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Making the most of Ubuntu through Windows Proxies

Aug 13, 2010, 22:06 (1 Talkback[s])
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"If you use the internet at your workplace or school then chances are likely that you are using it through a proxy server, which allows for website filtering, port whitelisting and overall control of internet use. Your user account on the network is that you use to authenticate to the proxy, allowing simple identification. Ubuntu is quite good at handling connections through these proxy servers, but sometimes situations can be very difficult. This article by Delan Azabani details how to get the most out of restricted internet on Ubuntu (or any other Linux operating system), using package managers, ssh, scp, and X forwarding.

"The basic setup

"This article will be based around a typical workplace or school you'll find almost anywhere. There is a proxy server wedged between users and the internet, as well as Windows throughout for the servers, meaning Windows-based NTLM authentication. With the advent of Linux servers and even Linux operating systems being deployed on desktops, the problems with proxy servers may not become non-issue quite soon.

"Outgoing connections are blocked on all ports but 80 and 443 (those defaulting for HTTP and HTTPS) to 'help' security, creating a problem for those using various services such as games, chat and peer-to-peer sharing."

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