Tag Archives: Mandriva

“BSD vs. Linux” or “what to do when your favourite Linux distro falls appart”

I am quite frustrated about the things that have been going on around Mandriva in those last weeks and days. After Mandriva fired most of its’ active and vital developers, a major part of the Mandriva community has decided to fork the distribution and restart under the new name “Mageia” [1]. Originally coming from a Continue Reading →

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google-chrome or chromium and SSL client certificates

Many of our restricted services rely on client authentication based on X.509 SSL certificates. And some of the better (say user friendly 🙂 ones’ are accessible using a web interface. So, with Firefox certificate based authentication is relatively easy to implement, yet when using google-chrome or chromium I was quite lost on how to manage Continue Reading →

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IBM ServRAID tools and Mandriva Linux 2010.0

We recently purchased a couple of Lenovo RD120 servers (exellent quality!) coming with an IBM ServRAID-8k SAS/SATA controller. This RAID controller is well known from the IBM x35xx series and features RAID levels 0,1,5,6,10 and 1e (whateever level ‘1e’ may be :-), 256MB of RAM and a backup battery to finish write operations once power Continue Reading →

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real time encrypted directories in Mandriva 2009.1

Data encryption is no obscure thing only secret agents and computer experts should know about but instead be a fundamental precausion against theft of the storage medium or even the entire computer you have stored your personal data upon. The choices are many in Linux, ranging from creating dedicated partions to encrypted directories and finally Continue Reading →

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Installing Torbutton on Mandriva 2009.1

As it seems we are all about 2 be surveillanced to an extend where it really starts to hurt even me as an “ordinary” user. So one of the possibilities one has is to use Tor [1]. Tor essentially allows you to browse the internet without others eavesdropping you and tracking, what sites you accessed Continue Reading →

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