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Configuring Samba 3.0 to act as a Windows File Server

One of the most common roles for a Linux server on a predominately Windows network is as a file and printer server. The effectively free price of Linux makes it a very attractive alternative to the Windows server family. To act as a Windows file and ...

E-Smith SME Server: Part II

In our last column we introduced the E-Smith SME Server, a dedicated Linux firewall/gateway distribution. This time we will look at configuring E-Smith SME Server to allow services on your network to be accessible from the public Internet.

All-in-one media player

For a long time, Linux has lacked an all-in-one media player along the lines of Windows Media Player. All this changed with the launch of MPlayer, an all-purpose media player and encoder supporting most popular audio and video file formats. In this c...

Security with E-Smith SME Server

E-Smith SME Server is a Linux distribution designed to serve as a dedicated firewall/gateway server, allowing you to share an Internet connection over a LAN. The distribution is a heavily-modified version of Red Hat Linux, with most of the latter, in...

Mono: .NET for Linux

Several years ago Microsoft developed a new programming language named C#. To go along with the new language, Microsoft also introduced a new technology termed CLR, Common Language Runtime, which among other features allows programs written in differ...

Graphics with the GIMP

The GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP for short, is a high-quality 2D bitmap graphics creation and editing tool. The GIMP is included in most Linux distributions, and also can be downloaded from www.gimp.org. It is a part of Knoppix, the Linux ...

Easy-to-use Knoppix 3.2

Have you considered trialling Linux, but you’re unsure how to go about reorganising your hard drive to run it? Or are you already a Linux user who is frustrated by having to regularly use Windows on other computers? Knoppix (www.knoppix.org) is a Lin...

Directory services for Linux

Directory services are a standard feature of any medium to large corporate network. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a directory, think of it like an address book for networks. Information on people (e.g., name, e-mail address) and systems (e...

ADSL and Linux

The most popular and accessible broadband service in Australia is ADSL, which uses an ordinary telephone line to deliver high-speed Internet access. In this column, we’ll look at connecting a Linux computer to an ADSL connection using both Bridged Et...

Advanced SpamAssassin techniques

In my last column I introduced the SpamAssassin e-mail filtering tool. This intelligent spam detector employs a large number of techniques to accurately identify and tag unsolicited bulk e-mail (spam). This time around, we will examine some of the te...

Ximian Desktop 2

The GNOME 2 desktop environment was released over a year ago, and during that time version 2.2 has seen the light of day. The Ximian Desktop, a heavily modified version of GNOME for corporate and casual users, has been rebuilt for the GNOME 2 environ...

Send off spam using Linux

If you’ve had an e-mail address for some time, chances are you have been the victim of unsolicited junk e-mail — otherwise known as spam. Removing spam can become a tiresome chore, and filtering for it using traditional filters is often ineffective a...

Opera 7 for Linux

The browser wars continue on the Linux platform with the release of Opera version 7. Opera is a browser famous for its high performance, standards compliance and very small size, not to mention its position as the first browser to use the now widely ...

Compiling software with Rpmbuild

The performance and space-saving advantages of compiling software from source are regularly championed in this column. Many users, however, find it much easier to install pre-compiled applications distributed in the RPM or DEB formats. In this column...

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