Sudo or not to Sudo...

I love SUDO....It let's me audit who became root or ran certain commands...It keeps me from having to remember Roots password on all of the systems I use.  That then let's me set really crazy passwords for Root.  The problem is that except for Ubuntu no one setups any groups or users to be able to run anything with it.  Sudo is one of the most powerful tools for managing users access to critical commands.  It let's you audit what has been done and by who.  As long as you take the time to define the programs and make everyone not just do "sudo su -".  For my home stuff though I am the only Linux Admin.  I probably will be until my son or daughter get old enough.  So setting myself up with sudo access on all my machines isn't that big a risk.  So for all of those systems you don't have it setup for automatically here is a link to a quick how to at Linux Journal to help you get it set up.  Thanks to Walt Jevack for pointing me to the link...

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.

Linux Foundation has announced the Keynotes for LinuxCon

LinuxCon the Linux Foundations Linux conference will be held in Boston August 10th - 12th.  They have announced the who will be keynoting for them.  The names include the founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center, Eben Moglen.  Stormy Peters, he is the executive Director of the Gnome Foundation.  The most interesting presentation in the list though is Jeffery Hammond, Principal Analyst for Forester Research.  He will be presenting recent data that shows increased developer adoption to open source platforms, frameworks and development processes, as well as greater awareness of IT Management about the benifits of mixed source development models.

Check out the article on linuxjournal.com and the actual press release at the linuxfoundation.org website.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.