Open Source Software and Linux:

September, 2008


September 30, 2008  1:12 AM

Using tune2fs to tune your ext3 file system

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Linux has the capability to use a large number of file systems. Generally you will find the ext3 file system on the Red Hat style operating system as the default. The ext3 file system is a journaling file system. Journaling is process by which a file system logs changes to the file system...

September 25, 2008  1:49 AM

Top, PowerTOP and mod_top – three powerful monitoring tools

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Anyone who has used or administered Linux for any length of time has used the open source application Top. Now there are at least two others to help monitor different areas of your Linux machine. The are PowerTOP and mod_top. Top is the...


September 22, 2008  7:56 PM

Tux Paint – Not just for kids!

John Little Profile: Xjlittle
Storage

Have you ever used the open source application Tux Paint? Tux Paint bills itself as "Tux Paint is free computer art software for children" or "Tux Paint is Open Source Drawing Software for children". While that may be the market the Tux Paint developer's are...


September 19, 2008  7:47 PM

Convert your dpkg, rpm, tgz and slp applications to another package with alien

John Little Profile: Xjlittle
Storage

alien is software that allows you to convert an rpm package to dpkg or vice versa. It can also convert a .tgz package to the rpm or dpkg format allowing...


September 17, 2008  12:34 PM

TheBrain visualization mind mapping software

John Little Profile: Xjlittle
Storage

TheBrain is highly visualized mind mapping software. I tried out this software using the PersonalBrain. The PersonalBrain is a free version of TheBrain software available for personal use. TheBrain software is cross platform and available for Linux, Windows...


September 15, 2008  8:28 PM

VIM Shortcuts

John Little Profile: Xjlittle
Storage

I like the VIM text editor. Yes, VIM took some getting used to. Yes, VIM requires that you use a keyboard although there is now a graphical VIM for Windows and Linux which is pretty...


September 13, 2008  8:46 PM

Netbooks, Notebooks, Windows and Linux

John Little Profile: Xjlittle
Storage

Most of us have heard of the Netbook. You know, the small 7" screen Linux powered EeePC from ASUS. Of course Dell, Acer and MSI have joined in the fray. That's fine. Competition is a good thing. For one reason or another, probably because ASUS did not set reasonable expectations about what a...


September 13, 2008  12:26 AM

Grub and boot errors

John Little Profile: Xjlittle
Storage

If you've administered or customized Linux long enough you've no doubt created a situation at some point where, during the boot process, that GRUB throws an error. We're going to discuss some of these situations below along with ways to work through them. If a file name or partition in the GRUB...


September 11, 2008  12:36 AM

Troubleshooot your Linux boot process with GRUB

John Little Profile: Xjlittle
Storage

Red Hat and subsequently Fedora and CentOS use the the GRUB (Grand Unified Boot Loader) to initialize the kernel and boot into Linux. I'm going to look at some of the common error messages possible when booting Linux and how to edit the GRUB boot loader to test and fix the errors. GRUB has 6...


September 9, 2008  6:00 PM

Why I like TinyMe Linux

John Little Profile: Xjlittle
Storage

TinyMe Linux is the Operating System of choice if you have an older pc or notebook that you want to use. I have one of those and I have put it to good use with TinyMe. My wife likes to have a notebook computer in the kitchen. This way she can look...


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