PARSEC curates Tru64 open source tools

The PARSEC Group has curated a set of open source tools for Tru64. It’s a set of software that the utility and IT infrastructure vendor brings to the Tru64 community. HP’s done nothing since 2006 for the superior OS built for Alpha servers. Support ran out in 2010.

PARSEC is releasing new ports of existing open source tools. HP once offered open source software via CD-ROM distribution. HP’s work ended in 2010. “PARSEC expands on this software base and extends it,” its webpage states. “Not only are we releasing packages, but we plan to continue to do so with a greater scope beyond the original HP offering.”

Like all good open source, the use and licensing for these Tru64 tools is free.

Open source tools deliver vital functionality for super Unix systems like Tru64. For example, there’s AIDE. It’s Advanced Intrusion Detection Environment, a file and directory integrity checker.

AIDE creates a database from the regular expression rules that it finds from the config files. Initializing the database is the first step in verifying the integrity of the files. It has several message digest algorithms that check the integrity of the file. All of the usual file attributes can also be checked for inconsistencies. It can read AIDE databases from older or newer versions.

One crucial open source tool hosted at the PARSEC site is OpenSSL. The software library of the SSL and TLS protocols is to secure applications against eavesdropping. OpenSSL will also ascertain the identity of the party at the other end. The core library, implements basic cryptographic functions and provides various utility functions.

Thirty additional open source tools for Tru64 are at the PARSEC webpage. ReadMe files tell all about functionality and integration.

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