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Preventing Brute Force Attacks With BlockHosts On Debian Etch

In this article I will show how to install and configure BlockHosts on a Debian Etch system. BlockHosts is a Python tool that observes login attempts to various services, e.g. SSH, FTP, etc., and if it finds failed login attempts again and again from the same IP address or host, it stops further login attempts from that IP address/host. By default, BlockHosts supports services that use TCP_WRAPPERS, such as SSH, i.e. services, that use /etc/hosts.allow or /etc/hosts.deny, but it can also block other services using iproute or iptables. http://www.howtoforge.com/blockhosts_debian_etch

Why is Linux (and FOSS) better than Windows?

Obviously, this could start (and has started) plenty of religious flame wars over the years. This is not my intention. I am wondering what points I can use, specifically, as arguments to make a case for FOSS, specifically Linux, in a business setting. If I were hired as the IT director of a small company, and was asked to build an IT infrastructure, my inclination would be to begin building with Linux and FOSS, but when my boss came to me and asked me why I chose those technologies, honestly I would have very few concrete reasons.  Here is what I have so far:

  1. I agree with the philosophy behind FOSS
  2. There are a plethora of plugins developed to help extend our infrastructure for our current (and future) needs
  3. If we find that a piece of software we downloaded (or purchased) is broken, or doesn't do what we need it to do, we have the source code and (hopefully) the resources to fix/change it.
  4. Not only are there several (competing) options for paid support, there are a ton of free message boards, mailing lists and IRC chanels to get assistance from, making our virtual knowledge bank HUGE
  5. Total cost of ownership is going to be a fraction of that of closed source products.
  6. When needed, we can find closed source software to do what we need when we can't find a FOSS solution.

That's where I am at.

Ubuntux biggest piece of crap

Unbuntux Distroyed my laptop.
Once in can not be removed.
It distroys your BIOS and hard drive

Installing Debian Etch From A Windows System With "Debian-Installer Loader"

Debian-Installer Loader is a Debian Etch installer for Windows which adds an entry to the boot menu that allows you to start the Debian installation. Unlike the Ubuntu installation with Wubi, real Debian partitions are created during the installation. In the end, you have a dual-boot system (Windows/Debian). http://www.howtoforge.com/debian_windows_installer

Mike's Ubuntu Blog: How to: set up MySQL Database in Amarok

I found myself complaining about the slow speed of Amarok. Everything would lag, from playing a song to adding a song to the playlist. Then i remembered when I was setting up Amarok that it let me chose a database, and said the faster ones required extra set up. Of course, I chose the no set up required but slow speed option (SQLlite).Now, I wanted to switch. And boy am i glad. Everything works as fast as it should.

  • sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client

Workgroup Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe 6 and beyond

What is the procedure to set up a workgroup for networking using Ubuntu 7.10 latest updates daily?

Appreciate any help.

Installing The IBM Lotus Symphony Beta 1 Office Suite On Ubuntu 7.04

This document describes how to set up IBM Lotus Symphony Beta 1 on Ubuntu 7.04. IBM Lotus Symphony is an office-suite that is based on OpenOffice.org (a fork of v1.x) and ported to Lotus Expeditor (IBM's enhancement of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform). It contains programs for word processing, spreadsheet and presentation. http://www.howtoforge.com/ibm_lotus_symphony_ubuntu_7.04

Virus Protection With F-PROT Antivirus On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

This tutorial shows how you can install and use F-PROT Antivirus on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. Although there are not many Linux viruses out there, this can be useful if you often exchange files with Windows users - it can help you to not pass on any Windows viruses (that do not do any harm to Linux systems) to Windows users. F-PROT Antivirus for Linux is free for home use. http://www.howtoforge.com/f_prot_antivirus_ubuntu_feisty

And the Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth...

I don't want to sound like a great philosopher, or to get too far away from the topic of making Linux work for everyone. But I want to just share an observation. Anyway, tonight I sat down and read some and watched Revolution OS , The Code Linux and The History of Hacking. The thing that glares out at me from these films is the absolute irony of the computer industry. The people who have made most of the REAL strides in the computer development, are not really welcome in the business end of the industry. They become known as 'hackers' or 'hippie geeks'. Because the most important thing to these great software and hardware hackers is pushing the envelope of what computers can do, and not what next product to develop to try and 'innovate a new market share', they become known as 'freaks'. Without people like Wozniak, Draper, Torvalds, Stallman, Raymond and Felsenstein, computers would STILL be monstrous machines costing millions of dollars and really only feasible for huge corporations.

Disk Based Backups With Amanda On Debian Etch

This document describes how to set up Amanda (The Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver) on Debian Etch. For this tutorial I chose Ubuntu v7.04 as a backup-client. The resulting system provides a flexible backup system with many features. It will be able to back up multiple hosts via network to various devices. I chose the disk based backup for this howto. http://www.howtoforge.com/disk_based_backups_amanda_debian_etch

Howto Set Flickr images as Ubuntu desktop wallpaper

Webilder delivers stunning wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots. You choose what keywords
(tags) to watch for, and photos are automatically downloaded to your computer. Webilder can also change the wallpaper every
few minutes.

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Setup CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) Server and Client in Debian

The Common UNIX Printing SystemTM, or CUPS, is the software you use to print from applications like the web browser you are
using to read this page. It converts the page descriptions produced by your application (put a paragraph here, draw a line
there, and so forth) into something your printer can understand and then sends the information to the printer for printing.

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Chrooted SFTP With MySecureShell On Debian Etch

This tutorial shows how to install MySecureShell on a Debian Etch system. MySecureShell is an SFTP server that is based on OpenSSH and can be configured in many ways, e.g. it has support for chrooting users into their homedirs or for limiting upload-/download bandwidths. MySecureShell makes SFTP available for users that do not have shell access so that these users do not have to use the insecure FTP protocol anymore. http://www.howtoforge.com/mysecureshell_sftp_debian_etch

Friendly "Hello" to fellow *nuxers!

Hello all, I am new to the ubuntu.org community, as well as to the OS itself!  I just wanted to post my first blog entry today - the day of my signition - as this may be my last one for a while.  You see, I am quite the busy guy.Everything aside, I am completely overwhelmed by the capabilities in Ubuntu and *nux in general.  I am hoping to learn as much as I can in the time that I have.  If anybody actually sees this post, be sure to introduce yourself and give me any advice you can, whether it be online tutorials, manuals, or just personal information.Looking forward to being apart of this new community and to learn lots!  Yours in *nux, blank.