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

  • 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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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.


  • Jack Wallen // June 21, 2009, 1:53 AM PST

    Firefox 3.5 RC 2: Why I am not so impressed

    Firefox has a new release candidate out, 3.5 rc2 with claims of serious speed. Jack Wallen seems to think these claims are a little over-hyped. Read on to see what Jack thinks about what Firefox has in store. And then, let us know what you think about where Firefox is heading.


  • Vincent Danen // June 22, 2009, 11:56 PM PST

    Manage dotfile configuration with subversion

    Vincent Danen shows you an easier way of managing your "dotfiles," those customized configuration files for various CLI programs that you use frequently. In order to manage them and keep them up-to-date on differing systems and computers, subversion offers a solution.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Vincent Danen // July 6, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Hacking Vim covers the basics and reveals tips for power users

    Vincent Danen reviews a comprehensive new book on the vim text editor that will help turn you into a vim power user in no time.


  • 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.


  • 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!"?


  • Vincent Danen // July 13, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Setting up a dynamic DNS service part 1: named

    Vincent Danen shows you how to configure the BIND side of a dynamic DNS service. When combined with DHCPd, you can create a system where a client obtains an IP via DHCP and will automatically have a DNS name assigned to it.


  • 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?


  • 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.


  • 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.