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Are you a Linux Newbie? Fell off the Windows Ship Without a Paddle?

Posted 01-12-2006 at 05:05 AM by carl0ski

i just thought i'd make a quick list to aid in quickly understanding and feeling comfortable using Linux.
Since my favourite Distro is Mandriva , and i find it quite easy to learn.
I recommend it.

Recommended Software

KDE equivilent to the icons and Startbar in Windows.

Konquerer Equivilant to Internet Explorer both can be used to browse the web and manage files on your Hardrive. Even rips audio CDs 'audiocd://'.
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Bash input validation

Posted 01-11-2006 at 08:28 PM by unSpawn

Takes argument and stops when character outside restricted set is found.
Don't know how much slower, didn't run any timing tests with or without yet.

val_str() {
        declare -r str_allow="1234567890-_.abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ "
        declare -r str_len="128"; str=( "$1" ); if [ -z "${str}" -o "${#str}" -gt "${str_len}" ]; then return 1; fi
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PHP, aka Pretty Hosed Programming

Posted 01-11-2006 at 08:02 PM by unSpawn

If you've read the SANS Top 20 of 2005 ( there is a clear message with respect to deploying PHP-driven applications: be paranoid or be cracked. A short tour of a few vulnerability reporting sites show that with programmers who can't be arsed to follow the most basic principles of programming, who force users to run their app with all essential security features off and with undereducated users running apps without questioning this will be another wonderful year for your...
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HP Omnibook 550 USB Wireless

Posted 01-11-2006 at 03:40 AM by geirh


I need some help to configure wireless LAN (built in USB) on a omnibook 550. So far without success. So I wondered if there is somebody outhere that could give me some information.

So far I assume that following steps is necessary:

1) The correct driver. (PRISM 802.11b Wireless LAN USB driver - HP Omnibook 550?)? C-code(source code) or exe code?
2) How do I include the new driver into the kernel? I assume I must build a new kernel, then I...
LQ Newbie
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Vista Iced 'til 2010, Microsoft says.

Posted 01-10-2006 at 09:52 AM by unSpawn

"In an effort to regain dwindling consumer trust Microsoft has decided to reschedule the release of Micosoft's Vista.
All resources are being redirected to building a more secure O.S. before introducing new bugs."
OK. So that's not going to happen, right? I think it should. Those who (are forced to) pay to use Mockerysofts products should have a vote in what should happen next instead of letting the marketoids reign.
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