or maintained," says Staats, "and so in 1997 [we] brought our servers in-house. I wanted Apple hardware, and my sys-admin [Terra Soft co-founder and CIO Dan Burcaw] wanted Linux. We used MKLinux at first, tried LinuxPPC, and decided we could produce a better product." That better product made the Linux distribution scene in April 1999, when Terra Soft Solutions announced the availability of Yellow Dog Linux Champion Server 1.0. Now known simply as Yellow Dog Linux, the 2.0 version arrived to rave reviews this summer. As with any Linux distribution, the roster of Yellow Dog Linux users is quite diverse, including HBO, America Online, Boeing, and yes, Apple Computer, a company that Terra Soft has worked hard to develop a relationship Staats has described as "positive, supportive."

Read the full article at Newsforge.
 
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OpenSSH 2.9.9 released

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SecuritySeptember 25th, 2001: OpenSSH 2.9.9 has been released. It fixes a weakness in the key file option handling, including source IP based access control and contains many portability bug-fixes. First spotted at BSDAtwork.com.
 
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How the Enigma was stolen - again

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NewsThe most famous of all gadgets, the Enigma crypto machine, apparently went missing after an open day at Bletchley Park, UK, a.k.a. Station X. BBC News has the story on the antiques dealer who snatched it.

And if you are interested in having an Enigma on your own, replicas are for sale for a cool 4000.
 
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e-Book reader and AvantGo for EPOC32

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Psion PDAWant a free e-book reader and AvantGo for your Psion EPOC32 machine? Mobipocket might have what you need. Get the zero-dough Mobipocket Reader, install it and start reading ebooks and enews. Apparently, there are over 900 books available in the Mobipocket format. Err..they are not free.

While there are no screenshots by any EPOC32 machine available, you can find some for cheesy Palms and annoying Pocket PCs here.

Oh, and they have no Douglas Adams titles.
 
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Intel unleashes 2GHz Xeon

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NewsFrom BSDVault (yesterday): "The 2Ghz Foster Xeon is alive. A version of the processor aimed squarely at dual processor workstations, gets rolled out today. It uses the 860 chipset and RDRAM memory, uses the Pentium 4's 400Mhz FSB and will be priced at $615. " Read the full article here.
 
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Take IIS outside

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WindowsGartner Group have finally said something that's sure to get the suits listening. A fact that many many coffee-soaked overworked sysadmins know. "IIS is insecure. Drop it. Replace it with something else. Immediately."

MSNBC (of all) has the full story.
 
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The green gadget

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For your next four-day trek in the mountains - however un-geeky it may sound, Motorola's wind-up hand-sized charger developed by Freeplay Energy, is the gadget to bring along on such an excursion.

Wouldn't it be the ultimate irony to charge the Duracell Bunny with one of these?
 
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FreeBSD and Solid State Devices

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FreeBSDFor those of you interested in running a box with no moving parts, here is a how-to article. It focuses on Disk-On-Chip flash units, but the principles are useful for other solutions as well.
 
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Viewing DVD's on FreeBSD

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FreeBSDHere is a short note about setting up your FreeBSD machine to view DVDs. It requires some local storage, because the process involves converting *.vob files and copying them to local storage (hard drive).
 
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Help for specific tasks

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FreeBSDThe FreeBSD Help section from BSDVault has a lot of good articles. Topics include: Getting started with PHP4 and Apache, Everything you ever wanted to know about SYSCTL, How to Build a FreeBSD-STABLE Firewall with IPFILTER, and much more.
 
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