Issue #148 / Mar 2013
Cover Theme: Natural Language
DVD: FreeBSD 9.1 & Zorin OS 6.1
KNOW-HOW: Roll Your Own Arch with ArchisoRolling your own Arch-based Linux Live image with Archiso
Build a custom Live boot image with Arch Linux and Archiso.
KNOW-HOW: Ask Klaus!Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions
Klaus Knopper is the creator of Knoppix and co-founder of LinuxTag expo. He currently works as a teacher, programmer, and consultant. If you have a configuration problem, or if you just want to learn more about how Linux works, send your questions to: email@example.com
KNOW-HOW: ngrep: Network GrepNetwork grep
Ngrep is a pattern-matching tool that sorts the wheat from the chaff and doubles as a lightweight packet sniffer.
SYSADMIN: Charly's Column: ifdataThe sys admin’s daily grind – ifdata Info
Script-friendly ifdata from the Moreutils package delivers absolutely precise network interface status information, with no need to extract individual values.
PROGRAMMING: TclkitCross-platform software development with Tclkit
Although performance differences between scripting languages and classic compiled languages are hardly significant, one disadvantage of scripting languages was that you always had to install an interpreter first. Tclkit lifts this burden.
PROGRAMMING: Perl – Tagging e-Books in EvernoteA convenient approach to finding the right e-book
Google Drive lacks a mechanism for tagging files, so we look at two APIs that scripts can use to store metadata on Evernote, allowing searches of e-books by category or property.
SYSADMIN: Security Lessons – Hash MapsSecurity with data structures
What do all programs have in common? They store data at some point, usually in arrays – everything from commandline options to the input and output. But how is data actually stored by the program? Kurt explains.
SYSADMIN: TripwireDetecting attacks with the Tripwire IDS
The simple but effective Tripwire HIDS provides its service quietly and discreetly, preventing attackers from infecting computers with trojans, backdoors, or modified files by identifying anomalies unnoticed by the user.
LINUXUSER: Workspace – Revive Old NetbooksPut an old netbook to good use
Death, taxes, and hardware obsolescence are all inevitable, but at least you can mitigate the latter by squeezing more productive use from older desktop machines, notebooks, and netbooks.
LINUXUSER: Steam for LinuxTested – Valve’s Steam for Linux beta
Steam for Linux finally brings current games to the Linux desktop. Valve has put a lot of energy into the project, but the first steps on the new terrain still look a little shaky.
Vendor D-Wave scores big with a sale to NASA's Quantum Intelligence Lab.
Many package updates and Steam integration highlight the latest from the Mandriva-based community Linux.
Richard Stallman calls for the W3C to remain independent of vendor interests.
The new release supports nine architectures, 73 human languages, and zero non-Free components.
Fedora developers release the first alpha version of Fedora 19, known as Schrödinger’s Cat, for general testing. The final release is expected in July 2013.
ack is a grep-like, command-line tool that has been optimized for programmers to search large trees of source code.
New features in SUSE Studio 1.3 include enhanced cloud integration, VM platform support, and lifecycle management.
The Linux Foundation recently announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Open source version of LiveCode is now available for developing apps, games, and utilities for all major platforms.
OpenDaylight is an open source software-defined networking project committed to furthering adoption of SDN and accelerating innovation in a vendor-neutral and open environment.