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okay, i feel all good about linux now. ive been playing around with it, reading manuals on my spare time. and ive now got accustomed to linux. i have a dual boot mandrake 9.2 plus windows xp. i was having some trouble with lilo but after i spent some time tinkering i got it working. i spent some time messing around on the internet, blah blah blah. but i need some projects. truithfully, i want to be able to do a couple of things.
-im working on a webserver/php/mysql. i have them all running on a windows machine for my website, and im gonna tansfer it to linux eventually.
-the other thing i want is some mild "hacking" skills. mainly to play around at lan parties. i know how to do port scanning blah blah blah through windows, and use to have a nice remote desktop that would scan the port and almost act like vnc. it was pretty cool. but i would also use these skills to test my own server. i will be constantly attempting to hack and force my way into my own server.
-another few things is i run a cs gaming server on windows that im gonna move to linux. i hear it runs smoother. on a 600 mhz with not much ram, a text only console would help it majorly. ill not install x excetra when i make it
-but i will also take any ideas on other projects for linux. any ideas?
About the webserver, the main option is Apache. You will need to download RPM's or compile source package of Apache and configure it properly. Then you will have to install PHP modules and finally the MySQL database. Probably Mandrake has installed them by default (and configured!) so please check the package lists. Your webserver root will probably be /var/www or it might change in the installation. Weblinks are apache.org, php.net and mysql.org.
As a concept, hacking refers to the ability of break into programming code. It doesn't mean port scanning and other net concepts. About scanning, you will probably find excelent information about that in google.com/linux because Linux advanced users tend to have advanced skills in those topics so they can use it for securing their own systems, doing 'forensics', etc. About the VNC, K Desktop Environment has a utility named "Desktop sharing" or something like that. It works as a VNC server and you can see and handle others (in your LAN or in the Internet) desktops as "Remote assistance" from MSN does.
Finally, about your CS Gaming Server, I don't know how to work with a server (don't know if it's command line - based or what) but about the game client I can tell you that it runs superb, I'm using Wine (which is a Windows emulator considerably less "graphic" than others like WineX) and it really rocks.
Other Linux projects that might be interesting are, of course, programming (which can be done in almost every language you imagine, Python, Perl, Pascal, C...) and social implementations. With this I mean the possibility of use Linux and free software to give power to communities and associations so they can work by themselves at a very low cost. In Venezuela (where I live) government and Non gubernamental associations are working in rock-solid and stable technology platforms based in opensource and, of course in Linux in the areas of: Energy Industry (petroleum is the first Venezuela income), Taxes (in a Country with kilometers of coast it's important to have state-of-the-art customs) and People Organization (this means that the people can use organization systems like TUTOS in order to make projects for their communities, etc.)
thats pretty cool, but i already know about the cs and webserver stuff. what i mainly need is something cool to do. im tired of writing code, i do mild php and perl programming and im very good at html scripting and design. what i want is something fun and interesting that i can do and play with at night. and on the hacking issue, i just want to fuck around during a lan party and take control of other players computers for a few. any ideas of stuff to do and how to do it?
im not asking for ideas about the webserver. all of that above was to tell you what i lalready know/can do. what i want is something new. i want to do something cool and fun. think little kid newbish brainwaves here. lol. i dont want any more information about counter-strike or webserver shit. thank you. I NEED SOMETHING NEW!! I NEED FRESH MEAT!! PLEASE HELP!!!
try installing another distro, text mode only :P j/k
i think a small mp3 server (like the ones in the success stories) is a very interesting project.
i want to do it myself but dont have a spare system, or money to buyone
or start learning about shell scripting, i think its very interesting myself (you can do so much with it, without advanced knowledge )
I think was a little creativity and spending some time thinking and writing down what you are interested in will lead you to a project you want to get involved with and will lead you to something you will find more interesting than the stuff that we may spew off to you.
About the reply on the defination of hacking,
As a concept, hacking refers to the ability of break into programming code.
The term now encompasses many aspects of exploring and being skillful on the computer that I believe ferretmanus was correct in how he used it and that hacking means more than being able to "break into programming code." In the early days the them hacker most commonly refered to "one who is proficient at using or programming a computer."
i personaly installing linux for the Samba DC for my own domain ;-) free of charge and then il put my server o it to
Pentium3 634 MHz 320 Mb ram
20 Gb HHD its not so bad
running linux on a VMware wich not worked wel till now -_-