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

  • Serving Music with mt-dappd

    Serving Music with mt-dappd

    In his quest to have the simplest means to share music across a network, Jack Wallen discovers mt-daapd and finds that sharing music with family (and friends) can actually be a fairly painless experie...

    Jack Wallen · August 24, 2008, 11:58 PM PST

  • Schedule periodic tasks with cron

    Schedule periodic tasks with cron

    Vincent Danen covers the basics of scheduling basic system and user tasks with cron, such as downloading e-mail at certain intervals and restarting services.

    Vincent Danen · August 18, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

  • Get a complete security toolkit with BackTrack 3

    Get a complete security toolkit with BackTrack 3

    The BackTrack LiveCD provides over 300 different tools that can be used by security professionals or system administrators. It includes tools for penetration testing, wireless cracking, network mappin...

    Vincent Danen · August 11, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

  • How to write your own pipe menu scripts

    How to write your own pipe menu scripts

    Marco Fioretti follows up his post about the efficiency of pipe menu scripts with an example of how to write your own customized scripts to put the information you want on your desktop.

    Marco Fioretti · July 31, 2011, 10:30 PM PST

  • Debian: The OS for the rest of us

    Debian: The OS for the rest of us

    Jack Wallen takes a break from the user-friendliness of the usual Linux distributions and gives the Debian network installation a try. Read on to find out what his general impressions of this geekier ...

    Jack Wallen · August 11, 2008, 7:47 AM PST

  • Customize the Joe text editor

    Customize the Joe text editor

    The Linux text editor Joe has easy-to-remember keystrokes and allows you to customize it to suit your needs. Vincent Danen tells you how to tweak the configuration file to create keybindings and map y...

    Vincent Danen · August 4, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

  • Mandriva Spring 2008: The new "definitive" Linux?

    Mandriva Spring 2008: The new "definitive" Linux?

    Has Jack Wallen finally found the pinnacle of Linux distributions?The one distribution that will usurp Ubuntu as his OS of choice? You'll have to read his take on Mandriva Spring 2008 and see just how...

    Jack Wallen · August 3, 2008, 8:57 AM PST

  • Control Apache with the apachectl command

    Control Apache with the apachectl command

    The apachectl command is an often overlooked program that allows you a great deal of control over Apache processes. Vincent Danen explains the basics of this command, which you can use to debug or tes...

    Vincent Danen · September 28, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

  • The most important open source system: Voting

    The most important open source system: Voting

    Jack Wallen comments on the failures of Diebold's proprietary voting systems and makes a case for open source code in any future e-voting software.

    Jack Wallen · September 28, 2008, 12:05 AM PST

  • Consider these Linux file management alternatives

    Consider these Linux file management alternatives

    Vincent Danen introduces Linux file management alternatives, Gentoo, Krusader, and Midnight Commander. Here are the basics about each if you want to try something different.

    Vincent Danen · September 21, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

  • Try command-line looping for added efficiency

    Try command-line looping for added efficiency

    Using loops, you can take often-used commands that would normally be executed in sequence manually, and have them done automatically. Vincent Danen tells you what you need to know about getting starte...

    Vincent Danen · September 15, 2008, 5:39 AM PST

  • A new Linux distribution for the security minded

    A new Linux distribution for the security minded

    The U.S. Department of Defense has released it's own security-enhanced Linux distribution designed to protect remote workers who must access corporate and government networks from insecure locations.

    Selena Frye · July 29, 2011, 5:57 AM PST

  • Getting desktop effects working in Compiz/Emerald

    Getting desktop effects working in Compiz/Emerald

    For years Jack Wallen has been a Linux purist -- sticking with Enlightenment, Afterstep, or Fluxbox. But lately he has been itching to get a bit more dimension to his desktop. Jack explains how he man...

    Jack Wallen · September 7, 2008, 5:37 AM PST

  • Send messages and alerts from the command line

    Send messages and alerts from the command line

    Vincent Danen introduces two command-line programs, wall and mail, that allow you to send simple alerts and e-mail messages to users.

    Vincent Danen · September 1, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

  • Open source etiquette

    Open source etiquette

    Over a decade of using Linux and following open source mailing lists, Jack Wallen has seen many trends come and go. But one thing that doesn't change is the necessity of following proper etiquette in ...

    Jack Wallen · September 1, 2008, 12:06 AM PST