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Tim O'Reilly on "Mac OS X Switcher Stories"

by Tara McGoldrick Walsh
Linux Newsletter for 08/26/2002

Dear Reader,

Recently, Tim O'Reilly conducted a *very* informal poll on the make-up of "Mac OS X Switchers"--people coming to Mac OS X from other platforms. Via Dave Farber's IP (Interesting People) mailing list, Tim asked those readers who had adopted Mac OS X whether they had switched from Mac OS 9, or from Windows, Linux, or Unix.

Surprisingly, Linux users as well as Windows users who also use Linux or another Unix, appear to be the most common switchers. While Tim warns readers in his article to "take all ... with a grain of salt," he nevertheless presents some interesting stories and discovers a few surprises among this new group of adopters.
Mac OS X Switcher Stories

Also, in this week's Securing Small Networks column, Jacek Artymaik shows how to implement a Perl script for firewall log analysis.
Managing Advanced PF Logs

We also have a look at why you should always use table aliases in SQL, by Jonathan Gennick, O'Reilly editor and coauthor of "Transact-SQL Cookbook".
Which Table, Which Column?

And if you're interested in learning how to use the pax archiver, this article shows you how to create both cpio and tar archives with pax.
Archiving with Pax

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Finally, Noel Davis reviews buffer overflows in PostgreSQL, UnixWare, and Open UNIX's ndcfg; and problems in PHP, scponly, the kernel supplied with Red Hat Linux 7.3, Bugzilla, EPIC Script Light, UnixWare DNS Resolver, Mantis, an exploit for the Cisco IOS TFTP Server bug, and Red Hat's tcl/tk and expect.
Bugzilla Security Problems

Thanks for reading,

Tara A. McGoldrick
tara@oreilly.com
Web Editor
O'Reilly Network

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