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Setting up Apache as a Web server under Linux via GUI

By Jack Wallen

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For this series, I will be setting up the services on an OpenSuSE 10.2 based machine with a GNOME Desktop Environment. This environment will remain constant through the series for simplicity. So part of the article will be dedicated to understanding where things are in GNOME 2.16.

The installation of OpenSuSE 10.2 was a fresh install on an older 1.5 GHz processor with roughly 256 MB of RAM. Even on this slower machine, the system was snappy. Since the system will be used primarily as a server environment, the somewhat sluggish GUI is tolerable.

The installation spanned the entire five disks (downloaded from the OpenSuSE Web site). The installation of the full range of tools and packages took some time to complete, but the end result made for a fairly easy setup. I won't go through the installation of the OS in this article.

First Steps
Much to the chagrin of many Linux users, I am going to log into my SuSE 10.2 machine as root. I don't do this often but it saves me from having to enter the root password every time I want to perform an administration task. This is okay for setting up a service like httpd, but once you are done setting up said service, log out! But until you do log out, let's work as root.

The first thing you'll want to do is to click on the Computer menu.

By Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic, The New Stack, and Linux New Media. He's covered a variety of topics for over twenty years and is an avid promoter of open source. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen....