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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.

How do I ... install KDE applications on Windows?

Thanks to a group of KDE developers, it is possible to run some KDE-specific applications up and running on Microsoft Windows. Jack Wallen explains how to install KDE applications and have them run on the Windows operating system.

10 things Linux does better than OS X

OS X is heralded for its friendliness, but according to Jack Wallen, it falls short in many other respects. Find out why he says Linux is superior in everything from flexibility to portability to cost.

10 ways to reduce removable media headaches in Linux

If you've shied away from Linux because of the hassle of working with removable media, you may want to take another look. Thanks to automation -- and with the help of these tips -- you may find that removable media is downright user friendly.

10 mistakes new Linux administrators make

If you're new to Linux, a few common mistakes are likely to get you into trouble. Learn about them up front so you can avoid major problems as you become increasingly Linux-savvy.

The 10 most useful Linux commands

Maybe the command line isn't your favorite place to hang out, but to be an effective Linux admin, you need to be able to wield a few essential commands. These 10 are guaranteed to simplify your Linux admin life -- and he explains why.

10 Linux replacements for iTunes

Linux offers a variety of options for those who want an alternative to iTunes. Here are the available choices and the features included in each one.

How do I ... configure OpenDNS in Windows Vista?

DNS entries are often the primary suspect on a slow network connection. To avoid this you can use OpenDNS. Here's how to install and configure it on Microsoft Windows Vista.

10 Linux desktops you shouldn't overlook

Even if you're happy with the Linux desktop you currently use, you might want to check out some alternatives to see what you could be missing. Jack Wallen highlights 10 of the best desktops here and explains what makes them stand out.

10 reasons for switching to a different Linux distribution

Sooner or later, you're going to get the urge to switch distributions -- maybe for a change of pace or maybe out of more practical considerations. Here's a look at some of the most common reasons users feel compelled to make that jump.

10 questions to ask before migrating to Linux

If you're thinking about making the switch to Linux, Jack Wallen is all for it -- but only if you approach the migration with your eyes open. He recommends that you evaluate a number of key issues before taking this big step.

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5 comments
hylton
hylton

Looks great! How can I sign up and receive a newsletter of Jacks' Linux hints and tips? Regards Hylton

tor
tor

Ubuntu 8.10 has a vpn failure; it won't connect out of the box and a multitude of tweaks and fixes later it still won't connect from some machines; mine especially. Maybe Jack Wallen can take a looksee and yak it up among his fellow linuxers with a view towards a universal fix.

seanferd
seanferd

Manage my Account | Log out My Workspace | My Newsletters with all that stuff in the blue. Click on that and select "Linux and Open Source", and whatever other newsletters you think you might like. Enjoy.

gelaciod
gelaciod

I've had something similar, however, at the present time is working. Is there any type of script or command that I can run on my system and that would show the network configuration? If duable and it helps you out, I'll be glad to provide it. I totally like Ubuntu, and have been following it since 6.04 release. Although I rarely use it, I prefere it over other distros. Ultimately, what helped me out, when installing it, was to provide the domain, and it ran the updates even before configuring the network. Manually configuring the IP\subnetmask\defautl gateway did the trick for me, as it will not auto-configure, as it did on previous resleases.

Doug Vitale
Doug Vitale

You would have much more luck solving your problem by searching the Ubuntu forum yourself or posting a message if you can't find the solution. http://ubuntuforums.org/

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