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    Sysadmins: Is LibreOffice a viable office suite choice for your users?

    LibreOffice is a full-featured office tool, but it has been slow to replace proprietary alternatives in many spaces.

    How Kubernetes Became the Standard for Compute Resources

    CNCF plays a critical role in building a vibrant ecosystem around Kubernetes, creating a massive community to build, nurture and commercialize cloud-native open source technologies. The post How Kubernetes Became the Standard for Compute Resources appeared first on Linux.com.

    Managing swap in the modern Linux system

    Swap space is an integral part of the modern Linux system, especially in the Enterprise environments of today. Many of you may be familiar with its concepts and how to manage it to work in your favor. I would bet that there are a lot of people who, like myself until recently, haven't interfaced with swap or the manipulation of it in a live environment and may not entirely understand its purpose. I want to go through the basic concepts and explain how to create and manage a swap space.

    How to open a Linux terminal window

    Say you are new to Linux world and just installed Linux desktop and now you would like to fire up terminal window and start issuing commands, but wait you don’t know how to access a terminal window in Linux, in this article I will walk you through how to open a Linux terminal window and set up a keyboard shortcut for easier access.

    Antitrust Laws and Open Collaboration

    The classic way for companies to violate the antitrust laws is to get together and agree to all do something the same way. Happily, the regulators understand that creating open standards and open source is a good thing. But you still have to keep the rules in mind if you want to stay on the right side of the line.

    The Linux Foundation identifies most important open-source software components and their problems

    • ZDNet | open-source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Feb 19, 2020 3:25 AM EDT)
    • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
    In its latest study, the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative discovered just how prevalent open-source components are in all software and their shared problems and vulnerabilities.

    Is Linux Foundation a Microsoft Branch Now?

    The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation (LF) nowadays helps Microsoft cement its monopoly — the very opposite of what ages ago it said the LF would do

    Give your Linux system's firewall a security boost

    Firewalls are great but they're ineffective if something goes wrong with them. The /etc/hosts.allow and /etc/hosts.deny files are the second line of defense against intruders.

    Penguin Tux - An Interesting story behind Linux Mascot

    Tux is still not a product of any hired advertising agency. There were no investments made into its developments.

    How I learned to stop worrying and love systemd

    A personal journey of systemd discovery, from services and even containers.

    How the Iowa caucus app went wrong and how open source could have helped

    • ZDNet (Posted by bob on Feb 13, 2020 5:59 PM EDT)
    • Story Type: Editorial
    Opinion: It was incompetence, not politics, that led to the Iowa caucus app misfiring. Above all, it was poor programming. Open-source software techniques could have prevented this blunder.

    Using Bash for automation

    Take your Bash scripting to a new higher level using libraries with automation.

    10 things I wish I'd known before becoming a Linux sysadmin

    Linux system administrators deal with a lot of interesting issues during a career. But what do you wish you knew before you became one?

    Linux command line basics: sudo

    Learn to elevate your work and your permissions by becoming a super user with sudo.

    Ping, traceroute, and netstat: The network troubleshooting trifecta

    These three tools are often considered the trifecta network troubleshooting tools for a reason.

    What's the source of sluggish career advancement for Linux system administrators?

    Has your Linux sysadmin career stalled? Take this poll to find out the source.

    Open source vs. proprietary: Whats the difference?

    There's a lot to be learned from open source projects. After all, managing hundreds of disparate, asynchronous commits and bugs doesn't happen by accident. Someone or something has to coordinate releases, and keep all the code and project roadmaps organized. It's a lot like life. You have lots of tasks demanding your attention, and you have to tend to each in turn. To ensure everything gets done before its deadline, you try to stay organized and focused.

    Using Powershell to automate Linux, macOS, and Windows processes

    • Opensource.com; By Willy-Peter Schaub (Posted by bob on Feb 9, 2020 10:28 PM EDT)
    • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, Linux
    Automation takes control of manual, laborious, and error-prone processes and replaces engineers performing manual tasks with computers running automation scripts. Everyone agrees that manual processes are a foe of a healthy DevOps mindset. Some argue that automation is not a good thing because it replaces hard-working engineers, while others realize that it boosts consistency, reliability, and efficiency, saves time, and (most importantly) enables engineers to work smart.

    Windows and Linux interoperability: A look at Samba

    Got Windows? It's time to talk about Samba, an easy to implement and free to use interoperability suite.

    Kubernetes Operators: 4 facts to know

    Without real automation, you won’t realize the full potential of containers. That’s where Kubernetes Operators play a growing role. Here’s what IT leaders should know

    How to get started with Robotic Process Automation (RPA): 4 steps

    • enterprisersproject.com; By Kevin Casey (Posted by crudder on Feb 8, 2020 4:49 AM EDT)
    • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
    Robotic Process Automation tools may make the how to get started easy, but you must still figure out the what, where, when, and why. Consider these steps - from identifying RPA opportunities to measuring success.

    An introduction to Linux Access Control Lists (ACLs)

    Linux Access Control Lists, or ACLs, can take some getting used to, but they're invaluable for getting a finer-grained control of your Linux filesystem permissions.

    Terminal velocity: Moving fast in your shell

    Meet this set of utilities that help you quickly move through your filesystem.

    How to add a Yum repository

    There are a few different ways to add a Yum repository to your system, depending on what you need from the repository. Let's look at three different options.

    Why IBM Choosing Arvind Krishna Over Jim Whitehurst Was Wise

    It was widely expected that Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst would be Ginni Rometty's successor. Instead, the job is going to Arvind Krishna -- and that's probably a good thing.

    Nasty Linux, macOS sudo bug found and fixed

    • ZDNet | open-source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Feb 5, 2020 6:13 AM EDT)
    • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
    Who'da thought hiding passwords behind asterisks as you entered the characters could be a security problem?

    Linux Still Not a Threat to Windows 10’s Home Domination

    The death of Windows 7 was seen by many as a major opportunity for the Linux world to gain new users, especially as many of the devices where Microsoft’s 2009 operating system was installed were running on old hardware.

    Bash command line exit codes demystified

    If you've ever wondered what an exit code is or why it's a 0, 1, 2, or even 255, you're in the right place.

    Choosing the right tools for your open source projects

    Every open source community wants to make it easier for community members to participate and contribute. Typically, there are discussions on cultural aspects of the community to lower barriers to entry, such as fostering a friendly and welcoming environment, onboarding processes, mentorship, code of conduct, etc. However, in my discussions with several open source communities (e.g., Freedesktop, GNOME, KDE, etc.), I found that one of the key criteria when selecting new tools for code, CI, bug tracking, etc.

    How to mirror a repository in Linux

    Discover how reposync makes it easy to mirror repositories in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and 8.

    The Verdict On systemd Is In

    While the use of systemd by most Linux distros remains a subject of controversy, the recent vote by Debian members to support systemd while exploring other alternatives seems to indicate the init system is gaining acceptance.

    Router problem wrap-up

    Once a router incident is resolved, it is time to collate and summarize the work that was done so that you and the team can gain valuable lessons ahead of the next incident. If you are in a regulated industry, this step is especially crucial because there are legal requirements to always have proof of what was done, when, and by whom.

    What's your biggest sysadmin pet peeve?

    Being a sysadmin takes a lot of patience. What's the thing that tests yours?

    Exploring simple Linux containers with lxc

    Get started with simple containers using the tools available in the lxc project.

    Resolving stubborn router problems

    When you have exhausted most of your troubleshooting measures, there are a few additional actions to consider. Here is a guide to support you through the last few steps of resolving your router issues.

    Common Linux email problems and how to fix them

    When working with email, you never know what to expect. The issues that system administrators come across vary from place to place, from person to person, and from server to server. Email servers and clients occasionally like to rebel and every sysadmin needs to know how to quell the uprising.

    4 cool new projects to try in COPR for January 2020

    COPR is a collection of personal repositories for software that isn’t carried in Fedora. Some software doesn’t conform to standards that allow easy packaging. Or it may not meet other Fedora standards, despite being free and open source. COPR can offer these projects outside the Fedora set of packages. Software in COPR isn’t supported by […]

    User status and activity monitoring in Linux with GNU acct

    Linux has been a multi-user system since the beginning, and UNIX long before that, so there are built-in tools that go back 40 years to help you monitor who’s logged into your server, who’s using resources, and for what. The psacct package contains several commands to gather detailed reports about user status and activity.

    3 lessons Ive learned writing Ansible playbooks

    • Opensource.com; By Jeff Geerling (Posted by bob on Jan 29, 2020 7:56 PM EDT)
    • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Developer
    I've used Ansible since 2013 and maintain some of my original playbooks to this day. They have evolved with Ansible from version 1.4 to the current version (as of this writing, 2.9).

    7 open source desktop tools: Download our new eBook

    Linux users say that choice is one of the platform's strengths. On the surface, this might sound self-aggrandizing (or self-deprecating, depending on your perspective). Other operating systems offer choice, too, but once you look at the options available for nearly anything you want to do on Linux, it doesn't take long to conclude that a new word ought to be invented for what we mean by "choice."

    A troubleshooting guide for router problems

    Having router trouble? Here's a troubleshooting guide to keep handy during one of those "special" router moments.

    Mapping the power of Mozilla's Rebel Alliance

    With the publication of the Mozilla and the Rebel Alliance report, we can now speak in specifics. And what we have to say is inspiring. As we rise to the challenges of today’s internet, from the injustices of the surveillance economy to widespread misinformation and the rise of untrustworthy AI, we take heart in how powerful we are as a collective.

    Guest Post: Free Software is About Software Ownership

    Free software” is a confusing name/term. The “free” here means freedom. So it is freedom software. But to exercise freedom you need something more. What is that? You have to own the software. Therefore, free software is about ownership of software.

    A guide to staying organized with open source tools

    With so many tools on the web offered as services, there's more to getting organized than just choosing the most convenient online vendor. You have to think of your system of organization as part of your product, whether that's personal productivity or a software project you ship to hundreds or thousands of users. Using open source isn't a matter of brand loyalty. Open source is about you owning the tools that enable you to do what you do.

    Whats your favorite Linux distribution?

    What's your favorite Linux distribution? Take our 7th annual poll.?Some have come and gone, but there are hundreds of Linux distributions alive and well today. The combination of distribution, package manager, and desktop creates an endless amount of customized environments for Linux users.

    Distrowatch is NOT a Measure for Distributions Popularity

    What we unfortunately notice in a lot of discussions online about Linux distributions is that people tend to use that ranking in an attempt to figure out which distribution is more popular than the other. But this is totally wrong.

    A new glimmer of hope for Linux

    Linux ranks third in the operating system market, and since the beginning of the new millennium, it has entered the best desktop operating system struggle after it won the title of the best server system “undisputedly”, so the GNU Linux developers began making plans to bring in more users, but it was not as effective as expected (in another article, we will take a look at these plans and the reasons for their lack of effectiveness)...

    Ubuntu 19.04 Reached End of Life, Upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10 Now

    If you’re using the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system on your personal computer or server, you should know that it has reached end of life on January 23rd, 2020.

    ICANN Directors: Take a Close Look at the Dot Org Sale

    As outlined in two previous posts, we believe that the sale of the nonprofit Public Interest Registry (PIR) to Ethos Capital demands close and careful scrutiny. ICANN — the body that granted the dot org license to PIR and which must approve the sale — needs to engage in this kind of scrutiny.

    4 Tools To Record Your Linux Desktop (Screencast) In 2020

    This article presents 4 tools for recording your Linux desktop. All work under X11, and there are also a couple of solutions for recording your Linux screen under Wayland.

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