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(LinuxWorld) -- My view of Debian probably derives from the fact that the Debian community doesn't rename a release every time it updates the operating system. The truth is, Debian "stable" (codenamed Potato) is considerably different today than it was a year ago. Now at release 2.2.5r, Debian stable is about as close to the bleeding edge as I want to get with a production machine, and in fact, sufficiently different from it's earlier versions that it has been necessary to make a few changes in the configuration details of our Text Messaging Gateway. Nevertheless, that is part of the beauty of Debian, and a fact if you install Debian by way of the Internet. If we had chosen Red Hat 6.1 or Slackware 4.0 as our platform, and; if we built our Text Messaging Gateway from increasingly older versions of the applications, then; the details of configuration would never cha... (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)

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 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)

How to create a Linux-based network of computers for peanuts (part 4)

(LinuxWorld) -- If you're just joining us in this series, I suggest reviewing part 1, part 2, and part 3. Before we can install Linux on our users' PCs, we must select an appropriate Linux distribution. Back in part 3, we configured an application server, and I made no recommendation about which distribution you should use. I provided general guidelines for configuration of different initialization systems and some of the distributions that use them. You may be tempted to use the same Linux distribution for the PC X terminals. Don't. At least, not until you read this installment.... (more)