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Old 04-25-2003, 01:23 AM   #1
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What is the main diffrance between distros?

Im new to linux, I installed slackware about a week ago and noticed that people talk about diffrent configurations on diffrent distrobutions. What is the diffrance bettween them? What I am planning on doing with the server is running an ftp server http server and CS/HLDS on it. Is slackware good for this?

BTW. I noticed that ProFTPd starts on it own, how do I disable this? It also let users acess their home dir at default. Is there anyway I can configure this so I can access the whole system from my other computer, and remove indevidual access form evey user I create? Basicly is there a way i can create usernames for the ftp server and set it up to access folder that I want rather then just the home dir?
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Yes. You can set the "DefaultRoot" to something common like:
Which will then be a common "home" for all your users who login to your system, usually it's /pub rather, but you can choose.
You can disable proftpd from starting by either a: uninstalling it; or b: place a comment line in front of the ftp line in /etc/inetd.conf

As for accessing the whole system via ftp, it's not that great of an idea. You may want to look at ssh instead for this. HOWEVER if you are that "ballsy" and wanna do it, you can enable either:
1. enable root acess via ftp (Oh he!! no, this is a baddddd idea)
2. Make a special user, with very limited abilities, and have their home directory be / (however, this will clash with your DefaultRoot above unless you check out the docs where you might find info on setting up seperate DefaultRoot protocols for specific users)

But like I said, ssh is by far the best way to go with this; it's MUCH more secure, there are win clients if that's a hitch, and it's just like being on the command line locally on the box.


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Old 04-25-2003, 01:49 PM   #3
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dist. are just personal taste cause they have diffrent tools for system adminstration but basicly they have same thing cause kernel and other prog are written by other people not dist vendors.
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Re: What is the main diffrance between distros?

Originally posted by MarleyGPN
Im new to linux, I installed slackware about a week ago and noticed that people talk about diffrent configurations on diffrent distrobutions. What is the diffrance bettween them?
Installation programs, set of tools (defaut configuration files are the same if you want to modify them yourself), default configuration, "look&feel", personal preferences , other people opinion (that's important, really).
Old 04-26-2003, 04:22 PM   #5
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Yeah. Some are aimed for different people, some are just general, but the main difference is usually the configuration, now you configure, and speed. (too me, speed is the most important.)


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