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Visualized Linux Boot Sequence

Visualized Linux Boot Sequence

Most of us don't appreciate all the processes involved with our OS's boot sequence; we're far more interested in watching that status bar fill. In this visualization of the Linux boot sequence, each function is a node, and each line connecting the nodes represents a call, direct branch, or indirect branch. The image itself was created via [...]

Slow linux startup? Bootchart reveals all

Slow linux startup? Bootchart reveals all

Ever wondered what takes your Linux box so long to boot up? You can see for certain with the Bootchart package. Bootchart logs the entire startup process and produces a clean, graphical representation of its results suitable for everything from troubleshooting to good old-fashioned bragging rights. Bootchart is a common utility, so check your [...]

HOWTO: Order pizza from the command line

HOWTO: Order pizza from the command line

Pizza Party is a free text based software package for ordering pizza, or for throwing pizza parties. Pizza Party has many features to make ordering pizza easy: Can order pizza with only a few keystrokes. Can save pizza preferences. Can use batch files for ordering many pizzas. Has easy to use flags for ordering different [...]

Fedora 10: A Detailed Discussion on 13 Prime Features

Fedora 10: A Detailed Discussion on 13 Prime Features

With the success of Fedora in Linux distributions, Fedora 10 is perhaps the most anticipated operating system from their library. A faster and advanced distribution is what is proposed by them. Fedora 10, codenamed Cambridge, is set for release on November 25, 2008. So before you go on and download this new Fedora version, let me give you a [...]

Codeweavers Gives Away Premium Version of WINE, Today only!

Codeweavers Gives Away Premium Version of WINE, Today only!

Some background on the "bet" from the Star Tribune... In July, St. Paul software developer CodeWeavers came up with the gimmick to make its products available free for a day if any one of five positive (but seemingly unlikely at the time) things happened during Bush's last six months in office: gas drops to $2.79 a gallon, milk drops to $3.50 a [...]

HOWTO: Add a Linux server to Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain

HOWTO: Add a Linux server to Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain

This tutorial will explain how to add a Linux/GNU server/desktop to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory.We are going to use Likewise Open. Likewise Open is a free, open source application that joins Linux, Unix, and Mac machines to Microsoft Active Directory and securely authenticates users with their domain credentials. We will be [...]

New Totem BBC plugin

New Totem BBC plugin

A while back, the BBC approached Canonical about providing seamless access to unencumbered BBC content for all Ubuntu users (in the UK and elsewhere). We agreed to approach this by way of a plugin for our primary media player, Totem, and asked Collabora Multimedia to do the plugin development work. (more…)

Stupid linux screen tricks

I use GNU Screen extensively to manage my work. Here are a few tips and shortcuts I've collected or developed... 1. Adding a status bar to screen. If you use screen inside screen, or screen on more than one machine, having a status bar is essential so you always know where you are. I have the following line in my .screenrc: caption always "%{= [...]

Screen: A must for SSH

Screen: A must for SSH

If you’ve ever used SSH to connect to a server, you ‘ll know its limitations: if you want to open a new window, you’ll need to create a second SSH connection to the server. And if the connection breaks during the SSH tunnel, you’ve lost your progress. This is where Screen comes in. Screen, which calls itself a [...]

Command Line Bookmarks using bm

Command Line Bookmarks using bm

bm is a program that can make life at the terminal a little easier when you often have to deal with a couple of directories at the same time. It can be used to keep bookmarks of directories you use regularly, but are a drag to type and switch between. Of course, there are the popd, pushd and dirs commands, but a stack is often not sufficient to [...]

The five best things in Linux 2.6.27

The five best things in Linux 2.6.27

Does anyone really know what will be better in Windows 7? I don't and I follow Windows almost as closely as I do Linux. With Linux, on the other hand, we know exactly what we're getting well in advance of its arrival. In this latest Linux kernel, I see several outstanding new features that have been coming down the road for some time. After a [...]

HOWTO: Find your top 10 directories eating up disk space

HOWTO: Find your top 10 directories eating up disk space

To find the 10 largest (filesize-wise) folders in your current working path type: du -cks * | sort -rn | head -10 or du -x --block-size=1024K | sort -nr | head -10 and remember if you just want to know how much free space is available don't forget the classic old df -h command: root@server # df -h Filesystem Size Used [...]

Linux Summit Will Preview New Advanced File System

Linux Summit Will Preview New Advanced File System

Linux Foundation is organizing a end user collaboration summit this week. A major topic will be a presentation on the new upcoming filesystems - Ext4 and Btrfs. Ted Tso, who is a Linux kernel filesystem developer on a sabbatical from IBM working for Linux Foundation for a year, has talked about the two-pronged approach for the Linux kernel, [...]

Linux kernel 2.6.27 officially released

Linux kernel 2.6.27 officially released

Linus Torvalds announced yesterday on the Linux kernel mailing list the official release of Linux 2.6.27. This release includes some nice improvements and follows roughly three months after the release of 2.6.26. This new version adds the ath9k wireless driver from Atheros, the gspca driver, which will significantly extend the number of webcam [...]

Metasploit 3.2 Offers More “Evil Deeds”

Metasploit 3.2 Offers More “Evil Deeds”

Hacking into systems (albeit for testing purposes) is apparently getting easier with the upcoming open source Metasploit 3.2 framework, according to its creator. During a packed presentation at that SecTor conference here yesterday, Metasploit creator H. D. Moore detailed some of the new features in the upcoming Metasploit 3.2 release. They [...]

Why We Love Linux

Why We Love Linux

Create an Encrypted Private Directory with eCryptfs

Create an Encrypted Private Directory with eCryptfs

eCryptfs is a kernel-native cryptographic filesystem. It’s also a stacked filesystem, eCryptfs must work on top of another filesystem such as Ext3. This means that you don’t need to allocate space for eCryptfs, it will grow and shrink as you add files to it. eCryptfs will be used in Ubuntu 8.10 to provide an encrypted private [...]

Linus Torvalds on Linux Distributions

Linus Torvalds on Linux Distributions

Linux creator Linus Torvalds gave an interview in which he talked about what he likes and doesn't like in a Linux distribution...  I've used different distributions over the years. Right now I happen to use Fedora 9 on most of the computers I have, which really boils down to the fact that Fedora had fairly good support for PowerPC [...]

HOWTO: Installing Flash Player 10 on 64-bit Linux

HOWTO: Installing Flash Player 10 on 64-bit Linux

I was experiencing some screen tearing on video with Flash Player 9, and thought perhaps giving Flash Player 10 a try would help. It didn’t help much, but here’s how you can install Flash Player 10 yourself using nspluginwrapper on 64-bit Ubuntu. I did this on Hardy Heron, but similar steps will probably apply to previous or new [...]

The short life and hard times of a Linux virus

The short life and hard times of a Linux virus

Why aren't the existing Linux viruses anything more than a topic for conversation? Why don't they affect you in your daily computing in the way that MS viruses affect Windows users? There are several reasons for the non-issue of the Linux virus. Most of those reasons a Linux user would already be familiar with, but there is one, all important, [...]

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