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Finding Rootkits on Windows/ Yum in Linux

Rootkit revealers for Windows. From a slashdot forum on how to know if your machine is a zombie. The thought of this terrifies me.

Here’s a list of valuable linux tools. Last night I made the switch to fedora (though I haven’t configured wireless or networking). I have to admit; I’m spoiled by gentoo’s emerge coolprogram commands. Which means I’m actually going to have to find and download various utilities (webmin, rsync, etc), to get them on my machine.

I’ve been in rpm hell before, but hopefully the fedora yum/up2date solution will prove easier to manage. Aside from having a little more confidence in fedora than gentoo, I’m actually curious about how much RH/Fedora’s update solution has progressed. This time I’m a little wiser and more on guard. In RH I ended up installing/upgrading RPMs, installing binaries and then compiling things by source. The trick is making default paths the same for all your installs, which I was sloppy on before. Hopefully the linux standard base (LSB) will make this whole thing a lot less painless. Update: Here’s a how-to specifically on updating multimedia packages using Fedora. For example, you won’t have the mp3 codec unless you first obtain the specific package.

I haven’t worked on a linux desktop in 2 years, although to be fair, almost all my tools are open source/platform neutral bits of software. So I might as well be running in linux. I can’t speak of hardware support or file explorers in linux, but I’ve been growing sick of them in Windows. To be fair though, USB support on Windows has been excellent, while linux has various hardware annoyances.

Unfortunately, although linux-based synchronization solutions exist for a Pocket PC, in fact no good contact/calendaring application on linux is comparable to or compatible with Pocket Outlook. It’s one of those days when I really wished that Nokia 770 had arrived a year early.