Linux and Open Source

If you're a Linux administrator or you are integrating Linux into your IT department then you won't want to miss the latest tutorials, news, and updates on various Linux distributions and open source

  • Vincent Danen // November 3, 2008, 10:00 PM PST

    Using dnsmasq for DNS and DHCP services

    Vincent Danen introduces an open source solution called dnsmasq, which provides both DNS forwarding and DHCP services for a small network or home office.


  • Jack Wallen // November 2, 2008, 10:56 PM PST

    OpenOffice 3: Look out MS Office!

    With the release of OpenOffice 3, Microsoft Office has been shown the door as the leader. In this entry to the open source blog, Jack Wallen reasserts his claim that OpenOffice is the dominant player in the office suite game.


  • Jack Wallen // December 28, 2008, 10:35 PM PST

    OpenOffice moment in the sun fading

    If you know much about Sun then you know how shady their practices can be. These practices have, over the last few years, been extending to the open source flagship OpenOffice. Jack Wallen has had enough and calls for a migration to other tools.


  • Vincent Danen // December 21, 2008, 10:00 PM PST

    Save time managing multiple systems with Parallel SSH

    For a user caring for multiple systems, OpenSSH is extremely useful, but being able to execute OpenSSH commands in parallel is even more so. Vincent Danen introduces Parallel SSH, or pssh, which allows you to execute commands on various hosts in parallel, copy files in parallel, and more.


  • Jack Wallen // December 21, 2008, 5:23 AM PST

    Memorable Linux moments of 2008

    Jack Wallen takes a look back at 2008 to recollect his most memorable Linux and open source moments. Some of these moments you might remember yourself, others are brand new to you. Either way, you will enjoy a quick trip down short-term memory lane.


  • Vincent Danen // December 14, 2008, 10:00 PM PST

    Monitor your server with Monitorix

    While it's important to get a remote view of your servers with tools like Nagios, it's not always easy to get a full "local" view of things like CPU load and network service demand. Vincent Danen introduces Monitorix to fill in the gaps of your monitoring needs.


  • Jack Wallen // December 14, 2008, 8:35 AM PST

    Fedora Core 10 might make me a believer again

    After a long hiatus from Fedora, Jack Wallen has returned to test the Red Hat waters again. Do you think Fedora 10 can bring Jack back? Read his take to see if Fedora finally got Linux right again.


  • Selena Frye // December 12, 2008, 2:31 AM PST

    Jack's best linux tips and features

    Jack Wallen has been busy spreading the Linux gospel recently. Catch up with some of his latest how-tos and features from around the TechRepublic blogs.


  • Vincent Danen // December 8, 2008, 10:40 PM PST

    Using pam_mount to automount filesystems at login

    Vincent Danen introduces the automounter, pam_mount, which can take a password entered at login and use it to mount an encrypted filesystem. It can also mount non-encrypted filesystems. This allows for mounting a filesystem at login, and having it unmount at logout.


  • Vincent Danen // November 30, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    Is the new Komodo 5 toolset worth the upgrade?

    Vincent Danen reviews the new Komodo 5.0 toolset for developers. Do new features and enhanced performance make it worth the upgrade?


  • Jack Wallen // November 30, 2008, 9:46 PM PST

    Non-free "blobs" in the Linux kernel?

    Jack Wallen comments on the debate that's broken out about the use of proprietary "blobs" in the "free" Linux kernel. How much "free" deserves the seal of approval from the Free Software Foundation? Does the expectation of 100-percent free software make sense?


  • Vincent Danen // January 26, 2009, 5:54 AM PST

    VMware Server 2.0 offers handy new upgrades

    Vincent Danen discusses his favorite features of VMware Server 2.0 and tells you how to get started with this virtualization tool.


  • Jack Wallen // January 25, 2009, 10:27 PM PST

    Open source for U.S. government: Is there a downside?

    It is rumored that the U.S. government might be considering the adoption of open source to replace costly proprietary software. Is this a good idea? Jack Wallen considers this and finds a possible argument against it.


  • Jack Wallen // January 18, 2009, 5:41 AM PST

    The Evolution of Linux

    After a run-in with a cheap KVM Jack Wallen discovers that Xorg has evolved into something he never expected. In this open source blog entry you might get a glimpse of where Linux is heading and whether or not this is a good thing.


  • Vincent Danen // January 12, 2009, 10:49 PM PST

    Learning more about Nagios for server monitoring

    If you use Nagios for server monitoring, you know it's a very powerful tool, but the learning curve can be steep for newcomers. Vincent Danen reviews a resource for Nagios beginners -- or for those who want to learn how to get the most out of this software.