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 // July 14, 2008, 5:38 AM PST

    ASUS Eee PC is a good option for a lightweight laptop

    The Asus Eee PC 900 is a great out-of-the-box Linux laptop for new users. With the default Xandros install, everything just works. The boot speeds are amazing, and suspend/resume works great. Future versions of the Eee PC promise to be even more powerful while retaining the same form-factor.


  • Selena Frye // July 11, 2008, 6:24 AM PST

    Run Ubuntu from inside Windows with Wubi

    The cutesy-named Wubi is an Ubuntu Linux installer that runs inside Windows just like any application.


  • Mark Kaelin // July 14, 2008, 5:30 AM PST

    A tool running in Windows can save data lost in Linux

    Recovering data from a hard drive with a corrupted partition table created by Linux is not something you do every day. However, DiskInternals makes a tool, which runs under Windows, called Linux Reader that can recover your data. Jack Wallen shows you how to install, configure, and use this tool.


  • Jack Wallen // July 22, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    How do I create a translucent text box in Scribus?

    Jack Wallen walks you through the steps for placing a shadow box between an image and text in the open source tool Scribus.


  • Vincent Danen // July 20, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    Installing Mandriva 2008.1 on the ASUS Eee PC

    Out of the many distributions that work on the Eee PC, Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring (or 2008.1) is one that works exceptionally well. It can be installed to the built-in SSD or onto an external SD card.


  • Vincent Danen // July 28, 2008, 5:02 AM PST

    Install extra packages on the ASUS Eee PC

    Installing extra packages on the Asus Eee PC is possible if you want more software than the average user. Vincent Danen explains how to set up Xandros repositories to make it easier to add packages.


  • Jack Wallen // July 21, 2008, 12:07 AM PST

    SuSE 11.0: Winning me over quickly

    Jack Wallen responds to reader requests to review the latest offering from OpenSuSE. And boy was he in for a surprise. OpenSuSE won over his heart quickly. Can OpenSuSE win you over too?


  • Jack Wallen // July 27, 2008, 11:42 PM PST

    PCLinuxOS: Definitely "Radically Simple"

    In his quest to find the simplest Linux distribution, Jack Wallen makes a stop at PCLinuxOS and may have found the holy grail of simple operating systems. Read Jack's take on PCLinuxOS and decide for yourself if PCLinuxOS is your "go-to" Linux distribution.


  • Mark Kaelin // July 28, 2008, 4:11 AM PST

    See for yourself what is inside the ASUS Eee901

    Find out just what is inside the ASUS Eee in one of TechRepublic's Cracking Open Photo Galleries: Cracking Open the ASUS Eee 901 20G ultra-portable.


  • Selena Frye // July 31, 2008, 1:53 AM PST

    Video: 'Your Linux is ready'

    Here's a countdown of Linux hits for the week, plus one Novell-produced video, spoofing the Mac-PC ads. Do you suppose anyone will ever make one of these ads or parodies that doesn't make the "winner" completely smarmy and annoying?


  • Jack Wallen // August 3, 2008, 8:57 AM PST

    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 enamored he has become of this distribution once called Mandrake Linux.


  • Vincent Danen // August 4, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    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 your favorite commands.


  • Selena Frye // August 7, 2008, 5:46 AM PST

    Mobile takes center stage at LinuxWorld

    If you want a taste of the hot topics at this week's LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, check out some of the video highlights.


  • Selena Frye // August 8, 2008, 6:47 AM PST

    What does Linux do that Windows can't?

    The Linux camp usually finds itself in the position of having to prove that there are open source applications and tools that do as good a job as their Windows counterparts. But what does Linux do so well that puts Windows in the position of having to play catch-up?


  • Vincent Danen // August 11, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    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 mapping, information gathering, vulnerability identification, forensics, and reverse engineering. Vincent Danen tells you how to create a portable version on a USB keychain.