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Old 01-17-2006, 10:37 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

Well, maybe my entering these forums is an acknowledgement that I haven't got a clue what I'm doing!

I've was thrown into web development to assist in the underlying fabric of a club (in my case, a bunch of pilots!)

I started out real easy, using windows based virtual private servers, ASP and so on, and migrated over time to the more "robust" (if that's the right words) environment offered by php, mysql and apache web server running on Linux.

I've managed to cobble together a half decent set of domains that I run for friends and family, nearly all of them dynamic, with little in the way of static content.

Over time I've realised that as I want to do more things with my root server and the domains resident on it I want to know more about the underlying OS, how to manage it, manage security, user administration, keeping it updated etc. I attempting to do these things I've probably created havoc with the systems, found it a nightmare to update even base RPM's, failed dependencies, segmentation error's half way through a yum update etc

I've joined these forums to learn, and perhaps on the odd occasion, seek advice from peers far more knowledgeable than I can ever be with this stuff.

Looking forward to bumping into many of you soon.

Best regards

Dave (a pilot that navigates the skies far better than I navigate a Linux box!)
Toronto, Canada
Old 01-18-2006, 01:39 AM   #2
Simon Bridge
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If you're using RH9 for server work, you have a good start.
I started with RH9 on my desktop (though my early linux experience was with RH7 at work and I had DOS ports of GNU software before that...)

Far from showing you havn't a clue, being here shows that you have got a clue... the trick is to participate. The whole point of GNU/Linux is that people share ideas and expertise as well as software. If you were clued up and hiding, you would be violating the spirit of FOSS. So welcome.

I would, however, suggest you change OS's soon. RH9 is obsolete and you'll increasingly find things will stop working quite the way you're used to.

For server things, strongly suggest a Debian distro. Ubuntu is a single-disk distro which is very newbie freindly and debian based.

If you prefer the red hat flavour - go for RHEL or Fedora Core depending on your support requirements. Good RH and fedora pages are at and

Suggested reading: google to the free software foundation and read the articles there. GPLv3 is in draft, and there is an old Stallman artical describing the basic philosophy wot you should know.

And, lastly, take a look at:
... good fun.
Old 01-18-2006, 11:16 AM   #3
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Thanks Simon, appreciated!
Old 01-18-2006, 11:54 AM   #4
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Simon, I took your advise and will opting for Fedora Core 3 (plesk webmin) on the root server. Interestings enough, the hosting company (to remain nameless) said that they no longer provide Redhat9 because of security issues in the OS! I'm not quite sure I believe them there, I think more like, they are concerned about the IMAGE of the OS and PLESK that they use when creating initial root servers!




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