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Archive for February 19th, 2009

Change Computer Name / Host Name Ubuntu Linux (8.10)

by on Feb.19, 2009, under linux/ubuntu

If you want to change the computer name of your linux box, it’s quite simple. Use the following commands to ensure the name is changed.

sudo nano /etc/hostname

And then make sure your hosts file is updated with the new name as well

sudo nano /etc/hosts

I typically use nano (pico) because to me it seems more user friendly and intutive. You may use vi or any such editor you wish.

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How To Connect To a VPN using Ubuntu Linux (8.10)

by on Feb.19, 2009, under linux/ubuntu

In order to connect to a VPN you need a few things. Firstly you’ll need to install a VPN client. (Openvpn being my choice).

sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn

Then on the network icon on your task bar, right click and select “edit connections”.

Clicking on the VPN tab should now show the add/import buttons available. Click either depending on the files you were given by your system administrator (or whomever). Enter all your settings and select all the key locations and click OK when done.

Close the network connections box and then you are able to left click on the network icon on the taskbar, going to “VPN Connections” and selecing the VPN you just created. (A little lock will show up with a swirly thing going around your icon!).

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