Hello! It's a lovely January day outside, full of clear skies and sunshine. The cat is gazing longingly out the window, and if it weren't for the chilly temperature, it would be a wonderful day to write from a hammock in the backyard. Instead, your editor is typing away from the safety of indoors, to bring you the Linux newsletter for another week.
Like nearly all "common knowledge," there's a bit of untruth to the mantra that "Linux has no good games." Howard Wen's on a quest to find and write about all that is interesting in this space. You may remember his report on Falcon's Eye earlier this month. This week, he's interviewed the creator of Falcon's Eye, asking about the pitfalls of portability and of prettifying a popular pasttime. Read more in the Jaakko Peltonen Interview.
The fabulous Jacek Artymiak returns this week to explain one of the most basic (and frequently overlooked) security techniques--applying patches. OpenBSD has a few lovable quirks and Patching OpenBSD will lead you through them safely.
Speaking of patches, Noel Davis has yet more Security Alerts. This week, CUPS, dhcpd, and Bitkeeper have potential remote exploits.
Last, but certainly not least, Adam Trachtenberg (coauthor of the PHP Cookbook) demonstrates how to build and run PHP 4 under Mac OS X. Version 4.3 of PHP now runs under Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2). For more webby goodness, see PHP 4.3 and Mac OS X.
Don't forget LinuxWorld Expo this week. Check out our LWE 2003 page for information on our O'Reilly booth. Conference reports are more than welcome.
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As usual, there are plenty of interesting weblogs--of note, see those that discuss the Eldred verdict. (You could also read a mea culpa about a couple of articles featured in previous newsletters....) Next week, for certain, the long-promised dynamic firewall rules article!
Falcon's Eye: The Making-Over of Nethack
Few games have the staying power of Nethack, yet its interface hasn't strayed from its roguelike roots. Enter Jaakko Peltonen's Falcon's Eye. Gaming author Howard Wen explores the new clothes on a classic game.
Jaakko Peltonen on Falcon's Eye
Falcon's Eye, an impressive graphical front-end to the venerable text-only Nethack is a milestone in open source gaming. In this interview, Howard Wen talks with Jaakko Peltonen, creator of Falcon's Eye, about the technical and social issues the project has faced.
The nice thing about software is that you can patch it to fix problems. The tricky thing about software is that you have to patch it to fix problems. Your systems are only as secure as your patching strategy allows. Jacek Artymiak explains how to apply patches to your OpenBSD machines.
Emmanuel Dreyfus Interview
A recent update of the NetBSD Mach and Darwin binary compatibility page left several people wondering if OS X apps now ran nearly-natively. Emmanuel Dreyfus, one of the leaders of the project, has graciously agreed to an interview. What's this binary compatibility and what does it mean?
PHP 4.3 and Mac OS X
The recently released version 4.3 of PHP lets you customize it with your favorite configuration. Adam Tractenberg, coauthor of PHP Cookbook, shows you how to download, configure, and install your very own PHP on Mac OS X.
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