Nathan
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What is good about the BSDs?
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I don't consider BSD to be quite as mature as Linux on the Desktop but for servers it's rock solid. Whether you want to install BSD or not depends entirely on what you use your machine for. While ...

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Tunnel over UDP or TCP
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Give openvpn a shot. You can create tunnels over UDP or TCP.

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How to save settings when reinstalling Ubuntu 9.04?
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Ok this really depends what you use your machine for. If it's just a desktop machine then backing up your home directory /home/username will be enough. This will make sure you keep all of your ...

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Creating an iso file in Linux
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For copying CDs then both are fine although I generally expliciatlly set the block size by doing dd if=/dev/cdrom of=cdrom.iso bs=512 For other block devices then cp might not work if the block size ...

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What are these strange entries in dmesg?
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It's AppArmor loading it's profiles as applications start up. For those that don't know, apparmor is similar to selinux in that it monitors and restricts based on a set of profiles, usually ...

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Troubleshooting apache redirects in production
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To log what's going on in the mod_rewrite module you need to set RewriteLog and RewriteLogLevel: RewriteLog /path/to/mod_rewrite.log RewriteLogLevel 2 in your Apache config (you can't set ...

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Finding hardware manufacturer, model and serial number?
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For Linux then I would say look at dmidecode which is quite often pre-installed or can be easily installed from the distribution's repository. This will generate a plain text report of all the ...

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How do I get one monitor in landscape and one monitor in portrait mode on Ubuntu 9.04?
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This will depend on whether your graphics card driver supports it (if you advise what card you have then we can confirm this) but. xrandr --output <output> --rotate <direction> should do ...

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What configuration options for MySQL provide the biggest speed improvements?
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Few other things (which haven't been mentioned in Dave Cheney's answer) Try setting innodb_flush_method to O_DIRECT to avoid double buffering of data. Avoid this if your RAID card doesn't have a ...

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pop3 caching proxy
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I would use fetchmail to download the mail to a server every few minutes then use dovecot to serve it up as POP3 or IMAP Both are relatively easy to configure.

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How would I grab a text file off of a windows machine from a linux cli?
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Few options: Share the directory on windows and use smbmount to mount it on Linux (then you can use simple cp) Install an ssh server on the windows machine (possibly using cygwin) and then you can ...

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Where to go to see if my IP is blacklisted as a SPAM
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http://www.anti-abuse.org/multi-rbl-check/ is one Although if an ISP is blocking you purely on RBL check then they need educating. You should never block purely on this as it can lead to a lot of ...

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Shutting down a Linux based NAS remotely and reliably
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Humm could be a number of things. First thing I would try is to pass either acpi=force or even acpi=off to the kernel command line to see either of them works. Next I would try unloading the ...

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When/why to use a web proxy/gateway?
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I've heard similar a number of times and in my experience it doesn't work. Education of users is the way. Included in my duties is maintaining an office network of ~50 computers and we don't have a ...

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How do I point my browser to a specific NIC on my machine
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You don't tell the browser, this is done at OS level. Just make sure there is a gateway specified for the wireless card in the TCP/IP settings and not for the Ethernet card. That way it'll route LAN ...

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GTK applications fail to start - xfs restart needed Options
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As far as I am aware the x11 font server is now all but deprecated in favor of client side fonts. Ubuntu certainly doesn't use xfs any more (unless you specifically install it) and I doubt that Debian ...

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Force Login for a webpage
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If you want people to be able to login using their server login credentials then take a look at http://code.google.com/p/mod-auth-external/ As other people have mentioned there is also mod_auth_pam ...

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Hardware vendors to avoid
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Here are my experiences: Dell : awful customer service, take ages to deliver kit. We ended up canceling a huge desktop order to them after they failed to deliver after 2 months. (We now buy HP ...

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What makes a "Good" or "Great" Administrator?
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The difference between good and great administrators is not often seen until it's too late. A good administrator will get the software or system up and running and it'll run great. A great ...

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Is there any open source Exchange server?
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I've not tried it personally but take a look at http://www.zimbra.com/ It's dual licensed but the opensource one might give you everything you need.

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Preferred Email Client For Multi OS Environment
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Another vote for thunderbird and lightening but (if you don't mind using Google) add to that the link text and then you can sync to multiple computers and you have a web interface for when you're not ...

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