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[News] A Look at Free Server Monitoring Tools, VLC, and OSSEC

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Open source server monitoring

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| Computers get faster and smaller every year, but in the case of servers â the 
| building blocks for many modern businesses â the tasks we expect them to 
| perform have increased to match. We so rely on these servers that we 
| increasingly need to monitor what they do, how they do it and when they hit 
| problems.    


VLC Media Player 1.0.1: A Must-have 

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| Many of us are consuming video and audio content as part of our working 
| lives; some of us are broadcasting it and encoding it, too. For both types of 
| tasks, one of the best applications that you can get is the free, open-source 
| VLC Media Player. It recently came out in a significantly updated version 
| 1.0, and is now out in a stable version 1.0.1. Iâve been using the new 
| version, and highly recommend it, whether youâre running Windows, Mac OS X or 
| Linux.      


Q&A: OSSEC, the open source host-based intrusion detection system

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| OSSEC is an open source HIDS that merges log analysis, file integrity 
| monitoring, rootkit detection and active responses. It started as a 
| side-project to help me solve some problems that I had on a previous job (6-7 
| years ago). They had the need to do integrity checking on multiple systems 
| (Linux, Solaris AIX, etc) and Tripwire just didn't scale for us. We were 
| forced to make it scale, and started using it because was the only solution 
| available at the time, but it was a pain to manage individually on 100+ 
| servers.       



Music Player Review: VideoLAN - VLC Media Player

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| Some more awesome VLC capabilities:
| Â Â * Shoutcast audio/video - Under Playlist -> Additional Sources
| Â Â * Streaming video from one source to another (or to a file)
| Â Â * Viewing your webcam (and streaming it elsewhere)
| Â Â * Playing DVDs
| Â Â * Playing practically any video/audio file


VLC: An Excellent Media Player (Finally) Turns 1.0.0

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| VLC media player is an open-source application from VideoLAN that runs on
| Windows, Mac OS and Linux. (For a full list of supported OSes, see VideoLANâs
| site.) You may not think you need an application to play back videos, with so
| much browser-based content available these days, but downloading VLC is a
| no-brainer if you want to watch any kind of offline content, whether thatâs
| stuff you download (legally, ahem, or not) or even DVDs you pop into your
| computer.


VLC Media Player Skins2 Contest announced

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| The VideoLAN Project developers have announced the start of the Skins2
| Contest for the VLC media player. VLC (formerly called VideoLAN Client) is a
| free open source cross-platform multimedia player for various audio and video
| formats. The contest will run until the 29th of May and a public vote will be
| held from the 29th of May to the 1st of June. The VLC developers point out
| that they reserve the right to veto inappropriate submissions.


VLC 0.9.9: The best media player just got better

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| If you've yet to try VLC, do so. Whether you just want to play media files or
| also want to convert them, VLC can handle just about anything you throw at
| it. When all other media players fail, whether on Windows, Linux, or the Mac,
| VLC will almost always deliver.


VLC. The swiss army knife of video viewing.

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| Windows users are especially familiar with this. You come across a video file
| that you wish to see and click on it. Waiting in anticipation for the visual
| candy to delight your eyes you are disappointed to be greeted with a message
| similar to this. Codec not installed. Often the program offers to search for
| the missing codec and install it for you. Then comes the real heart breaker.
| The codec is not to be found!


VLC goes to nine point two

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| Sometimes I get the feeling that I only know about 5% of what VLC can do.
| Everyone knows it's a dependable, free, cross-platform media player. But read
| through the release notes for the latest version, 0.9.2, and you will see a
| dizzying array of server, network streaming, and conversion functions, most
| of which I have never even touched -- and the new VLC exposes a lot more of
| that functionality.
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| But even with those quibbles, VLC is easier to use and does a more consistent
| job of exposing its functionality than either MPlayer of Xine. VLC's
| interface does not get in your way, and you do not have to read a tutorial to
| get started with it. It just works. Add to that the fact that VLC is robust
| on all three major desktop OSes, and you have a winner.


Slick VLC Media Player Out In a New Version

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| In the new version, VLC Media Player remains small and lightweight enough to
| carry on a USB thumb drive. There is a full features list for every supported
| platform here. Under input formats and decoders on the list, you can get a
| good sense of the vast number of formats that VLC Media Player supports,
| inlcuding many that proprietary players don't support. (The Ogg format is
| supported.)


VLC gets a new look on Windows and Linux

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| After two years in development, VLC, the universal media player, has moved
| from the 0.8.x versions to version 0.9.2. The release, named "Grishenko", is
| available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and other operating systems, is
| available to download from the Videolan web site. The most visible new
| feature in the Windows and Linux versions is a new user interface. The new
| interface uses Qt4, replacing the previous wxWidgets-based interface as the
| default interface and allowing for better internationalisation and a richer
| set of graphical controls.

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