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Posted by: Jim Jun 8 2004, 01:53 PM

I am starting this thread and leaving it open so people can post ideas guides. Please don't post answers in this thread, just come in and say "I would like to see a guide on ...." and maybe somebody will write one. Just because you float it does not mean it will get writen, I just throught it would be a nice place for people to get ideas.

Again, please just post ideas for guides here and nothing else, that will help make it easy and slim lined.

Posted by: Jim Jun 8 2004, 01:54 PM

I would like to see a guide on security, specifically how to have services like ssh, ftp, and apache running with out comprimising your system's saftey. I think that would be nice.

Posted by: hughesjr Jun 20 2004, 06:11 AM

Jim,

Only Admins, Mods, and Support Specialists can post in the guides section ... would you like me to move this thread somewhere else like General Discussion or Tech Support?

Posted by: Corey Jun 21 2004, 09:27 AM

We haven't had anything pinned in Tech Support forum in a while, and it's a high-traffic area, so, I'll leave a link in the Guides section, and keep the thread itself in Tech Support.

Posted by: hughesjr Jun 22 2004, 09:11 PM

OK ... A guide that I think might be good is this:

1. How to obtain domain a name and register it. (How to point it to ZoneEdit.com if it is not a static IP.)

2. Setup a fully fuctional gateway server (Home / Small Business) that contains everything you need to make it do the following:

a. Be a Firewall (2 NICs, one connected to your cable/DSL modem ... the other to your internal network). Allow all your internal PCs go to the internet.

b. Be a Webserver. Serve pages for your new domain name.

c. Be an E-mail server for your newly obtained domain. Have Spam and Anti Virus protection and webmail.

e. Be a DHCP server for your internal Network.

f. Be a Caching DNS server (if you had to use zone edit) or your Primary Master DNS server (if you have a static IP) ... and be the DNS server for your internal network.

g. Be a Samba Primary Domain Controller (PDC) for your Windows computers on your internal network.

I am going to be working on such a guide ... with pieces of it already being done and posted here (the following are already done - Webserver {which needs some work}, the Mail server, the DNS server and Samba PDC).

May next part of it will be the DHCP server...then the firewall. Then a document to tie it all together.

Posted by: lesio1974 Jun 22 2004, 09:35 PM

I would be most grateful if somebody posted a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to setting up a Web server and ftp server (including getting domain name, what applications are needed, permissions and whatever else is needed). Or if there is already something posted out there somewhere, just point me in the right direction please.

Thank you

q

Posted by: bhupee Jul 1 2004, 01:07 PM

hello friends can any body tell me which guide i should refer for experimenting multicasting
of the audio/video on my lan.
bye
bhupee

Posted by: Agret Jul 15 2004, 05:15 AM

How to setup VPN

Posted by: WERUreo Jul 20 2004, 07:12 AM

I would like to see a guide on setting up an SNMP daemon.

Posted by: rich Jul 27 2004, 12:11 AM

As a newbie, I think it would be good to see a guide on configuring a workstation, things like installing apps/packages and/or what apps/packages are the best or most recommended for different distributions.
Cheers
Rich blink.gif

Posted by: Vinz Aug 3 2004, 06:30 AM

Guides on installing Mandrake 10 or RedHat 9.

vinz
manila

Posted by: killawulf Aug 28 2004, 11:51 AM

Hi All,

I would like to see a comprehensive Guide on setting up a Net-Net and PC-Net VPN using FreeS/WAN with CentOS. There is a guide using OpenVPN but that only covers the topic partially.

Great work on the other guides. It has really been helpful.

Posted by: imaginaxion Sep 1 2004, 04:15 PM

hughesjr thats pretty much what i would like to see too
esspecially the part with "2 NICs, one connected to your cable/DSL modem ... the other to your internal network. Allow all your internal PCs go to the internet." and setting up dhcp for the internal LAN pc too.
but once that is set up i will be doing all the rest aswell its pretty much exactly what i need

thats currently what i'm struggling with mad.gif

Posted by: chrisfrankr Oct 24 2004, 10:29 AM

would like to see a simple guide to opening downloaded programs

Posted by: tomyalarie Nov 2 2004, 11:36 AM

I would like to see a guide on ProFTPD, setting virtual users with paths and quotas. Like how to setup ftp accounts with this deamon.

Posted by: a beast of fire Nov 18 2004, 11:33 AM

I would like to see a guide for those users(like me) who are very advance in using windows and have experience in programming but now turning to linux.

Posted by: Boon72 Nov 19 2004, 08:34 AM

as a totally new user to linux, having just installed Mandrake 10.1 from the linux user dvd. i would like to see a simple guide of useful things to know and do.

eg. i managed to download Firefox but dont know how to install it yet as double clicking doesnt work like in windows and ive not found any instructions.

as you can see i am truly new to linux, coming from the windows generation wishing to learn more

thanks in advance

Posted by: crash_systems Dec 7 2004, 06:22 PM

Being new to linux, I would like to see a guide on the how to solve the most common problems that people new to linux face.

Posted by: mikalee Dec 13 2004, 07:15 AM

I would like to see a guide on how to connect with a usb modem to an isp (such as tiscali)?

Posted by: kurt476 Dec 31 2004, 02:13 PM

i would like to see a guide about how to do programing in linux how to setup programs that don't have the read me files and the readme files only tell you some times what is compalitable or just tells you about the program. so i would like to see how to find out how to install things like rpm's and tar.baz and tar.gz file formats that's the guide i would lke too see. i would also like to see a guide on how to see if the capture card works i have cx23883 and i would like too see how to setup my pc for capturing videos on linux

Posted by: Ryu Himora Jan 4 2005, 02:11 AM

I would like to see a guide on how to acess files on a cd

Posted by: eradrix Jan 4 2005, 06:26 AM

mail server install guide out of date?(about Part. 4, MailScanner install)


source: http://www.sng.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailscanner/serve/cache/382.html


QUOTE
MailScanner Faq-O-Matic : (Category) Postfix :
The Politics behind Postfix and Mailscanner
The Politics behind Postfix and Mailscanner 12/26/2004 by Avery Day. Thanks for the help Drew Marshall. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
In no way are the opinions written here reflective of the Mailscanner team or its community. These are the opinions of just one individual and a one day quest set out to understand the delicate politics between the Mailscanner and Postfix communities. Postfix is a awesome piece of software, this writing is in no way intended to offend anyone, its only intended to inform the reader of some interesting information. I am almost certain that this article will draw fire from a lot of people. It's a Dirty Job, But Someone's Got to Do It.

Lets face the simple facts, the Postfix community (mailing list) doesn't think so highly of Mailscanner when used with Postfix. It wasn't the Postfix authors who complained but the users themselves which lead to this witch hunt. Try even mentioning the word Mailscanner on the Postfix mailing list and your likely to be slapped silly. Just search through the Postfix mailing list archives and you will see what I mean. So this was written to summarize some basic information that I have put together.

The problem in the past is this: the Postfix developers had a problem with the way in which Mailscanner accessed Postfix to do its scanning of emails. The Postfix developers complained of the possibility of duplicated or truncated emails when Postfix and Mailscanner were used together. Postfix was designed to only interface with other processes using traditional methods, such as SMTP or LMTP, MailScanner doesn't use these methods but instead sits between the incoming (SMTP) process and the delivery process of many popular MTAs. Using this design, and in common with other MTA installations, Postfix was originally designed with two instances. One just to receive mail and defer the delivery process and the other to just make delivery. MailScanner sits in the middle moving mail from one instance to the other. Unfortunately this required that the active Postfix queue files would be accessed directly by Mailscanner. By placing mail in the deferred queue (explained here http://www.postfix.org/OVERVIEW.html#delivering) Postfix would re-examine the messages to see if they could be delivered yet. This examination while MailScanner was scanning and moving the mail from one process to another could and often did cause duplications or truncated messages.

Basically the Postfix developers strongly advised against doing this. They suggested instead that Mailscanner have its own SMTP engine that could talk to Postfix like Amavis does (explained here http://www.postfix.org/FILTER_README.html#simple_filter). The Postfix developers offered no other alternative than this. In my opinion Mailscanner is not designed nor should be designed to speak SMTP. Simplicity has been the key to Mailscanners success. Why make things more complicated than they need to be. Now I am not claiming to be a security expert but wouldn't giving Mailscanner the ability to talk SMTP open up a security concern when having another SMTP engine thrown into the whole delivery process. Besides that, wouldn't this also require more resources for Mailscanner to run, and additionally Postfix, with possibly another transaction that would need to be made (depending on the design). IMHO Mailscanner is virus scanning software not an SMTP engine.

Recently however some changes have been made to allow for a different approach. This new approach does not require Mailscanner to access the active queue. Nor does it require Postfix to be split into two instances. It is still however acessing the Postfix queue but not the active queue, thats the key. Now Instead Postfix puts all incoming email into a hold queue for scanning. By putting a simple line into the Postfix /etc/Postfix/header_checks file (explained here http://www.sng.ecs.soton.ac.uk/Mailscanner/install/Postfix.shtml) all email is put into the hold queue where from what has been explained to me, this is a safe quiet place that Postfix is no longer actively accessing or changing. Its basically frozen in the process as far as Postfix is concerned. As stated in the man pages for the qmgr: hold = Messages that are kept "on hold" are kept here until someone sets them free (also see man header_checks). Now Mailscanner can safely access these emails in the Postfix hold queue for scanning and then pass it back into Postfix active queue for delivery. To me and a lot of other people this makes perfect sense. This is much simpler approach and takes far less resources and time than to have Mailscanner running its own SMTP engine just so it can talk to Postfix. But the Postfix community and possibly even the developers are still insisting that Mailscanner is not a viable AV scanner for Postfix systems. Respectively, if this is still the case then the Postfix developers need to say something so other solutions can be worked out. The idea behind putting the incoming emails into the hold queue for scanning has eliminated all of the risks that were associated with using Mailscanner and Postfix together in the past. The Postfix website is still insisting that Mailscanner is a risk http://www.Postfix.org/addon.html. With the new single instance Postfix setup configuration, I have not seen any proof that would lead me to believe that any problems may arise. After 2 months of using Mailscanner with postfix in the single instance setup design I have not experienced any problems.

Questions or comments, I can be reached here: schrock(at)dayzed.com

Posted by: bearwood Jan 5 2005, 08:46 AM

Pretty much what Hughjr would like to see but a twist to newbies, espeacially using programs like Guidedog and Guarddog as simpler alternatives to using command line

Posted by: cowdudy Jan 8 2005, 01:48 AM

I would like to see some emphasis on server security, configuring firwall and virus software. I am using
smoothwall currently, which is way too easy to configure and basically getting borring. I need to experiment with something new. I have a server running WBEL that I would like to incorporate security services into.

Posted by: kingyoun Jan 21 2005, 08:36 AM

i would like to see a guide on write program.

Posted by: Termina Feb 8 2005, 12:28 PM

Seeing all these duplicate posts, tommorow (no school! biggrin.gif) I'm going to write the following guides, if I have time. Otherwise, I'll be sure to post them before the end of the weekend:

1) Wireless/ndiswrapper linux guide
2) Limewire/Java/JRE guide

Posted by: Hapi Feb 9 2005, 11:49 AM

how to set up most internet connections including wireless

Posted by: Robert83 Feb 9 2005, 12:43 PM

Hapi :

you should do the same thing what I'm doing right now :

read this book (it's worth it...and you'll be suprised how much you'll learn after a few chapters, and it's NOT that complicated 2)

http://tldp.virtuality.hu/LDP/nag2/index.html

Sincerely
Robert B

Posted by: nECrO1967 Mar 16 2005, 04:52 PM

I will echo (pun intended) the request of the other newbies. A simple step-by-step guide on installing apps/games would be greatly appreciated. If it's not too much to ask, a few different install guides that are vendor specific would be the best! TIA for any work you do on this........ blink.gif

Posted by: newmoon May 9 2005, 10:03 AM

Hi:

Thanks for asking! I'd like to see clear guides on:

1. Mounting drives

2. Basics of compiling (both drivers and the kernel).


I'd love it if the guide would include a little theory.
It's very easy to find many guides for both of the above, but I haven't found any
yet that are easy enough for a newbie to understand.


newmoon

Posted by: cturtle May 23 2005, 04:15 PM

Hello,

Most things are mentioned before or are already there but my wishlist consists of:
- How to setup a virtual private network using OpenVPN?
- How to setup a firewall/router?
- How to setup a secure webserver?
- How to to setup a webserver (including virtual domains)?
- Simple HOWTO's. Although I'm new to Linux I've spend a good deal of my life with this other OS. When I want to setup a mail server it is very possible I do not want to use 9 or more applications to read my mail. Just like with this other OS it would be nice to install and configure only one application which does the job. In case I have to use more than one program I would like to be given some troubleshooting tips to see where I went wrong. Today I tried to follow a 9 pages HOWTO installing an mail system which uses 9 program. I guess no one is very surprised that in the end things are not working like I expected. What does not help is that in 9 pages of help there is not one single line helping me to troubleshoot. I know this sounds very ungradefull and this is not how I mean it. What I really would like (in fact it is what I need) is to get a little more help in case things go wrong.

Not only would I like to see these HOWTO's but also like to see them maintained. While I was looking for a decent HOWTO to help me setting up a mail server supporting virtual domains I noticed how much HOWTO's are outdated. Although I'm very gratefull to all these people spending there free time helping me solving MY problems, it really is of no help at all when I keep stumbling over documents that are last updated in 2001. Fortunately most documents on linuxhelp are more up to date :-)

Regards,

Jan

Posted by: has to b androstendione Jun 30 2005, 07:49 PM

hi
i would like to see a post on installing software on fedora
based upon the irratibly new idiot whos knowledge of linux
is as bad as a sneeze in a hurricaine
ive searched all tutorials and they expect a basic knowledge
i was born after dos
so i got spoon fed windows
id like to escape
without reading the unleashed books cover 2 cover
yet what im saying is
point and click is a world away from fed core 3
any explaination of anything would be great
chris
thanks in advance

Posted by: has to b androstendione Jun 30 2005, 07:59 PM

QUOTE (hughesjr @ Jun 22 2004, 09:11 PM)
OK ... A guide that I think might be good is this:

1. How to obtain domain a name and register it. (How to point it to ZoneEdit.com if it is not a static IP.)

2. Setup a fully fuctional gateway server (Home / Small Business) that contains everything you need to make it do the following:

a. Be a Firewall (2 NICs, one connected to your cable/DSL modem ... the other to your internal network). Allow all your internal PCs go to the internet.

b. Be a Webserver. Serve pages for your new domain name.

c. Be an E-mail server for your newly obtained domain. Have Spam and Anti Virus protection and webmail.

e. Be a DHCP server for your internal Network.

f. Be a Caching DNS server (if you had to use zone edit) or your Primary Master DNS server (if you have a static IP) ... and be the DNS server for your internal network.

g. Be a Samba Primary Domain Controller (PDC) for your Windows computers on your internal network.

I am going to be working on such a guide ... with pieces of it already being done and posted here (the following are already done - Webserver {which needs some work}, the Mail server, the DNS server and Samba PDC).

May next part of it will be the DHCP server...then the firewall. Then a document to tie it all together.

there is no difference between a static and a dynamic ip if you dont switch your pc off
if you are a uk user
cable or usa
most pcs are designed to run constantly
dont turn it off
hence dont pay for a static ip

Posted by: docmur Jul 9 2005, 08:56 AM

Well I currently working on Fluxbox. It would be nice to have some guides on fluxbox configuration and setup and scripts and what not. I find that the other wikki's out there are confusing. It would be nice to gave a little place here where people who need help with windows managers.

Thanks DOCMUR

Posted by: DS2K3 Jul 9 2005, 09:57 AM

QUOTE
there is no difference between a static and a dynamic ip if you dont switch your pc off
if you are a uk user
cable or usa
most pcs are designed to run constantly
dont turn it off
hence dont pay for a static ip


Maybe so, but routers crash, computers freeze, power cuts happen. And with a DNS system that allows 72 hours for propogations, it is best to use services specifically for dynamic IP addresses. Not to mention that some ISPs will drop the conenction after a certain amount of inactivity.

Posted by: Roger Jul 29 2005, 02:18 AM

Hi all you Linux experts,
I would like to see a plain language guide, in the form of a list of commands, for installing an x windows system and a GUI, into a newly installed Linux system. For a Linux newbie, Howtos might as well be written in Greek, and questions posed on help forums usually receive answers that assume that the enquirer fully understands the command line and how to use it.
I have stalled twice now on Debian because of this problem, and I am sure that it would be very easy for the complilers of Debian to include an x-server and desktop, and give the person installing a choice of GUI or command line on the first reboot.
So, for now it's back to Windows and Ubunto!

Roger

Posted by: evanw Aug 13 2005, 10:07 PM

how to dual boot

Posted by: evanw Oct 22 2005, 12:15 PM

I�d like to se just a basic quick start guide.

Posted by: beltranix Dec 11 2005, 09:08 PM

not too sound lame, i am a newb, there i said it, but i would like to see a pictoral guide with real world examples, like your guide for newbs, but with pics, or screen shots as the process progresses as i feel i have typed everything exactly but i still cant figure out my problem, after installing an rpm i still cant find or use the program ( i know that was a gimme but.... lol, i have to keep my humor, it is my goal to learn linux and if i wasnt lauphing i would be crying)

thank you

Posted by: Jim Dec 11 2005, 11:00 PM

The problem with trying to do a "pictorial" guide is that there isn't enough standardization accross systems. Not only differences between GNOME, KDE and the others, but differences between the distros. If you're having troubles with following a guide, post a question in the suppor section and we would be glad to help you.

Still, that being said, I will look into maybe doing some pictorial guides for basic things.

Posted by: gdogg1987 Mar 15 2006, 05:44 PM

As I am very new to linux and a very fluent windows power user with a lot of DOS experience, I am not accustomed to the command line language for terminals.
A guide on the various file types and available commands would make the move to linux a lot easier, especially as the commands are very different to that of DOS.

Posted by: ConfusedChild Apr 21 2006, 10:01 PM

There is one guide I came on looking for. Under internet conectivity. You have a good deal of internet conectivity guides, except the one that I truly needed. D-Link AirPlus. Thank you.

Posted by: clebrun May 22 2006, 02:38 PM

I would like to see guides on setting up various servers. Things such as file services, print services, routing, DHCP, setting up networking esp. IPv6, etc. Many books cover Linus basics, but not enough get into the basic network services.

Posted by: alex905 Jun 4 2006, 11:34 AM

for new people you misses out compileing things and thats what i need a guide on

Posted by: DS2K3 Jun 5 2006, 01:34 PM

Compilation is covered in the Wiki unser "software_ionstallation" (http://wiki.linuxhelp.net/index.php/Software_Installation) but since there is no single method, you should consult the guides which come with each piece software, the are usually very helpful. Wherever possible, the instllation of individua packages is documentedd where necessary, but a generic "compilation guide" is not really feasible.

Posted by: iamberad Jun 24 2006, 07:44 PM

I'd like to see an intro guide on how to configure hostnames. I deleted my hostname setting, trying to connect to a wifi network, and now it is listed as <none>. Great, because now every config option returns a sudo error, editing the hostname file does as well, and my system is basically un-updateable as well. I've tried fixing a broken installation of Dapper Drake with the boot cd, but am not certain how to get it to save the settings for a new hostname. I need a little help, I'm sure its just my unfamiliarity with the basics that has made it so difficult
(although all the tutorial examples I've tried to emulate have returned sudo errors as well!)

Posted by: tuxsbrother Nov 19 2007, 01:23 PM

id like to see a guide on configuring the x server

i installed ubuntu 5.10 (i lost my 6.06 disc), but the x server fails to start

Posted by: get2gether Nov 24 2007, 05:54 PM

Seems to me that 'tvtime' is the flavor of the day for linux users wanting a tv app, so maybe an installation and setup guide would be welcome from the community? It did get tv app of the year award i am led to believe, yet surprisingly there is very little out there on it.

Posted by: iamberad Nov 24 2007, 06:54 PM

Id (also) like to see a guide on devices with drivers for windows (i.e. my logitech chillstream Xbox style controller)
Ive also got an external soundcard itd be nice to have more control over.

Posted by: northernrookie Dec 29 2007, 05:12 PM

i want to see a guide that can take you step by step on how to install linux ubuntu onto a playstation 3 system.

Posted by: wrjamesjr Oct 2 2008, 01:57 PM

I would like to see a guide on how to get USB key to work on RedHat 9, including what to do if Kernel does not recognize USB mass storage.

Posted by: michaelk Oct 2 2008, 05:50 PM

wrjamesjr,
Welcome to Linuxhelp. FWIW RH 9 is obsolete and will not have out of the box support for the latest hardware nor any of the features found in the newest distributions.
If you are not using RH 9 for some legacy applications I would suggest installing the latest Fedora.

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Guide to GRUB:
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2) Using commandline to boot a partition using GRUB

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Posted by: CuriousCarl Feb 27 2016, 09:29 PM

Am total newbee. I was worried about computer compatibility. Took a guess and got a very common processor and video driver and it was all compatible. Would a list of compatible hardware be good?

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OK ... A guide that I think might be good is this:

1. How to obtain domain a name and register it. (How to point it to ZoneEdit.com if it is not a static IP.)

2. Setup a fully fuctional gateway server (Home / Small Business) that contains everything you need to make it do the following:

a. Be a Firewall (2 NICs, one connected to your cable/DSL modem ... the other to your internal network). Allow all your internal PCs go to the internet.

b. Be a Webserver. Serve pages for your new domain name.

c. Be an E-mail server for your newly obtained domain. Have Spam and Anti Virus protection and webmail.

e. Be a DHCP server for your internal Network.

f. Be a Caching DNS server (if you had to use zone edit) or your Primary Master DNS server (if you have a static IP) ... and be the DNS server for your internal network.

g. Be a Samba Primary Domain Controller (PDC) for your Windows computers on your internal network.

I am going to be working on such a guide ... with pieces of it already being done and posted here (the following are already done - Webserver {which needs some work}, the Mail server, the DNS server and Samba PDC).

May next part of it will be the DHCP server...then the firewall. Then a document to tie it all together.

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