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Writing Robust Bash Shell Scripts

Here's a decent writeup on how to tweak your bash scripts to be more reliable. It goes step by step and is easy to understand even for a novice. Cheers! Many people hack together shell scripts quickly to do simple tasks, but these soon take on a life of their own. Unfortunately shell scripts are full of subtle effects which result in [...]

Richard Stallman: Keep your data at home, not in the clouds

Richard Stallman: Keep your data at home, not in the clouds

The concept of using web-based programs like Google's Gmail is "worse than stupidity", according to a leading advocate of free software. Cloud computing – where IT power is delivered over the internet as you need it, rather than drawn from a desktop computer – has gained currency in recent years. Large internet and technology [...]

HOWTO: Install Linux apps 101

This Computer World article goes over installing Linux apps from source (compiling), from your distribution's package manager, and from an third party intall package. Master these 3 simple install methods and you're one step closer to being a Linux Jedi. Sooner or later, we all end up installing new software on our computers. Whether it's a new [...]

GNOME 2.24 Released!

GNOME 2.24 Released!

Seems like a decent release. The stand-out feature is definitely the tabs in Nautilus. I'm intrigued by Ekiga. I am hopefully only using Gnome temporarily until the KDE folks get their product back in shape. I can't say I've grown to love GNOME in the last six months or so but I've grown not to dislike it as much as I once did. (more…)

Russian schools turn to free software

Russian schools turn to free software

Linux is a piece of open source software, free online to anyone who wants it, and Russian schools are switching to it to save cash. Using pirate software is common in Russia and for schools who need word processing, the alternative is to pay Microsoft over a hundred dollars for every computer. Aleksandr Ponosov, a former headmaster in the [...]

HOWTO: Play Pandora streaming radio in Linux

HOWTO: Play Pandora streaming radio in Linux

UPDATE: Adobe Air for Linux is out of beta and can be installed much easier now. Read the updated post here. While I really wanted to play my custom Pandora.com streaming radio in Amarok, I have found a better (and more official) option for Linux users that hate keeping a browser tab/window open for Pandora to keep playing. The following [...]

Run As The Root Account Sissy!

Run As The Root Account Sissy!

For that matter, why the hell are you logging in in the first place? Only sissies use init and getty -- boot straight to a shell with init=/bin/bash (or /bin/csh if you've managed to actually grow hair on your scrotum) on the kernel command line. Start any daemons you want by hand. This is hilarious... Note: This article will only make sense if [...]

Linux devotee tries to spread the word

Linux devotee tries to spread the word

Larry Cafiero is sitting in his cluttered office in the Santa Cruz Mountains looking nothing like a revolutionary. Friendly bearded face. Casual blue jeans. Comfy work shirt with the little penguin logo. Yeah, penguin logo. See, Cafiero is a Linux guy. Maybe you know one — or a Linux woman. Maybe you know that to love Linux is to live [...]

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth responds to 208 comments about the Firefox 3 EULA

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth responds to 208 comments about the Firefox 3 EULA

WTF? Mozilla doesn't need an EULA to protect their trademarks. Aside from the dubious legal position of EULAs, trademarks are protected without the need of licenses or contracts, if you register it, (TM) it, and take steps to stop (actual, current) violators. If their position is that they are protecting specific art (vs. the generic trademarks), [...]

Windows Games Run Faster on Linux than on Windows Vista

Windows Games Run Faster on Linux than on Windows Vista

WINE is an implementation of the Win32 API on Linux/GNU, so that you can run programs written for Windows on your Linux installation. It normally reeks of office applications, spreadsheets and polka-dotted ties. Cedega, then, is a commercial version of WINE optimized for games. It runs a larger library of Windows games than plain WINE can. So far, [...]

Battle Brews Over Firefox In Ubuntu 8.10

Battle Brews Over Firefox In Ubuntu 8.10

Firefox, what's not to love about this open-source web browser? Well, a number of users following the development work on Ubuntu 8.10 (the Intrepid Ibex) are feeling rather outraged over Mozilla Firefox 3.0.2 and later. In the latest Ubuntu packages, Firefox requires an EULA (End-User License Agreement) be accepted the first time you launch the [...]

HOWTO: 10 ways to make your Linux box boot faster

HOWTO: 10 ways to make your Linux box boot faster

Linux rarely needs to be rebooted. But when it does, it's often slow to boot. Fortunately, there are ways to speed things up. Some of these methods are not terribly difficult. (although some, unfortunately, are). Let's take a look. (more…)

Linux and Flash – cut the crap already!!

Linux and Flash – cut the crap already!!

Look, Adobe, can we please get with the times and start making a product that works on Linux? Please? It's getting closer to 2010 and we're still missing flying cars, meals in pills and a flash player that actually works most of the time. You see that? I'd even settle for most of the time right now. The sad truth is, Flash locks up on my current [...]

VIA releases open source Xorg driver

VIA releases open source Xorg driver

VIA has just released a open source Xorg driver for their integrated graphics chips on their linux.via.com.tw portal. Here's the actual download link for the source code tarball. I am very happy to see this! It's one more step that VIA has been working on to improve and show their support for Free Software and Linux. Please notice that this [...]

Keyboard Shortcuts for Bash

The default shell on most Linux operating systems is called Bash. There are a couple of important hot keys that you should get familiar with if you plan to spend a lot of time at the command line. These shortcuts will save you a ton of time if you learn them... Ctrl+A Go to the beginning of the line you are currently typing [...]

Linux 101: Directory Structure

Linux 101: Directory Structure

Also to clear up /bin vs /sbin: /sbin - Files needed for bootup/recovery that are only used by superuser (e.g., fsck) /bin - Files needed for bootup/recovery that are used by all users (e.g., bash) /usr/sbin - Files used only by superuser that aren't required for recovery/bootup (generally dynamically linked) (e.g., ntpdate) /usr/bin [...]

vi Survival Guide

vi Survival Guide

If you are trying to work at a command line in pretty much any Operating System, no matter if it is a GNU/Linux brand such as Ubuntu or Fedora Core, another UNIX-like system like Mac OS X or FreeBSD or even Microsoft Windows, you will most definitely need a text editor sooner or later. If you are using a UNIX-like system, like GNU/Linux variants, [...]

HOWTO: Reboot Your Linux Server The Easy Way

If you have ever had a hard drive fail on a remote server you may remember the feeling you had after trying to issue command like: # reboot bash: /sbin/reboot: Input/output error # shutdown -r now bash: /sbin/shutdown: Input/output error Obviously, there is a problem with your drive. These commands are failing because the kernel is unable to [...]

15 Examples To Master Linux Command Line History

15 Examples To Master Linux Command Line History

When you are using Linux command line frequently, using the history effectively can be a major productivity boost. In fact, once you have mastered the 15 examples that I’ve provided here, you’ll find using command line more enjoyable and fun. 10. Force history not to remember a particular command using HISTCONTROL When you execute [...]

Red Hat hack prompts critical OpenSSH update

Red Hat hack prompts critical OpenSSH update

Red Hat has warned that hackers were able to commandeer its systems and tamper with code - but said that since its content distribution was not hit, it is confident that polluted code has not served up to users. The first hint that something was wrong came last week when Fedora rebuilt its systems, a reconstruction that was accompanied by [...]

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