The Author obviously has some sort of axe to grind over rpm.
He basically added about 6 extra steps (at least) to provide himself with a COMPLETELY unsupported system install. From several years of Linux usage I know that at some time you will always have problems with rpm, and be it only that you want to update a machine that's only 2 years old, even with urpmi. I am updating my home PC on a daily based with urpmi (it runs "cooker", so on average, around 20 updates or upgrades a day).
Wether you use apt or urpmi you are getting the same Mandrake packages from the same repositories.
The easiest way to follow this tutorial is to use a command line client/SSH client (like Pu TTY for Windows) and simply copy and paste the commands (except where you have to provide own information like IP addresses, hostnames, passwords,...). This is a detailed description about the steps to be taken to setup a Mandrake 10.2 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!
), DNS server, FTP server, My SQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.).
See for more info and setup configuration, including selection of ftp servers.
Oh, and normally on Mandrake/Mandriva things are set up to use:service [servicename] start/stop/restartso you don't have to type the full path...
Don't get so defensive about the authors preferences. If somebody is going to give incorrect advice they should not give it at all.
By the way, I'm sure the author doesn't use Mandriva so don't get into such a huff about using apt. All of this jokers articles should be treated as unrealiable and pulled.
That was a well written article and a big effort on the authors part to post it up. Guys please learn to give credit for the effort of the author.
Having said that, I also think it is absolutely imperative that you guys come up with suggestions/recommendations etc, but look at other aspects of it as well, forget apt.
Any newbies that google into this article in the future - be warned that installing apt is VERY non-standard and will completely screw you over in the future.