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Aaarg! VNC? FreeNX? SSH and Xnest?

I don't know if I'm an idiot and just can't make it work, but I've been farting around for most of the day trying to get the desktop of one Linux box to show up on my OS X box so that I can move the Linux box into my rack and run it headless, but still get to my vmware stuff (moves one monitor and box out of my main office). I recall ...

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My take on Ubuntu

Everytime I turn around I'm hearing someone say how good Ubuntu is. I've never tried it before today so I figured I'd give it a go and check it out. My first comment: not a big fan of brown. I'm not an "earthy" kinda guy (nevermind that my first character in any MMoRPG is a druid).

Configuration was straightforward. Couldn't configure the wireless card during install, but no big deal. Text-based ...

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New Mandriva Community Wiki ... and my eyes are burning

I should have been doing other work today, but there was nothing super urgent so I decided to dedicate the day to converting content from the old TWiki-based Mandriva Community Wiki over to the new system (using MediaWiki). What an utterly boring job. Dries out the eyes too. Let's see... from about 9am to 11pm I've been working on the site... less 2hrs to watch The Empire Strikes Back and 1hr to ...

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64bit guest emulation... enter QEMU

Well, I have a definite need to have virtual machine support for 64bit guests so imagine how pleased I was when vmware indicated that the new version of workstation (5.5.0) would have support for 64bit guests. Fantastic! Then, reading the fine print, discovered that I would need to buy a new CPU (won't work with older AMD64 CPUs) and then a new motherboard to go with it, and the extras... new RAM and ...

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Oh to be hax0red

Ahhh... life in the wild frontier of the internet with it's pervasive exploits, backdoors, rootkits, and other goodies. It was quite a surprise this morning when I was reading through my daily logging reports and found that I had a process spring up since yesterday's report telling me that a program named ./r0nin was newly listening to port 1666 on one of my web servers. So aside went the mozilla testing to take ...

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Linux on Toshiba's Libretto U100

Ahhh... it's cold out but I'm outside with my new couple-day old Toshiba Libretto U100.. typing is slow and I feel like my fingers are very fat, but I'm happy and satisfied. After a couple days of struggling, I've got this little beast configured almost the way I want it.

The Toshiba Libretto is probably the smallest full-feature laptop I've ever laid eyes on. It's got a Pentium M 1.1GHz chip, bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g, a ...

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How I hate thee LDAP authentication...

I find LDAP for authentication highly irritating. It's better than some alternatives, like NIS (haven't looked at NIS+ so I don't know how it measures up), but man oh man, it's a real nuisance sometimes.

I wrote that LDAP Authentication piece when there was essentially nothing else and it took a long time to figure out all the bits. Now it seems like LDAP for authentication is all the rage.. everyone uses or wants ...

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Kerberos 5 authentication paper

Just finished the first draft of my Using Kerberos 5 for Single Sign-On Authentication paper. Needs to be re-read and proofed and definitely needs some adding (i.e. adding Windows XP and Mac OS X clients, integrating with OpenLDAP, etc.). but for a starter, it's pretty good (I needed it to document the setup and testing of kerberos for security update testing anyways). Not bad... only 2 days of work to get it ...

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Mandriva needs Debian? Come on

Yesterday started some of the most laughable speculation regarding Mandriva's future that I've read in a long time. It made for quite a good chuckle at first. To recap, an interview on LinuxPlanet with Ian Murdock was published yesterday indicating, among other silly rhetoric, that "Not only can they do it, my assertion is if they don't do it, they can't survive" which is Ian speaking about Mandriva buying a commercial ...

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Using runit instead of SysVinit

I've been a huge fan of service-style handling of daemons since I first played with qmail a number of years ago. Using daemontools and supervise was awesome, even if it was only for qmail and djbdns back then. When I first decided to start my own proof-of-concept secure Linux distro (Annvix), one of the first things I decided on was to use daemontools to manage supervised services.

Unfortunately, daemontools is a little bit encumbered due ...

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