In case you missed some of the Linux and Open Source content in the 10 Things blog in 2009, I thought I would do a round-up of some of the best posts that appeared, many authored by our own Jack Wallen. If you're new to Linux yourself (or want to introduce others to the world of open source), these concise lists provide a good jumping-off point on a number of topics.
Here, I've provided the PDF-format download links, but each one gives you the option of going to the original blog post before downloading, if you'd rather just read it online.
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If you've never given your file manager much thought, maybe it's time to look at the wide range of features offered by Linux file management tools.
You don't have to settle for an OS that's a bad fit for your netbook -- there are numerous alternatives from Linux.
A dependable backup tool is not a luxury - everyone should have one. Here are some that don't cost an arm and a leg.
Mobile Linux users have a variety of options when it comes to wireless connectivity tools. Jack Wallen outlines some of the best choices.
Here are 10 topnotch open source solutions for teachers and school administrators.
Here are time-saving widgets that do everything from popping you into Twitter to keeping tabs on your servers.
There's no shortage of Web-centric Linux tools -- the trick is figuring out which ones are best for your needs.
Mastering iptables could take a while, but if you have a few rules to cover the basic security needs, you'll be well on your way to protecting your system.
With thousands of Linux tools out there, it stands to reason that some of the very best ones might get lost in the crowd.
There's no reason why switching to Linux should be traumatic for your users (or stressful for you).
If you think Apache and Linux will deflect all threats without extra security precautions, think again.
Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and IT Security blogs.