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SSH (the secure shell for an insecure world)

Over the last few days, I’ve been messing about with Open SSH (the secure shell), which I need to connect to a MySQL database at my ISP, and upgraded the version on my Mac to the latest one. I had to upgrade Open SSL as well, and it was a bit of a hassle as well as a learning experience, but it all works fine now. I am especially happy that my little successes mean I won’t have to rely on Fink to obtain Unix software. As fine a project as Fink is, the packages I’ve been interested in are not up to date. This may mean that the Fink maintainers are being cautious about releasing new versions before thorough testing has been conducted, rather than simply not keeping up with new versions. I haven’t had any problems with any of the “cutting-edge” versions, however. Just lucky, I guess.

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