My love affair with Linux started in 1996 with version 1.0 of the kernel. Gilad helped me installing Redhat for the first time. Few months vacation at home (medical leave) left me with all the time in the world to dig inside as deep as I liked. All my jobs since, were Linux oriented and except for fun it also pays well :-)
Also today, as before, I take care of having a well maintained LAN wherever I live. Wherever possible ADSL connection to the internet, and if not (for example in a far away farm in Austria), the network is connected with dial up modem.
When I am on the road, the Laptop functions as the server, and it is carried next to the water and essential food. Obviously, it runs also Linux and it makes life more comfortable (one less addiction to fight).
The online server which functions as the main home/residence is responsible for mail/dns/web of this domain, a family business solaris.co.il domain, as well as many other domains of friends which share this server. This server obviously runs linux (Debian), and it operates already few years with almost no downtime (only power supply problems and once when it was cracked).
Remote support for family windows users
Since I spend most of the time away from my parents, I had to find a user friendly remote solution to fix the windowz problems created regularly.
The solution is an option to boot into an embedded linux which includes a tar.gz of an already installed and well configured windoz system, which reinstalls automatically the windows system partition.
For the user it means pressing the "down" arrow button during boot and choose "Repair" instead of the default "Windows".
The linux part then awakes, and formats the windows partition, untars all the filesystem and creates a fresh windows installation free from problems.
The personal data in a different partition (D:) is not harmed.
If the user doesn't reboot the system for more than 10 minutes after the installation (using CTRL+ALT+DEL), it dials automatically to the internet, announces its ip, and opens a telnet daemon. I can login from the other side of the world, and make the needed changes or fixes in the filesystem.
Another boot option (by the name "Internet") skips the auto install, and only connects to the internet for my handling. This is important for updating the "clean" tars.
About this website's creation:
This website was developed on the mentioned laptop using Open Source tools like Gimp, MySQL, python, apache, vi and more helpful tools were written by me for this job and they are all available under the GPL License.