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Soooo....I have taken the liberty of relieving my mother of her old POS machine and bought her a new computer. So I now have this old machine and put a little elbow grease and money into it. It was a PII 400mhz with 256mb ram running W2K...I have turned it into a 3.1Ghz, 512mb running Fedora Core. Here lies the problem...I have no idea what to do with this machine now. I'm happy with my 866mhz PIII system running WinME. I don't plan on upgrading to another Windows based system but until my current computer dies, I have no reason to change all my stuff over yet. What can I do with my Linux system?
 

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File Storage, with WWW/ftp access, Samba Access on Local Net.

Register a Domain, and setup email services. setup DNS, on the box, and point your WinMe box to it for DNS queiers, which should speed up things (as the DNS server will cache sites you have already been to)


Or you could take another route, and have this box be your gateway, and setup a Firewall on it, and this way you are more secure, and should have logs.
 

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scrap your winme machine and use the fedora box


i use fedora on all my personal machines and RedHat AS on the machines i support at work! yer moving in the right direction.

somethings i use mine for are:


a streaming audio server.. so i can listen to my mp3s from anywhere with internet.

ftp server so i can grab my files from anywhere.

webserver -- ive written several web applications to help manage my life, finances, etc.. i can access them from anywhere with internet

network storage -- i have massive disk space so i set up a samba share and let my roomies store stuff. makes it easy to find things when theyre all in one place

programming -- yer using winme, so i assume you do none of this =)

media center -- with my klipsch, its pretty much a home theater

to many things to list.. but it does everything you could want and then some ... Linux is the way to go
 

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So how do I learn how to do all that? I'd love to be able to access my files and info through a FTP whenever I wanted. I really want to get into being able to setup my own programs to do what I want them to. Is there a book for newbs like me that can walk me through the basics process?
 

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the best way to learn is to pick a task (like setting up ftp) and start working through it.

google will be your friend as you bump into terms and technologies youre not yet familiar with,,,


if ftp is your fancy, try http://www.proftpd.org/ ... you might also want to take a good look at yum ... you can get info by typing 'man yum' from your shell prompt..

have fun.. i look forward to reading your posts
 

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the best way to learn is to pick a task (like setting up ftp) and start working through it.

google will be your friend as you bump into terms and technologies youre not yet familiar with,,,


if ftp is your fancy, try http://www.proftpd.org/ ... you might also want to take a good look at yum ... you can get info by typing 'man yum' from your shell prompt..

have fun.. i look forward to reading your posts
I bought a book that came with the Fedora Core OS...it does have several projects in it to get the user familiar with Linux. I definitely want to set up a FTP...that would be great for my overseas trips and I need something from my home computer.

I need more desk space!!! Too much computer stuff...not enough desk space!
 

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Ftp is pretty easy, so its a good one to start with. I'd suggest not making it anonymous, as there are hundreds of people that will be logging in and seeing your files. My logs show me that tons of people try and get into my Ftp server, and My SSH is brute forced almost daily, so if you allow ssh access, make sure you define AllowUsers and allow only your user, never allow root logins Via SSH.
 

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as far as books, hrm.. pretty much anything youd like to know is on the internet.. though if youre looking for a primer, ive read and reccommend these titles:

UNIX System Administration Handbook (3rd Edition) : http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0130206016/002-4719043-1930418

Unix: The Complete Reference
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0...4719043-1930418

Hacking Linux Exposed, Second Edition
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0...4719043-1930418

books are good are good primers, but once you have the basics, just start solving problems.

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