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Linux Mastering the Enterprise Volume Management System
Post date: April 13, 2005, 19:04 Category: System Views: 1198 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: The Enterprise Volume Management System, or EVMS, is a disk, partition, and file system manager for Linux that claims to be a comprehensive tool for all disk management tasks. I ran across EVMS and found the idea appealing, so I decided to try it out. I've been working with it for a couple of weeks now, and this article describes what I found.
Mepis Mepis + apt = Working On Easy Street
Post date: April 13, 2005, 19:04 Category: System Views: 2276 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: My reasoning for combining the traditional Debian apt command with Mepis was speed and efficiency. Also, in the fine tradition of open source, I could choose to use the command line instead of the Kpackage or Mepis System Center package management screen. This is a good way to learn about Debian systems that builds confidence for new users right off the bat.

Let's see how apt works with Mepis.
Fedora+Core Keeping Fedora Up to Date with Yum
Post date: April 13, 2005, 01:04 Category: System Views: 2550 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: Yum is an automatic updater and package management tool for rpm based systems. Yum automatically computes dependencies and figures out what steps need to occur in order to install packages. It makes it much easier to maintain groups of machines without having to manually update each one using rpm.
RedHat Compile 2.6 kernel for RedHat 9 and 8.0 and get Fedora Updates
Post date: April 13, 2005, 00:04 Category: System Views: 1552 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: This tutorial walks you through compiling 2.6 kernel for RedHat 9 and 8.0 and getting Fedora Updates.
Linux How Linux boots: Runlevels and init
Post date: April 12, 2005, 23:04 Category: System Views: 1151 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: Identifying each stage of the boot process is invaluable in fixing boot problems and understanding the system as a whole.
FreeBSD Using a jail as a virtual machine
Post date: April 12, 2005, 18:04 Category: System Views: 1747 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: This article shows you how I created a jail for the OSW website. It runs in a jail on the same system as this website. I originally did this install back in November 2003 and the notes from that session form the basis of this article. I have need to recreate the jail now as we recently had an HDD failure.

A jail is useful for many purposes. In my case, I wanted to give the OSW project a place to run their websites, mailing lists, etc, but at the same time keep them isolated from the rest of the machine. In short, it gives them a virtual machine, and it gives me peace of mind knowing that I have less to worry about with respect to the rest of the machine.
Debian Debian Kernel Compile Howto (Kernel 2.6)
Post date: April 12, 2005, 18:04 Category: System Views: 1777 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: In some cases you might want to compile your own kernel that suits your needs better than the standard kernel that comes with your distribution. I will describe how to do this on a Debian machine. Please note that this tutorial is for kernel 2.6 only!
Linux Setting the Clock on Linux
Post date: April 12, 2005, 17:04 Category: System Views: 814 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: There are 3 protocols dealing with time: NTP (port 123), Time (port 37), and Daytime (port 13). If you're connecting to the Internet periodically, then synchronizing your clock when you dial up or from crontab is good enough. This applies also to most Linux machines at home or at work, even if they are connected all the time. Here is a short tutorial on how to set your clock using these 3 protocols.
Debian An apt-get primer
Post date: April 12, 2005, 17:04 Category: System Views: 1180 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: If any single program defines the Debian Linux project, that program is apt-get. apt-get is Debian's main tool for installing and removing software. Working with the .deb package format, apt-get offers sophisticated package management that few Red Hat Package Manager RPM-based distributions can match.

Besides the convenience, an advantage of apt-get is that it reduces the chances of falling into dependency hell, that limbo where software installation fails for lack of another piece of software, whose installation fails for lack of another piece of software, and so on. If you know how Debian's archive system works, and how to choose the sources that apt-get uses, and use a few precautions in your upgrades, then the chances are that dependency problems will never bedevil you. Should you descend into dependency hell anyway, apt-get offers useful tools for climbing out of it.
Debian Mini-Howto for User Mode Linux
Post date: April 12, 2005, 17:04 Category: System Views: 867 Comments: 0
Tutorial quote: UML ("User Mode Linux") allows you to run multiple Linux servers on one physical machine. This can be handy for many different purposes. For example, you might want to give different people root rights, but prevent them from interfering with one another. Or, you might want to have several identically configured servers, one for production, one for development, and one for testing, but without investing in multiple physical machines.

Once you have prepared your machine for running UML instances as described in the following section, adding new instances will take less than five minutes. The preparation, however, might take a bit longer.
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