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 // December 14, 2009, 10:00 PM PST

    Learn to use extended file attributes in Linux to boost security

    ACLs and extended attributes for files are easy to use in Linux and go a long way in securing files. Vincent Danen goes over some of the basic file protection enhancements provided by the Linux kernel.


  • Vincent Danen // December 7, 2009, 2:44 AM PST

    DIY pfSense firewall system beats others for features, reliability, and security

    Vincent Danen lists the benefits of using the do-it-yourself pfSense firewall system over some of the readily available firewall appliances from Linksys and D-Link.


  • Jack Wallen // December 6, 2009, 10:14 PM PST

    The big Linux Achilles: Documentation

    Linux does have one glaring Achilles heel -- documentation. Jack Wallen has a proposed solution for this problem.


  • Vincent Danen // November 30, 2009, 10:00 PM PST

    Don't need groupware? Organize your life with Osmo

    Everyone needs a way to organize both their work and personal life, but not everyone needs the same solution. For something fast and lightweight that covers all the basics, Vincent Danen recommends Osmo.


  • 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.


  • Jack Wallen // January 11, 2009, 10:24 PM PST

    How open source could save the media industry

    There are so many industries that are slowly strangling themselves. Jack Wallen has a feeling that each and every one of these industries can be saved by adopting an open source policy. How you ask? Read on and find out.


  • Vincent Danen // January 5, 2009, 2:43 AM PST

    Firewall MySQL with GreenSQL

    GreenSQL is a "firewall" for MySQL databases that could help protect your database from SQL injection vulnerabilities. Vincent Danen introduces this application and tells you how to install it.


  • Jack Wallen // January 4, 2009, 9:53 PM PST

    Meet Google Linux

    It was only inevitable that Google Android would find its way onto the PC. But what exactly does this mean for Linux? Does it really hold any value or will it be nothing more than a flash in the pan? Jack Wallen certainly thinks it will mean much more than meets the Google Eye.