A Secure OS For the Dalai Lama?

April 19th, 2009

“I am editor of the Infowar Monitor and co-author of the recent report Tracking Ghostnet. I have been asked by the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama OHHDL and the Tibetan Government in Exile TGIE to offer some policy recommendations in light of the ongoing targeted malware attacks directed at the Tibetan community worldwide. Some of the recommendations are relatively straightforward. For example I will suggest that OHHDL convene an international Board of Advisers bringing together some of the brightest minds in computer and international security to advise the Tibetans and that the new Tibetan university stands up a Certified Ethical Hacking course. However one of the more controversial moves being actively debated by Tibetans on the Dharamsala IT Group DITG list is a mass migration of the exile community including the government to Linux particularly since all of the samples of targeted malware collected exploit vulnerabilities in Windows. I would be very interested to hear Slashdot readers opinions on this debate here.”

via Slashdot.

Navigate the cloud computing labyrinth

April 19th, 2009

If you’re lucky enough to have a basic understanding of cloud computing, your skills are in demand. But when it comes to actually building an application, what platform do you use? Google and Amazon are both huge names, so it’s not about popularity. And what if you’re a Microsoft person? Are there options for you? Learn how to navigate the cloud wisely and pick the perfect platform for your particular application requirements.

via IBM.

An easy way to Spilt or Merge PDF Files in Linux

April 17th, 2009

I work as the IT guy of a school that runs free software on all our computers…. One area that has been quite shaky is a good tool that can be used for merging different pdf files into one. There is a tool called pdftk but its command-line and while i don’t have a problem using it, its hardly the tool i want to recommend for our staffs and students, so when this morning i saw a dent on identi.ca about a tool called PDF-Shuffler which among other things provide an easy way to merge PDF files i decided to to Investigate.

via bigbrovar.

Commandline 101: Copying Files with rsync

April 12th, 2009

Linux Journal.

7 ways to boost your Linux Security

April 8th, 2009

Ask a network administrator in any large organisation to compare Linux with network operating systems like Windows NT or Novell Open Enterprise Server, and chances are he’ll admit that Linux is an inherently more stable and scalable solution. Chances are he’ll also admit that when it comes to securing the system from outside attack, Linux is possibly the most difficult of the three to work with.

via Linux Adda.