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Linux Outlaws Podcast

August 26th, 2008 No comments

Linux Outlaws is a weekly podcast, primarily about Linux, but also covering other open source goodness. The hosts of the show are Fabian Scherschel in Germany, and Dan Lynch in the UK. The show is presented in a humorous, laid-back manner, and fills the gap left after the demise of LUG Radio.

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Remotely shutdown a Windows PC from Linux

August 25th, 2008 No comments

A remote Windows PC can easily be shutdown, assuming you have Samba installed on your Linux box, and you have a user account on the Windows PC that has the necessary rights.

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Linux is Not Windows

August 25th, 2008 No comments

OneAndOneIs2 has an article that gives some reasons on why ‘Linux is Not Windows’.

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How to mount an ISO file in Linux

August 25th, 2008 No comments

Sometimes burning an ISO file to a CD-ROM just to access its contents is overkill, but there is another way.

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Inside the Linux Boot Process

August 15th, 2008 No comments

The IBM developerWorks website is filled with many interesting articles. Tonight’s pick is ‘Inside the Linux boot process’. This article guides you from the initial power on through to the user-space being available. However if you really want to get down and dirty with the boot process, then I would suggest having a go at Linux From Scratch.

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Iperf – Bandwidth Measurement Tool

April 15th, 2008 No comments

Need a simple way to test the bandwidth between two hosts that you have access to? If so, then just drop Iperf onto both machines. Launch one instance as the server

iperf -s

and the other as the client

iperf -c <Server IP>

then after 10 seconds you’ll have your result.
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Unix Toolbox

March 24th, 2008 No comments

The Unix Toolbox lists a lot of useful Unix/Linux/BSD commands. It covers commands for a wide range of operations, i.e. processes, file system, networking, CVS, databases, etc.. Also it covers the very basics of scripting and programming.

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IBM developerWorks LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 Tutorials

March 16th, 2008 No comments

If you’re interested in studying towards LPIC certification, then IBM has a number of tutorials freely available that cover the four exams that make up LPIC-1 and LPIC-2.

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Unix Recovery Legend

March 16th, 2008 No comments

This classic article from Mario Wolczko first appeared on Usenet in 1986.

Have you ever left your terminal logged in, only to find when you came back to it that a (supposed) friend had typed “rm -rf ~/*” and was hovering over the keyboard with threats along the lines of “lend me a fiver ’til Thursday, or I hit return”? Undoubtedly the person in question would not have had the nerve to inflict such a trauma upon you, and was doing it in jest. So you’ve probably never experienced the worst of such disasters….

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So You Want To Be A UNIX Wizard? (The Loginataka)

March 15th, 2008 No comments

I first came across this dialogue several years ago, which I believe was originally written by Eric S. Raymond in 1993.

Speak, O Guru: How can I become a Unix Wizard?

O, Nobly Born: know that the Way to Wizardhood is long, and winding, and
Fraught with Risks. Thou must Attune thyself with the Source, attaining the
arcane Knowledge and Conversation of the System Libraries and Internals. Yea;
and such an all-consuming Time and Energy Sink is this as to greatly Imperil
thy Grade Point Average (if one thou hast), not to mention thy Sex Life (if one
thou hast). But persevere, oh Larval One; rewards beyond the Dreams of Lusers
await thee!

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