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How to get web pages serviced in your native languageHow to get web pages serviced in your native language
Common web servers are able to serve different pages depending on what languages the visitor understands. You can easily configure what languages you understand in your browser to get web pages default you your native tung when available.
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Bash Prompt HOWTO
Creating and controlling terminal and xterm prompts is discussed, including incorporating standard escape sequences to give username, current working directory, time, etc. Further suggestions are made on how to modify xterm title bars, use external functions to provide prompt information, and how to use ANSI colours.
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CD ripping and burning from the command prompt HowtoCD ripping and burning from the command prompt Howto
How to rip and burn data, audio and special (like Playstation PSX) CDs using the standard command line tools.
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Optimized gcc compiling (cflags/cxxflags, distcc, ccache)
How to make your programs compile and run faster by doing some small adjustments
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djbdns Guide - Setup your own nameserverdjbdns Guide - Setup your own nameserver
There are a number of reasons someone might want to run a local DNS server/cache. Maybe your ISP's DNS servers are wonky, maybe your on dialup and just wanna get things a bit faster, or maybe something completely different.
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GnuPG Privacy HowtosGnuPG Privacy Howtos
The Gnu Privacy Guard allows you to protect your privacy and verify who and where information you recieve comes from. Start by reading the Mini Howto, then read the Keysigning Party and have some fun with your friends.
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Kernel Rebuild Guide
This is a guide to building the 2.4.x and 2.6.x Linux kernels. It is intended for moderately experienced Linux users who are interested in learning more about the kernel and the rebuild process.
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How to become l33t
How to become a l33t person, a status that will bring you friends, glory, money and most importantly the funding to buy lots and lots of boxen and give you access to what you want whenever you want
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Logical Volume Management Howto (en)
Logical Volume Management Howto
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Mail Howtos
How to send e-mail using Linux
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Networking HOWTOs and Protocols HOWTOs
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ntp - makes the clock show the correct timentp - makes the clock show the correct time
How to get started with ntpdate, the tool for constantly adjusting the system clock to the internet
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How to make a paper Linux pengiun
It is not enough to be a real Linux Geek, if you really want to impress then you must have a Linux mascot in your apparment. Making one yourself is quite easy!
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Setting up spam scanning under postfix/Debian
Setting up spamassassin (SA) and razor to be called site-wide from postfix while also running RAVantivirus
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Power management for laptops and desktopsPower management for laptops and desktops
How to mange your computers power saving features.
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Scanner HOWTO
This document was written to document the steps necessary for access and use of a photographic scanner device on a system running Linux.
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Security Howtos - File system encryptionSecurity Howtos - File system encryption
Security Howtos - How to encrypt your files thereby making sure only you can open them, and how to encrypt communications thereby making sure only the intended receiver can access information you send.
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Sound - Remote Sound with EsounD
Or how I got my windows box to listen. By Jeff -Kuja- Katz
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Supermount - automatic mouting
How to automatically mount and unmount removable media
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How to build a Linux cluster using the Linux virtual server kernel modulesHow to build a Linux cluster using the Linux virtual server kernel modules
The Internet is growing very fast, and if you are lucky, your server load grows with it. Serving huge numbers of people simultaneously presents many challenges. You can make a load-balanced cluster for all kinds of services using any Linux box and a LAN of mixed boxes very easily using the LVS kernel modules.
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XFree configuration
How to configure and tune your XFree server
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Xvnc Terminal ServerXvnc Terminal Server
How to turn your box into a Xvnc Terminal Server using tightvnc
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General on solving problems

Just about every Linux problem has a documented solution. The hard part is to find it.

A good tip is to first try the simple

man program


info program

You can access this information in the Web Browsers Galeon and Konqueror by entering the adresses man:program or info:program .

Many programs install documentation in /usr/doc or /usr/local/doc.

KDE has it's own khelpcenter. It does not only supply much KDE documentation, but also lets you browse manpages, infopages and other locally stored documentation.

If you have a problem, try searching the web, looking in man pages and looking in /usr/doc or /usr/share/doc. Linux requires some effort to solve a few problems, but you will find that there is a documented solution for almost any problem. It might be hidden away in a cellar, with no stairs and a lift that's out of order, locked in a fileing cabinet that's guarded by a horrible beast. Nevertheless, there is a documented solution for 99% of all problems.

If you can't find a solution, please try to solve the problem yourself, write a How-To and share it!

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