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Subversion, Secrets, and Security Snippets

by chromatic
Linux Newsletter for 11/04/2002

Welcome to November, and the Linux Newsletter from

If you've been following the Linux kernel/Bitkeeper controversy of the past few weeks, you may have read Linus saying "CVS is not enough." While it's still useful--we plan to publish much more on the subject--CVS is showing its warts. Luckily, some of the brightest minds behind it are working on its successor.

Perhaps you've only used source control on large projects, or you've never used it at all. That was the problem facing scary Perl guru Rafael Garcia-Suarez. He's written an excellent Single User Subversion tutorial, covering concepts, installation, and usage. Watch for a followup about multiple-user Subversion later this month.

We're very pleased to welcome back Jacek Artymiak and his "Securing Small Networks with OpenBSD" series. Don't let the title fool you--this week, he opens his mailbag to reveal tricks and treats that apply to any of the free Unixes. Sneak a peak at Simple Things to Improve Your System's Security.

Not to be outdone, the ever-pleasant Dru Lavigne starts a new series, also about security. In her Cryptographic Concepts Crash Course, she explains the terms and ideas you need to know to evaluate and deploy cryptosystems. If you've ever wondered how to evaluate a hashing algorithm (or what a hashing algorithm is), enroll now!

Finally, our highlighted Weblog this week comes from O'Reilly book editor Andy Oram. He's brought a Linux Chix document about bringing women into the Linux field, and he thinks it deserves discussion. We agree.

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As a sneak preview to next week's newsletter, be ready to learn quite a bit about the two new threading models for Linux kernel 2.6 (or 3.0). We have an excellent article, and almost can't wait to publish it! Oh yes, and there are some interesting things about Linux gaming coming down the pipe, too.

Until next time,

Technical/Open Source Editor
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O'Reilly Network Linux Devcenter Top Five Articles Last Week

  1. Gentoo Linux Reloaded
    Over the past year, Gentoo Linux has grown from a niche distribution into something of a phenomenon in the Linux world. In this article, Gentoo Linux chief architect Daniel Robbins explains what Gentoo Linux is all about, describing the good things found in Gentoo Linux 1.4.

  2. Roll Your Own Digital Video Recorder
    Video Disk Recorder, or VDR, is a user interface for building a digital satellite TV receiver and recorder box running under Linux. Though not yet available in the U.S., VDR is for people who like to program their set-top to do what they want, and not just what products like TiVo will let them do.

  3. Speeding up Linux Using hdparm
    Instantly double the I/O performance of your disks or, in some cases, show 6 to 10 times your existing throughput!

  4. Free Frags with Cube: The Linux First-Person Shooter
    Will the availability of attractive and feature-packed game engines attract mod communities to Linux? Howard Wen thinks so. This article introduces Cube 3-D, a simple, elegant, and free first-person shooter engine.

  5. Securing Linux: Why It's Worthwhile and Achievable
    Michael Bauer, author of Building Secure Servers with Linux, explains some of the reasons why it's both possible and worthwhile to secure Linux for use as an Internet server platform.

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