Astronomy for fun (education, science, whatever). Nightfall is an interactive application to simulate eclipsing binary stars, and to produce animated views, synthetic lightcurves and more. Takes into account the non-spherical shape of close binary stars, mutual reflection, and some other effects. Comes with documentation, on-line help, and lots of observational data of real binary stars. Supports the Gnome desktop, but doesn't require it.
samhain is a daemon that can check file integrity, search the file tree for SUID files, and detect kernel module rootkits (Linux only). It can be used either standalone or as a client/server system for centralized monitoring, with strong (192-bit AES) encryption for client/server connections and the option to store databases and configuration files on the server. For tamper resistance, it supports signed database/configuration files and signed reports/audit logs. It has been tested on Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, and Unixware.
Beltane is a Web-based central management console for the samhain file integrity system. If samhain is used in a client/server setup, beltane enables the administrator to browse client reports, acknowledge them, and update file signature databases stored centrally on the log server.
Re: Project hosting
> As the author of these classes, I can
> tell you that the service provided by
> the site is wonderful.
> I am
> sure if you would develop Open Source
> projects, you would appreciate the
> service provided by the site.
I am developing open source projects, and I certainly wouldn't
consider hosting them on this site, for the following reasons:
1. It is almost impossible to navigate the site. Almost every link either pops up some ad, or redirects to a full-page ad that redirects to the target page after some timeout. This is not the kind of site where I would like to dwell for some time, looking around for goodies - rather it is exactly the type of site that I wish to visit for the shortest amount of time possible, and wish to leave as soon as possible. Let alone that the ads are not even on topic.
I fully admit that there is a need for generating revenue by ads - google does it, freshmeat does it, almost everyone else does it, too - but there are obnoxious ways of advertising, and friendly/bearable ones. phpclasses.org is one of the worst I've ever come to see. An important part of good advertisement is the art of attracting users, instead of alienating them.
2. You say that one can opt out of the 'newsletters'. Then why does the site try to prevent signing up with a spamgourmet (http://spamgourmet.com) mail address? If I can opt out anyway, the site shouldn't care. The only possible reason for caring is the desire to collect valid email addresses (for spam?).
If I want to be informed about updates to some software, I can always subscribe to it on freshmeat. This is much nicer (because I can opt-in, rather than having to opt-out of something I didn't ever want in the first place).
As a developer, I don't want to expose my users to a flood of junk ads, and I also don't want to force emails down their throat. I'd rather prefer if they have a pleasurable overall experience.
This project, like all others from this author, is hosted at phpclasses.org, an absolutely obnoxious site which apparently only exists to throw as much advertising as possible towards its users. Apart from frequent pop-up windows and redirects, they require subscription for downloading, openly announce that they will bombard every subscriber with spam ('newsletters', as they call it), and make an extra effort to prevent subscriptions with a disposable address from spamgourmet.com. Thankfully, they don't know all domains for spamgourmet.