Namebench: cross-platform DNS benchmarking tool

It was long time ago when I wrote here last time but today I’d like to share the link to an application that would be appreciated by everyone starting from Linux starter wishing to speed up his/her Internet connection and ending with system administrators who may want to run benchmarks and run stress tests against certain DNS service(s). I am talking about Namebench. This is cross platform tool written in […]

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Distribution of the week: BackTrack -- Network Security Suite

BackTrack is Live distribution for penetration and security tests. This is how its developers describe it. But there are plenty of tools, utilities, programs behind this brief description. Let’s dig into. This distribution started from the merge of two ones: WHAX (or Whoppix) and Auditor Security Collection (the swiss army knife for security assessments). The latest stable version (BackTrack 3) contains more than 300 tools (including such monsters as wireshark, […]

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Speedlinks - 29 December, 2008

1. Linux kernel 2.6.28 was officially released at 28 Dec, 2008: ext4, graphics execution manager (GEM), TAINTed_CRAP. See First Look by arstechnica.com. P.S. Linus “almost Santa” Torvalds’ announcement is definitely worth reading: Listen to the cheerful grinding of your harddisk as you reboot into an all-new kernel – and I’m sure that if your computer could smile, it would have a big silly grin on its non-existent face. So as […]

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Open .docx documents in Linux (OpenOffice)

Well, as for now it is not a problem anymore to open Microsoft Office 2007 .docx documents in any Linux distribution coming with OpenOffice suit. It may be Ubuntu (Feisty, Gutsy, Interpid whatever), almost any version of Fedora/RedHat/Centos, *SUSE, Mandriva and of course Debian (as per my personal opinion it’s the best one). What is .docx actually? It’s Microsoft’s file format representing word processor documents and named OpenXML (as an […]

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10 years ago Linux news (Sep, 1998)...

Below are some Linux news which were on top 10 years ago at e-news sites of of that time. Preparing this post I didn’t know that it would be so interesting and cognitive operation to dig in old news, to find workable links to headlines below. Well, sometimes this is more interesting and astonishing than we can find today in e-newspapers… Hats off to Linux!. Intel and Netscape have announced […]

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