attending the meeting included: Richard Foerster, Alan
Dick Mathews brought in a 486 system that he had been working on that was hanging during boot up. He got some tips from members on how to trouble shoot the system. In the process it was determined that some needed directories such as /etc were missing, so the Dick planned to re-do the installation. One tip, was to boot at the lilo prompt with: linux init=/bin/bash, which lets you get started with minimal devices.
CrossOver works on any Linux distribution and
will integrate with most browsers including Netscape 4.x, Netscape 6.x,
Konqueror, Mozilla, Galeon and Opera. CrossOver also integrates with Gnome and
KDE to let you transparently open any Word, Excel or PowerPoint file. You can
open attachements among these types directly from any mail client. Because
CrossOver uses the native Windows plugins, you get the best compatibility
possible. Reportedly, this is the only 'QuickTime on Linux' solution that
supports the Sorenson movie format used by most sites.
Finally CrossOver and the related Windows plugins are very easy to
In addition to desktop compatibility and
usability challenges, desktop alternatives also need to consider security and
management issues. The Mandrake
distributions have led by including Bastille firewall technology since 7.2.
Also included are Tripwire, Logcheck
helps spot problems and security violations in your logfiles automatically and
will send the results to you in e-mail. This program is free to use at any site.
Logcheck is part of the Abacus Project of security tools.
Incidentally, if you are using tripwire, there is a temporary file vulnerability
in versions of Tripwire prior to 2.3.1-2. Because Tripwire opens/creates
temporary files in /tmp without the O_EXCL flag during filesystem scanning and
database updating, a malicious user could execute a symlink attack against the
temporary files. This new version has all but one unsafe temporary file open
fixed. It can
The meeting was a great success, and we are all looking forward to our
next session on February 9, 2001