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 // August 9, 2009, 10:39 PM PST

    Is too much choice getting in the way of Linux' acceptance?

    During a conversation with a member of the Linux foundation, Jack Wallen had the seed of an idea planted. The idea germinated very quickly, leaving behind the realization that the grand scheme of Linux is being hindered by one of its best "features" -- choice.


  • Selena Frye // August 10, 2009, 4:42 AM PST

    Poll: Which area of Linux could use the most improvement?

    Is there a particular area of Linux that you think could have the greatest impact on Linux adoption if it were improved or changed? Look at the choices in this poll and pick just one, and let us know why you picked it.


  • Vincent Danen // August 10, 2009, 5:39 AM PST

    How to use Virtual Machine Manager on Fedora 11

    Vincent Danen covers the basics of virt-manager, a user interface for managing virtual machines in Linux. KVM and virt-manager will be the default virtualization solution in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, so it will be solid and well supported. Here's how to get started.


  • 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!"?


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • Jack Wallen // August 30, 2009, 10:41 PM PST

    Free Software Foundation cites Windows 7 'sins'

    The Free Software Foundation has started a new campaign, "Windows 7 Sins." Is it FUD or is it Truth?


  • Jack Wallen // August 23, 2009, 10:47 PM PST

    All Linux needs is a good commercial

    Jack Wallen thinks that what Linux needs is some good marketing. Could a really good commercial finally put Linux on the desktops of mainstream users?


  • Vincent Danen // August 17, 2009, 1:42 AM PST

    Tweeting from the command line

    Vincent Danen shows you a simple script that will allow you to send tweets from the command line. Whether you're sharing your personal thoughts or project announcements, the script gives you the convenience of automation.


  • Jack Wallen // August 16, 2009, 10:43 AM PST

    Virtualization p0wns emulation

    Jack Wallen has used just about every possible technology when it comes to Linux - even those that help run Windows applications. Recently he has been on a quest to discover which is superior, virtualization or emulation. He's found his answer. Do you agree?


  • Selena Frye // August 28, 2009, 7:11 AM PST

    Putting your best foot forward with open source projects

    It's not all about the tech, if you're working on open source projects. Learn how to generate some good buzz about what you're working on with a few tips about dealing with the IT press and blogosphere.


  • 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.