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Apr 01, 2001, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

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"What a week. I've run into some interesting challenges setting up a new combination weblog/magazine site called VarLinux.org, a nonprofit portal dedicated to serving the VAR and channel communities. (For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a weblog is a site where a community gathers to share news links and other information.) I've also decided to host my own mail server, petreley.com, which means I've been out of touch with most of the world while I've been busy setting everything up."

"I'll share my war stories on getting everything working over the next few weeks. I hope you'll be able to learn from my mistakes when setting up your small office/home office (SOHO) or medium office/field office (MOFO)."

"I'm starting small by running these sites from my home office. I put together a 1 GHZ Athlon machine for about $750, and ordered DSL with a 384K uplink in order to host two domain name servers and the site. All my machines are running various distributions of Linux. My name servers are running BIND 8.2.3, which runs as a nonprivileged user, so they are safe from the recently overhyped Linux Lion worm that infects poorly configured name servers. I'm using Apache 1.3.14 for my Web server and will probably start VarLinux.org with a custom version of PHP-Nuke 4.4.1a as my publishing system (please see Resources for more information)."

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