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Debian

Install and Configure Auth Shadow on Debian/Ubuntu

Post date: February 23, 2007, 18:02 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 4215 Comments
Tutorial quote: Auth Shadow or mod-auth-shadow is a module for apache (and apache2, sort of) that enables authentication against /etc/shadow. The benefits being that any system user with a password can be authenticated for web_dav, subversion or simply an https server. The only other way to do this is with PAM. That method is dangerous because the apache user (www-data in my case) must be able to read /etc/shadow. Obviously, not a good idea. Auth Shadow accomplishes this safely by using a intermediate program called validate. This works because validate can be owned by root but executable by everyone. In the event that your server is compromised through apache, your password file will not be readable.
Windows

Convert Physical Windows Systems Into Virtual Machines To Be Run On A Linux Desktop

Post date: February 20, 2007, 19:02 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 8710 Comments
Tutorial quote: This article shows how you can convert a physical Windows system (XP, 2003, 2000, NT4 SP4+) into a VMware virtual machine with the free VMware Converter Starter. The resulting virtual machine can be run in the free VMware Player and VMware Server, and also in VMware Workstation and other VMware products. VMware Converter comes in handy if you want to switch to a Linux desktop, but feel the need to run your old Windows desktop from time to time. By converting your Windows desktop into a virtual machine, you can run it under VMware Server/Player, etc. on your Linux desktop.
Linux

Setting up a serial console

Post date: February 19, 2007, 19:02 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 4027 Comments
Tutorial quote: This tutorial will show you how to set up a serial console on a Linux system, and connect to it via a null modem cable. This is quite useful if your Linux server is in a headless configuration (no keyboard or monitor), as it allows you to easily get a console on the system if there are any problems with it (especially network problems, when SSH is not available). In the end, the GRUB menu will appear over the serial link, as will the bootup messages (output when booting the system). I am using Debian Etch on the server and Ubuntu Edgy on my client, although this should work on any Linux distribution.
Debian-Maemo

Customzing the Nokai N800 (and 770) Linux tablet!

Post date: February 2, 2007, 07:02 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 7696 Comments
Tutorial quote: A while ago I was asked if it would be possible to “brand” and completely re-configure the Nokia 770 AND the N800 for a specific purpose with a specific set of applications. In this tutorial I detailed the steps all the way through GConf, rolling your own package and configuring the under the hood options for both devices.Long read, but PDF available.
Solaris

Set up a multipurpose Solaris web server

Post date: January 26, 2007, 07:01 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 9864 Comments
Tutorial quote: This HOWTO explains how to set up a multipurpose Solaris web server.
Debian

How To Create A Local Debian/Ubuntu Mirror With apt-mirror

Post date: January 4, 2007, 20:01 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 3859 Comments
Tutorial quote: This tutorial shows how to create a Debian/Ubuntu mirror for your local network with the tool apt-mirror. Having a local Debian/Ubuntu mirror is good if you have to install multiple systems in your local network because then all needed packages can be downloaded over the fast LAN connection, thus saving your internet bandwidth.
Unix+clones

Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits

Post date: December 16, 2006, 14:12 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 3811 Comments
Tutorial quote: Adopt 10 good habits that improve your UNIX® command line efficiency -- and break away from bad usage patterns in the process. This article takes you step-by-step through several good, but too often neglected, techniques for command-line operations. Learn about common errors and how to overcome them, so you can learn exactly why these UNIX habits are worth picking up.
Linux

Step-by-Step IPP based Print Server using CUPS

Post date: November 29, 2006, 18:11 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 6129 Comments
Tutorial quote: This tutorial describes how to install a Linux print server with CUPS. It also covers the installation and configuration of printer drivers on the print server as well as the printer setup on a Windows 2000 client.
Ubuntu

How to Configure an $80 File Server in 45 Minutes

Post date: November 24, 2006, 03:11 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 4405 Comments
Tutorial quote: I use a modded Xbox and Xbox Media Center for playing media files across the network on my television and sound system. I also download large files, such as Linux ISOs, via BitTorrent. However, leaving my primary computer on all the time seemed like a waste of energy. I wanted a cheap, small headless machine that I could use as a Samba server and BitTorrent client so I could leave my workstation off when I wasn't using it.
Ubuntu

Change the menu bar and main menu logos

Post date: November 6, 2006, 12:11 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 3303 Comments
Tutorial quote: A small tutorial I wrote for how to change the Menu Bar and Main Menu logos in Edgy. This is useful for people who want to make their desktop look like OS X.
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