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  1. If you haven't tried Deluge yet, I'd give it a whirl. Pretty similar to Utorrent as far as look and feel. Very lightweight, but has most of the features you're looking for. Like file selection, DHT, and such. It's fairly new and I just started using it a few days ago, but so far it's become my favorite and only bittorrent client. Might be worth giving it a try.
  2. His answer was fairly accurate if you're into the linux area. C/C++ is really kind of a must unless you just want to do everything from scratch. Provided you want to do that type of work, otherwise any scripting language works. Network knowledge is usually a good thing. Just depends on your direction really. Either way at some point his suggestions for you will most likely be valid, priorities are your department.
  3. Mencoder is probably the best I've seen. The ease of use with the gui based apps becomes a failing when you're converting various formats. For converting to PAL just about anything should work though. For shifting black levels and such should that become a problem mencoder/ffmpeg.
  4. For future reference. If there's a way to NMAP the openbsd ports system which has NOTHING to do with TCP/IP ports you let me know. I have no idea what brought you to the conclusion that nmap'ing this machine would be... a good idea. You might as well have told the guy to beat his machine with a toothbrush. How's that for productivity?
  5. Easy enough. FreeBSD for the mid-level machines. High performance, (when properly tuned), stable, and as secure as you make it. Which is really the case with any unix flavor. Gentoo on the desktops, linux in many desktop related cases has the better support, although not always. Solaris on the servers, mostly for network buffer/throughput purposes, but as I'm sure many know Solaris has many other benefits. Too numerous to list here.
  6. Try updating your ports via anoncvs, or cvsup whichever. Also, double check your "/etc/make.conf" to make sure there aren't any freaky settings in there.
  7. For file integrity, I just use mtree. If used correctly it can be just as reliable as tripwire, without all the licensing hassle. Takes a bit more know how to get up and running as a file integrity checker, but it's not too bad. Spamassassing/clamav is my personal preference for mail. Packet Filter/ALTQ for the firewall, and everything else I tend to use is pretty much covered. Oh, and Squid. In my experience Squid is definitely worthwhile, it can be rather time consuming to get up and running properly, but the benefits in speed/security far outweigh the time required to set it up. Squid is probably my best tool for protecting my users from their own stupidity, and protecting my anonymity. All while being probably the most effective ad blocker I've ever had.
  8. Er, no it couldn't. His question was already answered.
  9. As far as doing an su to root, your user probably isn't in the 'wheel' group. Use 'id username', and if wheel isn't listed in your users groups try 'pw groupmod wheel -M username' as root, and then try to su. As far as logging into your user from the prompt... that's an odd issue. I'd venture to say that it could be a vmware related issue. If it gives you some kind of message paste it and I may be able to assist with that as well.
  10. Switching to FreeBSD is fairly easy from most linux distros I've found. Just don't be afraid to turn to the FreeBSD Handbook. Be sure to pay close attention to the ports system, which is probably going to be the most drastic difference. Other than that a lot of things are pretty similar. It can handle linux binaries/source with linux-base/compat. FreeBSD also comes packaged with plenty of examples, (/usr/share/examples, /etc/defaults, /usr/local/share/examples) should you need them.
  11. Yes it is the way to go and it is better than java. However you are missing two points. 1) Dont limit your self. EVER 2) C++ is more complex than java for a newb to programming. Start with Java it's simple and when you get used to the way it's structured C++ is very close. I'd say it really depends on the environment you're using. If you're planning on doing this in a windows environment, C++/Java might be the way to go. If you're looking at tackling programming in a *nix environment, then straight C is definitely your best bet. Especially since you mentioned modifying source. A good 90% of the time the source I deal with is in pure C. Either way, figure out what you're looking to do, and just use the best tool for the job. Usually many different goals require many different languages. My point is, you should worry less about which language you're going to write in, and spend more time figuring out what exactly it is you want to do. From there choosing the right tool for the job is easy.
  12. That's because your problem was common, on the mailing list, and you could have patched it in all of two minutes, but now the patch is default, so the problem took care of itself.
  13. BSD

    Uh, rtfm? They're all pretty easy to install. I guess if you can't handle the install, you couldn't handle using the tools that came with it in the first place. Either way, here's my run down on the different bsd os's.. NetBSD: Mainly for portability, not the best bsd out there by a long shot, but if you're looking to run bsd on your xbox/cell-phone/random-device-here then it's your best bet by far. OpenBSD: Very secure, pretty fast. The only thing you really have to watch out for with OpenBSD, is the ports tree. They go over their ports with a fine-toothed comb, so don't expect OpenBSD to have the latest port releases available on the tree. If that's not a problem, then it's a great choice. FreeBSD: My personal favorite. Uses UFS2, which is ungodly fast. (soft updates + journaling = unstoppable.) SMP that doesn't resemble a fork bomb, (linux), fast, fairly simple to use. Has really good emulation so you don't have to worry about which app will run on what.