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A Lesson in Encryption

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Your system's security depends on you, even if you're not a security guru. Here's some basic steps you can take to keep out prying eyes.

45 Minutes to a Linux Terminal Server

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With a Linux Terminal Server and thin-clients, a business can remove many of the costs associated with maintenance, support, and licensing of countless desktop PCs. Thanks to the exceptional efforts of the Linux Terminal Server Project members, such a switch is neither dramatic, nor painful.

ISP-Server Setup - Ubuntu 5.0.4 "The Hoary Hedgehog"

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This is a detailed description about the steps to be taken to setup a Ubuntu based server (Ubuntu 5.0.4 - The Hoary Hedgehog) that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/POP3s/IMAP/IMAPs, Quota, Firewall, etc.).

Beyond Beyond Linux from Scratch (lfs - part3)

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In continuing with my Linux From Scratch series with Part 3, I present my adventures in setting up a more productive desktop system. Up until this point I have concentrated on just getting the basic underlying system in place and later installing X and a window manager. Today we strike out on our own some as we venture out of the docbook to go beyond Beyond Linux from Scratch.

A Video Card Upgrade HOWTO

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The problem with many of the best games available for Linux is they challenge your video card like almost nothing else. That was the problem I found in mid-2005. My TNT 2 video card with 32MB of RAM was not cutting it. So, the question is, how to go about upgrading a video card?

Taking a load off: Load balancing with balance

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A server is limited in how many users it can serve in a given period of time, and once it hits that limit, the only options are to replace it with a newer, faster machine, or add another server and share the load between them.

Customizing FVWM

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FVWM, the F Virtual Windows Manager, is a window manager for computers running the X Window System. FVWM is light and fast, and you can customize it to meet your needs, and apply these customizations throughout your organization.

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