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Replacing Another OS
SoftwareReviews – Recommendations for software by category.
/DesktopAdaptedDad (DAD) – Suggestions and ideas for deploying a desktop for users new to computing, and with minor disabilities.
/MacMini – Installing Linux and OSX on a Mac Mini
/LinuxAdvocacy – Why use Linux, what's so great about it, and can it do what I want?
Microsoft – Explanation of the anti-Microsoft sentiment sometimes found in Linux User Groups.
/GNUandLinux – Why is it supposed to be GNU/Linux?
/QemuEmulation – An Opensource alternative to VMWare
/JustEdit – "Just edit this file..." – editor recommendations for beginners.
/LinuxNtlFAQ – A lot of Linux/*BSD and other-Unix people use NTL as their ISP in Hampshire. Some questions keep coming up.
/InstallFedoraCore – Beginners guide to installing Fedora Core 6.
/VMware xorg.conf – how to auto-release the mouse when it hits the edge of a VMware window
/LostLILO – "I've lost my LILO!" - How to restore LILO on your MBR.
/UpdatingGrub – What to add in grub.conf to be able to boot your new kernel.
/SerialConsole – How to manage and boot your machine over a serial line.
/RunLevels – Explanation of what happens when init is invoked at boot time.
NetworkBooting – How to set up a server to boot a remote client.
/BootSplash – Boring boot up? Liven up this rare event by adding a boot-time splash screen to your system.
/BootLog – Debian can log the output of its initscripts.
/BootCD – Booting from CD using grub when the BIOS doesn't support it
Audio & Video
- Hardware setup
/BBC Radio And RealPlayer]] – How to get BBC Radio4 realplayer streams working in Linux.
/RecordingVNC – How to record a demonstration video on Linux using VNC.
/CompilingMp3splt – Brief HOWTO on compiling this useful command line utility.
/PhotoStitchers – How to get Panorama Tools, Hugin and Enblend running on Debian.
/LIRCandXine – Setting up an infra-red receiver and making it work with Xine.
/SVCD Authoring – How to produce an SVCD using cinelerra, mencoder and k3b.
/DVD Authoring – Making DVD's from Topfield PVR DVB files
- Video's for Mobile Phones (3gp)
/Clamassassin – Clamassassin for antivirus the easy way.
/EximVirtualDomains – Configuring Exim for virtual domains
/EximSMTPAuth – Configuring Exim for SMTP AUTH
/ConvertFromMboxToMaildir – Notes from when I converted my server from mbox to Maildirs.
/Mailserver – Using Fetchmail, Postfix, Dovecot, Roundcube webmail.
- Installing and managing distributions' packages
/SquidProxyingPackageManager - How to reduce your bandwidth usage and speed up update downloads if you have more than one machine to update.
ManagingPackages/Apt – The Debian way.
ManagingPackages/PortableAptRepository – Debian archive, to go.
ManagingPackages/Rpm – The Red Hat/SuSE way
ManagingPackages/Emerge – The Gentoo way.
ManagingPackages/Yum – Some simplifying Tricks.
/DebianReleaseProcess – How Debian's release system works
/KeepingTrack – Advice on using GNU-stow to manage compiled applications.
/NonRootBuildEnvironment – How to set up /usr/local/src so that you can build packages from source as an ordinary user.
/UpdateAlternatives - Debian's answer to "groups" of similar programs.
/CompileFromSource – Some caveats and suggestions about how to compile applications from source.
/CompilationBasics – A much more in-depth description of how the pieces that are used to build from source fit together.
/DebsFromSource – How to create .deb files from source packages, not in the Debian repository.
Security – General security issues and how to make your system a bit more secure.
Security/Hacked – What to do if you have been hacked (and how to try and avoid it)
Security/LockDownTmp – Locking down /tmp to protect against automated and "script kiddie" exploits.
Security/FirewallBuilding – How to build a firewall to protect your system quickly and easily.
Security/HidingFiles – How files can be "hidden" on a system.
/LockedDownGnome – Configuring Gnome to be user-proof (incomplete, and likely to stay that way...)
/ScpWithoutLogin – How to set up a machine to give scp access to users without permitting shell access.
/PseudoRoot – How to do things that root does, without actually being the 'root' user.
- Kernel Management
- Login Management
- Disk Management
WhydfAndduDontMatch – Why you should not expect df and du to give identical figures.
LogicalVolumeManagement – Some documentation about getting LVM2 up and running on Debian and Fedora.
/OneDiskToAnother – How to copy one partition (or disk) to another safely.
/ResizingPartitions – How to resize partitions.
/USBMountPoints – How to mount USB devices with correct permissions.
/MountingUSBDevices – A nice script to ensure your mp3 player, digital camera, memory stick etc all appear under consistent mount points irrespective of the order of insertion.
/InstallWoodyOnRAID1 – How to install Debian Woody on a RAID-1 (mirrored disks) system
/DebianTips – Tips for Debian users.
/CDWritingAnd2.6.8 – Explanation of the CD-writing problems in kernel 2.6.8 and 220.127.116.11.
/PerformanceTuning – Simple tips for finding performance bottlenecks on Linux machines.
/Xen – How to configure and run multiple virtual servers on one physical server.
/XenOnEtch – Running Xen on Debian Etch
/UserModeLinux – Extra Linux systems without the extra hardware.
/SmallHosting – Members' comments on hosting facilities.
Mail Server [[HowTo]] – How to set up a Debian mail server that checks for spam & viruses. Note this deals with Exim3, not Exim4
/LinuxFriendlyISPs – Members' comments and experiences of various UK ISPs
/NetworkDiagnostics – a "diagnostic path" for checking you have configured your NIC correctly
/WLAN – Wireless networking at up to 54Mbit (compiling and using drivers, configuring the interfaces etc.)
/DLink650WirelessCard – Setting up and using a D-Link 650+ PCMCIA Wireless network card with Linux.
/Ndiswrapper And Debian – Using unsupported wireless cards with Ndiswrapper.
/InstallingWifiRadar – Wifi-Radar manages wireless networks and settings.
- VPN and (in?)secure links
/PPTP-VPN – Setting up a LAN-to-LAN and Client-to-LAN virtual private network using Microsoft's PPTP protocol.
PPTP-VPN – Setting up a Linux box as a VPN server, with Windows and Linux clients.
/SSHwithoutPasswords – Configuring SSH to authenticate without passwords is useful when writing scripts!
/CIFS – Mounting shares on a Windows 2000/XP/2003 server with the CIFS protocol.
/InterMezzo – Setting up and using the distributed file system.
/AptProxy – Save bandwidth by using apt-proxy instead of downloading the same packages over and over again.
/Printing – Printing from linux to a networked printer on a W2k system
/WhatIsDNS – a beginner's guide to DNS, why you need it, and how you'd go about implementing it
/DHCPandDNS – Suggested configuration for DHCP and DNS on a private network.
/DynamicDNS – Some suggestions for Dynamic DNS and DHCP with ISC BIND9 and DHCP Server 3.
/DHCPandADSLRouters – solving a problem regarding resolv.conf
NetworkBooting – How to set up a server to boot a remote client.
/PcmciaAndDHCP – Getting your PCMCIA network card to collect an IP address from a DHCP server
/MultipleNetworks – How to connect your system to multiple networks using different interfaces and settings.
WhatIsSPF – Protecting your domain against spoofing
/SettingUpWebDAV – FTP-like data transfer over HTTP and HTTPS
/RedundantNetworks – How to setup a host with two ethernet interfaces on the same subnet providing redundancy.
/ApacheSSL – How to generate and sign a certificate and then configure Apache.
/WebDesign – links to web resources and hints and tips
/SettingUpWiki – how to set up a wiki of your own
/BlockingAdverts – Suggestions on how to avoid adverts and other malware while browsing
/XSLT – introduction to one of the coolest new W3 technologies.
/CMS - content management systems
/SEODatabaseWebsite – creating search engine optimisted database websites with mod_rewrite
/MozillaFirefoxJava – Getting Java working in Mozilla Firefox web browser
/FirefoxExtensions – Our favourite extensions to Mozilla Firefox.
/Flash And Java – Installing Flash & Java browser plugins (based on a Debian install).
/DebianDesktop – How to configure Debian as a desktop machine.
/StartX – Just how do you configure X to load with appropriate WMs?
/InstallingX-Org – How I installed X-Org on my Debian (Unstable) box.
/MultipleX – Running two (or more) X desktops at once with different configurations.
/SoftwareSuspend – How to get Suspend2 and ACPI working.
/KeyboardHotkeys – How to get "hot keys" on multimedia keyboards working.
/UsingX2vnc – Using x2vnc to use two screens on two different computers as if they were connected to the same computer.
/CupsInstall – Installing Cups for printing (based on a Debian install).
/SimplyMepis - Have a completely setup Debian-based Linux desktop in minutes with this cool little distro.
/KnoppixDebian – Migrating from a Debian-based distro, to Debian.
/GnomeDesktop – Quick HOWTO on removing those undeletable icons from the desktop.
/ForeignCharacters – Setting up UTF-8 and suitable keyboard maps for X.
/KnoppixUnionFS – A HOWTO on unlocking Knoppix's new Persistent Disk Image capabilities using UNIONFS.
/WMTipsAndTricks – Tips and tricks for Window Managers (Specific WMs or all of them).
/CustomisingFluxbox – Customising (and using) fluxbox.
/VoiceRecognition – Some info on the topic of voice recognition for Linux.
/BudgetLaserPrinter – recommendations for a cheap laser printer for Linux home use
/MP3Players – Devices designed to playback MP3/other encoded music.
/LspciOutput – What the output of lspci -n means.
/NvidiaDrivers – Installing NVIDIA's proprietary graphics drivers, and removing the annoying splash screen
Python - Resources for learning and improving your Python.
/PHP – Tips for people learning PHP.
/Perl – To learn about the Pathological Eclectic Rubbish Lister.
/SimpleCPlusPlusProject – Create a simple skeleton C++ project using the GNU autoconf tools.
/UsefulOneLiners – One line shell commands to do useful things!
/BashTricks – Ideas bigger than one line for the Bash programer
/UsingStrace – Debugging that troublesome application.
/RegularExpression – Writing and using regular expressions.
/VirtualMemory – How modern computers and OSes deal with memory.
/PrinterDialogs – Printer dialogs in Windows that can be used by Linux programmers.
Training and Certification
/LPIC – Linux Professional Institute, vendor neutral certification.
KeySigning – How to sign a PGP key securely.
/Screen – Using 'screen' to manipulate terminal sessions.
/LinuxShops – Sites selling Free Software and other merchandise.
/TravellingWithLinux – List the things you think should be in that laptop bag when you travel.
/CrontabFormat – How to make crontabs work
BookReviews – Various book reviews by LUG members on Linux and related topics
TheDebianUniverse – A link to an online book about Debian
TheDebianSystem – A link to the home page for Martin Krafft's book
Distrowatch – A link to a site to keep up together with all Linux flavours.
Security Focus – Everything security related to computing.
Linux Security – Linux security.
Firewall logs – FAQ: Firewall Forensics (What am I seeing?)