(LinuxWorld) — Last week, we took an "unofficial" look at the Xandros
1.0 installation. This week, we are back on the straight-and-narrow —
the "official" install comparo — with Mandrake 9.0 stepping into the
spotlight. Can the Mandrake installation compare favorably to that of W2K and
Windows XP and dethrone our defending champion, Red Hat 8.0? Let's find out.
As always, the Sony Vaio laptop had all partitions removed from its hard
drive before beginning the installation. It was equipped with the same
Netgear PCMCIA Ethernet card and IBM USB PC camera that were in place for the
The Mandrake PowerPack Edition 9.0 contains seven CDs: two installation
discs, one documentation disc, two commercial-applications discs, one
supplementary applications disc and one source disc. The sheer size of it had
me worried that it might be the slo... (more)
(LinuxWorld) — We're in that "special" time of year between
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Shopping time and tempers grow short. Parking
spots grow scarce. Frustrations grow and multiply. Even in small towns, it is
hard to escape the insanity. Last week in a small town near where I live, a
man went berserk in a Wal-Mart parking lot and drove his truck into five
other vehicles, presumably cracking under shopping-induced pressure.
This holiday season, it's healthy to save a little quiet time for yourself.
To meditate on life's simple pleasures. To quietly and contemplatively
(LinuxWorld) -- If I hired a lawyer to negotiate a settlement with a
predatory monopolist, a monopolist found by a federal judge, and by a federal
appeals court, to have violated antitrust law in a number of ways to maintain
and extend its monopoly illegally, and he or she produced a settlement like
the proposed settlement between the DOJ and Microsoft, I would not just fire
them. I would kick them out the door and warn them never to darken it again.
Then, I would try to have them disbarred.
How bad is it? It's so bad that headlines appeared the day the settlement
became public ... (more)
(LinuxWorld) -- I wanted to try ACID ever since someone rooted my server last
year. Mind you, not the hallucinogen LSD, though at the time I might have
been tempted. The ACID I'm talking about is the Analysis Console for
Intrusion Databases. It allows you to display and examine alerts from Snort
in almost real-time. Snort, of course, is the wonderful open source Intrusion
Detection System (IDS) by Marty Roesch. You can read all about my
introduction to Snort by following the link given in Resources below. Another
link in Resources points to a primer on installing Snort. It's a fa... (more)
(LinuxWorld) -- It's strange how things work out sometimes. I was feeling a
bit burned out by the install wars. I don't mean the difficulty of getting an
OS to lay down politely on a system. I mean seared by the flames from those
whose belief systems were shattered by my column last week. There were more
than a couple Windows users who became "excited" by my report that Red Hat
7.3 was a better, faster, and easier install than Windows 2000.
"It's an unfair comparison!" was the most common whine. It wasn't unfair at
all -- it was an honest, uncontrived real-life experience. However... (more)