November 2008

I would like to run a little competition here at nixCraft. I’m offering total 3 copies of ‘Ubuntu Kung Fu – Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks‘ book PDF version written by Keir Thomas. All you have to do is comment on this post and tell us your one killer Linux / UNIX tip.

Ubuntu Kung Fu book is for both new and expert alike users. You will learn lots of short cuts and hacks. Now, you can win this book for yourself.

How To Enter

Your task is to write a small one liner tip related to Linux / UNIX. Submit your tip below in the comments. If you do not have a tip to share with us, then just tell us why you switched to Linux.

The prize

The prize is total 3 copies of Ubuntu Kung Fu book PDF version. I will pick three random entry from those comments submitted to win the prize. The competition is open to all and I will send your PDF version book via email.

Entries close on Wednesday, Dec., 03, 2008 at midnight. I will announce the winner next day.

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Debian 5 php5 package has serious security issues as follows:

To prevent Denial of Service attacks by exhausting the number of available temporary file names, the max_file_uploads option introduced in PHP 5.3.1 has been backported.

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Fedora Linux version 10 has been released and available for download. Fedora Linux is a community-based Linux distribution. Fedora is sponsored by Red Hat, Inc.

Fedora 10 Desktop

Fedora 10, codenamed “Cambridge”, was released on November 25, 2008. The features include a web-based package installer similar to Linux Mint’s, a faster startup using Plymouth instead of Red Hat Graphical Boot, better webcam support, GNOME 2.24, KDE 4.1, RPM 4.6 and many other features.

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FreeBSD today released a core (kernel) patched to plug “arc4random predictable sequence vulnerability” security hole in its operating systems version 6.x and 7.x stable release. When the arc4random random number generator is initialized, there may be inadequate entropy to meet the needs of kernel systems which rely on arc4random; and it may take up to 5 minutes before arc4random is reseeded with secure entropy from the Yarrow random number generator. All security-related kernel subsystems that rely on a quality random number generator are subject to a wide range of possible attacks. This update has been rated as having important security impact.

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Excellent collection of short tips except for recommending root login! From the article:

The end of October saw the much anticipated release of Ubuntu 8.10 – affectionately called the Intrepid Ibex.

It’s a release that sees Ubuntu going from strength to strength.

And with its popularity reaching stratospheric proportions, we thought that now was the perfect time to pool together our favourite tips into one place.

If you’ve never tried Ubuntu, there’s never been a better time to dive in. If you’re already a convert, read on to discover how to get the best from your installation.

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fold is really nifty command line utility to make a text file word wrap. This is useful for large number of text files processing. There is no need to write a perl / python code or use a word processor.

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Looks nice but this hack is not for the faint hearted!

Old Gateway PC transformed into a Linux server with embedded display

Old Gateway PC transformed into a Linux server with embedded display, which is a hacked portable B&W TV driven directly by the VGA card.

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