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The Week in Linux News

by Baiju Thakkar

Building a Firewall

Firewalls can be complicated. Yet they are essential to building a secure system. Last week various articles came out that talked about building or helping to build a firewall.

Java on Linux

More and more, Linux seems to be the platform of choice for Java developement. In a recent article in Network World Fusion, Phil Hochmuth outlines why Linux just might be a natural fit for Java.

But Sun is not doing anything to advance the Linux and Java marriage. According to Gartner analyst Andy Butler, Sun Microsystems' Linux server strategy lacks vision, commitment and viability. Butler says Sun has gradually lost interest in Linux since last November:

"[Sun] believes that Linux is designed for theIntel-based platform 
and that Linux contributes to the downfall of Solaris on Intel."

You can read the full article here.


Surveys are always fun. Some people put more weight in surveys than others, but they always generate some commotion. Last week saw a couple of interesting surveys, one for developers, another with enterprise network managers.


vi and Bash tutorials

Everybody's favorite text editor (sorry emacs users) and everybody's favorite shell. Who can ask for anything more.

Language War in the making ?

Maybe not. dotcomma has an interesting article on migrating from Perl to PHP. (Though I don't see why that's needed :) But I have to be unbiased and bring you the news that's out there so here is the article. The author makes it clear that: "This article is not a comparison between the two languages, but rather a reference for Perl programmers looking to learn PHP."

New Releases

Here are some of the releases from the past week.

Well that's it for this week. See you next week. Until then: Share The Knowledge.

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