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Using Git for Source Control

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GIT is the source control tool, a distributed version control system (dvcs) which is written in C. This provides a history of the files that are maintained by it. In distributed version control each user has a complete copy of the code so there is no central code repository. In this scenario an administrator makes changes, adds them to the index (called staging) and then adds them to the repository (called commit). Git will take this information and maintain a version history that users can track. This is all performed locally but could be synchronized with a remote repository. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9585 | -aweber, May 5, 2012

Installing NRPE on FreeBSD 9.0

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The NRPE daemon provides a way for Nagios to monitor the internal aspects of a FreeBSD box. This article will take you through the steps for installing NRPE on FreeBSD. read more...
permapage | score:9508 | -aweber, March 17, 2012

Tutorial: PostfixAdmin and Fetchmail

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Have you ever wanted to move mail from an old account to a new account? This tutorial will show you how to use fetchmail with PostfixAdmin. read more...
permapage | score:9479 | -aweber, September 3, 2010

The Coming HTML 5 Revolution in Linux

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I have spent the last couple of weeks working on a very ambitious C++ program. The program is a software model of a mechanical engineering system. I have never undertaken a more challenging or more rewarding computer programming project. As I spent hour after hour poring over the code, I began to realize why everyone is making such a fuss about HTML 5. read more...
permapage | score:9259 | -aweber, December 13, 2011

Basic nginx Configuration

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nginx is a powerful and modern HTTP server. It is perhaps most commonly used as a reverse proxy, also known as a load balancer or front end proxy. It follows the UNIX philosophy of doing one thing, and doing it well, and as such, it relies on several helper daemons to become a full-featured web server such as Apache. For example, to serve PHP, it relies on php-fpm to do the processing, while nginx itself handles the caching and speaking the HTTP protocol itself. In this article, we will talk about common configuration options, and how they relate to it's performance. We'll also discuss some basic administrative tasks. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9165 | -aweber, July 25, 2013

Pissed Off Penguins: A Free Game Project

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Kris Occhipinti is currently in the middle of creating a 2D game using the Blender 3D game engine. The game, called Pissed Off Penguins, looks similar to the popular “Angry Birds” game most of you have likely heard about. I wanted to outline this open-source project and expose some of the unique techniques Kris is using to both fund this project and create the game itself. read more...
permapage | score:9122 | -aweber, December 11, 2011

The Debate OS Project

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Today I ran across another open-source Kickstarter project that I thought was worth sharing. The project, called Debate OS, is an Ubuntu spin focused on providing a debate environment for high school and college students. read more...
permapage | score:9039 | -aweber, December 15, 2011

Tutorial: Install Tomcat 7 on Ubuntu 11.04

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A step-by-step tutorial outlining how to install Tomcat 7 on the Ubuntu 11.04 server.
Apache Tomcat uses the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies. Java Servlet uses Java to extend the functionality of a web server. JavaServer Pages (JSP) provides a fast way to create a dynamic website.Tomcat 7

Because tomcat is written in Java you will need to have an up to date Java runtime installed before you can actually run tomcat.
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permapage | score:8971 | -aweber, August 5, 2011

String matching in regular expressions

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Use parentheses to create the string matches you need in regular expressions. Parentheses allows you to use pipes for multiple matches. read more...
permapage | score:8886 | -aweber, September 12, 2011

Book Review: FreeBSD Device Drivers by Joseph Kong

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The Introduction says the goal of the book is “to help you improve your understanding of device drivers under FreeBSD”. OK, that is exactly what I wanted to do as I am currently working on several projects that use FreeBSD at deeper levels of understanding. read more...
permapage | score:8885 | -aweber, May 1, 2012

Ubuntu 10.10 Software Center

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The basic tutorial and step-by-step video of the Ubuntu 10.10 Software Center and how to use it. How to install, remove, and check software history on the latest version Ubuntu 10.10. read more...
permapage | score:8873 | -aweber, November 1, 2010

CentOS 6 Minimal Desktop Install

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This example of a minimal desktop shows how to manually create partitions using ext3 and ext4 for a server that has a minimal desktop for a graphical interface.
Create a / partition with the ext4 file system. The size of this partition should be at least 6 GB for a minimal install. One aspect to think about, if you are using the standard partitions you will not be able to resize these later as you would if you were using LVM. 10 GB is a safe choice for a server if you are creating a separate /usr partition.
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mail this link | permapage | score:8783 | -aweber, December 20, 2011

Understanding SELinux

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A task of any operating system is to provide software that strongly increases its security. A lot of programs of this type have been created; some are better than others. read more...
permapage | score:8780 | -aweber, March 25, 2013

Run Scripts at Ubuntu Startup

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There are three ways to start applications when the Ubuntu server starts; upstart jobs, backward compatible system-V scripts and using rc.local. This article will provide examples of how to make it work. read more...
permapage | score:8724 | -aweber, July 26, 2011

Unix signals list

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Processes are required to respond to signals sent to them. This is one way a user can communicate with signals and control them.
Signals are asynchronous events that can occur to a running process and may be caused by hardware, software or users. Signals are numeric integer messages that have been predefined so they understand what these signals mean. When a process receives a signal, that process must respond to the signal. Uncaught signals will cause default actions to take place, which often means the process is terminated. If you use “kill -l”, or “trap -l” you can get a list of available signals:
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mail this link | permapage | score:8723 | -aweber, December 31, 2010

NagiosGrapher on CentOS

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The important aspect of graphing is that it enables a busy administrator to evaluate a server visually, often making more sense than strings of data. NagiosGrapher is a tool that you can use with Nagios to graph information that you want to evaluate as an administrator. This tutorial will show you how to install Nagiosgrapher in preparation for the data to be graphed. read more...
permapage | score:8672 | -aweber, April 7, 2010

Zareason Teo Pro Netbook and Verizon 4G Hotpot on Debian Linux

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Well, I am on another trip, sitting in an airport terminal wanting to use my time more effectively. That is why I recently made several purchases so that I can have access to my business wherever I am. read more...
permapage | score:8657 | -aweber, October 31, 2011

Using The Haraka Mail Server

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Haraka is a lightweight SMTP server focused on performance, simplicity and modularity. The Haraka mail server uses plugins built from Javascript to facilitate speed and modularity. The concept of plugins (modules) allows an administrator to implement only those plugins which are needed. read more...
permapage | score:8613 | -aweber, November 7, 2011

Configure iSCSI and iSNS Servers

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In previous tutorials we've learned SUSE has made life very easy for System Administrators having developed graphical tools to manage many system components including the iSCSI target. As with most things in life there is a price to pay for this ease: YaST only writes to the configuration files and the changes do not come into force until the service is restarted. Command Line knowledge lifts us out of troublesome pit and gives us full control of our systems. Additionally we will add in ISNS (Internet Storage Name Service) to locate ISCSI Targets on our network. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8597 | -aweber, July 27, 2011

Debugging Shell Scripts

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Learning how to find the errors in your shell scripts is an important skill for successful shell scripting. The debug options in the Bash shell can help with that. read more...
permapage | score:8586 | -aweber, February 2, 2012
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Beneficial Computer Viruses

The Network Computer: An opportunity for Linux

Closed Source Linux Distribution Launched

Why Programmers are not Software Engineers

Hacker Haiku

Tutorial: Introduction to Linux files

Space Tyrant: A multiplayer network game for Linux

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The Real Microsoft Monopoly

Space Tyrant: A threaded C game project: First Code

The short life and hard times of a Linux virus

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Apple to Intel move no threat to Linux

Shadow.sh: A simple directory shadowing script for Linux

The life cycle of a programmer

Testing the Digital Ocean $5 Cloud Servers with an MMORPG

No, RMS, Linux is not GNU/Linux

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Space Tyrant: A threaded game server project in C

Apple DIY Repair

Mono-culture and the .NETwork effect

Microsoft to push unlicensed users to Linux

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Linux vs. Windows: Why Linux will win

How to install Ubuntu Linux on the decTOP SFF computer

Scripting: A parallel Linux backup script

Why software sucks

 

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