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  • White Papers // Nov 2008

    Migration to the 2007 Microsoft Office System: A Roadmap for Success

    This white paper will examine the issues presented with a migration to the 2007 Microsoft Office system including which organizations should be first movers and why. Next, the unique nature of this migration along with best practices specific to migrating to the 2007 Microsoft Office system will be examined. Last,...

    Provided By KACE Networks

  • Downloads // May 2007

    SolutionBase: Setting up Apache as a Web server under Linux via GUI

    Doing things in Linux can present a large learning curve to a Windows-savvy network administrator. Jack Wallen shows the easy way to setup an Apache Web server under Linux.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // May 2007

    SolutionBase: Configuring a DNS server with SuSE's YaST

    Linux can be intimidating for a Windows administrator because a lot of configuration for network services must be done from the command line. Jack Wallen shows how to configure a DNS server using GUI tools in Linux.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // May 2007

    SolutionBase: Set up a Linux proxy server with ease using Webmin

    You want to control where your users can go on the Internet, but you don't want to buy an expensive proprietary solution. Nor do you want to fiddle with complex .conf files or Linux commands. What do you do? Check out this article by Jack Wallen.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your Linux experience

    A few simple keyboard shortcuts can make your work in Linux far more efficient. Jack Wallen runs through 10 of his favorites, for both desktop environments and window managers.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    10 ways to make Linux boot faster

    On those infrequent occasions when you need to reboot Linux, you may find that the process takes longer than you'd like. Jack Wallen shares a number of tricks you can use to reduce boot times.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Sep 2008

    10 things Linux does better than Windows

    If you tallied up the strengths and weaknesses of Linux and Windows, which OS would come out ahead? According to Jack Wallen, superiority in security, flexibility, interoperability, community, and command-line power (among other things) put Linux well ahead. See if you agree with his assessment.This download is also available as...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Oct 2008

    10 must-have Linux office applications

    Does Linux have what it takes to meet the needs of the corporate desktop? Jack Wallen thinks so. Here's his list of office apps that can handle everything from word processing to project management to data backups.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Oct 2008

    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.This download is also available as an entry...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Oct 2008

    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.This download is also available as an...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    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 and explains what makes them stand out.This download is also available as an entry in...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    10 Linux replacements for iTunes

    Linux offers a variety of options for those who want an alternative to iTunes. Jack Wallen looks at the available choices and the features included in each one.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    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. Jack Wallen says these 10 are guaranteed to simplify your Linux admin life -- and he explains why.This download is also...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    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.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 ways to minimize 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.This download is also available as

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    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.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    Top Linux resources: Best of Jack Wallen

    Linux guru Jack Wallen has been a key contributor to our 10 Things blog over the past year, focusing on real-world Linux concerns ranging from security, network administration, and applications to decision-making topics, such as migration issues and platform comparisons. Here's a dozen of his most popular articles. You...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 predictions for Linux and open source in 2009

    Jack Wallen believes that the new year holds a great deal of promise for the Linux OS and open source software -- from an explosion in the mobile arena to large-enterprise scalability to widespread adoption of OpenOffice 3 and the ascendancy of Firefox. See if you agree with his outlook.This...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 things you should do to secure Apache

    If you think Apache and Linux will deflect all threats without extra security precautions, think again. As Jack Wallen explains, you need to take a number of steps to make sure Apache is a secure Web server.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 ways to help users transition to Linux

    There's no reason why switching to Linux should be traumatic for your users (or stressful for you). As Jack Wallen explains, you can set them up to succeed if you approach things the right way.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Feb 2009

    10 obscure Linux applications you need to try

    With thousands of Linux tools out there, it stands to reason that some of the very best ones might get lost in the crowd. Jack Wallen introduces some excellent apps that more admins should know about.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Feb 2009

    10 reasons why Linux will triumph over Windows

    Windows 7 may be generating some positive buzz, but Jack Wallen remains skeptical. In fact, he says it's only a matter of time before Linux takes its rightful spot at the top of the OS heap.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 ways to go green with Linux

    From reduced packaging to energy savings to extended equipment lifecycles, Linux can help you green up your tech environment. Jack Wallen looks at some of the eco-friendly benefits of running Linux.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 reasons why GNOME is better than KDE

    A new battle is playing out in the Linux desktop arena. See why Jack Wallen believes that today's GNOME has pulled ahead of today's KDE in terms of design, stability, and usability.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 Linux and open source developer tools you should not overlook

    To take advantage of the excellent Linux development environment, you need to have the right tools. Here's a rundown of some of the best ones out there and the features they have to offer.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 ways Microsoft could help Linux

    Stop the presses: Jack Wallen supports an alliance between Microsoft and Linux. Find out why he believes both camps could work together for the benefit of all concerned.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    10 must-have Linux Web-based tools

    There's no shortage of Web-centric Linux tools -- the trick if figuring out which ones are best for your needs. Jack Wallen offers a list of those he thinks are the cream of the crop.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    10 reasons you'll want to install Ubuntu 9.04

    Ubuntu's most recent release offers numerous improvements over an already solid OS. In fact, Jack Wallen says it could be the best overall release of a Linux distribution he's ever seen.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // May 2009

    10 solid Linux distributions for your netbook

    You don't have to settle for an OS that's a bad fit for your netbook -- there are numerous alternatives, some of which can provide a near-laptop experience. Jack Wallen runs through the pros and cons of 10 viable Linux distributions.This download is also available as an entry in...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    10 ways the Linux desktop improves the user experience

    If you've always worked with a Windows or Mac desktop, you may not know what you're missing. Jack Wallen says the Linux desktop offers numerous advantages worth checking out -- from efficient and flexible design to superior update systems.This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    10 KDE 4 desktop widgets to make you more productive

    KDE 4 brought some big changes to the desktop, including timesaving widgets that do everything from popping you into Twitter to keeping tabs on your servers to providing on-the-fly spell-checking. Jack Wallen runs through 10 of these handy little labor-saving apps.This download is also available as an entry in...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    10 reasons why open source makes sense on smart phones

    Open source brings a host of benefits to the mobile market, starting with cost savings. But as Jack Wallen explains, the advantages go much further - from better security to more customization options to more prolific application development. This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    10 Linux applications that are perfect for educational environments

    Teachers and school administrators are having to get creative about finding quality educational software they can afford. Jack Wallen introduces 10 topnotch open source solutions to help manage and administer educational programs and teach children of all ages.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    10 tools to connect to wireless networks in Linux

    Mobile Linux users have a variety of options when it comes to wireless connectivity tools. Jack Wallen outlines some of the best choices to help you find one that will work for you.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    10 IT flame wars that will never go away

    Anyone who has spent time in the TechRepublic forums is well acquainted with the ongoing skirmishes and philosophical conflagrations that IT pros often engage in. Jack Wallen looks at 10 of the most enduring battles being waged in the IT world.This download is also available as an entry in...

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    10 reasons Linux should be your netbook operating system

    Some users believe that Windows is the best netbook OS. But others - such as Jack Wallen - think Linux is a much better fit. Check out his reasons and see if you agree.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    10 Linux file managers worth checking out

    If you've never given your file manager much thought, maybe it's time to look at the wide range of features offered by Linux file management tools.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    10 reasons why Windows 7 could fail

    The reviews of Windows 7 have thus far been favorable -- so why does Jack Wallen think the new OS may tank? Here's his take on the impending release.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Oct 2009

    10 reasons Ubuntu 9.10 will be a game changer for business

    The latest release of Ubuntu is just around the corner - and Jack Wallen believes it's going to make a big splash in the enterprise space.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Nov 2009

    10 open source projects worth checking out

    The open source field is pretty crowded, but certain projects stand above the rest. Jack Wallen introduces 10 open source tools and solutions you don't want to overlook.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen