Announcing the Utter Ramblings EL5 Repository

August 28, 2007 by · 4 Comments 

It's been a long time coming (I believe the first time I mentioned creating packages for Enterprise Linux 5 was back in April), but yes, that's right, the packages from my EL4 repository have finally been recompiled for use under RHEL and CentOS 5!

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ModSecurity (mod_security) Packages Now Available

August 24, 2007 by · 34 Comments 

ModSecurity (mod_security) 2.1.2 has been added to my Yum Repository at the request of multiple users. ModSecurity is a Web Application Firewall that can help to minimize the threat from attacks such as SQL injections, protocol violations, and other common attacks. The standard configuration is courtesy of the ModSecurity Core Rules and will do a pretty good job of protecting your site from all of the script-kiddies out there (although that's no excuse for not keeping your system up to date).

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Happy 25th Birthday to Me!

August 21, 2007 by · 3 Comments 

Yes, that's right, today I turn 25 years old. For those curious about the grand old year of 1982, the following are just a few of the notable things that happened:

  • January 8 - AT&T agreed to break up its monopoly over the local phone exchanges (creating the "Baby Bells").
  • January 17 - Temperatures drop to record lows on "Cold Sunday", including a drop to -27 °F in Chicago, Illinois (very near where I was born).
  • May 2 - The Weather Channel airs on cable for the first time (threw this one in for my girlfriend, she was a Meteorology major in college).
  • June 5 - The first Rubik's Cube World Championship is held in Budapest, Hungary.
  • July2 - Lawn Chair Larry makes his maiden voyage at 16,000ft on a lawn chair tied to 45 weather balloons.
  • August 17 - The first commercial Compact Disc (CD) is produced for release in Germany (it was ABBA's "The Visitors", if you're wondering)
  • September 26 - Knight Rider, starring David Hasselhoff, first airs on NBC.
  • October 1 - Sony launches the first consumer CD player (model CDP-101).
  • December 26 - Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" award is given to the Computer.

Source: Wikipedia page on "1982"

MySQL stops providing Enterprise source for free

August 9, 2007 by · 9 Comments 

For the past few months I have been providing "Red Hat"-style RPMs of the newest MySQL versions, including the Enterprise-only releases. Unfortunately it looks like that practice is going to come to an end. The developers of MySQL have decided to change the release policy of the Community version and the availability policy of the Enterprise sources.

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Upgrading to MySQL 5.0.46 on RHEL and CentOS

August 9, 2007 by · 4 Comments 

MySQL 5.0.46 is the newest release available to MySQL Enterprise customers. As with prior versions I've built my customary "Red Hat"-style RPMs. The source code for this release has since been removed from the main MySQL FTP site (don't worry, it wasn't pulled due to bugs, more on this in a later article) but I grabbed it before it disappeared.

As with all of my releases, all you’ll need to do is run a ‘yum update’ if you’re a user of my repository. Those wishing to compile from source can do so with the src.rpm at the bottom of this post but unless you’ve got a good reason, I wouldn’t recommend it because it takes forever and a day for the testing to run to completion and it will fail near the end if you’re one of those people that likes to compile as ‘root’.

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