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New configuration management system

Author: JT Smith

From Avogato: “Apparently Compaq/Digital have been working on something called Vesta, a configuration management system, for about 10 years. It’s been ported to Linux and LGPL’d. It’s quite a bit different from CVS/etc.”

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  • Linux

Darwin Streaming Server beats Real, Windows Media

Author: JT Smith

Slashdot readers discuss a shootout at NetworkComputing.com comparing free, Open Source Darwin Streaming Server to Real and Windows Media. The Slashdot intro says Darwin Streaming Server “edged out costly and closed source Windows Media & RealVideo streaming systems. Well, it edged out Real. It blew Microsoft away.”

Bynari provides Exchange emulator for backend Linux systems

Author: JT Smith

LinuxPlanet has the review: “Bynari software’s new InsightConnector is a Windows-side utility that does the magic necessary to enable any IMAP4 (Internet Mail Access Protocol, Version 4) mail server to look and work like an Exchange mail server, supporting Outlook email, calendaring, scheduling, and related message traffic. The deep dark secret of Outlook calendaring is that it’s all done using specially formatted email messages under the covers.”

Analysts: Security flaws won’t undermine Linux

Author: JT Smith

ComputerWorld .com has a story talking about two recent security vulnerabilities related to Linux. Analysts and corporate IT types say the security issues don’t change their minds about the general security of Linux. One manager of network services said “he found the Linux community to be far more responsive than traditional, proprietary operating system vendors when security issues have cropped up, issuing fixes and patches quickly and publicly.”

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  • Security

Note-it Mozilla sidebar tab updated

Author: JT Smith

From LinuxPR: LiveSidebar is proud to announce the new version of the Note-it, our Post-it style tab – an application for Mozilla’s My Sidebar.

As the traditional Post-it, the Note-it is intended at quick annotations but with an advantage, it is integrated with the browser. The Note-it tab is the ideal place for those quick annotations that pop up all of a sudden. The annotations are saved in the Note-it and can be forwarded to someone else or even yourself via email or instant message if available.

Back Orifice for Unix flaw emerges from obscurity

Author: JT Smith

From The Register: “A vulnerability involving an obscure UDP protocol might permits crackers to obtain remote control of Unix workstations, security experts have warned.

Security firm ProCheckUp has issued an advisory warning that anonymous XDMCP connections allow remote attackers to obtain a remote console identical to a local X-Windows session, using a command enabled by default on most Unix boxes.”

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  • Security

Open Source flaw threatens MS code

Author: JT Smith

ZDNet story:

“A security flaw in open-source software used by Linux and Unix systems for compression may affect some Microsoft products that also use the code … A flaw in the zlib software-compression library could leave much of the systems based on the open-source operating system Linux open to attack.”

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  • Security

Sunday 17 March: Install Fest thrown by GNU/Linux One graduates in Brooklyn USA

Author: JT Smith

The Graduates of NYLXS’ GNU/Linux One Class are proud to throw their first
Install Fest. The Fest will start at noon Sunday, 17 March, 2002. No one knows when the
Fest will end.

The Fest will be on the second floor of

1600 East 17th Street
Brooklyn USA

which is three blocks from the King’s Highway subway stop on the Q line.

This Install Fest is made possible through the work and kind generosity of
the Graduates and their Teacher, Ruben Safir, CEO of Brooklyn USA.

For further information: http://www.nylxs.com.

Here is general information about Install Fests:

Hardware: Bring the boxes on which you wish to run a Free OS.

Software: Bring whatever distribution CDs, boot and rescue disks, boot
managers, tiny distributions, manuals, and anything else you
want.

Important: Everything done to/with any computer at any Install Fest,
and in particular, at this Install Fest, is done at the
specific request of the owner of the computer. As with
all human endeavor, there is some risk of catastrophe.
Back up all your data, before coming to the Fest! In addition,
make a list of all hardware and media you bring to the Fest,
and check that you have all your hardware and media when you
leave the Fest.

Crypto-Gram for March 15

Author: JT Smith

LinuxSecurity Contributors: “In this issue SNMP vulnerabilities, “Responsible Disclosure” by the IETF, Terrorists, Cryptography
and Export Laws, and info on Bernstein’s Factoring Breakthrough.”

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/articles/cryptography _article-4615.html.

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  • Security

Linux on a floppy, an intro to mini Linux distributions

Author: JT Smith

John Gowin writes, Linux Orbit has posted and introduction to single floppy Linux distribtuions. ‘If you’ve purchased a Linux distribution off the shelf, then you know that Linux distributions come in all shapes and sizes. Lately, it seems that with each new distribution release you get more software included with the operating system. Instead of two CDs, you get 6, or more. It would seem that Linux distribution companies enjoy the concept of “more is better.” However, not all Linux follow this general rule.

In this article, we’re going to introduce you to some Linux distributions that can fit on a single 3.5-inch 1.44 floppy disk and show you how you can use them to your advantage. You’ll be surprised at how much power they can pack.'”

Read the article at LinuxOrbit.com.

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  • Linux