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 Date: Sun, 29 Sep 1996 01:46:02 -0700
Subject: MPEG
From: Tristan RAMBO Savatier tristan@mpeg.org

FYI: Linux now has a fast MPEG software player !

Check MpegTV at http://www.mpegtv.com/


 Date: Mon, 30 Sep 1996
Subject: Help?? Firewalling under 2.0.X
From: jwells@nwlink.com (James E. Wells)


I know this message should normally be sent to one of the linux newsgroups, however I felt this to be a bit more efficient. Basically the problem is that I can't seem to get IP Masquerading going under 2.X. I have enabled firewalling / masquerading and disabled forwarding / bridging. When I look at /proc/net I have two alias files which have to do with the IP Aliasing, and I have IP Accounting, Forwarding, Input, and Output, however I have no Masquerading. I have rebuilt the kernel a number of times to no avail. I have toyed with ipfwadm a number of times and found that it works fine for all forms of firewalling except for Masquerading. Any help from you or the readers of this, the best electronic mag on the net, would be greatly appreciated.

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|| mailto:james@LaserDyn.com       | |         Northwest Link         ||
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(Okay, all you firewall experts out there, who's got a good answer for this one? --Editor)

 Date: Wed, 02 Oct 1996 14:45:06 -0400
Subject: Wow! Support for Win 1.3 :)
From: Eric Wright majestik@netcom.ca

In issue #10, Product Announcements

V Multi-Platform GUI Version 1.13 of V for X, Windows 1.3, and WIN32 (NT, Windows95) was released on September 9, 1996. It is....
Windows 1.3, eh? heheh

Ps: great job with LG, keep it up ...

(Oops, didn't read that one close enough, I guess. I'd say that was a definite typo, and it would have been nice to have mentioned Linux more directly. This product does work for Linux--there is an article by Dr. Wampler about it in the upcoming December issue of Linux Journal. Anyway I've changed it to take out all Windows references. Sorry about that. --Editor)

 Date: Thu, 03 Oct 1996 10:35:38 +0000
Subject: #10
From: "Adam D. Moss" adam@uunet.pipex.com

Thanks for another Linux Gazette issue!


          Adam D. Moss / Consulting / adam@uunet.pipex.com
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  UUNET PIPEX / 332 Science Park / Milton Road / Cambridge CB4 4BZ
   / England / Voice +44 (0)1223 250100 / Fax +44 (0)1223 250101
-  -  -  - - - - -- -- -- --- ---- --------=---=---=--=--=-=-==-====
(Short and sweet. Thank you for reading LG. --Editor)

 Date: Thu, 03 Oct 1996 15:12:16 +0800
Subject: Postscript Format Request
From: Phil Lewis lewispj@eeye.com.sg

Could you please provide the lg in postscript format please so that it will be possible to easily read it in hard copy format - It will get a wider readership and reduce unnecessary multiple www downloads each time within our organization.

Thanks, Phil Lewis
Electric Eye

(Due to popular request, I have added one big text file to the list of options in the Table of Contents called "The Whole Damn Thing 1". Also. thanks to one of our readers (see next letter) there is also an HTML file called "The Whole Damn Thing 2". For now that's the best I can do for you--postscript and other formats will have to wait. --Editor)

 Date: Thu, 03 Oct 1996 12:56:52 -0500
Subject: New Set Up of LG
From: Tushar Teredesai Tushar@Agents.ECE.IIT.Edu


I miss the old set up of LG whereby I could download the whole of the LG which was contained in a single page. Even issue 9 had and alternative comprising the whole LG in a single page. Hope U provide such a complete page again. Though there is text version of the entire thing, I would prefer a html version.

Maybe I could do that combining to a single .html and .txt if U tell me how (i.e. the rules for formatting.)

BTW, great job. Very useful for guys like me who are new entrants to administration of their own systems after being dependent on others to do the dirty job.


-->> http://Tushar.Home.ML.Org
-->> mailto:Tushar@Agents.ECE.IIT.Edu
Running ....... Cos anything else would be a waste...
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         :::  *                  `::.    ::'
         ::: .::  .:.::.  .:: .::  `::. :'
         :::  ::   ::  ::  ::  ::    :::.
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(What a wonderful idea! Neither Michael, the webmaster, nor I have time to combine LG each month, and we were thinking of putting out requests for someone to do it for us. And here's a volunteer! So we now have "The Whole Damn Thing 2" in HTML format for issue 9 thanks to Michael, and for issue 10 thanks to Tushar. What great guys! --Editor)

 Date: Wed, 02 Oct 1996 23:00:22 -0400
Subject: Linux version of aprs
From: bill pemberton wapembe@gallows.smart.net

in the current (issue 10) of the Linux Gazette you mentioned that a Linux version of aprs was available. can you provide further ref? i searched the ham links on the net but could find no reference to the Linux version. thanks for the assist.
wapembe@smart.net "actual meaningless quote to be inserted soon!"

(Sorry, I personally cannot. You might try writing Steve Stroh (strohs@halcyon.com), who sent us the TAPR Position Statement that appears elsewhere in this issue. --Editor)

 Date: 05 Oct 1996 23:42:02 +0200
Subject: mailing list
From: Markus Gutschke gutschk@uni-muenster.de

Have you considered to set up a mailing list that distributes copies of Linux Gazette? For me, it is very cumbersome to actively look for new versions of files and to download them from the net; sending/receiving e-mail/news is fine though, because this can be automated and I do it in batch-mode every night.


(Yes, this has been requested before, and is on the list of things to possibly do in the future. However, setting up and maintaining a mailing list is not something I have time for in the foreseeable future. Since I plan to have a new issue up on the first of each month, you only have to look for changes once a month. That shouldn't be too cumbersome.--Editor)

 Date: Sat, 12 Oct 1996 14:17:49 -0400
Subject: William R. Della Croce, Jr.
From: "rikk@dragonstar.net" rikk@dragonstar.net


In reference to your article on whether or not Linux is a registered trademark or not...

First off allow me to say "This guy is the lowest in the scum chain." There is commercialization, and there is gluttony. Seems to me this person is trying to take over the Linux name to better his pockets. I wish you had printed his e-mail address, and let him get a feel for the anger and disgust...

At any rate, keep up the good work!


| Life on the edge, dragonstar.net                                      
|           Friends don't let friends do DOS!                           
| Running Linux 2.x  Intel x86                                          
(Yes, well, while we agree with your sentiments, printing his e-mail address would probably not have been productive. Lawyers are working on this situation, and we keep hearing that we will be getting an announcement any day now. Maybe this week, something will break. It will be on the "Linux Hot News" button as soon as it does. Thanks for writing. --Editor)

 Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 14:55:31 -0400
Subject: pointer trouble
From: Bill Semler wsemler@epix.net

Hi -

Just wanted to let you know that the URL ftp://ftp.ssc.com/pub/lg pointed to in, roughly, the middle of the front page actually points to ftp.ssc.com/lg which will display the directory structure but things cannot be accessed. Not a real big deal, but... Thanks for everything.

Bill Semler, N3RLR

(Thanks for letting me know. I've got it fixed now. Don't know why, but leaving out the /pub happens to me often when I type that address. Think it must be time to set up an abbreviation for it, so vi can take care of it for me. --Editor)

 Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 16:05:00 -0700
Subject: Linux Gazette versions
From: paulc@sunsite.unc.edu

I noticed a few people recently wanting to take versions of the Linux Gazette home with them or trying to convert them to run on MS-Win systems, well there is a program on the Amiga which fetches pages from the web and changes links over in the process to either an absolute or relative path - great for the gazette. Well, I'm in the process of converting this program to Linux, and would be happy to supply you with the compilable source code so that you can then place the file generated by this program on one of the pages for download (after gzipping it maybe)


(Thanks for thinking of me. This does sound like easy method, and an easier method is always a better method. Send it on when it's ready. --Editor)

 Date: Tue, 22 Oct 1996 14:17:57 -0700
Subject: Xwindows depth
From: James Amendolagine uq274@freenet.victoria.bc.ca


I have recently been messing with my x-server, and have managed to get a depth of 16, ie 2^16 colors. This works really nice with netscape, but some programs (doom, abuse, and other games) wont work with this many colors. Do you know of a fix? I have tried to get X to support multiple depths--to no avail. The man-page suggests that some video cards support multiple depths and some don't. How do I know if mine does.

I would really like to see an article on this subject,


(Okay, guys here's another request for help with a good idea for an article. All you authors out there looking for a subject, start writing. --Editor)

 Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 12:54:11 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: have you seen latest replacement for X?
From: jim fetters gfetters@uxa.ecn.bgu.edu

well, sort of. please check this out.



 Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 08:10:41 +0200
Subject: could not login to ftp server
From: Hermann Boeken hboeken@de.lucent.com


In the mailbag of LG 10 you write:

> (No problem. tar files are available, I've just been having technical
> difficulties -- they were unreadable. At any rate John Fisk sent us new
> files that are now up at ftp://ftp.ssc.com/pub/lg/. Also, our issue 10 file,
> lg_issue10.tar.gzp and all issues (1-10) file, LinuxGazette_oct96.tar.gzp
> are located at that site. --Editor)

But it is (still?) not possible to login to the ftp server.


.-Hermann Boeken--Fon:+49-911-5266186---'::;-------;;:--.
|                 Fax:+49-911-5266299   :::,,       :;; |
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|                   Lucent Technologies  ;;:       .;:  |
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| OEPT                                     ':;;;:;:'    |
| System Integration & Test                             |
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(Hmmm, it's been working for some time. The mirror sites have all downloaded files from the ftp server with no problem. I guess I need to know more about the type of problem you are having -- what kind of messages you get, etc.? If you are using a web browser--which one and what version? I have tried to write you directly several times, but all mail comes back marked "Host unknown". --Editor)

 Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 17:10:52 +0100
Subject: Mirroring of Linux Gazette
From: Massimo Orlando massimo@asterix.unime.it

I am a student of Computer Science at University of Messina and I am the system administrator of the Server of the Department. I have written the form to become a mirror of the Linux Gazette but I have a question for you:

Must I download the compress file (LinuxGazette_xxx.tar.gz) or is it automatic?

P.S.: sorry for my english

Thank you for your future answer.
Massimo Orlando

(Massimo, I seem to be having trouble getting mail to you--it keeps coming back with unrecoverable errors. There is a README.mirrors file on the ftp site, ftp://ftp.ssc.com/pub/lg/ with instructions. It is definitely not automatic. The University's site is very cool, and I will be happy for you to mirror LG. I will need an exact address though (for both the mirror and you); it was not obvious to me how to find LG just by looking at the University's main web page. Please write again. --Editor)

 Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 14:53:13 -0500
Subject: http://cenotaph.generec.nl/lg/issue10/index.html
From: teun@cyclone.generec.nl

(Nice and short and full of information. Only two problems: I can't find this page (Netscape returns "No DNS entry"), and mail to this address is returned "host unknown". Please write again. --Editor)

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