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 // December 12, 2008, 2:31 AM PST

    Jack's best linux tips and features

    Jack Wallen has been busy spreading the Linux gospel recently. Catch up with some of his latest how-tos and features from around the TechRepublic blogs.


  • Jack Wallen // December 14, 2008, 8:35 AM PST

    Fedora Core 10 might make me a believer again

    After a long hiatus from Fedora, Jack Wallen has returned to test the Red Hat waters again. Do you think Fedora 10 can bring Jack back? Read his take to see if Fedora finally got Linux right again.


  • Vincent Danen // December 21, 2008, 10:00 PM PST

    Save time managing multiple systems with Parallel SSH

    For a user caring for multiple systems, OpenSSH is extremely useful, but being able to execute OpenSSH commands in parallel is even more so. Vincent Danen introduces Parallel SSH, or pssh, which allows you to execute commands on various hosts in parallel, copy files in parallel, and more.


  • Jack Wallen // December 21, 2008, 5:23 AM PST

    Memorable Linux moments of 2008

    Jack Wallen takes a look back at 2008 to recollect his most memorable Linux and open source moments. Some of these moments you might remember yourself, others are brand new to you. Either way, you will enjoy a quick trip down short-term memory lane.


  • Selena Frye // December 22, 2008, 12:15 AM PST

    Hello, I'm PC and I'm Mac (and I'm Linux!)

    The Linux Foundation is looking for some creative Linux pitches from its community. Do you have a great idea for a 60-second ad? You could win a trip to Tokyo! Also, vote for your preferred celebrity endorser of Linux in the poll.


  • Jack Wallen // December 28, 2008, 10:35 PM PST

    OpenOffice moment in the sun fading

    If you know much about Sun then you know how shady their practices can be. These practices have, over the last few years, been extending to the open source flagship OpenOffice. Jack Wallen has had enough and calls for a migration to other tools.


  • Jack Wallen // January 4, 2009, 9:53 PM PST

    Meet Google Linux

    It was only inevitable that Google Android would find its way onto the PC. But what exactly does this mean for Linux? Does it really hold any value or will it be nothing more than a flash in the pan? Jack Wallen certainly thinks it will mean much more than meets the Google Eye.


  • Vincent Danen // January 5, 2009, 2:43 AM PST

    Firewall MySQL with GreenSQL

    GreenSQL is a "firewall" for MySQL databases that could help protect your database from SQL injection vulnerabilities. Vincent Danen introduces this application and tells you how to install it.


  • Selena Frye // January 8, 2009, 5:40 AM PST

    HyperSpace brings netbook ease (and Linux) to laptops and desktops

    The HyperSpace OS is an instant-on, secure Web environment which you can boot into from your laptop or desktop, bringing netbook benefits to your regular machines. And unlike the SplashTop environments bundled via OEMs, this Linux-based layer can be downloaded to run on existing XP and Vista machines.


  • Jack Wallen // January 11, 2009, 10:24 PM PST

    How open source could save the media industry

    There are so many industries that are slowly strangling themselves. Jack Wallen has a feeling that each and every one of these industries can be saved by adopting an open source policy. How you ask? Read on and find out.


  • Vincent Danen // January 12, 2009, 10:49 PM PST

    Learning more about Nagios for server monitoring

    If you use Nagios for server monitoring, you know it's a very powerful tool, but the learning curve can be steep for newcomers. Vincent Danen reviews a resource for Nagios beginners -- or for those who want to learn how to get the most out of this software.


  • Jack Wallen // January 18, 2009, 5:41 AM PST

    The Evolution of Linux

    After a run-in with a cheap KVM Jack Wallen discovers that Xorg has evolved into something he never expected. In this open source blog entry you might get a glimpse of where Linux is heading and whether or not this is a good thing.


  • Selena Frye // January 15, 2009, 10:00 PM PST

    Making sense of the mobile open operating system landscape

    Need a cheat sheet to sort out all the different players and operating systems in the smartphone market? This report from TapRoot Systems offers a snapshot of the current scene, segmented by OS.


  • Jack Wallen // January 25, 2009, 10:27 PM PST

    Open source for U.S. government: Is there a downside?

    It is rumored that the U.S. government might be considering the adoption of open source to replace costly proprietary software. Is this a good idea? Jack Wallen considers this and finds a possible argument against it.


  • Vincent Danen // January 26, 2009, 5:54 AM PST

    VMware Server 2.0 offers handy new upgrades

    Vincent Danen discusses his favorite features of VMware Server 2.0 and tells you how to get started with this virtualization tool.