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  1. security pins can be anywhere, that said I've usually found them in the middle
  2. a safe way to play sample LAN configuration I have found these links as well as the reswt of this site very useful and accurate. HTH
  3. Anyone on Maui? How about even a computer users group?
  4. to quote from O'Reilly's 'UNIX IN A NUTSHELL': "...the specification of what makes a system 'Unix' is embodied primarily in the POSIX standard, an international standard based on System V and BSD. Commercial Unix systems...Solaris...AIX...and HP-UX...are standard-adhering direct descendants of the original Unix systems." GNU/Linux contains none of the original Unix source code and still offers standards compliance and compatibility with SVR4 and earlier versions of BSD. System V Release 4 (SVR4) came from Unix System Laboratories (USL, then a division of AT&T) in the late 80s, merged BSD and SVR3.
  5. maybe The Sims would be marginally OK on WINE if you do not care about media playing well, you will just die in DOOM running on WINE, my experience is WINE sucks with anything beyond word processing
  6. a common analogy would be to see the transistor as a valve, where a small variable electric current controls the flow of higher current electricity through the tranistor arguments are the values upon which the function operates, as in: add_function(1,3) would result in 4 these are really inadequate and somewhat misleading explainations, get some hands-on practice with either and hopefully you can leave these overly simplified and reductionist metaphors behind
  7. Removable media is a great idea. With Knoppix you can also make a persistant Home directory and save downloads there. I have not tried Ubuntu but it would be worth poking around to see if it has a similar feature, or give Knoppix a try.
  8. It really depends on what you mean by "most useful" (for what?), "most tools" (for what purpose?), "best for networks" (doing what on/with/whose network?) All of the posts are absolutely correct, for them. I found Knoppix very useful for many things I wanted to do but check out all the variations, they are there because someone wanted something else on a distro. I now have a stack of about 50 different distros and I have used all of them at least twice. That is the best thing about liveCDs. Start with what you wish to do then find a distro that helps you do that. What would Jesus do? Do that!
  9. I know there is an issue with the speed of the burn reguarding bootabillity. I've seen it suggested to only burn at 4x or 8x even if your burner can go faster. I have seen this solve the few problems I've have with burning downloaded isos. How do official M$ OS bootdisk do on the machine in question? From what I remember, official bootCDs are manufactored differently. The burn rate affects the depth of the burn and some readers have problems with the shallower burn faster speeds produce. Toshiba machines and home assembled machines were mentioned as specifically problematic. My problems have been with older machines (PII & PIII, 5+ years old) with well used drives. When I find an uncooperative one I usually replace it with a new one if I have the $ or dive back into the dumpster (well actually a Matson shipping container) for another. I'd try either installing another reader or try burning another disk at the slowest your burner will allow.
  10. OMG, at first thought this was about the Shanghai Cooperation Oganization, which is an 'iceberg' the 'Western' powers will hit. Must be reading too much political stuff. Thankfully this is just about those pathetic whiners.
  11. Yup Belnarlo, that is exactly the same conclusion I've come to. I wish to sincerely thank everyone who provided valuable clues, I've learned much during this and now I'm on to learning more.
  12. ah yes, the heart of the issue, seems my Debian box does not wish to have a GUI installed on it, so far I've only been able to get a 320x200 pixel GUI that is totally inadequate. I've posted this issue on the *NIX forum and have persued all advice up to the point where it's been suggested I compile a new kernel and there is a '90%' chance it will work. That is really not the direction I was hoping to go. I was wondering if I needed Xserver installed and 'working' on the Debian box to get a remote GUI up and running? Belnarlo's reply seems indicate yes. I have read that this may not be required but also read opinion that this is much more involved ie. to use an Xserver on a remote machine to give me a GUI on the Debian box. My fantasy is that Cygwin/X could do this but I doubt if I'd learn it if it can not. I was hoping someone could give me a definitive yes or no on this. I know ultimately the decision is mine, I'm just trying to be as informed as possible before I commit to another application package that still may not get me where I'm going.
  13. unfortunately no grub.conf left laying around, those install attemps have been wiped out by subsequent efforts. i came to the conclusion that grub does not like installs on second HDs on second IDE channels in second position; or there is some unknown issue with my specific drive or its location as the slave on the IDE channel (my CD needs to be primary so i can boot off of it, so i've been led to understand) i like having 2 HDs so i can put swap space on both and if the 2 HDs are on diferent IDE channels then that should be the fastest swap space i can do on this box i've pretty much decided to do a debian sarge (stable) install on hda1, use hdd1 as the /home directory for it and set up a persistant home directory for knoppix (testing/unstable) on hdd1 as well and just continue using live CDs to inspect my sarge install. my target is now narrowed down so that the sarge install will be cli only and then i'll be able to peak in and look at stuff with the liveCD knoppix kde gui or possibly using SSH or VNC from a windows box
  14. i was hoping to move up the food chain to apache, mysql and php and not down in to the depths of compiling kernels just to get a gui on this old box. i was under the impression that having a gui would make somethings easier to do and easier to understand for a visually oriented person like myself, i'm doing this without any local support, plese do not get me started about the local UH extension (which is what is supposed to pass as higher education here). i'll consider pulling a kernel off of a knoppix disk, knoppix from 3.* to 5 all work fine.
  15. i've installed debian sarge on a box toward the goal of setting up apache, mysql and php locally so i can develop on one box and test web sites on another box instead of just using xampp on my development box. i'm planning on learning something about firewalls, routers, proxy/NAT, DNS, DHCP, network monitoring and honeypots for a small LAN that has internet access. i hope to end up with something useful and educational. i thought having a gui would make some things easier and this box does not want one, so i was willing to add something to my plate along the lines of SSH or VNC so i could check out the box with a remote gui from my development box. i suppose it is just my insecurity that i wanted to see it on a gui in addition to/or as an alternative to only relying on the cli. i live on an island without any kind of users groups nor access to anyone first hand, pretty much on my lone in tackling all of this. i was hoping this was a safe place to ask this question without being derided and told to just suck it up and get used to the cli and quit whinning.