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OSCON Wrap-Up, PHP Style, Slash'Em Developers, and More Linux Security Tips

by chromatic
Linux Newsletter for 07/14/2003

Hello again. If memory serves (and with another good night's sleep, it just may), this is the Linux newsletter. If you recall from last week, lots of interesting things happened at OSCON 2003. Find out more at the OSCON 2003 coverage page or the OSCON Kwiki. (There are too many interesting weblogs, articles, and pictures to link here. If you find others, please add them to the Kwiki.)

Somehow, we managed to publish our normal articles last week. Major kudos to Sarah, Terrie, and Chris, producers without peers. Here's what we discussed:

OSCON Tuesday night featured the States of the Union talks, with leaders from Perl, Python, PHP, MySQL, Apache, and the Linux kernel explaining the past and coming years. Daniel Steinberg reported from this event in The State of Open Source. We're working on getting these talks online, and we'll let you know when this happens.

John Coggeshall (who introduced himself to your editor at OSCON last week) returns to help PHP coders write more secure code by improving their style. Common Style Mistakes, Part 2 tackles bigger ideas, such as reusing good code and coding for clarity and maintainability.

Howard Wen continues his march through the interesting and underpromoted open source gaming projects. This week sees his Slash'Em Interview. Developers Warren Cheung and J. Ali Harlowe must keep track of the latest Nethack changes while aggregating and applying their patches. How do they do it? Read on.

This week's book excerpt comes from the Linux Security Cookbook. Secure Cooking with Linux, Part 3 explains using PAM to apply ACLs to applications that don't necessarily support ACLs, and how to relay mail from remote connections without letting spammers through.

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By the way, we've just launched a site called Focus on System Administration. Rob Flickenger introduces it with a nice essay and it has links to all sorts of articles, books, and columns--the ABCs of our Sys Admin publishing. Please have a look if you use or administer computers.

That's all for this week. Stay tuned for more.

Still jet-lagged,

Technical Editor
O'Reilly Network and Linux DevCenter Top Five Articles Last Week

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    David HM Spector recently claimed that Linux is missing directory services. Of course, Active Directory is built around software already available for the free UNIXes. What's left? David examines the parts and pieces necessary to become a full-fledged directory member.

  2. XML-RPC: It Works Both Ways
    Creating your own remote procedure server is easy with Python's xmlrpclib. Dave Warner shows you how to put it to work for you.

  3. Authentication and Squid
    Proxy authentication is easy to get wrong because the access control list rules are the inverse of what you would expect. Jennifer Vesperman explains how to authenticate correctly and provides tips for avoiding common mistakes.

  4. An Interview with the Author of Practical mod_perl
    Stas Bekman has maintained the mod_perl guide for ages. He's even been sponsored to work on improving mod_perl full time! The author of the recently released Practical mod_perl graciously agreed to this interview.

  5. The State of Open Sourc
    Luminaries from the open source communities of Perl, Python, PHP, MySQL, Apache, and Linux each presented their take on the current state of their technology and where it is headed. Daniel Steinberg reports from OSCON 2003.

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