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Installing NGINX, PHP, and MySQL on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Nginx (pronounced Engine-X) is a fast & lightweight HTTP and HTTPS web server (it can also act as a reverse proxy, and perform load balancing). Its small memory footprint requirements make it great for systems with small amounts of memory, such as low end cloud servers. Nginx is great for serving static files to users, and is cable of handling more than 10,000 simultaneous connections, but it lacks the embedded module support for PHP as Apache does. Thankfully you can…

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Setting a static IP address in Ubuntu

During a default install of Ubuntu it will try and automatically obtain an IP address using DHCP. While that may be fine for most users, if you are wanting to set up a server, the chances are you will be wanting it to always have the same IP address. There are two options for ensuring you get/use the same IP address at every boot. You could set up a IP address reservation on the DHCP server based on the hardware/mac…

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Adding a NFS share to Ubuntu

The NFS (Network File System) file system allows client machines to access files from another computer/server over a network connection. It was originally developed in 1984, and is still in wide use today. It is typically used with Unix/Linux systems, however many other operating systems contain support for NFS, whether that be inbuilt into the OS, or via 3rd party applications. More information on NFS can be found on Wikipedia. NFS is a great way to share out a bunch…

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Burn an ISO image from the Linux command line

Ever been stuck with no CD/DVD burner in a desktop PC, and the only one nearby is in a headless Linux server? The good news is you can SSH into the server and remotely write an ISO file to a CD or DVD. The package you need to be able to do this is called “wodim” (write optical disk media). The wodim package is used to record data or audio Compact Discs on an Orange Book CD-Recorder or to write…

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Enable Apache Rewrite module on Ubuntu 10.04

By default, Ubuntu 10.04 doesn’t enable the rewrite engine module after installing Apache. The rewrite engine for Apache allows for on-the-fly URL rewriting/changing. This allows for the use of urls that are human readable, and SEO friendly. The rewrite engine is capable of capturing a website request, running it through a series of expression checks, and if a match is found, it will pass on the rewritten request to the web server. The end user would not notice anything different…

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