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Setup and Configure NFS Server/Client in Linux

Up until now, I had been accessing my Ubuntu server via Samba, from my Fedora 12 box. Until I discovered what NFS really is and how it works.

The actual guide which I followed can be found on the Ubuntu forums here.

I was able to successfully install the server portion of it on my Ubuntu 9.10 server, and access it from Fedora 12.

BUT! In order to get it to mount automatically when booting, instead of editing /etc/fstab, I had to edit /etc/mtab. The rest was fine. Keep this in mind if you get an error when adding it to your “fstab.”

Now that I better understanding of what NFS is, it’s time to do some good reading and research on it for future reference.

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Installing an RDP client on Fedora12

There is no Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client installed on Fedora 12 by default – at least not one that I could find.

An RDP client is needed to connect to Windows Terminal Servers and other Windows machines using the RDP protocol.

Installing a gnome-RDP program is fairly easy, and can be done from the command line in a few minutes.

To install the gnome-RDP client on Fedora 12, launch Terminal by going to Applications > System Tools > Terminal, and type in the following commands (commands are in bold, explanation in parenthesis)

  • su – (needed to become root, type password when prompted)
  • yum install gnome-rdp (this downloads and installs the RDP program. Accept dependencies if prompted)

After that’s all done – should take about 2-3 minutes – you can find the gnome-RDP program by going to Applications > Internet > Gnome-RDP

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Firefox Saving Web Passwords

As a system administrator and PC hobbyist, I do quite a lot of installing and reinstalling of different OSes and programs, one of those being Mozilla’s Firefox.

The browser is absolutely great, fast, efficient, secure, etc., but one of the major annoyances that bugs me, is that Firefox always insists – by default, in saving the passwords entered when logging on to websites or web services.

All it takes is a few clicks to remove this option (Edit > Preferences > Security tab > remove checkmark from Remember passwords for sites), but it can be quite annoying when having to do this on a regular basis.

I wish this was an option presented as part of the installation, so that users who do not like saving web passwords can turn this off from the start.

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Fedora 12 – Extremely Slow Yum Updates

I’ve been playing with Fedora for a few weeks now, and, one of the things I’ve noticed is that using the software updates installer (GUI) is nearly useless. It is slow, and crashes nearly every time!

After doing a bit of ‘Googling’, I found that there are a few recommendations for yum mirrors. Here are two that I found, and that work.

To add these to your yum list of mirrors, edit the yum.conf file, located in /etc/yum.conf (Fedora 12)

Add these two lines to the bottom of the yum.conf file:

baseurl=http://mirrors.kernel.org/fedora/core/$releasever/$basearch/os
baseurl=http://mirrors.kernel.org/fedora/core/updates/$releasever/$basearch

Save the file and exit. From the command line, (logged in as root or with sudo privileges) do this:

$ yum check-update
$ yum update

The list of updates should populate, and the updates should start downloading a bit faster. It worked for me.

Good luck.