The Perfect Server CentOS 4.8

It’s the perfect server? Ok, I had a problem with the title. However, it’s an excellent article if you want to create a web server with all the services you want similar to what hosting companies run on their servers. CentOS certainly is not my first choice since I prefer running Red Hat or Ubuntu Server. CentOS is definitely worth a look.

The perfect server runs on the following services: Web Server: Apache 2.0.x with PHP 4.3.9, mod_ruby, mod_python, Database Server: MySQL 4.1, Mail Server: Postfix, DNS Server: BIND9 (chrooted!), FTP Server: proftpd, POP3/IMAP server: dovecot, and Webalizer for web site statistics.

If you want to learn how to install these services, read the article.

Lin-X 1.1

If you want a Linux desktop that looks and feels like a Mac, you should take a look at Lin-X 1.1, a Linux distro based on rock-solid Ubuntu, but made to look like a Mac. When you login to Lin-X, you’ll be greeted with a Mac look-alike wallpaper. Navigation is done using a Doc like-panel at the bottom of the screen. The distro comes with most standard Ubuntu applications , but with a couple of non-standard applications thrown in the mix. The only gripe I have with this distro; there seems to be little activity with development. I can’t imagine trying to get support. If you are still curious about this distro, you can download it from Softpedia.

Lubuntu

To Ubuntu fans: If you want to try a distribution that is very light and simple, try Lubuntu. It’s based on Ubuntu, something you are already familiar with. It’s only 342MB for the ISO. It uses the LXDE desktop environment and is geared towards systems that are normally not supported by Xubuntu. The project is officially recognized by Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical.

LXDE is a very lightweight and minimal desktop environment using the openbox window manager, the PcManFM file manager, and a very select list of default applications. It is compatible with basic freedesktop standards and all needed parts are already packaged in Ubuntu today.

It might be worth trying to install on older system running Ubuntu Server. You get a very light graphical environment.


Grub 2

Grub 2 is under development and will most likely find its way to the latest Linux distributions. Well, if you’re looking for something fancy out of Grub 2, don’t hold your breath. Grub was never fancy to begin with. It just does its job. That’s is to get you to where you need to be, whether you select the default kernel or boot to another operating system. Grub 2 promises to better with more functions and capabilities. GRUB 2 targets at the following goals.

  • Scripting support, such as conditionals, loops, variables and functions.
  • Graphical interface.
  • Dynamic loading of modules in order to extend itself at the run time rather than at the build time.
  • Portability for various architectures.
  • Internationalization. This includes support for non-ASCII character code, message catalogs like gettext, fonts, graphics console, and so on.
  • Real memory management, to make GNU GRUB more extensible.
  • Modular, hierarchical, object-oriented framework for file systems, files, devices, drives, terminals, commands, partition tables and OS loaders.
  • Cross-platform installation which allows for installing GRUB from a different architecture.
  • Rescue mode saves unbootable cases. Stage 1.5 was eliminated.
  • Fix design mistakes in GRUB Legacy, which could not be solved for backward-compatibility, such as the way of numbering partitions.

If you need to install it on your latest Ubuntu distro, here are the instructions.

Fedora To Use Moblin

It looks like Fedora will use Moblin for netbooks and portable computers. Moblin is an open source platform optimized for for netbooks, mobile devices, and in-vehicle infotainment devices. It’s similar to Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix. Moblin running in Fedora will most likely be called “Fedora Mini,” which will be part of the upcoming Fedora 12 release.

Linux Saves The Day

Here’s an interesting article about a user having problems booting into Windows. The laptop was getting the dreaded blue screen of death. The technician tried booting from ‘safe mode ‘and from ‘last known good’, but still, it will not repair.  The technician tried booting from a Windows installation DVD, Vista and even Windows 7. Still can’t boot. Then, Ubuntu 8.04 came in to the rescue. The system booted just fine in Linux. The technician was able to access the files. All the technician did was restore the backup registry files. Presto. Windows rebooted like nothing happened. Why can’t Vista, Windows 7 boot CDs make this repair is beyond me.