Welcome to the LinuxFocus May/June 2003
Recently at a party I met a woman who is working for Microsoft. Even
though I wasn't exactly in the mood of diving into the topic Linux vs.
Microsoft with her she couldn't resist mentioning that she thought the
(natural) monopoly of Microsoft was a good thing for everybody. The
company would offer good products for a good prize. Hmm,
for some people this might be so. But why is Linux a success then? How
does it come that I as well as many other people like Linux so much that
we can't imagine working with Windows ever again? There are many reasons
why I like Linux: First of all I like to have a choice and I like my
freedom. Some people like a tough boss or dictator because then they
don't have to take responsibility and they don't have to think. For those
Windows certainly the right system to use.
Linux however gives you
freedom, freedom in every meaning of the word.
By using Linux I have many choices. It starts with the
distribution I am using as there are many, it goes on with the look and
feel of the desktop and even on the operating system and kernel
level I can customize it as I like.
I have the
freedom to change the programs, to add functionality, to use them as I like
and as often as I please. I am not spied by anyone and nobody tells me
when I should change or update. I can maintain and use my Linux PC for as
many years as I like. This is especially important for server systems which
can generally live for a very long time, 5 years, 10 years...
But of course this freedom has its price and you don't get a "free
lunch" by using Linux: you can't use Linux successfully if you are not
ready to spend hours and hours to learn about the system. Unless you are
only using those programs that already come with your distribution
you will find that
e.g. the installation often is tricky or the program has some bugs that
need to be fixed first.
Whether you value this freedom enough to be willing to pay this prize is
finally up to your choice!
But if you do LinuxFocus might be able to help you get the necessary
GUI Programming with GTK
This is the first article in a series on programming of graphical user
interfaces with GTK.
Concurrent programming - Message queues (2)
This series of articles has the purpose of introducing the
reader to the concept of multitasking and to its implementation
in the Linux operating system.
GWorkspace, the GNUstep Workspace Manager
The concept of Workspace Manager appeared with NeXT at the end of the 80's. It
was a complete new way of using a system GUI. GWorkspace is the GNUstep free
implementation of this revolution.
IDS - Intrusion Detection System, Part I
This article will not only present typical IDS architectures
but also typical attacks against Intrusion Detection Systems
are discussed and analysed.
The LinuxFocus Tip
Need a psychotherapy?
Start emacs and type "M-x doctor" or menu-bar=>help-menu=>eliza
Describe your problem in one english sentence and hit return twice.
Have fun :-)