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Where do you put *your* VPN?

Where exactly should I place my VPN server in my network? [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit on Sep 22, 2009 - 6 answers

sudo apt-get install help!

LinuxFilter : I seem to have lost sudo privileges in Ubuntu. How to fix please? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Sep 20, 2009 - 8 answers

How to centralize adminsitration of multiple Unix machines (and others)?

I'm curious as to what are the current "best practices" when it comes to centralized administration of a network of Unix (primarily Linux, but not necessarily so) machines? Essentially, what is the equivalent of Active Directory for a network with one or more Unix hosts? The immediate answer I come up with would be something like OpenLDAP plus PAM but what I'm looking for is the suite of tools (GUI and CLI apps) for managing the directory, deploying software, centralizing sign-on and security, managing printers, etc. In a perfect world, I would like to centralize administration of Windows, Unix, and OS X machines via a single directory service, though I imagine such a solution would be expensive and/or cumbersome if it even existed. Or is this something Samba 4 will do?
posted by Imhotep is Invisible on Sep 9, 2009 - 5 answers

What is the server OS market share?

Where can I find estimates of server operating system market shares? To be concrete, I'd like to know what percentage of web servers, either by absolute numbers or popularity, use Linux, Windows, etc.
posted by espertus on Sep 6, 2009 - 3 answers

Obsolete hardware + Linux = fail?

Attention Linux gurus of MeFi: Attempting to set up an old Dell Latitude CS laptop as a Linux system (Xubuntu) for a coworker. Massive installation headaches ensue thanks to missing hardware. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Sep 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Color laser printer with Linux/UNIX drivers available

Could anyone recommend a color laser printer for ca. 500 GBP for a small office? Compatibility with Linux and Solaris---essential. BONUS question: should I also buy a monochrome laser for B&W printouts or is an unnecessary overkill when one has a color laser?
posted by noztran on Aug 31, 2009 - 3 answers

Are dereferenced open streams implicitly closed?

Java filter: Are dereferenced InputStreams implicitly closed? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz on Aug 28, 2009 - 5 answers

How much should a contract programmer cost?

How much should we pay a contract programmer to migrate some code for us? Is it customary for the programmer to present a bid, or do we come up with an amount to offer? [more inside]
posted by LadyOscar on Aug 27, 2009 - 9 answers

Auto backup of files

I have two computers, one Windows, one Linux. How can I make it so they synchronize automatically with each other, as in, I update the file on one computer, and the updated file gets put onto the other? Networking? Using an external hard drive? What software might be useful? Bonus points for free software
posted by gilsonal on Aug 22, 2009 - 13 answers

best and easy handle FREE Linux based Firewall ?

Wich solution is the best balance between control and easy handle of a FREE Linux based Firewall ? [more inside]
posted by amomp3 on Aug 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Which distro of Linux should I try?

Which one of the multitude of Linux distros should someone who's never used Linux before give a go? [more inside]
posted by n3rt on Aug 18, 2009 - 34 answers

tar -pz in Windows?

I'm trying to find a procedure to create a zip file in Windows and preserve Unix file permissions from the original files... [more inside]
posted by oblio_one on Aug 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Attending a Seminar 101

I need to pick a seminar/conference/class/training/whatever for work to attend within the next 6 months or so, I have until 10PM to choose, and I have no idea where or what the cool stuff is. It should be at least tangentially related to my job as a Unix Systems Engineer/Python Guy, and preferably within the Northeast (NYC is where I'm located), although feel free to recommend anywhere in the US. [more inside]
posted by Mach5 on Aug 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Package problem with firefox in xubuntu

Firefox has died on me after an update in xubuntu, help! [more inside]
posted by knapah on Jul 29, 2009 - 4 answers

Main log files for linux & Mac OSX

What are the main logs for understanding what the Unix (Linux and Mac OS X) systems are doing? Which log files are important for system administration?
posted by tahirh on Jul 18, 2009 - 6 answers

How to get some filtering of web content on my kids Linux box?

What would be a good option for web filtering objectionable content on a Linux box? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jul 9, 2009 - 9 answers

NFS disconnects w/ OSX clients?

Why do my OSX NFS clients randomly disconnect from my Linux (Ubuntu) NFS server? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Jul 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Can our MRI machine be converted to Windows XP?

Does anyone have any experience with a Philips Marconi Eclipse 1.5 MRI scanner? Can it be run from a Windows-based machine? [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Jul 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Second Mouse as Midi?

I'm trying to get Ubuntu to see my USB mouse data as midi data--any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Jun 29, 2009 - 3 answers

What's the best way to turn PS3 into music player (with visualizations)?

Best way to turn PS3 into music player (with visualizations)? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands on Jun 27, 2009 - 3 answers

Network harddrive over the Internet?

What's the simplest way to create some space on a Linux server that can be mounted by Vista and Linux from anywhere with an internet connection? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Jun 15, 2009 - 15 answers

Help me pimp my new eee pc.

I just bought an asus eee pc from woot.com (here's the link so you can see the specs.) I need suggestions. [more inside]
posted by SuperErin on Jun 11, 2009 - 18 answers

Shell script handling CSV columns

I'm using a shell script to handle some excel docs by converting to csv and reformatting it a little bit. I'm having some difficulty going on with the next part of the script. Some help would be great. :) [more inside]
posted by fightoplankton on Jun 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me design my perfect computer workstation setup!

Help me design a computer workstation setup for home that incorporates a 30" screen, a Linux compatible video card, a possibly height adjustable desk, and a silent or very quiet desktop machine. [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jun 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Get my dual-boot back

DualBootFilter: I've moved a Windows XP hard drive into a new machine, in a physically different configuration, and I think I need to fix boot.ini and maybe the mbr but I'm not sure how. Difficulty: new location is a secondary drive to a primary Linux drive running GRUB. Help? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Jun 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Automatic alerts of time spent on computer

Does anyone know a way to create alerts in Ubuntu every x number of minutes of how long spent on the computer that day? [more inside]
posted by LaszloKv on Jun 1, 2009 - 8 answers

What's a good simple and cheap media or file server setup?

Advice for a server newb who needs help getting started with a simple media/backup/torrent server? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on May 29, 2009 - 12 answers

Best hardware for this homebrew universal remote?

What hardware should I use to build this networked universal remote? [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 27, 2009 - 4 answers

ssh, I'm not listening ...

How do I really - no, really - put my home server in my Linksys WRT350N router's DMZ? The router says it is, but it clearly isn't. [more inside]
posted by scruss on May 23, 2009 - 9 answers

That Red Hat is awfully expensive!

Is paying for a RHEL subscription worth it, or should we just go with CentOS? [more inside]
posted by Oktober on May 20, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I use my PC's DVD drive from my netbook?

Does software exist which will allow me to use my PC's DVD drive as an external USB drive for my netbook? [more inside]
posted by whir on May 20, 2009 - 8 answers

Global Proxy in Ubuntu with SOCKS and ssh

Global SOCKS5 Proxy in Ubuntu? (Or, MacOS/Widnows:Proxifier :: Linux:???) [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on May 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Why is sftp killing our Ubuntu servers?

Whenever we transfer large numbers of files (500+) over sftp, our Ubuntu servers freak out. This includes everything from disconnecting the current sftp sessions to nearly taking down the Apache sites running on them. Are there any server or client settings we should be taking a look at? [more inside]
posted by hitopshelf on May 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Wait a minute Mr. Postman!

Why are some random automated messages suddenly not being delivered through our email server? [more inside]
posted by siclik on May 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Choosing a filesystem for an external hdd

What filesystem should I use on my new USB 2.0 external hard drive? It'll mostly stay attached to an Ubuntu box and be used to store large video files for streaming to playback devices on my network, but I'd also like to be able to take it to a friend's house and plug it into whatever computer they happen to have. [more inside]
posted by contraption on May 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Large scale use of Linux on the desktop in organizations?

I'm looking for a list or reference to press releases/news articles about large corporations or government departments that have switched to Linux as a desktop platform. For example this week it was reported that the French police have 5,000 PCs running Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Apr 30, 2009 - 3 answers

Where can a person find a tiny handy netbook around here?

probably-hopeless-filter: Where can I find an 8.9" netbook with a "real" HD (not solid-state) running linux in a store? I'm in Chapel Hill, willing to go to Raleigh, Durham, Hillsborough, Cary, Apex, wherever (Charlotte or Greensboro would be too far). I've checked all the obvious-to-me places. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 22, 2009 - 25 answers

Invisible automatic backup?

Want to build a backup/storage/print server for a home network that the users will never have to be aware of [more inside]
posted by ConstantineXVI on Apr 21, 2009 - 14 answers

Fun things to do with a server on a slow link?

What cool/geeky/fun/useful things can you do with a Linux-running server (no GUI, on 24/7) that has a very fast CPU but a very slow internet connection?
posted by Mwongozi on Apr 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Recommend a maillog analyzer

Recommend me a good sendmail log analyzer. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Apr 14, 2009 - 3 answers

RAID 5 on the motherboard?

RAID 5 on the (Gigabyte) motherboard in Ubuntu Server? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Apr 13, 2009 - 18 answers

Log Browsing History

How can I get Firefox (3.0.1) to log my browsing history to plain text files (preferably XML, but any that isn't essential)? At a minimum I'd like the URL, page title, and a timestamp for when I loaded the page. It would be nice to have how the page was accessed (via a link? direct entry?) and how long was spent on it.
posted by phrontist on Apr 13, 2009 - 2 answers

How do I make one X server display everything the same as another X server?

How do I make one X server display everything the same as another X server? [more inside]
posted by mathlete on Apr 9, 2009 - 5 answers

How, why, and what OS for my old notebook...

What OS should I put on my aging laptop? How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by SuperErin on Apr 7, 2009 - 23 answers

Two old PCs. Several limitations. What's possible?

What should I do with these old PCs? Of course, there are some limitations... [more inside]
posted by cgg on Apr 7, 2009 - 19 answers

No reserved blocks in ext2 on Aspire One?

Why is it OK to have no reserved blocks in ext2 on the Acer Aspire One? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Apr 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Re-purposing laptops: I want more than a picture frame.

When it comes to re-purposing old laptops, it seems like the only option people really talk about is to turn it into a picture frame. There's got to be more that an old iBook can do... right? [more inside]
posted by alexherder on Apr 2, 2009 - 21 answers

Linux Shares: SMB or NFS?

Which is the better way to share Linux folders with Vista and OS X: SMB or NFS? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Mar 25, 2009 - 12 answers

A light OS for my mom?

What is the best light OS for my mom that is very easy to install? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Mar 23, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me pick a Linux distro

I'm about to move one of my computers to Linux, but I don't know much about the various distributions. Can you recommend resources that compare the strengths and weaknesses of the various distributions, so that I can assess any relevant tradeoffs? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Mar 21, 2009 - 21 answers

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