Please excuse this essay type question!!
I have recently started using MySQL in Windows, as a back end for our Windows applications, and found it to be an amazing alternative to MS SQL. After a few months I was tempted to try it out on Linux, something I haven't really used or been involved with before. The last time I tried Linux was a few years back, and after several atempts to install (which didnt work out for me) I decided to stop wasting my time, and put 98 back on.
However, now I have installed RH8, which now comes with a fantastic installer, though it leaves a few things down to me, the end user, which have started to confuse me a bit.
I've used a lot of computers in the past, and was an avid fan of Amigas, and this is the first time I have been genuinely keen to learn about PC's for a long time. I havent even got round to installing MySQL yet, as I've been so interested in the other things Linux has to offer.
I would like to eventually become a guru in all things Linux, and start developing for the platform aswell. However, at the moment, I require a bit of help!
I have a linux PC running as a PDC and Samba, and it all works fine. I want to expand the use of this computer, and have it as an IMAP email server, and setting up send mail is even more complex than Samba. I also want to have it working as the PDC still, and have Apache running.
As I am using ADSL (btopenworld) I dont have a fixed ip address, or domain name. Can I use the server to collect email from my mailserver (from a registered externally hosted domain), and store it locally, for more than one user?
On the Windows 2K PC, I have dynamic dns (www.dyndns.org
), so I can always find the route to the PC from the outside world.
Are there any tutorials out there, that are easy to follow? Most tend to start off quite simply, then quickly turn in to assembly code.
Currently, this is my set-up:
* Sony Vaio - Win XP Laptop (for General use and development in VS6) 2 x 20gb Partitions
* P2 333 - Win 2000 (Previous server) 40gb.
* AMD K6 2 - Red Hat 8, 4gb.
* Speedtouch USB ADSL (currently on Win 2k P2)
* Lexmark Z45 Printer (doesnt seem to be supported in Linux)
They are all linked up and talking to eachother fine, and as I said, using Linux as the PDC and roaming profiles works great (took about 10 installs to get this right!).
There is a 40gb, NTFS disk in the P2 (only picked up as 30gb due to bios issues) - which I want to transfer to the Linux box, and have as my main disk. Then I want to put 98 back on the P2, as it has a nice graphics card which is good for games.
Linux doesnt support NTFS properly (or does it?) so I cant just move it. Are there any converters?
I also want to transfer the modem to the linux box, something I have already had working (great script from sourceforge), though it stops working on large downloads, so I have put it back on the WinPC, and set up a gateway.
All the computers would need to have internet access, and it would be great to have everything as secure as possible.
Also... What benefits will using DNS bring?
I will make what-ever changes people recommend (serious recommendations only!) and dont mind swapping hardware etc.
Any help or suggestions, much appreciated!!