Archive for April, 2005

Managing the LAMP Stack with OSS Tools

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Random notes from the LAMP (linux / apache / mysql / php) Management with OSS Tools talk by Yazz Atlas of OSTG


Replacements to AIDE / Tripwire, which are easier to manage across many systems.
-Osiris –
– stealthy.

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-can hide configs inside of a gif file
-can be renated so that the binary is hidden, even hides strings, etc so that it cant be found via strace

Monitoring and Graphing
– MRTG / RRDtool
– database load
– system load
– bandwidth usage

– Front ends to MRTG / RRDtool
– Munini
– Cacti

AC/OS: SugarCRM: I knew them when….

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Congrats to the folks at SugarCRM! They won the most promising startup award at the Open Source Business Conference this week. It could not have happened to a better group of people. I was able to work withClint Oram (one of their co-founders) and Tara Smith (their marketing guru) while working on SCALE this past year.

If you’re looking for an Open Source CRM product, give their product SugarSuite a look. I’ve been using it for about 2 months now.

By the way, Clint’s presentation is available here in pdf.

AC/OS: SugarCRM: I knew them when….

Progeny Reborn

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Bruce Byfield, former Progeny employee, has written an article for Newsforge on how Progeny rebuilt itself and moved from a typical dotbomb to a successful bussiness.

Ditching IE for Firefox

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

SearhcEnterpriseLinux recently interviewed John Hedkte, author of Firefox and Thunderbird Garage. John recomends against dumping IE entirely because a few sites still do not properly support Firefox. Do we really have a choice? You can’t exactly uninstall IE from Windows can you? Anyways, theres only 2 sites I recomend using IE for. The first is , the second is TrendMicrosystems HouseCall ( a activex based antivirus tool for windows).

That being said, not a single person in my family is using IE anymore. I’ve moved them all to Firefox and hid IE as best as possible. I even changed their IE icons to point to Firefox instead. 2 months later not a single complaint and I seem to get less complaints about their computers crashing.

We aren't invulnerable.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

We aren’t invulnerable…

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Looks like firefox 1.02 has a javascript related security hole. (Security Report) So far nothing that can spread viri and spyware. Mozilla says they’ll have a patch out soon though and it looks like 1.0.3 was on its way out anyways.