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Notes, mostly technical on how to configure, install, troubleshoot computer systems.

I've chosen topics mostly because I went through the process of selecting, installing and configuring something, usually a software application, tool or and utilities. They are here primarily so that I can consult them when needed and refer others to them.

Ubuntu Linux

My home server, running Win2K, failed to reboot after it's last update. The problem turned out to be a bad disk. I decided to abandon Windows and go with Linux. Most of my experience has been with Red Hat, but a friend had praised Ubuntu, so I decided to give it a try. I wanted:

  1. A file server with enough capacity to handle our household -- two people who do a medium amount of photo work, a lot of office work, no music and an occasional video.
  2. Accessibility from outside
  3. A web server running Apache, php and mySQL
  4. Immunity from power failure -- orderly shutdown and restart

GNU General Public License

Information on how to use these for site software is at: http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/gpl-howto.html

Joomla 1.0

I've moved on to Joomla! 1.5. Hopefully I won't need to do much with this section. 1.5 is clearly a big improvement -- simpler and cleaner, easier to use all around. Now if the extension writers would just bring their extensions into compliance with 1.5...

Joomla 1.5

phpBB 3.0

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