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9 Excellent Open Source Configuration Management Applications
This software automates the configuration of machines to a particular state. Like any other tools, they are designed to solve specific problems in certain ways. The goal is to get a system from whatever state it is in, into the desired state. Configuration management software are the tools of choice for many system administrators and devops professionals.

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  • ADSM Mini-Howto
    This document describes how to install and use a client for the commercial ADSM backup system for Linux/i386.
  • Advocacy mini-HOWTO
    This document provides suggestions for how the Linux community can effectively advocate the use of Linux.
  • Alsa-sound-mini-HOWTO
    Describes the installation of the ALSA sound drivers for Linux. These sound drivers can be used as a replacement for the regular sound drivers, as they are fully compatible
  • Apache SSL PHP/FI frontpage mini-HOWTO
    This document is about building a multipurpose webserver that will support dynamic web content via the PHP/FI scripting language, secure transmission of data based on Netscape's SSL, secure execution of CGI's and M$ Frontpage Server Extensions.
  • Asus A7V and Linux Quasi-Mini-HOWTO
    a short mini-HOWTO that was put together to help owners of Asus A7V motherboards load linux on their Promise ATA 100 controller. Based on experiences with RedHat 6.2/7.0.
  • Automount mini-Howto
    This file describes the autofs automounter, how to configure it, and points out some problems to avoid.
  • Backup-With-MSDOS mini-HOWTO
    This HOWTO describes how to use a Linux-compatible tape drive installed on an MS-DOS machine to back up the filesystem of a Linux machine.
  • Battery Powered Linux Mini-HOWTO
    This document describes how to optimize and configure power management on a ready-configured Linux system for use on battery-powered laptops. This will be helpful for everyone who runs Linux on a portable computer system. APM/ACPI methods of power management are discussed along with power saving tips and techniques. There is also some discussion about the different types of batteries available.
  • BogoMips mini-Howto
    The mini-howto text gives information about BogoMips, compiled from various sources such as news and e-mail.
    This document was written to assist the reader in the steps necessary to configure and use a video tuner card based on the popular Bt848 and Bt878 chipsets within the Linux operating system.
  • Bzip2 mini-HOWTO
    This document tells how to use the new bzip2 compression program.
  • call-back mini HOWTO
    This document describes how to set up call-back by using the Linux system and modem.
  • Commercial Port Advocacy mini-HOWTO
    This document discusses methods that can be used to approach commercial software companies to convince them to port their programs to Linux.
  • DHCP mini-HOWTO
    This document attempts to answer basic questions on how to set up your Linux box to serve as a DHCP server or a DHCP client.
  • Dual boot AIX and Linux
    This mini how-to shows you how to dual boot between AIX and Linux operating systems in a clustering environment, where available hardware resources are limited.
  • Fax Server mini-HOWTO
    This describes in details one of the simplest ways to setup fax server on your Linux system. The fax is available to the users on the local host and to network users.
    describes how to acquire, install and configure a powerful scientific public-domain Geographic Information System (GIS): the Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS). It provides information on other resources for learning more about GRASS, GIS in general, for acquiring data, etc
  • I/O port programming mini-HOWTO
    This HOWTO document describes programming hardware I/O ports and waiting for small periods of time in user-mode Linux programs running on the Intel x86 architecture.
  • Install From ZIP mini-HOWTO
    This document is only useful for those with the printer port version of a ZIP drive who wish to have either a portable or backup Linux system on a ZIP disk.
  • IP Alias mini-HOWTO
    IP Alias mini-HOWTO is a cook book recipe on how to set up and run IP aliasing on a Linux box. In addition, there are instructions on how to also set up the machine to receive e-mail on the aliased IP #s.
  • IP Sub-Networking Mini-HOWTO
    IP Sub-Networking Mini-HOWTO describes why and how to subnetwork an IP network - that is using a single A, B or C Class network number to function correctly on several interconnected networks.
  • ISP-Connectivity-mini-HOWTO
    Describes how to setup PPP, connect up to your ISP, configure mail and news, get a permanent IP (if available), get a domain name, and have a bonda fide system running in a little over thirty minutes.
  • kerneld mini-HOWTO
    This document explains how to install and use the automatic kernel module loader "kerneld".
  • LBX Mini-HOWTO
    LBX (Low Bandwidth X) is an X server extension which performs compression on the X protocol. It is meant to be used in conjunction with X applications and an X server which are separated by a slow network connection, to improve display and response time.
  • LILO mini-HOWTO
    LILO is the most used Linux Loader for the x86 flavor of Linux; I'll call it Lilo rather than LILO here because I don't appreciate uppercase. This file describes some typical Lilo installations. It's intended as a supplement to the Lilo User's Guide.
  • Linux AI/ALIFE mini-HOWTO
    Collection of information concerning the use of Linux for research into artificial intelligence and artificial life.
  • Linux HPT366 mini-HOWTO
    instruction on how to make the HighPoint HPT366 UDMA/66 controller (found on Abit BE6, BP6, HotRod 66) work under Linux.
  • Linux+FreeBSD mini-HOWTO
    This document describes how to use Linux and FreeBSD on the same system. It introduces FreeBSD and discusses how the two operating systems can cooperate, e.g. by sharing swap space. You should probably have some experience with Linux or FreeBSD and hard drive partitioning (fdisk) before you read this document.
  • Linux+Win95 mini-HOWTO
    This document details how to install Linux on a machine that currently runs Windows 95.
  • Mac Terminal mini-HOWTO
    Describes how to configure the Mac for use as a Linux terminal. Configurations using getty and the terminal program kermit are described, as well as using kermit peer-to-peer networking between between Linux and a Macintosh.
  • Mail2News Mini-HOWTO
    This document describes how to set up your news server and the mail2news software to link mailing lists to local news groups.
  • Netrom-Node mini-HOWTO
    Netrom-Node mini-HOWTO describes how to setup the ax25-utilities package for Amateur Radio such that it makes Netrom Nodes for the Node program and the BBS software from John-Paul Roubelat, F6FBB.
  • Netstation mini-HOWTO
    Tries to describe how to hook up a IBM Netstation to your local network using a Linux box as server.
  • News Leafsite mini-HOWTO
    Helps you to configure a small leafsite for Usenet News using the free software package Leafnode.
  • Partition mini-HOWTO
    This Linux Mini-HOWTO teaches you how to plan and layout disk space for your Linux system. It talks about disk hardware, partitions, swap space sizing and positioning considerations. file systems, file system types and related topics. The intent is to teach some background knowledge, not procedures.
  • PLIP mini-HOWTO
    PLIP mini-HOWTO lets you build and use a Parallel Line Interface Protocol.
  • Proxy ARP Subnet mini-HOWTO
    Discusses using Proxy Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) with subnetting in order to make a small network of machines visible on another Internet Protocol (IP) subnet.
  • Public Web Browser mini-HOWTO
    Describes the setup of Internet kiosk-type system based on Linux to be deployed to provide public Internet/webmail access.
  • Quota mini-HOWTO
    Quota mini-HOWTO describes how to enable file system quota on a Linux host, assigning quota for users and groups, as well as the usage of miscellaneous quota commands. It is intended for users running kernel 2.x (recently tested on RedHat 4.1 running kernel 2.0.27).
  • RCS mini-HOWTO
    RCS mini-HOWTO covers basic installation and usage of RCS, the GNU Revision Control System, under Linux. It also covers the installation of the diff(1) and diff3(1) utilities, which are necessary for RCS to operate.
  • Remote Boot mini-HOWTO
    This document describes how to set up a very robust and secure server-based configuration for a cluster of PCs, allowing each client to choose at boot-time which operating system to run.
  • Remote X Apps mini-HOWTO
    This mini-HOWTO describes how to run remote X applications. That is, how to have an X program display on a different computer than the one it's running on. Or conversely: how to make an X program run on a different computer than the one you're sitting at. The focus of this mini-HOWTO is on security.
  • Soundblaster AWE mini-HOWTO
    This document describes how to install and configure a Sound Blaster 32 (SB AWE 32, SB AWE 64) card from Creative Labs in a Linux System using the AWE Sound Driver Extension written by Takashi Iwai. It also covers some special tools and players for the SB AWE series.
  • TkRat mini-HOWTO
    This document is geared toward anyone interested in using their Linux computer to send and receive Internet E-Mail.
  • Token-Ring mini-HOWTO
    This howto is designed to help you get up and running using a Token Ring adaptor to access the network.
  • Visual Bell mini-HOWTO
    This document explains how to use termcap to configure a visual bell on one's system and describes how to disable audible bells on demand.
    A PPP-SSH VPN is probably the easiest type of VPN to set up. It uses nothing more than the very common PPP and SSH utilities to form an encrypted network tunnel between two hosts.
  • WordPerfect mini-HOWTO
    This document discusses running WordPerfect on Linux, including a brief discussion on the WordPerfect 7.0 beta. This is an update to the previous mini-howto that described notes on setting up WordPerfect 6.0 for SCO UNIX (ODT) on Linux.
    Describes how to build a SQL client/server database using WWW and HTML for the user interface.
  • xterm Title mini-HOWTO
    Explains how to use escape sequences to dynamically change window and icon titles of an xterm. Examples are given for several shells, and the appendix gives escape sequences for some other terminal types.
  • Zip Drive mini-HOWTO
    Provides a quick reference quide on setting up and using the Iomega ZIP drive with Linux.
  • ZIP Install mini-HOWTO
    useful for those with the printer port version of a ZIP drive who wish to have either a portable or backup Linux system on a ZIP disk

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