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Old 02-05-2004, 03:10 PM   #1
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Exclamation A question that i really need to know asap about SuSE 9.0 !HELP!

Ok im sorry if that subject sounded rude.

im going to install SuSE Linux 9.0 Personal.

I want set it up as a web server for my personal (But it needs to be accessible outside of the LAN)

i did install a full working server with everything that i needed using redhat 8.0

BUT the HD died a while ago and i havent used linux since so im VERY rusty!

once i have install everything i need im going to remove the keyboard, mouse and monitor and stick it under my desk connected to the LAN and internet via the netgear wireless MA311

My question is:

1) Is it possible to view a KDE environment by connecting my laptop via a ethernet card.

2) Does anyone know how compatible the MA311 is?

3) Is SuSE linux 9.0 personal as easy to install and configer as REDHAT 8.0?

Thanks VERY VERY much to anyone who can answer my question(s)...
Old 02-05-2004, 05:59 PM   #2
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quick answer to 1)

yes it is, that's what X-server is all about! you run the server on machine A, and a client an any machine. You will have to allow another computer to connect to your X-server (i think 'xauth').

However, why would you have X running on a server? is it needed?
Old 02-05-2004, 07:20 PM   #3
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Actually, the terminology above may need clarifying. The x-server runs on the computer you are at, and the client would be the web-server. You can also run a single application on the web-server computer, and have the program displayed at your terminal (x-windows server). Using the secure shell ssh with x-windows forwarding you could take your laptop on the road and run programs on the server remotely from anywhere.
Old 02-06-2004, 01:30 AM   #4
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X-server is a server: it runs and you don't see it.

X-client is a client: it shows things it gets from the server.

usualy the X-{server,client} run on the same computer. The X-server is invisible for you, but does all the work, the client just shows what the server tells io to and passes on events to the server (mouse click, keystoke,...)

The server needs to be running on the machine you want to controll; the client should be running on the machine you are at (your laptop on the road).

Then, as you said, you could use ssh to forward X
Old 02-06-2004, 02:00 AM   #5
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wow.... that is very very very cool!

When amazon get there finger out and send me my suse.... im sure i will be seaching arround on how to set that up!!

Also.... Does anyone know on any HOWTO's on setting up sercure webserver from start to finish?

Thanks for the help!
Old 02-06-2004, 02:07 PM   #6
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SUSE's Yast SHOULD help you set the webserver up quickly, is very helpful in configuring the entire system

If it doesn't have an HTTP Server module, go download the FTP server edition, it is the same (almost) as professional!
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iv got the ftp installed version at the moment..... but i just cant be arsed to keep installing the packages that i need.... i think im ganna just endup installing the BARE min... and then installing the rest myself..... This webserver is almost perfect for me... its just the wireless and sercurity i have left to play with!
Old 02-06-2004, 03:07 PM   #8
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The wireless can be an absolute bastard if your particular chipset has no driver support because of the meany manufacturers not releasing specs. Centreno and Broadcom chipsets are 2 examples i ran into.

Theres an ndiswrapper project on at sourceforge that runs the windows drivers instead, but i ended up having to buy the paid-for one from because of kernel version issues with the free one.

Just sommat to bare in mind.
Old 02-06-2004, 03:13 PM   #9
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I can comment on the SUSE 9 install...

I have installed 9.0 about a dozen times in the last month. YAST (suse's setup tool) is very easy to use... one area you may get confused on is the package management... left untouched, I believe that it doesnt even install KDE... you need to chose modify on that group, change the filter to "Selections", then add other stuff like webserver etc.

If you chose NOT to use the actual retail cdroms (which I would suggest if you have any access to high speed internet and any space pc with 6BG free space), the network install is somewhat confusing, and may require expalnation from someone... I couldnt find the documentation on the suse site.

you can contact me directly at with any install questions.

btw.... although suse claims that you must purchase a retail package in order to get security updates, access to the suse portal etc, you can get everything on your own without paying anything. Just sign up for the suse portal as a personal user (sounds like you are), and run YAST2 (suse's main GUI config tool) Online Update to get ANY kind of security or package update.... even to do full version upgrades etc!


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