Archive for the “Linux” Category

Everything You Need To Know About Linux Distributions

by Chris Pinnock

While Microsoft Windows has, for decades, been the operating system of choice for desktop computing and office networks, Linux distributions have become the most commonly used operating systems for hosting servers. Windows comes in a number of different versions such as Server, Home, Pro and Enterprise, with each version being appropriately named for their function….

So Just What Is A LAMP Stack?

by Chris Pinnock

When you come to set up a website on your VPS, you may encounter the need for a LAMP stack on your server within the software requirements. So what is a LAMP stack, and how do you get one? As you may already have gathered, LAMP has nothing to do with lighting and is all…

Windows Or Linux – Which Operating System Should You Choose For VPS Hosting

by Chris Pinnock

When it comes to setting up a VPS for your hosting, one of the more important questions you’ll need to answer is which operating system to choose. On the surface, it seems a simple binary choice between Linux or Windows. However, it’s more nuanced than that, as Linux comes in the form of multiple distributions,…

What SSH Keys Are, And How To Use Them With A Linux Server – Part 2

by Chris Pinnock

In a previous article we looked at what SSH keys are, and how they work to help improve the security of using SSH to manage your server. We also looked into how you can create an SSH key on Linux or Mac OSX and copy the public key over to your server. This time we’ll…

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Linux And Command Line Redirection

by Chris Pinnock

One of the core tenets of Unix was that software applications should be small comprising of just what they needed to do their job. Rather than building new features into existing software, a new application should be created instead. These small applications would normally be designed to work together, with the output of one application…

What SSH Keys Are And How To Use Them With A Linux Server – Part 1

by Chris Pinnock

Various research in recent years has highlighted the fact that people generally have too many passwords to remember. Also, longer and more complex passwords, which are more like random strings of text, are recommended but make remembering them even harder. Password analysis shows that the majority of passwords range from 7 to 10 characters in…

Using Git And Etckeeper To Version Control Your Server Configuration

by Chris Pinnock

Keeping track of your server’s configuration is an important part of making sure that nothing breaks. Version control systems such as Git allow you to track changes to your files, when they were made, who made them and why they were made. This makes it much easier to identify why something has gone wrong, and…

Manage Your Linux Server With Webmin

by Chris Pinnock

For people who are new to using Linux, and especially the command line, running a server can seem like quite a complicated task. This is especially so when compared to graphical user interfaces like Windows, which can make it easier to find and manage functions of the server.  Control panels are created to make the…

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Network Diagnosis On Linux With ncat

by Chris Pinnock

One of the most awkward things to diagnose is a network problem. Fortunately, however, this can be made easier through the use of ncat. ncat is a tool that provides a number of useful network functions, such as the ability to listen on a port and display incoming messages, make connections to remote servers, port…

Working With The ip Command On Linux

by Chris Pinnock

For decades now, the ifconfig command has been the go-to tool for managing network interfaces and checking network configuration on Linux. Unfortunately, ifconfig is now quite out-of-date, so much so that the members of the Debian team proposed deprecating the old ifconfig tool and its associated suite of software and replacing it with iproute in 2009….

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