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Multilingual PHP, OpenSSH Configuration, and Traffic Balancing

by chromatic
Linux Newsletter for 12/02/2002

Hello again. It's time for another Linux newsletter. The holiday season is upon us, which means we at O'Reilly Network are looking back over this year and planning ahead for next year. If you have any comments or suggestions, we welcome them--just send an email to the address below.

This week, we have an eclectic mix of articles and Weblogs for your edification.

Your editor can read French, and (some) classical Greek. One of his roommates is learning Japanese. The other speaks several more languages, including Swahili. Though English is the de facto lingua franca of the Internet, presenting information in native languages is increasingly important. Fortunately, good programming practices (and good tools) make this possible. In Internationalization and Localization with PHP, Adam Trachtenberg, coauthor of the "PHP Cookbook," demonstrates a technique that will save you time and worry.

Security is a process, not a destination. (If you didn't have users and weren't connected to external networks, you might reach it.) No tool, not even the venerable OpenSSH suite, fits everyone perfectly. That's where Dru Lavigne's latest column, Configuring OpenSSH, comes in handy. She demonstrates several of the more popular configuration options to help you make your network more secure and usable.

Iljitsch van Beijnum, author of "BGP," continues his series on Traffic Engineering with Balancing Incoming Traffic. Where outgoing packets have multiple potential routes, incoming packets are limited by the number of ISPs in use. If you're using a multihomed setup, you have three options to balance incoming traffic. Read on for more!

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We had a slew of interesting weblogs this week, including your editor's challenge to "Linux" hardware vendors and Jennifer Vesperman's moving tribute to her grandmother. Don't miss our new feature, From the Editors List, where we discuss the state of technology today.

That's all for this week. In the next few weeks, John Coggeshall will return, Nethack will get a makeover, the Linux kernel will shed some code, and we may talk about good personal programming practices.

Welcome to December,

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

  1. Cooking with MySQL
    Paul DuBois has selected sample recipes from the hundreds you'll find in his book, MySQL Cookbook. In this first in a three-part series showcasing these sample recipes, find out how to interpret results from summaries and NULL values and how to identify duplicates in a table or record.

  2. BSD Disk Images
    One of the best features of the free Unixes is customizability. The boot process is no different. In the latest installment of Big Scary Daemons, Michael Lucas demonstrates how to create disk images in OpenBSD and how to create your own custom boot floppy.

  3. 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.

  4. CVS Third-Party Tools
    CVS is an essential part of many developer toolboxes, but it has its limitations. Jennifer Vesperman has put together a list of add-ons and interfaces to the popular source control system.

  5. Cryptosystems: Configuring SSH
    Cryptosystems are handy, but they're not for everyone right out of the box. In her second article on SSH, Dru Lavigne explores some of the more common configuration options for clients and servers.

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