5 easy steps to secure your database: MySQL on encrypted filesystem

Storing sensitive data on encrypted filesystem is very good practice. This way no one can access data of stolen computer - data is unaccessible after reboot. After booting the machine, secret passphrase must be entered before the data can be accessed.

Here are steps that I have taken to encrypt MySQL database under Debian/GNU Linux (testing/unstable).

South Korea to construct Open Source National Digital Map DB

South Korean government made worldwide commotion when they brought in world's largest scale Linux servers to construct its National Education Information System (NEIS) previously; now, it is making another headliner with another open source based system project.

Open-source routers hit limitations

Firms hoping to reduce network costs by deploying open-source routers may be disappointed since experts say such systems are hard to configure and lack the processing power required to handle large volumes of traffic.

Norwegian city puts Linux plan on hold

Two years ago the City of Bergen in Norway caught the attention of the IT world when it decided to go for a fully-fledged Linux strategy, with plans to install Suse Linux on all of the client PCs the city provides for. Fifteen thousand civil servants and 36,000 teachers and students were to switch from Microsoft Windows to open-source software.

Linux wins over new fans

Linux is shedding its hard-core techie image in a bid to woo ordinary human beings seeking an easy-to-use operating system that can be downloaded for free.

While it is hard to estimate how many everyday users have defected from Windows or Apple software to join the open-source movement, Ubuntu (pronounced oo-boon-too) has emerged as one of the Linux desktop packages of choice for those looking for a basic desktop alternative.

FreeDOS 1.0 Released

FreeDOS is ideal for anyone who wants to bundle a version of DOS without having to pay a royalty for use of DOS. FreeDOS will also work on old hardware, in DOS emulators, and in embedded systems. FreeDOS is also an invaluable resource for people who would like to develop their own operating system. While there are many free operating systems out there, no other free DOS-compatible operating system exists.

First screenshot of Linux Flash Player 9

"I see that there is still a lively debate concerning our choice of user interface (UI) toolkit for Flash Player 9. To review, we selected GTK, mostly because the Player 7 codebase we started with already implemented a bunch of stuff with GTK."

Maintainer's resignation highlights problems in Debian project

The resignation of Matthew Garrett, one of the most active developers in Debian, has drawn attention to some ongoing issues about how the project operates. Specifically, Garrett's announcement on his blog cites a lack of civility and a slowness in decision-making, and compares Debian unfavorably to Ubuntu, the Debian-derived distribution which is increasingly attracting the efforts of many Debian maintainers.