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How To Convert From a VMware Image To Virtualbox Image

VirtualBox is a virtual emulator like VMWare workstation. It has many of the features VMWare has, as well as some of its own.

I really like new Opensource VirtualBox from Sun. It is light on resources. Here is a quick tip - you can convert a VMware virtual machine to a VirtualBox machine using qemu-img utility.
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Apache Chroot Jail: Virtual Hosting

Now your chrooted Apache jail is ready. It is time to add domains using Apache virtual hosting features.
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Red Hat / CentOS: Chroot Apache 2 Web Server

A chroot on Red Hat / CentOS / Fedora Linux operating changes the apparent disk root directory for the Apache process and its children. Once this is done attacker or other php / perl / python scripts cannot access or name files outside that directory. This is called a "chroot jail" for Apache. You should never ever run a web server without jail. There should be privilege separation between web server and rest of the system.

In this exclusive series, you will learn more about:

  • Securing an Apache 2 web server under Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS Linux using mod_chroot
  • Virtual hosting configuration under chrooted jail.
  • Troubleshooting Chrooted Apache jail problem.

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Video Contest: I am Linux

The Linux Foundation is launching a video contest and you can win yourself a trip to Tokyo next year to participate in the Linux Foundation Japan Linux Symposium Oct, 2009.

If you've been alive and aware of mass media over the last twelve months, you've probably seen television commercials from Apple and Microsoft touting their operating system. From Apple's ubiquitous "I'm a Mac" to Jerry Seinfeld to Microsoft's "I'm a PC" retort, operating system commercials have been flooding the airways. Except one OS has been notably absent – Linux.

You can upload your contest video here.

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 Update 6 Released

Didn't take long to release new updated version.

The Debian project is pleased to announce the sixth update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename "etch"). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustment to serious problems. This update has been rated as having important security impact. You are advised to upgrade system ASAP.
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Download Slackware 12.2 CD / ISO Images

Slackware version 12.2 has been released and available for download from the official project website. From the announcement page:

Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.4.3, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 3.5.10, the final 3.x version of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. We have added to Slackware support for HAL (the Hardware Abstraction Layer) which allows the system administrator to add users to the cdrom and plugdev groups. Then they will be able to use items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage, portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players, and more, all without
requiring sudo, the mount or umount command. Just plug and play. Properly set up, Slackware's desktop should be suitable for any level of Linux experience.

Download Slackware 12.2 CDs

Download Slackware 12.2 from Mirror

How Windows Users are Changing Linux

Excellent article, I couldn't agree more with author. From the blog post:

My advice is to to speak up for Linux and promote unity in the Linux community. It is okay to have friendly rivalry between distros, but we need to guard against larger and more insidious forces attacking from the outside, and to protect that which we have in common. If Linux is going to change let it be from the inside out.

=> How Windows Users are Changing Linux and What We Should Do About It