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 8, 2008, 11:11 PM PST

    Text-based e-mail with Alpine

    Jack Wallen reviews the new Alpine text-based e-mail client. Based on the old open source Pine, also developed by the University of Washington, this client has improved features, such as the ability to get e-mail from a remote server.


  • Vincent Danen // June 10, 2008, 12:01 AM PST

    Realize the flexibility of OpenSSH

    Vincent Danen explains the flexibility and power of OpenSSH. With it, you can access systems remotely and securely; transfer files securely (using scp, sftp, or even rsync over ssh); execute single commands on remote systems; secure normally insecure services; and much more.


  • Jack Wallen // June 10, 2008, 5:24 AM PST

    How do I... Set up a printer using the Common UNIX Printing System?

    Setting up a printer is one of those jobs made very easy by modern Linux administration tools. One of those tools is the Common UNIX Printing System. CUPS is an amazingly simple tool to use and administer. Jack Wallen shows you how it works.


  • Selena Frye // June 13, 2008, 2:47 AM PST

    Week in Open Source: June 13, 2008

    This week in open source, Microsoft apologized for its Sandcastle project, an OpenOffice vulnerability came to light, and the new iPhone is proving not much friendlier to open source developers.


  • Jack Wallen // June 15, 2008, 10:47 PM PST

    Firefox download day: Join the record books

    Jack Wallen makes a plea for open source advocates to join in the Firefox Download Day and get the latest version of the Firefox browser. Will Mozilla's developers be able to tell which downloads are for Linux, Mac, Windows?


  • Vincent Danen // June 16, 2008, 11:54 PM PST

    Use Fuse to mount remote ssh directories

    Vincent Danen introduces the Fuse Project, a way to edit files remotely with plugins like sshfs, which transparently makes an SFTP connection to a remote system seem like nothing more than a local file directory.


  • Jack Wallen // June 23, 2008, 6:20 PM PST

    Replace the Apple iPod firmware with Rockbox

    By replacing the standard iPod firmware with software from Rockbox, you can add flexibility to your iPod and give it features you wish it already had.


  • Selena Frye // June 20, 2008, 4:55 AM PST

    Week in Open Source: June 20, 2008

    This week in TechRepublic blogs, Chad Perrin talked about Linux security, and in particular, the dangers of evaluating security by simply counting vulnerabilities; Rick Vanover introduced open source ClarkConnect as a handy networking solution for remote offices.


  • Jack Wallen // June 21, 2008, 11:12 PM PST

    Goodbye Apple iPod, hello Sandisk Fuze

    Jack Wallen describes his recent migration from the ever-frustrating world of the Linux-unfriendly iPod to the more Linux-friendly Sandisk Fuze.


  • Vincent Danen // June 23, 2008, 11:07 PM PST

    Chroot users with OpenSSH: An easier way to confine users to their home directories

    With the release of OpenSSH 4.9p1, you no longer have to rely on third-party hacks or complicated chroot setups to confine users to their home directories or give them access to SFTP services. Vincent Danen tells you how to take advantage of this new addition to OpenSSH.


  • Selena Frye // June 26, 2008, 5:30 AM PST

    Linux kernel developers protest proprietary drivers

    It seems like there's a lot of movin' and shakin' going on in open source this week. People may continue to debate the usability of Linux on corporate desktops for awhile yet, but there's clearly a lot of exciting things going on in all corners of the Linux world.


  • Jack Wallen // June 29, 2008, 10:27 PM PST

    Music server via Samba

    Jack Wallen set up a Samba music server for his family's use. He takes you through the setup and configuration to get it working.


  • Vincent Danen // July 1, 2008, 12:49 AM PST

    Send mail with eSMTP for a simple, single-user system

    Vincent Danen introduces you to eSMTP, a lightweight mail "server" solution that also allows per-user configuration files, making it useful even for multi-user systems.


  • Selena Frye // July 3, 2008, 6:51 AM PST

    Super Talent to bundle free Ubuntu OS and OpenOffice with every MasterDrive SSD

    Flash storage maker Super Talent will bundle Ubuntu Desktop Editon and OpenOffice with each MasterDrive solid state drive it sells July 1 through September 30, 2008.


  • Jack Wallen // July 6, 2008, 9:53 AM PST

    Fedora 9: Was it worth the wait?

    Jack Wallen installs Fedora 9 to see if it has improved enough to lure him away from the Debian-based Ubuntu distribution.