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(LinuxWorld) -- The Information Technology (IT) industry serves acronyms for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven da... (oops! I meant to write, "24/7 365"). I've searched diligently for the right Linux accounting solution since Q4 Y2K minus 2, and naturally enough, there's an acronym for the type of application we are evaluating together here. Nola (as we are deploying it) is a LAMP application, which merely means that it runs on Linux, it's Web enabled and served to the network with Apache, while data is handled by the MySQL database, and users see, and interact with dynamic Web pages generated by PHP. Disappointed? Well, don't be. It is an important factor in deciding whether Nola merits attention. As an application, Nola can be visualized as part of an interface, or front-end, to the MySQL database, and consists of a collection of .php scripts -- ASCII text file... (more)

How to create a Linux-based network of computers for peanuts (part 3)

(LinuxWorld) -- In part 2 in this series, we reviewed the minimum specifications for both the application server and the PC X terminal machines. Each of these is equipped with a Linux-compatible Network Interface Card (NIC) and all are connected to an Ethernet -- either Thinnet (50-Ohm coaxial cable) or twisted pair (CAT-5) and a hub. But first, a digression on networks While this series is not an Ethernet HOWTO, I received a surprising amount of e-mail from readers protesting what they seem to interpret as an endorsement of Thinnet. A bit of clarification is in order. There ar... (more)

The complete messaging gateway

(LinuxWorld) -- Boa: noun [Latin]Angry serpent that Steve Irwin (well-known crazed Aussie crocodile hunter featured on Animal Planet) drags from it's burrow to fondle and coo over.Article of apparel often sported by otherwise scantily clad ladies in photographs depicting [censored]A lean and mean Web server well suited to slower processors and minimal RAM. Despite the obvious entertainment value in watching Mr. Irwin get bitten by a 17 foot-long snake, or in admiring (censored and link to .jpg removed), we turn our attention to the third definition: a Web server. We have been bus... (more)

Cheap & easy business accounting with Linux

(LinuxWorld) -- Why is accounting ignored by the Linux community? I find this puzzling. When I am puzzled, I sometimes rant and rave. If things get out of hand, sometimes the nice men in uniforms come to my side and inject me with a calming substance. I'm all better now, and let me tell you what I've decided to do instead of starting yet another rant. I'm going to find a Linux-based business accounting system that I like and that dovetails nicely with our Linux Network for Peanuts. I think I may have found one. It is called Nola. Today, we will prepare you to set up your own serv... (more)

How to create a Linux-based network of computers for peanuts (part 2)

(LinuxWorld) -- You may recall from Robin Miller's excellent report on Linux and X terminal computing at the city of Largo, FL, that Largo's main application server has dual 933-MHz processors and three gigabytes of RAM. (That's no ordinary commodity PC, and should qualify as a boar hog among i386 computers in anyone's book.) Largo's 800 employees share 400 X terminals (I presume in shifts). If you have fewer than 800 children at home, or if your organization employs fewer than 800 people, your server needs will be more modest. Alert readers may also wonder why the IT department ... (more)