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Weekend Project: Replace Inetd with Xinetd for Better Network Administration

Xinetd is an alternative to the traditional super-server Internet daemon, inetd, the process that starts and stops all non-persistent network servers. Xinetd acts as a drop-in replacement for inetd, but it can do more than just start and stop services on your Linux machine in response to incoming TCP or UDP connections. The real advantage of Xinetd is that it allows more fine-grained control, including access control lists (ACLs), rate-limiting, time-based access, and stream redirection.

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How to Configure Wireless on Any Linux Desktop

If you are a mobile Linux user one of the first things you need to do is to connect that mobile device to a wireless access point. By default, the standard Wi-Fi tools for the Linux desktops are straight-forward and reliable. That of course presumes you are using the standard desktops (GNOME or KDE). But what happens when you opt for a different desktop such as E17 or Fluxbox? Or what if the "default" standards aren't flexible enough or feature-rich enough for your needs. In those instances you need to take a look at a different toolset for connecting you to a wireless access point.

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Do Away with PowerPoint with S5 on Linux

Public speaking and giving presentations are stressful enough for most folks — why add to that with complex software and worries about platform compatibility? If you know a bit about HTML and how to work a browser, S5 is a standards-based slide show system that can take the hassle out of creating presentations.

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Making LDAP Easy on Linux with phpLDAPadmin

Managing LDAP data doesn't have to be difficult. The phpLDAPadmin project provides a comprehensive Web-based admin tool for easy, accessible administration of your LDAP directory from the comfort of your Web browser.

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Weekend Project: Get to Know Your Source Code with FOSSology

If you work with open source software of any kind — whether at work or as a volunteer — then you understand the importance of license compliance and keeping track of copyright ownership. But as a project grows, those tasks can get tricky, even when everyone is on the same page. That is exactly the problem that led Hewlett Packard (HP) to create FOSSology, an open source tool you can use to analyze a source code tree for this type of metadata and more. This weekend, why not set it up and dig into your source code — you might be surprised at what you find.

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