Issue #145 / Dec 2012
Cover Theme: Build a Botnet
DVD: Knoppix 7.0.4
COVER STORY: 3D with Three.jsThree-dimensional scenes in web browsers with Three.js
KNOW-HOW: RPM ToolsMaintaining system integrity with package management helpers
Linux has several convenient package management systems, but they are not entirely free of weaknesses. We show you how to keep the RPM package management system permanently stable and how to get rid of some ballast with just two small programs: rpmorphan and rpmrestore.
KNOW-HOW: hdparm Drive UtilityRetrieving and setting hard drive parameters with hdparm
Hdparm is the tool to use when it comes to tuning your hard disk or DVD drive, but it can also measure read speed, deliver valuable information about the device, change important drive settings, and even erase SSDs securely.
SYSADMIN: Charly's Column: SwaksThe sys admin’s daily grind: Swaks
Searching for errors on an SMTP server via Telnet and test mails can seem like a never-ending obstacle course. The utility called Swaks helps bring the finish line within reach.
SYSADMIN: Security Lessons: Web FrameworksEvaluating web frameworks
Stop re-inventing the wheel and build your web applications with the excellent tools already available.
PROGRAMMING: Kotlin Programming LanguageKotlin mixes Java with Groovy and Scala
Kotlin, a small island in the Gulf of Finland, is also the name of a new programming language that aims to become a modern alternative to Java.
PROGRAMMING: Perl – k-means ClustersCalculating clusters with AI methods
A human observer can register clusters in a two-dimensional set of points at a glance. Artificial intelligence has a harder time getting it done; however, the relatively simple k-means method delivers usable results.
KNOW-HOW: Ask Klaus!Klaus Knopper answers your Linux
Klaus Knopper is the creator of Knoppix and co-founder of LinuxTag expo. He currently works as a teacher, programmer, and consultant. If you have a configuration problem, or if you just want to learn more about how Linux works, send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
LINUXUSER: Color Temperature ToolsAvoid headaches and eye strain with the right tools
Do you have problems getting to sleep after a late night computer session? Does the monitor brightness hurt your eyes? Several Linux tools are available that could help with these problems.
LINUXUSER: Workspace – Calibre TipsTips on using Calibre
We show you an assortment of Calibre-related tricks to help you to get more out of this powerful ebook management application.
Vendor D-Wave scores big with a sale to NASA's Quantum Intelligence Lab.
Many package updates and Steam integration highlight the latest from the Mandriva-based community Linux.
Richard Stallman calls for the W3C to remain independent of vendor interests.
The new release supports nine architectures, 73 human languages, and zero non-Free components.
Fedora developers release the first alpha version of Fedora 19, known as Schrödinger’s Cat, for general testing. The final release is expected in July 2013.
ack is a grep-like, command-line tool that has been optimized for programmers to search large trees of source code.
New features in SUSE Studio 1.3 include enhanced cloud integration, VM platform support, and lifecycle management.
The Linux Foundation recently announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Open source version of LiveCode is now available for developing apps, games, and utilities for all major platforms.
OpenDaylight is an open source software-defined networking project committed to furthering adoption of SDN and accelerating innovation in a vendor-neutral and open environment.