Category Archives: Linux

Setting up a Minimal Samba Server in Fedora Core 12

Goal: Minimal FC12 Samba install with low RAM usage, high security, and least amount of configuration. Why? Quickly turn an older machine into a modern Fedora Core 12 file server compatible with linux and windows clients. Less software installed means less setup, less maintenance, less updates, and less chance of human error somewhere along the [...]

How to increase the size of a VMware vmdk file formatted as linux lvm

VMware can run many cool operating systems on a single host computer. But, having run the software for an extended amount of time, i eventually always run out of space on my guest OSes. This happened a few times before, but it wasn’t until my VM really froze up on me that i figured it [...]

VMTN Virtual Appliances – the 52 that looked interesting to me

I have been using vmware for a while now.. Recently, i got sucked into the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) site – again – and browsing through the many virtual appliances available for download, i managed to compile a list of 52 of my favorites. All you need to do is download the free VMware Player, [...]

Sound editing on a budget with Linux

About a year and a half ago, I did some initial research to try and find a decent sound editing solution for a Linux machine i had recently built. The computer was running RedHat Fedora Core 1, which was still pretty new at the time, and it had almost everything you’d come to expect from [...]

3 different ways to walk away from Windows

As a follow up to an earlier post entitled: Windows to Linux: Baby Steps, and because i just can’t stop investigating new operating systems, i’ve decided to give a brief description of 3 distros that caught my eye this week. While all of these distributions have easy of use (installation, familiarity, etc) as a major [...]

Windows to Linux: Baby Steps.

Every so often, i get myself into an uncomfortable situation that involves me trying to explain to someone why they should to switch from Windows to Linux. It goes something like this, “because it’s faster, more secure, …” — but for some reason i just never know where to begin. I end up either confusing the person or just scaring them off with too much technical jargon.

I thought it would be a good idea to make a list that compared Windows to Linux softwares, side-by-side. That way, i could describe the difference between the two operating systems in terms that people were already familiar with. Try Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, Open Office instead of Microsoft Office, Thunderbird instead of Outlook Express.. and so on.

Damn Small Linux, damn.

Because i like to make it my business to know (at least a little) about the top 10 Linux distributions, i had to look into Damn Small Linux. It crept it’s way up in at #10 and we’ll see where it goes from there. It is a minimalist distro, 50Mb total size, and could even [...]

Symphony OS Alpha 3

[ page last updated: Aug. 14, 2005. ] I have to remember to keep an eye out for this up and coming Linux Distribution. From the screenshots [ 1 | 2 | 3 ] on their site, it looks really different. It is still only in the alpha stages at this time, and i should [...]

final touches – smoothwall

here are 6 things i can still do to modify / improve my smoothie: 1. [2.0] Guardian – Reactive Firewall (v2.1) 2. [2.0] DShield Log Submission & Blocklist v.1.5.2 3. [2.0] MyNetWatchman – Intrusion Escalation (v1.2c) 4. [2.0] A BLUE interface (in progress) 5. [2.0] LaBrea 2.5 Stable 1 – Honeypot / IDS daemon 6. [...]

smoothwall, kiwi, and syslog

this is a how-to on setting up smoothwall, kiwi, and syslog – link leads to the smoothwall forums. also check out this freeware Syslog Daemon for Windows – the site has other related resources. ex: . Kiwi Syslog Daemon . Kiwi CatTools . Kiwi Secure Tunnel . Kiwi SyslogGen . Kiwi Logfile Viewer . Kiwi [...]