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Re: [OCLUG-Tech] So, I'm a relative newbie...

  • Subject: Re: [OCLUG-Tech] So, I'm a relative newbie...
  • From: Martin Hicks <mort [ at ] bork [ dot ] org>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 11:41:57 -0400
On Fri, Oct 27, 2006 at 03:54:48PM -0400, paul [ dot ] sadler [ at ] sdc-dsc [ dot ] gc [ dot ] ca wrote:
> ...and I can't meet the November meeting, but wanted to ask three questions before then. First, I should introduce myself -- "Hi, my name is Paul, and I'll be your interrogator for the next few minutes". My background is almost all M$ although I've done a bit of UNIX, MAC, no LINUX. Good with software, less so with hardware, programming experience is old (Basic, advanced basic, fortran, cobol, dos stuff). Once programmed a menu shell program in basic and dos, but only thing recent is ASP pages. Now here's the nightmare scenario -- that's my background, and I'm going to run a Linux server for my personal low-traffic website. Likely scenario for configuration at home is:
> - External router dividing into website server and a second "internal" router
> - Internal router connecting second "test server" and fileserver, with two other PCs and a laptop

much complicated.  Most of those commercial routers have a "DMZ"
concept, which essentially forwards all external traffic to a single
machine on the internal side.  That's what you really want.

> A) Anybody see any reasons why I shouldn't do this on a Linux server (rather than Windoze, where I'm more comfortable but worried about security and software costs)?

We're a linux group.  Of course we'd prefer to see you use linux.

> B) If I paid someone to configure my servers, perhaps using Debian(?), for the server hosting, database reading, e-mail installation, what would be an appropriate fee to a relative amateur? i.e. not paying a professional company to do it...

Probably not very much....it would be much more useful to you if you did
it all yourself though.  If it breaks then at least you'll have done a
lot of the reading to know how to fix it...or at least know where to
look for help.  (this group is but one resource...)

> C) Taking into account I'm a newbie to Linux, albeit a literate and cocky one, how difficult do you think it will be for me to do the configuration myself?

that all depends on your willingness to learn and how much time you've
got on your hands.  Are the tasks you're asking about really difficult?
No...not for me anyways, but I"ve been using Linux for ten years.

The Linux Documentation Project is probably what you want to start
perusing for help. http://www.tldp.org/   Its got loads of "How-To"
style documents on just about anything you can dream up.  It'll help you
a lot, and if there are gaps then you're most welcome to ask this list
(or a more focused list that discusses the particular software that
you're struggling with) for help.


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