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Apache Regex Woes, Video Editing, and an IPv6 Introduction

by chromatic
Linux Newsletter for 01/05/2004

Hello, everyone. Welcome to 2004 and the Linux newsletter. It seems like just yesterday the O'Reilly Network was on holidays ... but that's because it was just yesterday.

Here's what's new on this week.

Noel Davis started the week ending the year with another Security Alerts column, "Apache Regex Problems." Aside from the titular Apache bug (which requires write access to a configuration file in a public directory), remote vulnerabilities affect the Goahead web server, the Xerox Document Center, the SARA security auditing tool, phpBB2, OpenBB, SquirrelMail, and pServ. Please check with your vendor for patches and updates.

If you recently picked up a digital video camera, you're in for a treat. No, Apple's not releasing the source code to iMovie any time soon. However, as Howard Wen explains, you can do "Provessional Video Editing on Linux with Cinelerra." This application's been around for several years. You might expect that increases in processor power make editing video trivial these days -- but it turns out not to be the case, as Howard discovered in interviewing the secretive "Jack Crossfire."

Speaking of expectations, if you've been around Internet protocols for a while, you might remember hearing about IPv6. While it was fashionable to proclaim the imminent death of IPv4, and IP address shortages, a couple of years ago, the problem, as usual, didn't strike right away. Still, IPv6 is the wave of the future. As Ibrahim Haddad writes in "Enabling IPv6 in Linux," this is one wave of the future you can surf today. Though the current versions of many distributions enable IPv6 by default, here's how it works -- and how to enable it on your own.

This week's also seen lots of interesting weblogs. Andy Oram wonders if the look-and-feel lawsuit is coming back, brian d foy lists seven technologies to take to war, Chris Adamson discusses icon placement in Dock vs. Menu Bar, Uche Ogbuji contrasts OO versus XML and agile programming languages, and Tim O'Reilly lists technology wishes for 2004.

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There's much, much more on the O'Reilly Network, as usual. Next week's articles include a fresh look at UUCP and an oddly-named backup system.

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  1. Professional Video Editing on Linux with Cinelerra
    Someday Linux will be a great platform for editing media files, right? If you know about Cinelerra, you know that day is soon, if not now. Howard Wen explores this high-quality, long-lived video editing application.

  2. The Best of ONLamp 2003
    This year, 2003, was a big one for ONLamp. With 200+ articles under our belt, what did we like best? Where are we going next year?

  3. MySQL Crash Course
    Almost every serious web application uses a relational database to store its data. At some point, you'll have to learn how to use them. John Coggeshall explains the basics of relational databases with MySQL.

  4. Enabling IPv6 in Linux
    IPv6 is coming. In fact, you can encourage its adoption by using it right now. Ibrahim Haddad explains the ideas behind, and justifications for IPv6 and demonstrates how to support it on a Linux server.

  5. Using and Customizing Knoppix
    Several Linux distributions boot directly from CD-ROMs. How many are usable in that state? How many are customizable in that state? Klaus Knopper's Knoppix is perhaps the best known of these distributions. Robert Bernier explains how to use Knoppix and how to customize your own self-booting distribution CD.

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