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

  • Selena Frye // June 18, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Getting the most out of your IT investment with UNIX?

    Do you have questions about running UNIX on your servers? Now is your chance to ask the IBM experts in a live TechRepublic Webcast on June 23. Get the topics and other details here.


  • Vincent Danen // June 15, 2009, 4:57 AM PST

    Two hours (and counting) with an upgrade to Fedora 11

    Vincent Danen upgraded to Fedora 11 and dispensed with the few snags that occurred in the first couple of hours. So far, it's clear sailing with some handy new features, but here are a couple of things to look out for.


  • Jack Wallen // June 14, 2009, 11:42 PM PST

    Companies still concerned about open source security? Really?

    Recently I read a survey done by the Forrester Research that claimed the majority of IT professionals are concerned about open source security. Jack Wallen decided maybe it was time to ask a few questions of Forrester and give them an analogy they can understand.


  • Vincent Danen // June 8, 2009, 11:39 PM PST

    Use tabs to open multiple files in vim

    Editing multiple files at once is made easier in the vim text editor with the use of tabs. Vincent Danen goes over the basic tab commands and shows you how to combine them with key bindings to make the most of a powerful editing tool.


  • Jack Wallen // June 6, 2009, 11:03 PM PST

    Get your Google Chrome on in Linux

    The Google Chrome developers have released a developer version of their browser for the Linux operating system. Although they warn not to install it yet, the intrepid Jack Wallen has already made the leap and can tell you all about it.


  • Selena Frye // June 3, 2009, 4:33 AM PST

    Cisco announces Linux-app finalists for its router blades

    Cisco announces finalists for its Linux-based application contest, and the Linux Foundation offers some goodies to the Linux faithful with an expanded membership program.


  • Vincent Danen // June 1, 2009, 5:08 AM PST

    Create custom keybindings in vim

    Vincent Danen tells you how you can work smarter in vim by adding and changing keybindings to more familiar commands.


  • Jack Wallen // May 31, 2009, 10:49 PM PST

    What makes a good Linux distribution?

    Have you ever asked yourself, "What makes a good Linux distribution?" Jack Wallen has (a number of times) and offers his list of the characteristics that add up to a good distribution. What's on your list of must-haves?


  • Jack Wallen // May 24, 2009, 12:21 PM PST

    System 76: Making pre-installed Linux hardware a reality

    Jack Wallen has seen plenty of companies make promises of bringing solid hardware pre-installed with Linux. Most of those promises have fallen way short. But now a company has risen from the ashes of those failures and made good on the promises. Read about System 76 and you might be tempted to make a purchase.


  • Vincent Danen // May 22, 2009, 5:20 AM PST

    Gain fine control in OpenVZ with resource management

    Vincent Danen explains how to get the most out of OpenVZ by using all the settings that allow you to control resources that are made available to the OpenVZ containers.


  • Selena Frye // May 22, 2009, 2:52 AM PST

    How do you roll out Linux in an organization?

    A new IBM-sponsored report offers some good tips and a few warnings for those contemplating a transition to Linux in their organizations. The report is based on a survey of IT pros who have experienced a roll-out.


  • Vincent Danen // May 18, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Create an OpenVZ container

    OpenVZ is an OS-level virtualization system that allows you to virtualize Linux-on-Linux, but OpenVZ works on the principle of containers, not virtual machines. Vincent Danen explains how to create an OpenVZ container.


  • Jack Wallen // May 17, 2009, 11:33 PM PST

    Create your own Ubuntu LiveCD with Reconstructor

    Have you ever had a need to create a LiveCD based on Ubuntu, only with a few tweaks? You can now do that with a great tool called Reconstructor. Jack Wallen outlines how this tool is used in this week's entry. Read it. Try it. Love it.


  • Vincent Danen // May 11, 2009, 6:30 AM PST

    Create your own yum repository

    Vincent Danen explains how to create your own yum repository with the createrepo tool. One thing it allows you to do is to distribute specialized packages within an organization.


  • Jack Wallen // May 11, 2009, 12:05 AM PST

    Ubuntu 9.04: The official review

    Jack Wallen has been working with Ubuntu 9.04 for a while and finds there are some issues with the latest release from Ubuntu. Take a read of Jack's pros and cons and see if you have any to add to the list.


  • Jack Wallen // October 5, 2008, 12:33 AM PST

    Hibernating a Linux Laptop...FINALLY!

    After much searching and hair-pulling Jack Wallen has finally found a means to get a laptop to hibernate. It's not perfect but it works every time. Read this open source entry and discover how to enjoy a full-featured laptop on Linux.


  • Jack Wallen // October 5, 2008, 10:50 PM PST

    Happy 17th Birthday Linux: Share your story

    Linux turns 17 today (October 6) and Techrepublic wants to know how (and when) you first got started using the Linux operating system.


  • Vincent Danen // October 6, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    Listen to music with open source Banshee

    Vincent Danen reviews the Banshee media player for Linux, which has the capability of playing shared iTunes music, and it can be used to create "smart" playlists.


  • Selena Frye // October 10, 2008, 4:56 AM PST

    Can open source survive acquisition by proprietary companies?

    There has been a string of high-profile acquisitions of open source projects by big-name companies, such as Sun's purchase of MySQL. Can open source survive these mergers, or is it a death knell for further code development?


  • Jack Wallen // October 12, 2008, 11:43 PM PST

    U.S. Presidential candidates and open source

    Jack Wallen tackles a tough topic here: Which US Presidential candidate would most likely support open source. After combing the net for as much support as he could, Jack has discovered one candidate might likely be a strong supporter of open source. Read on to find out.


  • Vincent Danen // October 13, 2008, 11:35 PM PST

    Searching with GNOME Do

    Vincent Danen introduces GNOME Do, an application-launching utility, similar to Mac's Launchbar, which features a number of plugins that boost its usability and efficiency.


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

    Improve MySQL performance with MySQLTuner

    Vincent Danen covers the basics of the MySQL Tuner tool, which analyzes your configuration and suggests changes that will boost the performance of your MySQL installation.


  • Selena Frye // October 17, 2008, 6:53 AM PST

    Flash Player 10 performing better on Linux, Mac OS

    With the release of Flash Player 10, Adobe has addressed some Linux-specific problems and added features that result in better performance for Linux users.


  • Jack Wallen // October 19, 2008, 11:35 PM PST

    Where would we be without open source?

    Jack Wallen ponders the question, "Where would we be without open source?" How would the absence of open source projects change your day-to-day work in IT or your life as a home user?


  • Vincent Danen // October 27, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    Use DropBox to seamlessly sync files

    Vincent Danen introduces open source DropBox, a file synchronization service that works for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows clients. DropBox can be used to share documents, configuration files, photos, music, or anything else you want between systems linked to your account.


  • Selena Frye // October 24, 2008, 5:25 AM PST

    Plat'Home's Linux contest winners will inspire you

    Have you created any DIY Linux projects? Linux server manufacturer Plat'Home sponsored a "Will it Work?" contest, looking for the most creative ideas for how to use Linux. Check out the winners.


  • Jack Wallen // October 26, 2008, 5:36 AM PST

    Basket Note Pads: Open source replacement for Microsoft OneNote

    Microsoft OneNote is quickly becoming a "must have" for students, writers, developers, and project managers looking for a powerful means of organization. But Microsoft doesn't have a monopoly on the organizational metaphor. The open source application, Basket, is a powerful option for those looking to kick Windows to the curb.


  • Selena Frye // October 30, 2008, 6:56 AM PST

    How often do you switch OSes or distributions?

    Does your OS or distro choice change with the weather? How fickle are you when it comes to operating systems or flavors of Linux? Take the poll.


  • 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.


  • 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.