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Creating Tax Rules in Magento

by William Rice | March 2009 | Beginner's Guides MySQL e-Commerce Open Source PHP

In this article by William Rice, we will see how to create Tax Rules in Magento. In the real world, the tax rate that you pay is based on three things: location, product type, and purchaser type. In Magento, we can create Tax Rules that determine the amount of tax that a customer pays, based upon the shipping address, product class, and customer class.

When you buy a product, you sometimes pay sales tax on that product. The sales tax that you pay is based on:

  • Where you purchased the product from. Tax rules vary in different cities, states, and countries.
  • The type of product that you purchased. For example, many places don't tax clothing purchases. And, some places tax only some kinds of clothing. This means that you must be able to apply different tax rates to different kinds of products.
  • The type of purchaser you are. For example, if you buy a laser printer for your home, it is likely that you will pay sales tax. This is because you are a retail customer. If you buy the same printer for your business, in most places you will not pay sales tax. This is because you are a business customer.
  • The amount of the purchase. For example, some places tax clothing purchases only above a specific amount.
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Scalix and Security

by Markus Feilner | March 2009 | Linux Servers Open Source

The standard setup of the Scalix server may be satisfactory for most installations, but if you are running Scalix on an internet site or if your local server is available from the Internet, extended security measures have to be taken. In this article by Markus Feilner, we will deal with several recommendations that make your Scalix server safe—like minimizing the number of services running and listening. We will set up a firewall which allows the Scalix users to connect to. After that, we will set up Stunnel to provide SSL-encrypted Scalix services. Then, we will use OpenVPN to protect the server. Last but not least, we will have a look at the services running and discuss advanced possibilities of securing the server.

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Installation of FreeNAS

by Gary Sims | March 2009 | Networking & Telephony Open Source

In this article by Gary Sims, we will cover the installation and configuration of the FreeNAS server. We boot the FreeNAS server from the LiveCD disk and configure a simple disk that is accessed by CIFS and FTP. We also look at how to install FreeNAS to the hard drive and how to upgrade it.

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Installing Alfresco Software Development Kit (SDK)

by Jeff Potts | March 2009 | Content Management Open Source

In this article by Jeff Potts, you will learn how to get the Software Development Kit (SDK) set up in Eclipse, where you will get the Alfresco SDK, how to build it, and how to set it up in Eclipse.

This article assumes you already have Alfresco installed and running on Tomcat, and are also using MySQL as the backend database.

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Managing Manufacturers, Vendors, and Product Categories with Joomla! E-Commerce VirtueMart

by Suhreed Sarkar | March 2009 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management e-Commerce Open Source PHP

Once the configurations for a VirtueMart store are set, our next step is to build our product catalog for the store and manage that catalog. In the catalog management functions, there are several tasks including managing manufacturers, vendors, and products. In this article by Suhreed Sarkar, we are going to learn about these. On completion of this article, you will be able to:

  • Manage manufacturers and vendors
  • Manage the product categories
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