> > Yep, a reinstall would wipe it. If you decide to format it that is. Your
> > configuration files would be overwritten, IIRC, if you don't format the
> > drive. One could always save them away on a different partition
> and leave
> > that alone, if you have the space.
>> Yep, that's one of the possible methods I had in mind. I'll ponder the
> upgrade option first (maybe _after_ tarring up the / dir...).
Definitely! :) Or at least /etc depending on what you have customised...
> It and 30 donated P166s are going out to an African college to be
> the student
> network. Mainly word processing (OOo) and email (postfix) along with NIS
> and NFS for authentication and /home dirs. No Microsoft software will
> contaminate these boxes.
Like the last sentence. :) So this is all for the college thing you were
talking about earlier, ok. Well, I wouldn't be too worried then about them
noticing that the server isn't performing at maximum speed. They're more
concerned with having it working properly.
> > [I] wouldn't bog it down with X either.
>> That's a thought but it may be useful for the server to be available as a
> user machine also (maybe staff only, maybew admin only). In any
> case, the
> local admin (who doesn't exist as yet) will probably be using GUI
> tools rather
> than cli ones...
Well, yes, it could be running lovely GUI tools as well. Though, are you
sure you want to have them available? Most of the ones I've seen are better
of to be put down. I'd rather then be using Webmin for day to day
maintenance, and give the local admins just a restricted set of things they
can do with it. Like adding and removing users and the likes. Then the
"dangerous" parts of the admining side can be "hidden" away from their
prying hands. True, they can always break into it, since they have physical
access to it as well. On the other hand it would be better if they contacted
yourself for the remaining admin tasks, since I believe this was supposed to
be remotely administered by yourself, IIRC??
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