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How-To: FTP Virtual Host with ProFTPD and MySQL

Using ProFTPD and its SQL module for MySQL, it is possible to give FTP access to non system users. By doing so, one can give access to a Virtual User which is only allowed to use the FTP service.

This Tutorial will show how to create and populate the user and group tables as well as configure proftpd in order to use the MySQL backend.

FTP Virtual Host with ProFTPD and MySQL

( Permalink: How-To: FTP Virtual Host with ProFTPD and MySQL      Submitted by chantra Fri Aug 24, 2007 )

Ubuntu sources.list online generator
I have faced a number of times the prospect of entering the web address of the online repositories just because I some how tampered the contents of the sources.list file which is residing in /etc/apt/ location. Agreed, it is not difficult to fire up ones favorite editor and enter a bunch of lines by hand....
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( Permalink: Ubuntu sources.list online generator      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Aug 24, 2007 )

Visual Studio and Eclipse compared and contrasted
Getting started with Eclipse can be confusing. New concepts, such as plug-in architecture, workspace-centric project structure, and automatic build can seem counterintuitive at first. Without being too philosophic about IDE design, this article presents the main differences between Visual Studio and the Eclipse IDE.

( Permalink: Visual Studio and Eclipse compared and contrasted      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Aug 24, 2007 )

Blog O Matty Expanding storage the ZFS way
ZFS is cool, lots of nice things about it.
"I had a mirrored ZFS pool fill up on me this week, which required me to add additional storage to ensure that my application kept functioning correctly. Since expanding storage is a trivial process with ZFS, I decided to increase the available pool storage by replacing the 36GB disks in the pool with 72GB disks. Here is the original configuration:"
Blog O Matty Expanding storage the ZFS way

( Permalink: Blog O Matty Expanding storage the ZFS way      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 21, 2007 )

How To Save Traffic With mod_deflate On Lighttpd
In this tutorial I will describe how to install and configure mod_deflate on a lighttpd 1.4 web server on Debian Etch. mod_deflate is included by default in lighttpd 1.5, but not in 1.4 where mod_compress is used instead. The advantage of mod_deflate over mod_compress is that it can compress static and dynamic files (such as PHP files), whereas mod_compress can compress static files only. The lighttpd version coming with Debian Etch is 1.4.13, so we have to patch it to support mod_deflate. mod_deflate allows lighttpd to compress files and deliver them to clients (e.g. browsers) that can handle compressed content which most modern browsers do. With mod_deflate, you can compress HTML, text or XML files to approx. 20 - 30% of their original sizes, thus saving you server traffic and making your modem users happier.

( Permalink: How To Save Traffic With mod_deflate On Lighttpd      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue Aug 21, 2007 )

Set Flickr images as Ubuntu desktop wallpaper
Webilder delivers stunning wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots. You choose what keywords (tags) to watch for, and photos are automatically downloaded to your computer. Webilder can also change the wallpaper every few minutes. Full Story

( Permalink: Set Flickr images as Ubuntu desktop wallpaper      Submitted by dave Tue Aug 21, 2007 )

Distributed administration using SSH
Use Secure Shell (SSH) to run commands on remote UNIX systems and, with some simple scripts, put together a system that enables you to manage many systems simultaneously from one machine without having to log in directly to the machines themselves.

( Permalink: Distributed administration using SSH      Submitted by BlueVoodoo Tue Aug 21, 2007 )

Review: EnGarde 3.0.16 - Secure Linux Server
This review is about the just released EnGarde Secure Server 3.0.16 developed by Guardian Digital company with the help of the community. PolishLinux.org writes: EnGarde is an interesting server distribution. Compared to common SSH-only VPS servers, EnGarde VPS seems to be much easier to manage, although the admin still needs to know how all those bits and pieces work. Delivering more crucial packages would be nice. However, the overall rating is still positive.

( Permalink: Review: EnGarde 3.0.16 - Secure Linux Server      Submitted by michuk Tue Aug 21, 2007 )

A First Look at Oracle 11g database on Debian
Oracle 11g database has been released just a few days ago, exclusively for Linux at this time. Here's a short review of it's installation, together with screenshots, on an unsupported Debian GNU/Linux distribution - to make it more interesting. While there's lots of great open source databases to choose from, we should still admire Oracle's continued support of Linux OS in enterprise environments.


( Permalink: A First Look at Oracle 11g database on Debian      Submitted by Zlatko Calusic Mon Aug 20, 2007 )

Virtual Machine Replication & Failover with VMWare
This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions about how to create a highly available VMware Server environment on a Debian Etch system. With this tutorial, you will be able to create Virtual Machines that will be available on multiple systems with failover/failback capabilities.


( Permalink: Virtual Machine Replication & Failover with VMWare      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Aug 20, 2007 )

How to install Tor with Vidalia GUI on Ubuntu
Do you want completely anonymous internet access? For Free? Tor is the open source leader to anonymous connections on the internet, you can anonymize your internet presence from AIM/ICQ/MSN/ Jabber/IRC/WWW/FTP and you can even issue a torify command at the command prompt to anonymize your wget/ssh/lynx/ ftp/perl or whatever. Basically tor is for the people by the people, it is only alive because we make it so, we can choose to use it freely or use it freely and help it out by running a server on your computer to make the internet safer. Full Story

( Permalink: How to install Tor with Vidalia GUI on Ubuntu      Submitted by dave Mon Aug 20, 2007 )

Logging in multi-threaded apps efficiently
No software is bug free, and application users can encounter unexpected results during the run time of programs. To analyze and find the cause of problems, logging is a method widely used by programmers. In this article, learn how to use a ring buffer for efficient logging with memory operations in place of file operations.

( Permalink: Logging in multi-threaded apps efficiently      Submitted by BlueVoodoo Mon Aug 20, 2007 )

encrypting filesystems with dmsetup
Here is a set of three short articles exploring the use of the dmsetup command in linux:


The first two articles describe simple experiments with dmsetup designed to illustrate its basic operation, while the last one presents a practical script for managing encrypted LVM volume groups.

( Permalink: encrypting filesystems with dmsetup      Submitted by Chris Marshall Mon Aug 20, 2007 )

Aptitude vs Apt-Get
"I've already mentioned it, but aptitude run with no options will pull up a curses application for you to navigate your apt system. If any of you have used it, you know that it is far superior to dselect- talk about a shoddy application. Aptitude makes searching for packages, updating them, removing them, getting details and other necessary tools, easy. Spend 20 minutes inside the console, and you begin to feel like this is an application done right. Spend 20 minutes in dselect, and you'll begin to get massive headaches, and feel lost inside Pan's Labyrinth."
Aaron Toponce Blog Archive Aptitude vs Apt-Get

( Permalink: Aptitude vs Apt-Get      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 16, 2007 )

How to Install Tor to Surf Anonymously in Ubuntu
Tor is a tool set for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features. Full Story

( Permalink: How to Install Tor to Surf Anonymously in Ubuntu      Submitted by dave Thu Aug 16, 2007 )

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