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How do I redisplay the Ubuntu MOTD that shows operational statistics?

When you log into a server with Ubuntu at starting around version 10, you get a nifty message about what the system is doing. I needed to see what the current status, but I didn't know how that was generated.

So, if you want those statistics again, you can get them anytime without logging in by...

What if I Want to Send Email from an Ubuntu Server Through Gmail?

I've written before about getting email to send from dumb devices through a Windows Server host to gmail (Google Apps). That works fine in a lot of small offices because there is often a Windows Server sitting around somewhere, even if just for file services.

However, there are times when you DON'T have a Windows Server around and need to send email through a Linux server.

Here's what I do when I want to send email via gmail (Google Apps) and I have an Ubuntu box available...

Want To Update or Install Packages on Vintage Ubuntu Installs?

I've been working with some older Ubuntu installs and needed to get some packages on the older systems before doing some changes and upgrades.

Well, even LTS servers have an end-of-life and you'll find your apt sources are no longer valid!

If you want to access the historical releases' apt archives, here's how...

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