Articles on Linux, the open source operating system

How to setup NIS for a Linux network


As my home network expands, the time I spend doing administration tasks on it increases. As machines are added, I am required to add users to each machine, and mount directories so they are backed up on the server. By implementing autofs the problem of users' directories is solved. For users, I decided to implement NIS to centralize user administration.

Linux in the Arab world


If you are interested in Linux and live in the Arab world you may be interested in the following web sites:

Linux: Tape backup for a home network



In another article, I have discussed why tapes are still the most efficient form of backup. In this article, I detail how I used tapes in a Linux based home network for backup purposes, using a Seagate/Certance STT20000A IDE ATAPI Internal Travan TR-5 Tape drive. There are also several resources listed.

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Linux: Fixing Mandrake URPMI media sources after an upgrade


When upgrading Mandrake, e.g. from 9.1 to 10.0, make sure you delete the old and synthesis.* files from the previous release, and use urpmi.addmedia to add the new release media (CD) to your machine.Here is a list of commands to do that:cd /var/lib/urpmi/# Cleanup the old media for URPMI.# Note: You could delete everything, or just choose to delete the ones that are on the old 9.1 CDs.

Linux: IDE CD problem with kernel 2.4.21pre4 to 2.6.7


I had Mandrake Linux 9.1 running fineon a Dell Optiplex PIII-550 Mhz. The system had a Mitsumi CDR-2801TEon hdc, running with SCSI over IDE emulation.When the time came to upgrade toMandrake Linux 10.0 Final, I booted up CD1 and it loaded fine, untilthe stage where it tries to access the CD and mount it. At thispoint, the kernel halted with the following error:Kernel BUG at drivers/ide/ide-ops.c:1005!

My History with UNIX and Linux


My history with UNIX

This article describes how I came to know about UNIX, and later, Linux.

Part of this is personal, documenting to myself when I started using each of the aforementioned systems.

Part of it is quasi academic research using digital archeology techniques to dig up old mails, search old files and directories, and try to piece together the sequence of events on how the above happened.


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