RAM Speed according to Memtest86+

Here are some speed results for RAM according to Memtest86+ on some machines that I have run. Note that the reported speed varies between runs by a few percent.

Thinkpad 600e PentiumII 400Mhz PC-66 RAM (2 DIMMs) 174MB/s Compaq P3-866MHz PC133 RAM (3 DIMMs, 2*128 + 256) 190MB/s Compaq Athlon 1GHz PC133 RAM (3 DIMMs) [...]

Software vs Hardware RAID

It’s a commonly held myth that hardware RAID is unconditionally better than software RAID. That claim is not true in all cases and is particularly wrong at the low end.

Really Cheap Hardware RAID

The cheapest so-called hardware RAID uses RAID in the BIOS and relies on an OS driver for support when running in [...]

SE Linux Terminology

Security Context is the SE Linux label for a process, file, or other resource. Each process or object that a process may access has exactly one security context. It has four main parts separated by colons: User:Role:Domain/Type:Sensitivity Label. Note that the Sensitivity Label is a compile-time option that all distributions enable nowadays.

User in terms [...]

MySQL Cheat Sheet

This document is designed to be a cheat-sheet for MySQL. I don’t plan to cover everything, just most things that a novice MySQL DBA is likely to need often or in a hurry.

Configuring mysqld

If you are going to provide a database service to other machines edit /etc/mysql/my.cnf and set the bind-address parameter to [...]

thanks.txt on my Play Machine

On my SE Linux Play Machine I have a file in the root home directory named thanks.txt_append_only_dont_edit_with_vi which users can append random comments to. It kept slowly growing from the time of Fedora Core 2 to today, here is the text. Any text within brackets is my response to a question.

you can send messages [...]

Installing SE Linux on Debian/Lenny

Currently Debian/Lenny contains all packages needed to run SE Linux. Development continues so there are periodic updates which sit in Unstable for a while before migrating to Lenny (testing).

I have set up my own APT repository for SE Linux packages. This has packages that need newer versions than in Lenny but which will be [...]

SE Linux Magic

Here is a complete list of entries for /etc/magic related to SE Linux.

# SE Linux policy database for Fedora versions less than 5, RHEL 4, and Debian before Etch # 0      lelong  0xf97cff8c      SE Linux policy >16    lelong  x              v%d >20    [...]

SE Linux Saves

Here are links to some instances when SE Linux prevented exploits from working or mitigated their damage: [...]

Going Live with a Linux Server

Based on past mistakes by myself and others, here is a check-list before putting a Linux (or other Unix) server online:

Run memtest86+ (or an equivalent program for other architectures) before going live, ideally run it before installing the OS. Run it again every time you upgrade the RAM. Reboot the machine after every significant [...]