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

  • Marco Fioretti // February 16, 2012, 3:54 AM PST

    How to automatically rename and reorder MP3 files

    If you need to impose some order on your collection of music or other audio files, Marco Fioretti shares a script that uses ID3 tags to rename your files in a uniform system.


  • Jack Wallen // December 17, 2011, 10:52 PM PST

    Last ditch effort: HP brings WebOS to open source

    Jack Wallen expounds upon HP's offering of WebOS to the open source community. Is this the makings of a Phoenix rising from the ashes or a death knell for WebOS?


  • Selena Frye // January 5, 2012, 4:56 AM PST

    Ubuntu tablet on the way? CES buzz for 'concept design'

    Will Canonical unveil an Ubuntu-based tablet or smartphone next week at CES 2012? A company blog post promises to reveal an "exclusive Ubuntu concept design." Check out the rumor mill.


  • Scott Reeves // January 11, 2012, 1:00 AM PST

    Use kismon to view kismet log files

    Scott Reeves introduces a GUI front-end available to users of Kismet, the wireless network detecting tool.


  • Jack Wallen // February 13, 2012, 12:22 AM PST

    Ubuntu pulls the 'official' plug on Kubuntu

    The news that Canonical has dropped Kubuntu as an official distribution hits the KDE desktop where it counts. Jack Wallen offers up his take on this developing situation.


  • Vincent Danen // November 3, 2008, 10:00 PM PST

    Using dnsmasq for DNS and DHCP services

    Vincent Danen introduces an open source solution called dnsmasq, which provides both DNS forwarding and DHCP services for a small network or home office.


  • Jack Wallen // November 2, 2008, 10:56 PM PST

    OpenOffice 3: Look out MS Office!

    With the release of OpenOffice 3, Microsoft Office has been shown the door as the leader. In this entry to the open source blog, Jack Wallen reasserts his claim that OpenOffice is the dominant player in the office suite game.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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?