Building a custom CentOS 5 kickstart disc, part 1

Note: this series of articles applies to CentOS 5; for CentOS 6, see this series. CentOS (and of course, it’s upstream distro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux) has an extremely powerful, but somewhat poorly documented, tool for rapidly deploying machines and managing their configuration: kickstart. Kickstart lets you build a custom installation that can run hands-free. So […]

The Outsider’s Guide to Joomla 1.5, Part 1

I found myself in an unusual situation recently. I’ve got 12 years of Web development under my belt — everything from markup to operating systems, javascript to Apache, switches to fileservers, PHP to load balancers. But I found myself challenged by technology that thousands use every day. An off-the-shelf open source CMS: Joomla (version 1.5).