How To: Build an Embedded Linux Distribution From Scratch

Posted on in Categories GNU/Open source, Hardware, Linux, Linux distribution, Linux Embedded devices, Ubuntu Linux last updated August 16, 2008

Embedded Linux is the use of a Linux operating system in an embedded computer systems such as a mobile phones, personal digital assistants, media players etc. This tutorial shows you how to install Linux on a target system. Not a prebuilt Linux distribution, but your own, built from scratch.

WordPress 2.5 Released

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, GNU/Open source, Linux, UNIX, Windows server last updated March 29, 2008

WordPress 2.5 has been released and available for download.The dashboard is cleaner, faster, less cluttered. From the release note:

WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you. The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard, salted passwords and cookie encryption, media library, a WYSIWYG that doesn’t mess with your code, concurrent post editing protection, full-screen writing, and search that covers posts and pages.

(Fig. 01: My Dashboard)

(Fig. 02: Writing a post)

scapy – Interactive Packet Manipulation / Generation Tool for Linux / UNIX

Posted on in Categories Debian Linux, Hardware, Linux, Security, Ubuntu Linux, UNIX last updated January 28, 2008

Recently I started to play with scapy – a powerful interactive packet manipulation and custom packet generation program written using Python. Please note that this tool is not for a new Linux / UNIX users. This tool requires extensive knowledge of network protocols, packets, layers and other hardcore networking concepts. This tool is extermly useful for
a] Understanding network headers
b] Testing network security
c] Write your own utilities using scapy
d] Decoding protocols etc

From the man page:

You can use this tool to check the security of your own network as it allows to forge or decode packets of a wide number of protocols, send them on the wire, capture them, match requests and replies, and much more. It can easily handle most classical tasks like scanning, tracerouting, probing, unit tests, attacks or network discovery. It also performs very well at a lot of other specific tasks that most other tools can’t handle, like sending invalid frames, injecting your own 802.11 frames, combining technics such as VLAN hopping+ARP cache poisoning, VOIP decoding on WEP encrypted channel, etc.

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