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04 May 2015 Open Source History: Why Did Linux Succeed? [42460]
The VAR Guy, May 4, 2015

"One of the most puzzling questions about the history of free and open source is this: Why did Linux succeed so spectacularly, whereas similar attempts to build a free or open source, Unix-like operating system kernel met with considerably less success? I don't know the answer to that question. But I have rounded up some theories, which I'd like to lay out here..."
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13 Apr 2015 Training for Oracle Linux 7 and Earlier Versions [41987]
the Oracle Linux curriculum has training for you

"Linux system administration skills are key to many job roles and an advantage for those looking for new job opportunities. Whether you are interested in Linux 5, 6 or 7, the Oracle Linux curriculum has training for you.

The subjects you should be familiar with before taking Oracle Linux training are:

  • Types of user accounts
  • Working with files and directories in Unix
  • Text editing using vi
  • Unix process control
  • Unix shell command line features
  • Basic shell scripting
  • Archiving and compressing files in Unix
  • Performing remove connections and file transfers I f you already have this prerequisite knowledge, it is time for you to start on Oracle Linux training..."
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27 Mar 2015 Misconfiguration Exposes Hotel Routers to Risk [41648]
eWeek, March 27, 2015

"Hospitality network equipment vendor ANTlabs issued a public advisory on March 26 about a vulnerability (identified as CVE-2015-0932) in its systems. The vulnerability is the configuration of the rsync service, which is a common synchronization utility found on Linux and Unix systems. ANTlabs InnGate gateways were running an rsync service in a manner that is not secure..."
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17 Mar 2015 The GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty [41495]
The New Yorker, March 17, 2015

"Unix, one of the earliest computer-operating systems, was developed between the late nineteen-sixties and the early nineteen-eighties, by AT&T Bell Laboratories and various universities around the world, notably the University of California, Berkeley.

It was the product of a highly collaborative process, in which researchers and students built and shared their code in an atmosphere of excitement and discovery that was fostered, in part, by an agreement that AT&T representatives had signed, in 1956, with the Department of Justice, circumscribing the company's commercial activities in exchange for an end to antitrust proceedings.

But in 1982, AT&T was broken up and its agreement with the department ended; before long, the company was selling copies of Unix without including the source code from which it was derived, effectively commercializing the operating system and hiding its building blocks within a proprietary program. The move greatly upset many in the programming community, including Richard Stallman, a software developer in his late twenties who was then working at M.I.T.'s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory..."
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10 Mar 2015 Maintaining Configuration Files in Solaris 11.2 [41314]
By Jeff Victor

Jeff Victor writes, "Have you used Solaris 11 and wondered how to maintain customized system configuration files? In the past, and on other Unix/Linux systems, maintaining these configuration files was fraught with peril: extra bolt-on tools are needed to track changes, verify that inappropriate changes were not made, and fix them when something broke them.

A combination of features added to Solaris 10 and 11 address those problems. This blog entry describes the current state of related features, and demonstrates the method that was designed and implemented to automatically deploy and track changes to configuration files, verify consistency, and fix configuration files that 'broke.' Further, these new features are tightly integrated with the Solaris Service Management Facility introduced in Solaris 10 and the packaging system introduced in Solaris 11..."
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