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Debian- What It Means To Me

I have a love/hate relationship with Debian. It is a solid operating system, with a lot of potential. When initially released in 1993, then following the subsequent years, Debian wan innovative. It was one of the first distributions to introduce package management that resolves dependencies, and it did so well. Leaving Debian decoupled, so it […]

My Linux System Administrator Hardware Tool Belt

Taking a break from the humdrum LZMA stuff, I thought I would share with you what I use in my backpack to keep my systems in line. You may or may not of thought about this, and I hope you find it useful. Bootable CDs First, on the list is CDs. Seeing as though we […]

Ubuntu US Mentoring Project Meeting

There's been some stagnation lately with the project. I think we've all gotten used to the number of teams in the United States, and just became satisfied with the current condition of things. Well, things are about to turn around with the project. We're going to reach new heights that we haven't met before, however, […]

Wikimedia Moves To Ubuntu 100%

Wikimedia is moving all 400 of its servers from Red Hat and Fedora to Ubuntu 8.04. After reading the article in its entirety, a few thoughts were going through my head. First, was why not CentOS? Wikimedia mentions that they are running different versions of Red Hat and Fedora, which is a problem in itself […]

New Irssi Theme - 88_madcows

Yesterday, while students were working on labs, and I was bored stiff, I decided to update my Irssi installation running on my Debian SPARC box. I spent some time cleaning up the config (not by hand, mind you, but through the options in the interface) by updating the servers I connect to, the channels I […]

Ubuntu ASCII Art

I wanted a different ASCII art signature for my email address than I had for my personal account, so I took a couple minutes, and hacked one up together pretty quickly. It's only 3 lines, which is appropriate for an email signature I believe. It's not perfect, but it conveys the idea. ,-O Ubuntu […]

Linux Must Be Laughable

Today, I found myself featured on the Linux Haters Blog. I've heard of this blog before, but didn't give it much thought, as most of the posts coming from the author are nothing more than Microsoft fan-boy fanaticism. It's hard to take any of the posts seriously. After reading his post regarding a couple of […]

Duplicate UIDs On Linux

This may be old hat for some, but I just discovered today that it is possible to have duplicate user IDs on the same Linux machine. The 'useradd' and 'adduser' commands will not allow it: root@kratos:~# useradd -u 0 test_root useradd: UID 0 is not unique However, not to fear. Hand-editing the /etc/passwd file is […]

Ubuntu At Best Buy

I know this is old hat, as I've seen it on the blogosphere for a couple of weeks now, but I can't help but post about it myself. Ubuntu Linux is selling at Best Buy for only $20.00. I have yet to grab a copy myself, but plan on doing so as soon as I […]

Windows Replaced

Last week, my wife called me to tell me that we had been infected by a virus and that she couldn't get online without her browser being forwarded to inappropriate sites. Further, there were new icons on the desktop, nasty messages popping up all over the workspace, and a saturated network. Sounds like more than […]

DASH on Ubuntu

A couple recent posts have started on the Utah Open Source Planet regarding popd and pushd not being available on a default Ubuntu install. As discovered, popd and pushd are shell built-ins for the BASH shell, and not provided by the Debian Almquist Shell (DASH). Why has Ubuntu made the change from BASH to DASH […]

Automating Debian/Ubuntu Installs With Preseed

As a Linux instructor for Guru Labs, I get the opportunity to do a great deal of system administration. One of those responsibilities as an admin is performing installations of RHEL, Fedora, SLES, OpenSUSE and OEL. Soon, hopefully, we'll be adding Debian and Ubuntu to the mix of courses and courseware. As such, along with […]

XFS vs Reiser

Last night, Christer and I were playing with the Ubuntu 8.04 installer, trying to break it, and get any last bugs reported before final is released tomorrow. What I noticed last night, during the install really surprised me. ReiserFS is a screaming filesystem compared to XFS. After doing the install 3 times on 2 identical […]

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Countdown

Managing Services in Ubuntu, Part II: Managing Runlevels

In my last post, I gave you a glimpse to runlevels, their purpose, and how they affect the overall operation of your box. Today, in this post, I am going to dig deeper into runlevels, as well as manipulating services in specific runlevels. I'm going to show you why you want to do this, as […]