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Old 12-20-2003, 05:47 AM   #1
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Hi,
I'm a new user to RedHat 9.0. Been a week and did nothing much but reading on tutorials and documentation but i'm not getting anywhere. Here are some issues I have not resolved.

1. My scanner isnt working although the system detects it. Launching 'Scanner' via Gnome menu displays an error saying it's not detected. The Hardware Browser and System Log show that the scanner was successfully detected. Badly need help on this. It's a USB Hp Scanjet 2300c.

2. What is Apache ? Is it equivalent to FrontPage Server Extensions ? If it is, what software can I use to set up a homepage on local system ? On 'Windoes' I used FPSE and FrontPage to build homepages.

3. My system does not standby/suspend at a time specified. Does apm service have to be running ? Apm is only for laptops right ?

4. I found several processes running on System Monitor and not sure what they are, namely, bonobo-activation-server, ssh-agent, eggcups and gconfd-2. What are these ? Is it possible to shut these down ? I only have the following services to launch automatically at system startup: iptables , keytables, kudzu, network, sgi_fam, syslog, xinetd. What else do I need to maintain a healthy system and what else do I not need to conserve memory ?

5. how do I set up local machine to accept connections, so a friend of mine telnet to my machine ? They're running Win 98.

Thank you for any help
 
Old 12-20-2003, 07:07 AM   #2
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1. My scanner isnt working although the system detects it.
Unfortunately http://www.sane-project.org/lists/sa...kends-cvs.html doesn't give ANY clarity about if it's supported. To be sure you could check the sane-devel mailinglist archives.

2. What is Apache ? Is it equivalent to FrontPage Server Extensions ?
Apache is the webserver. There's a lot of GUI editors but I don't know any names, I don't use any.

3. My system does not standby/suspend at a time specified.
AFAIK there's two ways: APM or ACPI. Other than that I don't know. Never used it.

4. One listing of services is http://www.mandrakeuser.org/docs/admin/adaemon2.html, granted, it's for mandy, but the descriptions are clear. For services and running applications that aren't there, try "apropos <application>" or if it's a servicename then the top of the file when doing "less /etc/rc.d/init.d/<sericename>" could give you clues. Bonobo-activation-server and gconfd-2 have to do with your Desktop Environment, ssh-agent is for storing ssh keys so you can ssh to another box w/o having to authenticate manually and eggcups is printer stuff. Pretty regular stuff for a box in runlevel 5. What else do I need to maintain a healthy system and what else do I not need to conserve memory ?
At least run a firewall, Bastille-linux to start hardening the box, Tiger (or LSAT), Aide (or Samhain) and Chkrootkit to audit it. Check out the LQ FAQ: Security references.

5. how do I set up local machine to accept connections, so a friend of mine telnet to my machine?
Don't use telnet. use Ssh. Set up sshd and let them log in using ssh.
Google for "Putty" to get the free w32 app.
 
Old 12-20-2003, 07:23 AM   #3
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2. What is Apache ? Is it equivalent to FrontPage Server Extensions ? If it is, what software can I use to set up a homepage on local system ? On 'Windoes' I used FPSE and FrontPage to build homepages.
I am also a newbie to Red Hat 9. I have posted a lot of questions in this forum, so I feel I need to give something back! Well, in regards to Apache that is.

Apache is a web server, more comparable to the likes of Microsoft's Internet Information Services than Frontpage extensions.

http://httpd.apache.org/
http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServ...s/default.mspx

Apache began as the HTTP daemon server. As httpd was maintained by patches, people started calling it "a patchy" server. I.e. Apache. However, Apache is still known as HTTPD.

Most of the sites you visit will more than likely serve their pages through the Apache server, on some version of Linux. MySQL database and php code support can be added to Apache to make a easy to maintain dynamic website.

The Microsoft counter part is IIS + Access database + ASP. Apache with MySQL and php pretty much beats the stuffing out of Microsoft's combination anyway.

If you want to experiment with the Apache server, MySQL and PHP download XAMPP for Linux.

http://www.apachefriends.org/projects-en.html

I use it to develop web pages rather than serve them (it does have security issues) but it is well worth a download. You can get it up-and-running within minutes and to get rid of it you just rm it!

As for Frontpage and its extensions I prefer to steer clear of them. I still regard the old way of using a text editor the best way.
HTML goodies taught me all I needed to know!

http://www.htmlgoodies.com

 
Old 12-20-2003, 07:42 AM   #4
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Dear unSpawn & Hal, I really appreciate your help. I guess every linux newbie have gone through this, I just need to be patient and start from scratch. Been using WindoES for almost 2 decades and finally made up my mind to start afresh on Linux. Thank you guys.
 
Old 12-20-2003, 09:23 AM   #5
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I'm a linux newbie too, at least you've got your modem working under linux, I have to keep rebooting into XP!
 
Old 12-20-2003, 09:55 AM   #6
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Hi Hal , i had a lot of problem configuring my Winmodem initially. Then I searched my 'junk box' and found a 5 yr old Avtek modem. Plugged it in and set the device to /dev/ttyS0 and started dialing in. Hope u find a way too. Regards
 
  


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