Friday, August 15, 2008

10 quick tips to make Linux networking easier

Linux makes networking simple and secure — if you know a few tricks. Jack Wallen shares some pointers to help admins knock out various Linux networking tasks with a minimum of effort.

These 10 quick tips should help make various aspects of Linux networking easier. You never know when you’ll wind up having to rely on the command line or you’ll need to enlist the help of a graphical front end for iptables. Now, if you do, you should be good to go.

These are the tip headings, for full details go to: 10 quick tips to make Linux networking easier

#1: Make use of your /etc/hosts file
#2: Keep out unwanted users with /etc/hosts.deny
#3: Let WICD handle your wireless woes
#4: Download and install a front end for iptables
#5: Get to know the command-line tools
#6: Hard-code your DNS server addresses
#7: Install ClamAV
#8: Know how to configure an IP address manually
#9: Get to know your /etc/interfaces (Ubuntu) or /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts (Red Hat/Fedora) file(s)
#10: Don’t forget smbpasswd when setting up Samba