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Web review: Linux at IBM.com

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GNU/LinuxFrom NewsForge: Yes, we all know that IBM is one of the biggest supporters of Linux and other Open Source software. We know they're a huge company with many interests in many different companies. If one were to stumble onto a section of the IBM.com Web site dedicated to hardware, one might come to the conclusion that IBM favors Microsoft. Try it. Go to www.ibm.com and click on that cool looking Thinkpad deal right there on the front page. Now that is a good price. Click through to the specifications, and you'll see that, according to the verbiage, IBM recommends Microsoft: "IBM PC's use genuine Microsoft Windows." Probably something they have to say contractually. Not a big deal, we all know how to put the Linux CD in the drive and hit "install." However, there are places on the IBM website to which one could surf and truly believe that IBM is sold out to Linux -- even, to my eyes, to the point of being anti-Microsoft. Check it out: go to www-1.ibm.com/linux/. Nothing too terribly surprising -- we've even reviewed the Linux section of IBM's high-quality developerWorks webzine before and we gathered they like Linux pretty well. Read the full article.
 
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Dealing with Full Disks

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FreeBSDONLamp.com has a new article that tells you how to deal with full disks. From the article: "So, your daily message shows that your partitions are getting full. (You do read your daily status mail, right? Of course you do.) While various desktop environments have nifty point-and-click interfaces that show you exactly where your disk space went, they don't help much when your GUI-less server starts having trouble. We're going to look at some basic disk measuring tools, with the goal of finding that missing few gigabytes of space." Read the full article.
 
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Nimda propagates again

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SecuritySecurity Focus says the Nimda worm (which is already spreading havoc) is set to do another propagation really soon. They found another code bit that is supposed to respread Nimda 10 days after the machine was first infected. That means really soon for many vulnerable Windows servers and workstations.
Initial Nimda attack activity began at 0300 GMT on September 18, indicating that a second wave could begin as early as 0300 GMT on Friday 28.
 
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PsiWin 2.3.3 on Windows 2000 Pro

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Psion PDABy Tor Willy Austerslått

Using PsiWin on a locked down Windows 2000 Professional installation is difficult. It needs rights all over the place. This is how I repacked and distributed it.
 
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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."

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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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