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(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 busy setting up a Text Messaging Gateway for our Linux Network for Peanuts (see Part 9, Part 10, and Part 11) and let's take a moment to review what we have accomplished thus far: We began by adapting a machine loaded with Debian (originally configured as an X terminal) by changing it's name and... (more)

How to install Nola, the free accounting package for Linux

(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 ... (more)

How to upgrade Nola, the free accounting package for Linux

(LinuxWorld) -- The GPL'd business accounting package Nola that we have been working with is a project under development. In Part 15 of our series, we set up a Nola Web server using Red Hat 7.2, and Nola stable release 1.1.1 and if you followed along, and set up your own, perhaps you've been exploring the empty halls of your new online accounting department. If you did, you probably also know that Nola is now at stable release 1.1.2 and you may even be wondering why we didn't use that newer version to set up the system. After all, most articles and tutorials advise you to download... (more)

How to create a Linux-based network of computers for peanuts

(LinuxWorld) -- A couple of days ago I had to add another workstation at work. Fortunately, we already had a monitor, mouse and keyboard, so all we needed was a PC with enough umph to run KDE, Star Office, AbiWord, and Netscape, which we use to access our browser-enabled applications. I schlepped down to the local computer shop and shelled out $25 for a PC, another $1 for an Ethernet card, and $1.30 in sales tax. I was a bit miffed at myself for spending so much since the machine was a bit overkill for our needs, but who doesn't overspend when buying hardware? Actually, the quest... (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)