Open Source Software and Linux:

December, 2008


December 11, 2008  3:24 PM

Generate a self signed SSL certificate for your Apache Web Server

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

After getting tired of clicking ok to the certificate messages that popped up every time I or someone else accessed my personal Apache Web Server using SSL I decided to generate my own self signed SSL certificate. Note that all of these steps are performed on a CentOS or Red Hat apache web...

December 10, 2008  9:52 PM

Testing the ZFS filesystem with OpenSolaris, FreeBSD and Ubuntu

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

I recently ran across a test that Phoronix did comparing Ubuntu, OpenSolaris and FreeBSD. While the test covered many areas the one that got my attention was the performance of the ZFS filesystem compared to ext3 and UFS. You can see the test results

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December 9, 2008  12:47 AM

SELinux on Ubuntu

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

The other day after installing Ubuntu on one of my test machines I noticed that there was an ls -Z command which shows various selinux information about files and directories. Running this command however gave some strange output, primarily ? marks. I thought this was a little strange but had...


December 7, 2008  11:04 PM

Your voice, the new President and Open Source

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Did you know that there is a web site called http://USAspending.gov that was created and runs on an open source platform? I didn't until recently. Congress passed a law in 2006 that says that every government contract along with it's sponsors and associated costs must be made available to the...


December 6, 2008  4:06 PM

Amazon gives away free MP3 download

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Yes Amazon does give away free MP3 downoads, no charge and no strings attached. I have downloaded well over 100 songs from their website. Some of the songs are singles and some are complete albums. There is all kinds of music here, some by well known artists and...


December 5, 2008  2:43 PM

Detaching Tabs in Firefox

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

The ability to detach tabs in Firefox so that they are in their own window has long been a thorn in my side. Especially when using an application like Clipperz and Firefox is set to open everything in a new tab. Opening in a new tab is generally my...


December 4, 2008  6:41 PM

Inventory tracking with the Sun Inventory Application

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Sun has a unique application on their web site called Sun Inventory that will track hardware, software and operating systems. It is unique in that it is, more or less, a cloud application. You can access your inventory anywhere that you have internet access. The Sun Inventory application...


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