Tuesday, June 19, 2007

LinuxQuestions.org Turns 7 and Member Count Hits 300,000

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The popular Linux Community site LinuxQuestions.org (LQ) has turned 7 years old on 17 June 2007. "jeremy" the root annonced this officially on a forum thread. Just within a day, the member count has now reached 300,000!

That's a big number. Community driven sites with 300,000 members, isn't something you are going to come across daily. To be more amazing, the 300,000 count doesn't include members who have been staying with 0 posts. For example, the user 300,052 actually has the uid number of 349,117.

I (SkyEye of LQ) happened to be that enthusiastic member who kept counting (of course by looking at the counter) and announced both the 200,000 and 300,000 member counts. By revealing this I am practically giving up my anonymity on LQ. :) Anyway I'll consider it as a tribute to LQ.

However the distinction of LQ is not just in the numbers. LQ has always been know for the friendly Linux community which was always there to help. Started in 2000 by Jeremy Garcia who is more widely called just by his LQ username "jeremy", LQ remains one of the most popular and most active Linux communities in the Net. I wonder how many have noticed the link and description of LQ in Red Hat site. If the Big Red recommends it, it should be good enough, eh? :) I also bet some of you might have stumbled upon LQ threads while searching the web about your Linux questions. That's how I ended up being a member.

So I'd recommend this site for any Linux geek, wannabe and for people who want to believe. If you know how to ask a question, the answer is just a post away. For all sorts of Linux questions, there's LinuxQuestions.org.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

My Nmap Survey

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Here's a chance to all the geeks who read this blog to contribute to your favorite Open Source security scanner. If any of you have used Nmap please take a couple of minutes to complete this survey I created to capture end user feed back of the new NSE (Nmap Scripting Engine). FYI: I'm working with Nmap as a GSoC 2007 participant. I've already contacted some SysAdmins regarding this and this is the turn for you folks of the Blogospere :)

Gaveen's Nmap Survey

Nmap, the popular Open Source scanner have seen significant and rapid growth recently. Nmap being always a buzzing, swarming active Open Source collaboration, always attracted many (great many) users worldwide from it's early ages. If you are a SysAdmin (I mean a real one :) most probably you have already used it and loved it.

As a GSoC 2006 improvement there's a scripting system now available for Nmap. If you want to taste the latest things, try Nmap version 4.21ALPHA4 or the latest SVN snap. The new NSE system will launch Nmap to a higher plane of existence with many advanced usage possibilities.

As a GSoC 2007 participant, I'm assigned to develop scripts for Nmap. This is where I need your help. If you have any feedback please let me know. (If you cannot take the survey for any reason, please be kind enough to leave your feedback at least as a comment here.)
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Good Bye Prof. Samaranakaye

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Here's my message in the electronic condolence book for Prof. V.K. Samaranayake. If anyone still haven't signed it here is the link. Come on people, show the respect he deserves, if this man was not there, most of you wouldn't even be reading this.

"Despite whatever some may say, this is the one who brought the Sri Lankan ICT to this light. Had it not been him and his inspirational presence, a great number of Sri Lankan ICT professionals including me, would not be what we are.

So may this be a tribute to he who spent a well spent live life, proactively shaping the Sri Lankan ICT; Prof. V.K. Samaranayake. Sri Lanka bows down to their ICT pioneer.

Good bye. May you attain the solace you deserve!"
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