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How to tame a Linux server?
By Dave Winer on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 2:57 PM.

Okay I've decided to confront my Unix phobia head-on.  permalink

I used to be a Unix programmer, many moons ago, when I was a grad student at the University of Wisconsin. It was my first interactive experience with a computer. I remember it fondly. And what I have to do with this Unix server is not very ambitious. Here's the deal. permalink

It's a server running on Slicehost, which they have given me to play with for $0. Can't beat that deal. permalink

It's got Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (lucid) freshly installed. I have root access, and have been able to log on via SSH. All is good so far. permalink

Here's what I want to do: permalink

1. Get Apache running. Apparently it's not running now on the server.  permalink

2. Install a GUI that I can use over VNC. I basically need to be able to edit text files. In a pinch I could do without this if the FTP access is good. permalink

3. Make sure FTP is working so that I can FTP into the HTTP directory. permalink

4. SMB server set up so I can access the file system from my Mac desktop at home and from my Windows servers. permalink

Maybe there's another version of Linux that would be easier to set up? Here's a screen shot that shows what my other choices were (although some of them may have a surcharge). permalink

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