Tag: Linux

Advanced file permissions in Linux

Source: blog.sontek.net This is an excellent treatment on advanced file permissions in Linux, though centered on OpenSUSE, it’s still very helpful and applicable to any distro. Though John credits this source for working with advanced Linux permissions in Ubuntu under Nautilus (Gnome).

Useful less-used Linux commands

1. lsb_release -a 2. The watch command. 3. Command line intro summary, with some rarely used switches (TLDP). 4. If you’re using a system which has a lot of users, and you’d like to see who has started a particular script, daemon, or binary, then the pstree utility is very helpful. It draws a tree …

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SSHMenu – Like Putty, but for Gnome!

I generally prefer SSH’ing to hosts from the CLI (Command Line Interface) though there are times when a GUI is preferable, especially when there’s a variety of settings specific to each session that might be desired. SSHMenu is much like Putty, in that you can set up individual address book style destinations to SSH into, …

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Ubuntu Studio . . . instructional install.

..if some want to try Ubuntu, but wants to jump right in to video editiing, audio recording and high end graphics work, there’s a version of it called Ubuntu Studio, which scripts a lot of the things one often has to do once Linux is installed. I personally would not use this edition of Ubuntu, …

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ASUS to embed instant-on Linux into their motherboards…

After good feedback from customers in 2007, ASUS (large motherboard manufacturer, also maker of the EEE PC) is going to embed Splashtop Linux in a chip onto a million motherboards and more soon. When turning on the PC you are presented with an option to boot into the embedded OS, which takes all of 5 …

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Hans Reiser convicted of murder

The creator of ReiserFS, the famous and robust Linux journaled file system was convicted of murdering his wife after 2 years of court wrangling. I don’t know enough about the case to know if he was truly guilty or innocent, but it seems for at least the next 25 years (minimum for his murder conviction) …

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Linus Torvalds posts a (funny) bug to Fedora’s Bugzilla

This is a very amusing bug report submission, and not and April Fool’s joke. The number of posts that follows to help him is rather remarkable in 24hrs, and I’m still following the thread. Here’s his initial post: Linus Torvalds on 2008-03-31 15:37 EST Description of problem: youtube no workee – fedora 9 not usable …

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Seamless RDP:

For those times, when you need to run a windows application (don’t you hate it when that happens?) … there’s seamless RDP. Essentially, it strips away the need to run a whole RDP desktop (via Rdesktop in Linux). Instead, you can execute an automated login to a windows box via RDP, then the will quickly …

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Linux Reality

EDIT: As of March 26, 2008 the Linux Reality podcast had its 100th and final episode. The series is really great and any user new to Linux will enjoy nearly every episode in the series. The IRC Channel (#linuxreality on irc.freenode.net) and the forums are still quite active. Cheers Chess, you were great and it’s …

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Another major company moves to Linux

Paypal believes a Linux grid can replace the mainframe. Just as I posted in a previous post, many major companies in various industries are embracing the strength, versatility and stability of Linux for their core applications. From the article: Thompson supervises a payment system that operates on about 4,000 servers running Red Hat Linux in …

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Using TimeVault to create automated snapshots of directory trees

TimeVault is a simple front-end for making snapshots of a set of directories. Snapshots are a copy of a directory structure or file at a certain point in time. Restore functionality is integrated into Nautilus – previous versions of a file or directory that has a snapshot can be accessed by examining the properties and …

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New York Stock Exchange embraces Linux

Being a Linux enthusiast & hobbyist, I’m encouraged to see major industries make the decision to embrace Linux. From the article: The open-source operating system may not have all the polish of Unix technologies with 20-plus years of history behind them, “but it’s polished enough for us,” he said. The NYSE’s shift toward Linux and …

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Linux Backups for the regular user

Linux Planet has a 3-part series on simple backups for both single PCs and small networks, using portable USB storage devices. Learn how to nail down your device names in udev, attach your backup command to a menu icon, and schedule regular unattended backups. Linux Backups for the regular user: Part 1, Part 2 and …

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Hotwire: A contemporary shell

Hotwire is a Python-based object oriented crossplatform command execution shell. It is a part of the GoogleCode Project. Hotwire is not a terminal emulator, nor is it something you can set as your Unix “login shell”; instead, Hotwire unifies the concepts of shell and terminal and can natively do about 80-90% of what one would …

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Helpful graphic for the Linux file structure

This graphic is a helpful overview of a generic Linux file structure. The creator used UPPERCASE simply for easy viewing, but this should all be looked at as a lowercase structure. Right-click and save-as or view-image for a full-resolution copy. Souce: Geek2Live

The amusement of the ads …

Just a bit of nostalgia, I can’t resist posting a few legendary videos about that most-nostalgic period when the old PC wars were alive and well, and the ads that fueled them . . . some are old, and some not so old. MS-DOS 5: The Revolution Begins. Winsongs 95: Order yours now! PC vs. …

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VirtualBox: Open Source VMware-style application

This runs on Linux as well as Windows, but I find it particularly useful for Linux to virtualize Windows (who would want to waste a box to run windows?! <smirk>). Innotek VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution …

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Using GParted to copy/move/backup entire partitions . . .

GParted is essentially the open source version of Partition Magic. It’s a most-excellent piece of software that can run off a standard Linux distribution for regular partition manipulation, but for wholesale moving or backup of boot partitions you’d have to use the LIVE-CD (only a 50meg ISO) which assures no partitions are mounted, so the …

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Asus set to debut volume shipments of the $199 Linux-Based Laptop

Ars Technica has a little writeup about the Asus Eee Laptop. It’s small, uses little power, will price from $199 to $369, with the $349 model targeting the US mainstream. Offers 4, 8, or 16GB solid-state storage. With solid-state storage, access to data will be much faster than your standard hard disk (solid-state media is …

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