May 2001

Bind DNS Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2001 @ 10:25 PM by mayhem
I have just updated the "Services" page to incorporate setup information for Bind DNS server. Hope this helps some of those serious admins out there.

Also there is now an "Archive" link at the top of the news, this will take you to the News Archive of previous articles since the new design site was launched in April of this year. Just thought we should add this incase people wanted to read through them.
New Server Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2001 @ 8:53 PM by mayhem
Well the site is now on the new server @, please let me know if you find any problems with it. Thanks mayhem.
Introduction to IPv6 Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2001 @ 2:00 PM by mayhem has an interesting link to an article/tutorial introduction for IPv6.

As you may know the Internet is expanding at a rapid rate and IP addresses are running out, even with current subnetting there are still not enough to last, so a new version of the IP protocol is being introduced, namely IPv6.

The new IPv6 that will be introduced in the next couple of years has 128-bit addresses as apposed to 32-bit of IPv4 (currently in use), and also deals with the issue of security along with support for mobile devices.

You can view the tutorial here along with more information at the O'Reilly site.
Latest Kernel Release Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2001 @ 10:31 AM by mayhem
Just an update to let you know the latest information on the Linux Kernel:

The latest stable version of the Linux kernel is: 2.4.5 2001-05-26 01:26 UTC
The latest prepatch (alpha) version appears to be: 2.4.5-pre6 2001-05-25 00:47 UTC

Both these can be found at
Protecting Your Valuable Hardware Posted Monday, May 28, 2001 @ 11:52 PM by mayhem
As a result of having a machine running all the time you have the issue of a power surge destroying your hardware, or even a blackout killing your machine.

As you know APC is one of the leaders in UPS and related equipment, they have a wide range of products from UPS units, surge protectors (both power and line) and also Power Monitors. These range from the low end units for home computers to some new and high tech applications. Recently they have released an improved line of Back-UPS units that are ideal for the home PC and home servers.

If you would like more information concerning these units then please free to vist the APC Australian site here.
Scheduled Down-Time Posted Monday, May 28, 2001 @ 8:53 PM by mayhem
I just thought that I would let you all know that over the next week the site may be down for a day or at worst two as we are moving servers.

As some of you already know our host is closing down at the end of this month, so Dean has been kind enough to move us onto the server where we can continue our hosting.

We hope this doesn't inconvience anyone and we will be back up and rolling A.S.A.P.
Opera 5 Posted Monday, May 28, 2001 @ 7:49 PM by mayhem
I don't know why I haven't tried this before but damn its good, it really is "The Fastest Browser On Earth". With options IE and Netscape will probably never have. It is nicely customisable, fast to load, allows skins, the list just goes on and on.

I recommend everyone try this, Windows and Linux alike, you can download the Win32 version (9.50mb) or the Linux version (2.67mb), it even supports BSD, Mac's and with the OS/2 version currently in Alpha testing. You can download it from, so get to it now!.
New Security Article Posted Saturday, May 26, 2001 @ 6:40 PM by mayhem
Well after recent efforts the Security article has been finished. It is a starters guide on how you can tighten the security on your Linux server and try and keep those unwanted hackers out of your files.

Starting from the lowest levels of passwords and working its way through ssh, firewalls and finishing on the services you run, it gives a general overview on the issues raised by running a server 24/7 and puts you on the right track to making your server as impervious as possible.

As part of this there is also instructions on how-to setup ProFTPd, located in the Programs Section.

  • Security
  • ProFTPD Installation

    Last Updated: 28/05/2001 @ 5:04pm by Mayhem
    Unix Timeline Posted Thursday, May 24, 2001 @ 11:27 PM by mayhem
    Moleman from LostUniverse was nice enough to send me the following link to a site detailing the timeline of the Unix OS, you can view it here, if your interested in history of the great OS.
    NewOs? NewOs. Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2001 @ 6:10 PM by unit
    NewOS or no NewOs

    Former BeOS kernel engineer Travis Geiselbrecht releases NewOs, the whole Operating System was written from scratch and is said to be quite powerful.

    Quote from Slashdot (
    "It currently runs on x86 and... Sega Dreamcast"

    NewOS should support Alpha, SGI and Sun Blade machines in the near future.

    I havent yet tried this "New OS" but from what i've seen it looks like its sure to be a hit semi-experienced all the way thru linux gurus.
    Advanced Linux PocketBook Out Now Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2001 @ 4:02 PM by mayhem
    Anonymous writes "For all those disappointed with the Linux PocketBook's lack of info, APC have released "The Advanced Linux PocketBook" consisting of Debian 2.2r2-i386 (Potato) and all the good luvvin required to set up security, KDE 2.1.1, kernel 2.4.3, mail/ftp servers, optimising your machine and more.

    In stores now for $19.95 (same as the standard Linux PocketBook) and available at"
    Optus@Home Transparent FTP Proxy Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2001 @ 12:47 PM by mayhem
    Well the news around is that Optus@Home have implemented a transparent FTP proxy similar to that of the transparent HTTP proxy that has been in place since almost the beginning.

    This has raised a few issues and concerns from people, yes the new proxy should make connections better but it also gives the outside world the idea that we all are coming from the one IP address.

    One of the mains concerns is that since we all seem to be behind this single IP that it affects security settings on FTP servers you may have at work or the likes. You will no longer be able to allow only your IP and deny the rest your will have to allow the new single IP which inturn will give anyone on Optus@Home access (keeping in mind they still need a username/password).

  • If you would like to discuss this then please click through to our forum.
  • Source of news:
    New crew member Posted Monday, May 21, 2001 @ 11:40 PM by mayhem
    Well due to the decrease in the amount of time that we have had to be able to work on the site lately we have welcomed a new member to our crew, UNIT. You may know him from the forums (a.k.a druglord) and you will be seeing alot of news, forum messages from him and articles as time progresses.

    We hope that this addition to the team will keep the site flowing with content and be able to provide the information relating to Linux on broadband that you want to read.
    Windows 200 Service Pack 2 Posted Friday, May 18, 2001 @ 2:50 AM by mayhem
    Windows 2000 SP2 is a collection of updates that fix issues to the Windows 2000 operating system since the general product availability in February 2000. Windows 2000 SP2 is designed to ensure Windows 2000 platform compatibility with newly released software and drivers, and contains updates that fix issues discovered by customers or via internal testing. The main areas addressed by this Service Pack are:

  • Application compatibility
  • Security, including the latest updates for known Windows 2000
  • security issues
  • Windows 2000 setup
  • Operating system reliability

    If you run Win2k and would like to read up on SP2, then please go here. Or if you want to download SP2 then you can get it from here. It comes in a 10MB Express Installation of the Network Installation which is 105MB.
    Submit News Feature Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2001 @ 3:16 AM by mayhem
    I have just spent the last few hours implementing a Submit News feature to the site. You will notice in the News titlebar there is the text (Submit).

    This new link is to a new page that will ask you to fill in details on a News post that you would like to make, it is then emailed to us and if we approve it then it will be posted on the site (just like these posts) when we get the chance.

    Hope you all enjoy and benefit from this new interactive feature...
    Server Info v1.0 & v2.0 Posted Sunday, May 13, 2001 @ 2:14 AM by mayhem
    Well as promised I am releasing my Server Info scripts. They both display the following information about your machine:
  • Distribution
  • Kernel Version
  • CPU Architecture
  • Memory Usage
  • Disk Usage
  • Current Uptime
  • On-Line Users
  • Date/Time

    The difference between the two is that the first uses simple text and invisible tables, while the second is more stylish and colouful. To see the scripts in action then follow these links, info.cgi and info2.cgi. Both scripts can be downloaded from here or alternatively the Files section of this site. Feedback would be appreciated, information is in the readme file or you can email me at

    Update: Both scripts have been tested and do work on Mandrake. Also make sure you upload them in ASCII mode, the readme.txt has been appended accordingly.
    Micrsoft's Own Linux Distro Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2001 @ 11:36 PM by mayhem
    Can it be? Are microsoft launching a distribution of Linux of there own? Well according to this ( site they are, due to be released in November of this year. Should be interesting to see if they have pulled out the WinGUI and put it in Linux and will this help bring Linux into the mainstream, so many questions that will have to wait till Novemeber 2001.

    "Microsoft Linux provides all the power of the Linux Operating System with the ease of use you've come to expect from Microsoft Products.

    Microsoft Linux brings a new level of productivity to Linux, without sacrificing flexibility, performance, and control. In addition to features like My Home Directory and My Configuration, Microsoft Linux contains greatly improved support for Web and Enterprise development."

    Incase you didn't quess, this is a joke site, thanks to Moleman at for telling us about its existence.
    Progeny Linux Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2001 @ 7:31 PM by mayhem
    Just a quick glimpse at a new version of Linux that has been talked about in the forum, Progeny Linux, its apparently has very "rock hard" security.

    "Progeny Linux Systems develops open source software and services for network computing environments. Our products and services combine the advantages of network computing - scalability, performance, and reliability - with the convenience and simplicity of centralized computing." -
    Mandrake 8.0 Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2001 @ 3:52 PM by xtracable
    Well after all the hype i have heard in the forums from people, i decided to try Mandrake 8.0 well after downloading it and installing it on my client machine, i have to say that yeah it is great.

    It is easy to install, but still every customizable with every wizard allowing you to chose advanced options. it automatically sets up your internet conection, hardware, everything! it has a wizzard for setting up a firewall/router, comes with KDE 2.1 and GNOME 1.4.

    My verdict it is an excellent workstation, with some great addons! Saying that I dont think I will every be able to completly switch my desktop environment from Windows to Linux. I have tried several times but I always end up back at that lovely windows screen!

    Click here if you would like to download mandrake 8.0
    General Site News Posted Monday, May 7, 2001 @ 5:44 PM by mayhem
    Well just thought I would update with some news about the site.

    For those of you who didn't know CableUsers and AdslUsers will be closing down at the end of June, they are being sold as Dean doesn't have the time to run them anymore, never fear he as informed us that he can more our hosting over to the AusForum and we can stay there :).

    The forum seems to be booming at the moment with many new posts everyday, this is good to see as it is meant to provide a way of helping each other out.

    Hopefully we will get some time very soon to put some new sections up and add more information, until then, happy browsing.
    Optus@Home IP Address Changes? Posted Friday, May 4, 2001 @ 8:24 PM by mayhem
    Well I didn't believe it when I was told, but apparently some people have experienced a change in their IP address. This is totally unexpected since Optus@Home uses a static IP based on your hostname (although they can change it).

    These IP changes have happened on the 203.164.13.x subnet and you can see a few reported cases in the the news groups (athome.aus.users.linux), the new IP these people have been getting is 203.164.252.x, wierd.

    The rumour is that Optus is restructing part of its network and the people affected on that subnet are getting new IP addresses, who knows this could be a temp thing or a perminant thing, all I can say is that I hope it doesn't spread...
    Security Section Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2001 @ 4:21 PM by mayhem
    Well due to a few e-mails requesting it, we are starting a new section for Security. Since Optus@Home is broadband and your Linux machine is always running, then it is vulnerable to anyone trying to gain unauthorised access, thus the need for a more secure machine to prevent any damage occuring to it as a result of this unwanted access.

    If you would like to suggest anything you would like to see in this section or you have some security information you think people should know then please e-mail us or post a message for all to see in the forum.