Open Source Software and Linux:

October, 2008

October 31, 2008  2:15 AM

Filesystem Labels – They are important

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Labeling your filesystems can save you a major headache. Using that label in /etc/fstab is key to keeping your disks mounted where they belong. Disks in Linux are assigned special device files. Anytime you replace a drive Linux is liable to change that file based on the order which it sees the...

October 25, 2008  12:56 AM

Red Hat and the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Have you heard about the Red Hat and IBM Open Client Collaboration Solution (OCCS)? This is a collaboration solution put together by Red Hat and IBM utilizing the Notes Domino collaboration suite running on Red Hat. Normally I try...

October 21, 2008  12:06 PM

Why I don’t like Gnome Evolution

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

I really wanted to title this "Why Gnome Evolution sucks" but thought that was a little harsh since the application itself doesnt suck. Why don't I like Gnome Evolution? In a word printing. In more words when trying to print a decent looking...

October 17, 2008  11:46 PM

Chalk one up for Linux and Health Care

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

When it comes to health care it always seems as though it and Linux have a strange relationship. Doctors tend to purchase software without any thought to cost or licensing. The generally leads them into a one-size-fits-all solution and they just deal with the shortcomings of the software or go...

October 17, 2008  2:19 AM

Virus shuts down sales of ASUS eee PC’s in Japan

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

The virus known as recycled.exe was put on the D: drive at the factory. When the user booted the ASUS eee PC the first time the virus copied itself to the C: drive. According to ASUSTEK there were 4500 of the eee PCs made for Japan and only about 300 sold. Now for me this begs the...

October 15, 2008  9:32 PM

LPIC 101

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Well I finally decided to go ahead and start the LPIC certification process. Today I took the LPIC 101 (first test) and passed with a score of 650 For those of you who don't know LPIC stands for Linux Professional Institute Certification. There are three...

October 15, 2008  10:57 AM

Why use Linux?

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

I hear this question occasionally. I hear the usual because it's free or because it's secure. While all of this is true and certainly plays a part in the decision to use Linux it is not my primary reason for using Linux. In a nutshell it comes down to a substantially better price:performance...

October 13, 2008  12:48 AM

Two Linux utilities you should always have

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Those two utilities are aria2 and screen. Quite often as administrators we have to download large files. We may start this work from a workstation at work or over the VPN to a server at work. The best way that I've found to handle this task is using...

October 11, 2008  12:38 AM

Fedora 10 almost ready for release

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Fedora 10The developers over at Fedora are...

October 10, 2008  10:54 AM

Netbooks: Will they or won’t they boost the adoption of Linux

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

A few days ago we had this quote from all over the Internet regarding Netbooks;

"They start playing around with Linux and start realizing that it's not what they are used to," MSI's Director of U.S. Sales Andy Tung said in the Laptop mag interview. "They don't want to spend time to...

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