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

  • 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 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!