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PAM configuration to limit who can use SSH Server based on a list of users

The idea is very simple you want to limit who can use sshd based on a list of users. The text file contains a list of users that may not log in (or allowed to log in) using the SSH server. This is use for improving security.

Another option is to limit users using sshd's AllowUser or DenyUser directives.

Firefox 1.5 may be released late in the summer

Mozilla revealed yesterday that it has released a new update patch for its popular Internet browser, Firefox. This is expected to be the fifth and last update for the current Firefox series before the release of Firefox 2.0, which is expected to be released on September 26.

Freespire RC 1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - The first release candidate of Freespire, labelled as version 1.0.2, is available now. From the release notes: CNR Proxy functionality still unavailable; Apt pools not yet updated completely, so apt-get dist-upgrade will not get everything; Warn if user chooses an existing username during install; Add kcontrol module for mailto handling; Fix display/resolution controls in startup wizard... OSDir has some great screenshots of the upcoming Freespire in the Freespire RC 1 Screenshot Tour.

KDE 3: All About the Apps (Part 4)

  • KDE Dot News; By Carsten Niehaus (Posted by dcparris on Jul 30, 2006 6:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
This is part four of the the successful series All About the Apps, reminding us that while KDE 4 development may be fun, to watch to find great apps working today KDE 3 beats them all. This time we report on the Linux equivalent of Cubase - Rosengarden, the great Basket, KPhotoAlbum and the next version of KDevelop.

Objectweb Releases First Complete Open-Source Enterprise Content ...

ObjectWeb and eXo Platform SARL today announced the availability of the first complete open-source content management and repository solutions that allow users to create, manage and store documents from a customized, single point-of-access Web portal.

Transparency, principles, and the Microsoft way...

In its short but illustrious history the FOSS movement has been accused of being akin to communism. And while the bad old days of the McCarthy era are over, this view still makes people a bit antsy. Not many people want to be seen internationally as the reds under the bed, and using the communist label is still a convenient way of writing off somebody you don’t like. However, there have been some interesting new developments with Microsoft saying things recently that suggests a couple of things: Microsoft have decided that they will begrudgingly admit that there are some merits in open source (previously referred to by their illustrious leader as “communism”); and that Microsoft are softening in their old age and have decided that being all powerful is no fun if everyone thinks you’re the school bully.

Lotus and Linux – the powerful duo arrives early

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Neil McAllister (Posted by dcparris on Jul 30, 2006 3:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
A full year ahead of schedule IBM has brought Lotus Notes to the Linux desktop. A Linux client for Notes wasn’t expected until the arrival of Hannover, the next major release of the Notes platform, in 2007. But Big Blue had a surprise up its sleeve and, earlier this month, it announced the availability of a Linux version of the current Notes 7 client.

LAMP Installation On Ubuntu 6.06 For Linux Newbies

This article shows how to install a LAMP system with Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) from the perspective of an absolute newbie. It was written with hopes of aiding other Linux newbies on the steps necessary to create such a basic Linux, Apache2, MySQL5 and PHP5 system with http://FTP.

Save Time by Troubleshooting Java on AIX

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on Jul 30, 2006 1:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Looking to save some time? In this article, the authors provide short, simple, and complete instructions for collecting an AIX core file and other files for analyzing process exceptions with Java applications running on the AIX operating system. You'll also learn how to package and send data to IBM Support.

LXers Hog The Barbecue

LXer Feature: 30-Jul-2006

LXers attempted to eat high on the hog Saturday while being mobbed by gorgeous women...

GPLv3 - The changes between GPLv2 and draft 2 of GPLv3

For more information about GPLv3 and how to participate, see our GPLv3 project page.

Below shows the combined text of version 2 of the GNU GPL and draft 2 of GNU GPL version 3. Text that was in version 2, but which is not in the second draft, has a line through it. Text which is new in draft two is in bold.

[Interesting technique to see the changes; much clearer than other comparisons I've seen. -- grouch]

Linux Journal Contents #149, September 2006

Features:
  • Clustering Is Not Rocket Science by Rowan Gollan, Andrew Denman and Marlies Hankel
  • Getting Started with Condor by Irfan Habib
  • DRBD in a Heartbeat by Pedro Pla
  • Mainstream Parallel Programming by Michael-Jon Ainsley Hore

Plus In-Depth, Columns and Reviews.

Second Discussion Draft of GPLv3 Released

The new draft clarifies that the license only directly restricts DRM in the special case in which it is used to prevent people from sharing or modifying GPLv3-covered software. The clarified DRM section preserves the spirit of the original GPL, which forbids adding additional unfree restrictions to free software. GPLv3 does not prohibit the implementation of DRM features, but prevents them from being imposed on users in a way that they cannot remove.

[The real story takes place in the debate in the comments following the news article. Linus Torvalds and others square off in disagreement with PJ and others, regarding GPL3 vs. GPL2. I think all concerns were well-aired. May a better GPL be the result. -- grouch]

Opera Browser, Still Perfecting Its Pitch

Suddenly, the Web browser is in the spotlight again -- and it's looking better than ever.

[The author presents a nice run-down of the battle of 3 browsers. Firefox is the only one of the 3 with the free (libre) feature. Isn't competition wonderful? -- grouch]

Diction and Style

  • Systhread; By Jason (Jay) R Fink (Posted by jayrfink on Jul 30, 2006 7:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
Over the years I have spent as much spare time as I can to get better at writing. I consider myself an adequate writer, not good, but adequate. In the new age of Blogs, e-zines and whatever else is buzzworthy compliant I have tried to find tools specifically for the Unix(like) environment to help out - in other words - I avoid word processors. Suprisingly I recently came across some old Unix tools that run right from the prompt and will not mangle the original text. Diction and style are not grammar checkers but instead, grammar helpers

Virtuas Open Source Solutions Announces Addition Of AppFuse ...

Virtuas Open Source Solutions, provider of enterprise-level support and enablement services for open source software, announced the releaseof its comprehensive service and support offerings for AppFuse.

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  • LinuxSecurity.com - Feature Stories (Posted by grouch on Jul 30, 2006 5:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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Palm Report Hints at Uncertainty Over Next Gen OS

The report states that Palm is in negotiations to expand its development and distribution rights to the current version of the Palm OS. This could indicate that Palm desires to further develop the Palm OS itself, picking up where PalmSouce stopped.

Since being acquired by Access PalmSource has abandoned future development on the Palm OS in favor of Access Linux Platform. While ALP will offer Palm OS Garnet compatibility, PalmSource wants developers to move to its new linux based tools and APIs.

ODF and its 'enemies': Throwing stones at people in glass houses

work in a house with glass walls. Not literally, of course. The cost to air-condition such a house would be prohibitive. I mean that working on standard in OASIS is a public action, with process transparency and public visibility. The public doesn't see merely the end-product, or quarterly drafts, they can see (if they are so inclined) every discussion, every disagreement and every decision made by the TC, in near real-time. Our meeting minutes for our TC calls are posted for public inspection. Our mailing list archives, where most of the real work occurs, is there for the public to view. The comments submitted by the public are also available for anyone to read. This information is all archived from when the TC first met back in 2002, all the way to the discussions we're having today on spreadsheet formula namespaces.

[ Great blog. Go on and read it if you want to know the difference between ECMA and OASIS! - hkwint]

Open source storage taking hold

  • Computerworld; By Jerri Ledford (Posted by hkwint on Jul 30, 2006 2:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Everywhere you turn, there's a new open source application or another company adding open source capabilities to existing lines of applications. Guess what? Storage is going open source, too. This CW article points out that open source storage is growing at a pretty good clip. Organizations are turning to open source storage in an effort to cut costs and improve storage usability.

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