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Reviews of software and GNU/Linux distributions for the most part

Book Review: Intrusion Prevention Fundamentals

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Intrusion Prevention Fundamentals focuses on how Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) technologies can be used to manage the network and keep intruders out. IPS are any monitoring systems that examine all network traffic and then act as forwarding devices for approved traffic (dropping unapproved traffic or forwarding it elsewhere for further/separate action).

Also: Book Review: Penetration Testing and Network Defense

DreamLinux 1.0 Studio Edition

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Dreamlinux is a Brazilian distro based on Morphix and comes with the XFce4 desktop. Dreamlinux 1.0 Studio edition was released yesterday so we took it for a test drive today. Available in English and Portuguese, it defaults to English and offers one of the prettiest implementations of Xfce I've seen. How else does DreamLinux distinguish itself from Morphix or the others?

A New Breed of Puppy: Grafpup Linux 1.0.2

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Grafpup is a tiny distro based on Puppy Linux focused moreso on graphic applications. It comes in a 75 mb download, similarly to Puppy, but it has taken out some of the general purpose, games, and multimedia applications and added more graphic apps. We test drove the newest version, Grafpup Linux 1.0.2, announced just today. Aimed at the professional graphic artist, most applications were quite useful even to a layperson like myself. When a distro comes in 75 mb, is chocked full of useful utilities and apps, and still includes gimp - you know they are doing something right.

Test drive: Kororaa

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Ever wanted to try Gentoo, but you didn't want to spend hours compiling to get a working installation? Kororaa may be the answer. It's a great tool to get a working Gentoo installation, rather than a distinct distro in its own right. It takes some of the complexity out of installing Gentoo, but still provides the advantages of Gentoo's Portage system and extensive package availability.

First Look at VectorLinux SOHO 5.1.1 Deluxe

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When you think of Linux, what distribution comes immediately to mind? The answer will most likely be different depending on whom you ask, and for different reasons. For me, it's Slackware Linux. The reason is that it's not only the oldest surviving Linux distribution on the planet, but it's also one of the best desktop distributions going... in my book at least. With that being said, I introduce to you VectorLinux.

Microsoft's IE7 browser preview fails to impress

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A few days ago, Microsoft released a preview version of Internet Explorer 7. The program is Firefox warmed over. An Opera browser that doesn't quite hit the same high notes. At most, IE 7 puts Microsoft on par with its rivals.

GoblinX Premium 2006.1 Tested

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GoblinX 2006.1 was released a few days ago and On-disk.com treated Tuxmachines to a copy. We've been working on and off for a several days trying to get everything in place to write this review. It's been an uphill battle, to say the least, but finally we are ready to share our experiences.

Review: SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3

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SimplyMEPIS is a KDE-based, Debian-derived distro that focuses on desktop use. The previous stable release came out in May of 2005, but the newest version of SimplyMEPIS is scheduled for release today, and it looks like a great release for anyone who's interested in desktop Linux.

Book Review: Time Management for System Administrators

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I know you're thinking "Time Management? Could there be a duller book?" Tom's writing style is casual and entertaining, which results in a fun book you'll enjoy reading. Furthermore, his anecdotes and personal insights identify him as a fellow geek. As a result, his time-management strategies and techniques have real credibility.

rr4 linux 3.0b0

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With the release of RR4-Linux 3.0 beta0 and considering it didn't work here last release, I just had to try it again. It is a gorgeous liveDVD that comes with KDE 3.5 and nvidia drivers. I was so impressed with its beautiful desktop, I just had to install it onto my harddrive. But how did it do this time?

First Look: BackTrack 3.0

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Among the distributions specialising in security and penetration testing, the SLAX-based WHAX (previously Whoppix) has always been one of the most in-demand live CDs. In recent months, however, its developers combined their knowledge and resources with those of Auditor Security Linux to produce a new live CD, called BackTrack. After a brief period of testing, the first beta of the new distribution was released last week. So what is BackTrack like?

Degunk Linux and debunk FUD

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Degunking Linux could easily have been called "Intermediate Linux Administration 101", but then no one would have bought it. Degunking Linux is inherently eye-catching. The title makes everyone curious. The Microsofties are thinking, "Ha! I knew that there was gunk in Linux!" and the Penguinistas are thinking, "No way. Linux doesn't have gunk." Both of those groups of book buyers will get more and less than what they hoped to find in the 320 pages of Roderick's book.

SUSE Linux 10 Unleashed

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While the book is aimed at the Linux beginner, it's certainly not aimed at those who don't know one end of an operating system from another. It's not the sort of book to recommend to friends and relatives who aren't computer literate.

Not even Peter Jackson can rescue King Kong the game

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Gaming

From an experienced gamer's point of view, I think it's even safe to say that Peter Jackson's King Kong (just King Kong from now on) fails in almost every aspect that it possibly can fail, starting from bad QC (quality control).

Book Review: Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop

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With all the interest in the OS and office productivity suite package, someone had to come up with a book to take IT enthusiasts along for the ride. O'Reilly Media's Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop, by Tom Adelstein and Sam Hiser, is an ideal introduction for the novice to more advanced user, especially since it is packaged with a live CD-ROM that lets you run the OS from RAM without installing it on your computer.

PC-BSD : A user friendly BSD flavour geared for the desktop

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Recently interest has been generated in making at least some of the Unix variants more user friendly and many projects have come up which aim to create a better experience for the end user both in installing and using them. One such project is PC-BSD.

SUSE 10.1 beta 3 Report

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A new beta of SUSE was released yesterday and since I missed beta2, I just had to look at beta 3. In a few words, no big changes are afoot, but plenty under-the-hood updates and few surprizes were found. Some of these new and improved items may have shown up in beta 2, so this is our report on SUSE development since beta 1.

Doing the impossible: Versora Progression Desktop

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Migration from Windows to Linux has always been one of those tasks that we've all been able to perform from one extent to another, but it hasn't been simple has it? Sure, it can be done, but can it be done easily? That is the ultimate question.

Book Review -- The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques

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Martin Krafft's The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques is not a general introduction to GNU/Linux. Instead, the book focuses only on Debian-specific concepts and tools. I found little overlap between the material in this book and several general Linux-related books I already own. From fundamental concepts to advanced techniques, most topics in this book are covered in great depth, so it is likely to have a long shelf-life on most readers' bookshelves.

Apache Version 2.2.0

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It's the undisputed king of the Web server world and the perfect illustration that slow and steady wins the race. The Apache Foundation has always moved deliberately when it comes to upgrading its Apache Web server. Version 2.2.0 is no exception, adding useful (but not jarringly different) capabilities for managing, securing and scaling the open-source Web server.

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