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 // November 9, 2008, 7:16 AM PST

    KDEs big mistake

    With the birth of KDE 4 came a shuffling of some key applications that has caused some serious grumbling among the Linux community. But this shuffling goes well beyond the old-school Linux fans and can affect new users as well. See what Jack Wallen has to say about what the KDE team has done.


  • Vincent Danen // November 10, 2008, 10:35 PM PST

    Tips and tricks for working on the command line

    Vincent Danen believes in the power of the command line as being faster and more powerful than a GUI, once you get the hang of it. Here are some of his favorite tips and shortcuts for working from the CLI.


  • Selena Frye // November 14, 2008, 4:20 AM PST

    What kind of a Linux advocate are you?

    Do you consider yourself to be an active Linux advocate or a laissez-faire user? What is your preferred way to grow the Linux community of users?


  • Jack Wallen // November 15, 2008, 8:56 AM PST

    Quickly Install a LAMP server on Ubuntu

    Many times Jack Wallen has been asked for help putting together a LAMP server. With that in mind, Jack highlights the quick and easy steps to installing a LAMP server on a running Ubuntu machine.


  • Vincent Danen // November 17, 2008, 10:30 PM PST

    Use Dovecot for POP3/IMAP services

    Traditionally, if you wanted to set up POP3 or IMAP services on your Linux system, you would use Courier-IMAP, uw-imap, or cyrus-imapd. Vincent Danen introduces a lesser-known, but increasingly popular IMAP/POP3 server called Dovecot.


  • Selena Frye // November 21, 2008, 4:18 AM PST

    Mandrake Linux founder offering Open Virtual Desktop Solution for the enterprise

    Former Mandrake Linux founder heads up a new company called Ulteo, now offering a Virtual Desktop Solution to serve up Linux applications, but the plans are to support Windows applications as early as 2009.


  • Vincent Danen // November 24, 2008, 3:01 AM PST

    What's new in 3.0

    On October 13 of this year, 3.0 was released. This highly anticipated release provides a number of enhancements. Vincent Danen shares some of the best new features.


  • Jack Wallen // November 23, 2008, 10:28 PM PST

    Is open source killing developers' ability to cash in?

    Many believe open source will be the downfall of software capitalism. Open source is free, and often as good (or better) than a similar proprietary solution. So what is stopping the software market from completely following in this model? Or is it already beginning? Jack Wallen ponders this question.


  • 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?


  • Selena Frye // December 2, 2008, 11:58 PM PST

    All major Linux distros compliant with IPv6 mandates

    In the ramped efforts for organizations to meet the qualifications for IPv6-compliant technology, the Linux Foundation declares that all major Linux distributions now meet the U.S. DoD's certification standards.


  • Selena Frye // December 5, 2008, 4:05 AM PST

    Is there really a 'relationship' between Linux and Windows?

    How would you characterize the relationship between Windows and Linux? Is it purely adversarial, do they affect one another in substantive ways, or are they just two different tech ideologies? Take the poll!


  • 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.


  • Jack Wallen // December 7, 2008, 4:14 AM PST

    QuickQuote for Thunderbird: The best extension you've never heard of

    There are a lot of extensions to choose from for Thunderbird. But one extension, QuickQuote, stands above the others to make Thunderbird one of the most efficient e-mail clients available. Jack Wallen takes a look at this extension.


  • Vincent Danen // December 14, 2008, 10:00 PM PST

    Monitor your server with Monitorix

    While it's important to get a remote view of your servers with tools like Nagios, it's not always easy to get a full "local" view of things like CPU load and network service demand. Vincent Danen introduces Monitorix to fill in the gaps of your monitoring needs.