I've gotten over the initial install hurdles, installed some difficult packages,
and I'm getting used to falling asleep every night while reading O'Reilly
manuals. I'm not QUITE a newbie, but I could use a few pointers in getting some
services going. I just need some pointers or references to some docs, I enjoy
doing the research and figuring it out, but I'm pretty much at a loss of where
to go next. So let me ask a few specific, and a few vague questions.. These
aren't necessarily specific to PowerPC linux, so if you have any other
suggestions for newsgroups, let me know. But this newsgroup has been of great
assistance to me, and I'm trying my best to help out here too (within my limited
1. I'm having weird networking problems, due to some exceptionally odd issues.
Let me describe my config first. I'm running two systems, one is my server, an
8100/110 running MkLinux Pre-R1 G7. It runs 24/7. I also have my main computer,
Both systems connect to an ethernet hub, and the uplink of the hub goes to the
cable modem. Oddly, my IP numbers are not even on the same subnet! To ping one
system from the other takes 2 hops through the net. And therein lies the
problem. When I run ping between my two boxes, I get 100% duplicate packets!
This is obviously wasting a lot of bandwidth, and makes running remote consoles
terribly slow. I think the problem is that one set of packets is running through
know what to do about it. Any suggestions?
2. I'm slowly going through the Apache docs, which are terribly brief and
confusing. I just want to set up a passworded section on my site, where I can
post private data like my resume (I'm jobhunting). How do I do this? Do I need
to set up CGIs just to handle security? Can anyone recommend good Apache docs?
(no, not the O'Reilly book, it sucks, I bought it and then took it back for a
3. I have several gigabytes of extra disk storage on the 8100, so I'd like to
set up a local fileserver. Since I'm primarily studying Linux to improve my
programming networking skills. I figured I'd set up something techie like NFS.
But so far, I haven't found any docs for what I'd do on the MacOS side to
connect to NFS servers. Maybe it would be preferable to set up some alternate
service like netatalk or Novell IPX? And what about security? I'd gladly trade
speed for security, but I do want to have these volumes available as mountable
devices. I'd prefer not to encrypt files, but instead, have mountable vols
encrypted on the fly with SSH or something. FTP is not really practical here.
4. I have an HP Laserjet with an ethernet box (HP JetDirect+). About a year or
so ago, I was playing with MkLinux and got the printcap & etc working fine, and
assigned the IP of the JetDirect box to one of those nonexistent IPs in the
192.0.0.0 range. This worked great. But at that time, I was just using a 56k
modem and PPP, so internet services weren't carried on my ethernet. Now that I'm
normally drop all packets in these reserved blocks, in case someone broadcasts
their routers being configured correctly. And besides, I'm interested in
security, I don't want to broadcast my printer data to everyone on my local
loop. Any suggestions?