This week O'Reilly's Linux and open source editor Andy Oram looks at the possible implications of a recent study, called the "Free/Libre and Open Source Software: Survey and Study," sponsored by the European Union. The study explored the reasons behind the widespread use of, and support for, free and open source software.
One of the most interesting findings is that quality issues trump
cost issues when it comes to using free or open software, which
according to Andy, is "powerful ammunition for activists fighting
the old misconception ... that free software is a poor man's
consolation for the lack of funds to buy really good software."
Andy provides some excellent analysis of the study--find out more
European Union Researches the Benefits of Open Source Software
We also have a look this week at one viable solution to spam--
SpamShield 1.40--a Perl-based spam filter for sendmail. Learn how
it works and how to install and configure it on your server.
SpamShield: A Perl-Based Spam Filter for sendmail
Also, in this week's Big Scary Daemon's column, Michael Lucas says
the hardest part to using sudo is configuring sudoers--its
permissions file. Learn how to simplify sudo maintenance and
clean up your sudo configuration using aliases.
Sudo Aliases and Exclusions
And if you're interested in advanced PHP references, John
Coggeshall discusses the concept of returning a reference from
a function, as well as using references within objects.
Advanced PHP References
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Finally, Noel Davis looks at an injection attack against PHP;
several problems in KDE and Konqueror; buffer overflows in gain,
kadmin, multiple applications in Tru64, and Ethereal; and much more.
PHP Injection Attack
Thanks for reading,
Tara A. McGoldrick
Roll Your Own Digital Video Recorder
Video Disk Recorder, or VDR, is a user interface for building a digital satellite TV receiver and recorder box running under Linux. Though not yet available in the U.S., VDR is for people who like to program their set-top to do what they want, and not just what products like TiVo will let them do.
Speeding up Linux Using hdparm
Instantly double the I/O performance of your disks or, in some cases, show 6 to 10 times your existing throughput!
The Sharp Zaurus -- A Lovely Little Computer
Simson Garfinkel reviews Sharp's new Zaurus SL-5500 palmtop computer. With its GNU/Linux-based operating system and applications, the Zaurus is turning heads in the open source community.
Opening Up the PlayStation 2 with Linux
Howard Wen takes a look at Sony's upcoming Linux distribution kit for the PlayStation 2.
Getting Started with SQL
In the second half of his inaugural column, John Paul Ashenfelter introduces us to several good SQL learning tools and begins to define database terms.
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