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 // May 7, 2009, 1:07 AM PST

    Will Linux own the cloud?

    Many people have strong opinions about the efficacy of cloud computing and what it all means. The battle intensifies along the lines of proprietary vs. open source technology. Will cloud computing finally declare a winner?

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  • Vincent Danen // May 4, 2009, 1:07 AM PST

    Store passwords with pwsafe

    If you have way too many passwords to keep track of -- and especially if you actually create individual, strong passwords for your many accounts -- then you probably need a little help managing them. Vincent Danen suggests pwsafe to securely store your passwords.

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  • Jack Wallen // May 2, 2009, 11:12 PM PST

    Tech evangelists and open source

    Evangelism is part of every day life for the Linux user. Why is this? Jack Wallen addresses this topic with the idea of opening the eyes of all tech camps. Read on to see if you fall prey to the same evangelism Jack is guilty of.

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  • Selena Frye // April 28, 2009, 5:14 AM PST

    The state of Linux according to Linus Torvalds

    Linux Magazine has published a wide-ranging, two-part interview with Linus Torvalds, asking him questions about everything from his take on continuing development of the kernel to the quality of Linux security to the impact of new hardware, and lots of things in between.

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  • Vincent Danen // April 27, 2009, 4:38 AM PST

    Get a handy multi-item clipboard with Glipper

    Vincent Danen introduces a handy productivity application called Glipper. This clipboard manager allows you to store and re-use clipboard contents and save your clipboard history across sessions.

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  • Jack Wallen // April 26, 2009, 10:47 PM PST

    Ubuntu 9.04: Wow

    Jack Wallen installs Ubuntu 9.04 and is so impressed he can hardly talk tech about the release. See what he has to say about the newest release and if his take on Jaunty Jakalope is enough to make you switch.

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  • Vincent Danen // April 20, 2009, 5:48 AM PST

    Install OpenVZ on CentOS to create a virtual container

    Vincent Danen shows you how to install OpenVZ on CentOS. OpenVZ is an OS-level virtualization product that allows you to completely isolate processes from each other, increase security by keeping bits separate, and tightly control resource utilization.

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  • Jack Wallen // April 19, 2009, 10:43 PM PST

    What IS the relevance of an operating system?

    The cloud is coming and it threatens to make the operating system irrelevant. Or at least that's what many would like you to think. Jack Wallen has a different take on the idea. Surprised?

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  • Selena Frye // April 13, 2009, 6:28 AM PST

    Get up to speed with OpenSSH basics

    OpenSSH is a popular connectivity protocol that encrypts traffic. Learn to use OpenSSH with a quick seven-step tutorial from Global Knowledge and check out more specific tips from TechRepublic contributors.

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  • Vincent Danen // April 13, 2009, 5:31 AM PST

    Dodge the challenges of a dual-head display setup with Fedora 10

    Vincent Danen found a few things that were different than he was used to in setting up a dual-head display with Fedora 10. Using his new Lenovo laptop, he soon had it up and running.

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  • Jack Wallen // April 12, 2009, 11:51 PM PST

    Eeebuntu: The perfect netbook OS

    Jack Wallen has the answer for the so called Windows domination in the netbook market. It's all about the OS, and from Ubuntu the perfect netbook operating system has been spawned. Listen up Asus, this has your name written all over it!

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  • Vincent Danen // April 6, 2009, 12:51 AM PST

    Use encrypted filesystems with Linux Logical Volume Manager

    Vincent Danen favors the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) for easy partitioning in Linux and tells you how to take advantage of its volume encryption feature.

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  • Jack Wallen // April 5, 2009, 11:47 PM PST

    Open source depends upon your bug reports

    Jack Wallen explains why it is important for open source users to participate in the process of filing bugs and supplying important information to developers.

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  • Selena Frye // April 2, 2009, 6:31 AM PST

    Linux basics: Finding the right applications

    If you're new to using Linux, you'll want to find applications that help you do all the things you used to on your former OS. Are you still missing a few? Here are some resources to help you track down just the application you're looking for.

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  • Vincent Danen // March 29, 2009, 11:30 PM PST

    Get a stable and secure server setup with CentOS, RPMForge, and Utter Ramblings

    CentOS is a great server operating system that is completely compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Vincent Danen tells you how to optimize CentOS setup with RPMForge and Utter Ramblings repositories.

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  • Jack Wallen // April 18, 2011, 1:11 AM PST

    Ubuntu Unity: Keyboard shortcuts key to ease of use

    Ubuntu Unity is a very good desktop entry, but for some users keyboard shortcuts might be a necessity. In this how-to article, Jack Wallen demonstrates not only some of the common keyboard shortcuts, but how to create unique shortcuts that can help to make your work even easier.

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  • Vincent Danen // June 29, 2009, 7:01 AM PST

    Use Makefiles for more than handling source code

    The make command is not just for programmers. Vincent Danen shows you other handy tasks that you can perform with this versatile command.

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  • Jack Wallen // June 28, 2009, 11:29 PM PST

    Will Microsoft threaten open source C# implementations?

    Richard Stallman warned the Linux community that it should remove any free implementation of the C# language for fear of patent backlash from Microsoft. Is he getting soft in his later years or does he have a point? Jack Wallen tackles this issue with some possible solutions and some questions for the open source community.

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  • Selena Frye // July 2, 2009, 4:58 AM PST

    Go-to open source tools for every task

    Whether you're editing the Windows Registry (ugh!), trying to recover data, or looking for a file-synching service, open source tools come to the rescue. Here are some of the most popular tools we've featured at TechRepublic recently.

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  • Selena Frye // July 10, 2009, 1:11 AM PST

    What does Google Chrome OS really mean for Linux?

    The announcement of the Google Chrome OS has everyone scratching their heads and making wild assumptions. What does the Linux community think of all of this? Here are a couple of differing viewpoints. What changes do you predict in the OS landscape by this time next year?

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  • Jack Wallen // July 12, 2009, 11:58 PM PST

    VirtualBox Seamless Mode: The only way to virtualize

    For many new users, VMs are nothing more than another stumbling block to understanding how PCs are used. Jack Wallen takes a look at VirtualBox's Seamless Mode and shows how this exceptional feature removes some of those barriers to acceptance.

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  • Vincent Danen // July 20, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Setting up a dynamic DNS service part 2: dhcpd

    Vincent Danen follows up his tip on configuring BIND for a dynamic DNS service with part 2 on configuring the DHCPd service, which will serve the DHCP-based IP addresses to clients and update the DNS records.

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  • Selena Frye // July 16, 2009, 6:30 AM PST

    Open source apps and other fun time-wasters

    Looking for some new apps, games, and toys to try out? Here are a few from around the blogiverse. If you've been spending your time with some new (to you) Linux-based or open source apps or games, share them with us.

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  • Jack Wallen // July 19, 2009, 7:20 AM PST

    Claws Mail: What an email client SHOULD be like

    Jack Wallen has been around the block with open source applications. And it's not often that one will sneak out of the woodwork and win him over as quickly as Claws Mail did. Can you be persuaded to give up your email client for the powerful, flexible, reliable Claws Mail?

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  • Vincent Danen // July 23, 2009, 4:19 AM PST

    Microsoft aims to be a Linux kernel contributor: What's in it for them?

    Vincent Danen takes a closer look at Microsoft's announcement that it is submitting code for inclusion in the Linux kernel. What exactly are they making available and what does it really mean for Microsoft and Linux?

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  • Vincent Danen // July 27, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    System monitoring with Conky

    Vincent Danen explains how to use the monitoring tool Conky to get crucial information on system performance. This system monitoring tool can operate in window-less mode, so it persistently anchors to the desktop, preventing it from being moved or closed.

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  • Jack Wallen // July 4, 2009, 5:17 AM PST

    Celebrating freedom with open source

    As of this writing, it is Independence Day here in the USA. On this day, Jack Wallen ruminates on the freedoms that Linux has brought to him and millions of other users. Do you share in his sentiment? Or are you one of those that calims, "It's just an operating system!"?

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  • Jack Wallen // April 26, 2009, 10:47 PM PST

    Ubuntu 9.04: Wow

    Jack Wallen installs Ubuntu 9.04 and is so impressed he can hardly talk tech about the release. See what he has to say about the newest release and if his take on Jaunty Jakalope is enough to make you switch.

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  • Selena Frye // April 28, 2009, 5:14 AM PST

    The state of Linux according to Linus Torvalds

    Linux Magazine has published a wide-ranging, two-part interview with Linus Torvalds, asking him questions about everything from his take on continuing development of the kernel to the quality of Linux security to the impact of new hardware, and lots of things in between.

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  • 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.

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