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10 Things I Hate About (U)NIX
By David Chisnall
Nov 4, 2005
UNIX was a terrific workhorse for its time, but eventually the old nag needs to be put out to pasture. David Chisnall argues that it's time to retire UNIX in favor of modern systems with a lot more horsepower.
10 Things I Hate About U(NIX) Revisited: Readers Speak
By David Chisnall
Mar 17, 2006
After receiving several comments to his November 2005 article on hating UNIX, David Chisnall offers his responses and further insight on his continuing disdain for UNIX.
A First Look at Kubuntu-Jaunty (v9.04)
By A. Lizard
Jul 8, 2009
Are you looking for a stable, customizable, modern OS with a small footprint? A. Lizard thinks that Kubuntu-Jaunty just might be the distribution you are looking for.
A guide to securing your home computer system with a Linux firewall
By Gary Wilson
Nov 6, 2000
Secure your home computer or network with a 24-7 connection by installing a Linux firewall. Part one of this three part series gets you started doing just that.
A Linux Firewall for Your Home
By Gary Wilson
Apr 1, 2001
Secure your home computer or network with a 24-7 connection by installing a Linux firewall. Part one of this three part series gets you started doing just that.
A Linux Firewall for Your Home Part 2
By Gary Wilson
May 10, 2000
Concerned about a malfeasant getting into your home system or network through a dedicated Internet connection? Secure your system with a Linux firewall that's installed and configured with the help of an expert.
A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux: The Shell
By Mark G. Sobell
Jan 22, 2015
This chapter from A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux, 4th Edition takes a close look at the shell and explains how to use some of its features. It discusses command-line syntax and describes how the shell processes a command line and initiates execution of a program. This chapter also explains how to redirect input to and output from a command, construct pipelines and filters on the command line, and run a command in the background. The final section covers filename expansion and explains how you can use this feature in your everyday work.
A Problem-Solving Pattern
By Pat Eyler
Jul 19, 2001
Pat Eyler discusses how to build a problem-solving pattern. This article will benefit those with a solid grasp of the fundamentals of networking presented in Networking Linux.
A Roadmap to Samba Development
By Gerald Carter
Oct 1, 2000
Samba 2.2.0 is coming soon! Samba expert Jerry Carter walks you through the functionality and features of this new release.
A Roundup of Free Operating Systems
By David Chisnall
Jun 22, 2007
David Chisnall explores some of the more esoteric free operating systems.
Active Directory Solutions for Linux
By Jason Perlow
Sep 16, 2005
Need your Windows and UNIX computer systems to talk together? Sure you do. Fortunately, as Jason Perlow explains, a number of solutions let you link Linux systems with Active Directory. His opinionated overview will save you time and trouble.
Advanced Configuration for Automated Repository Setup for Debian
By A. Lizard
May 9, 2008
A. Lizard shows how to set up an automated repository in Debian.
Advanced Debugging in the Linux Environment
By Stephen A. Rago
Nov 21, 2013
In this article, Stephen Rago describes some of the free tools available for the Linux operating system to help you debug your programs. You will learn about some very effective tools (systemtap, strace, valgrind, gdb) and how to effectively employ them in real-world scenarios.
Advanced FreeBSD Installation Issues
By Brian Tiemann, Michael Urban
Jun 27, 2003
Get the basic information necessary to begin installing FreeBSD on a system with another operating system that was previously installed. You will see how to prepare for a FreeBSD installation that will allow the system to operate with Windows, and you will also see how to install FreeBSD on a system that is running Linux.
Advanced Programming in the UNIX® Environment: UNIX File I/O
By W. Richard Stevens
Aug 1, 2003
Learn about the traditional UNIX I/O functions. You will see how to apply these functions when using your UNIX system.
Alternatives to LAMP
By David Chisnall
Jun 2, 2006
The LAMP configuration (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) is familiar to the open source universe. But just because this combination of products is comfortable, that doesn't mean that it provides the best solution for your systems. David Chisnall suggests some alternatives that might make a better match for your needs.
Alternatives to Using Windows Home Server
By Eric Geier
Oct 15, 2012
Discover other free solutions for centrally storing, sharing, and backing up your home or small office data, as Microsoft is discontinuing their Windows Home Server.
An Introduction to Security Testing with Open Source Tools
By Michael Kelly
Sep 16, 2005
Michael Kelly reports on handy security uses for four open source tools: WebGoat, Firefox Web Developer, WebScarab, and Ethereal. By combining the tools in easy ways, testers can track down and close the gaping security holes that are often left in applications.
An Introduction to TCP/IP
By Scott Mann
Nov 9, 2001
This sample chapter from Linux TCP/IP Network Design introduces the OSI-RM and TCP/IP model, briefly describes each of their layers, and compares the two models.
Anyone But Microsoft
By Ed Tittel
Feb 8, 2002
For a small but growing sector of the PC marketplace, seeking alternatives to Microsoft operating systems and software has become something of a Holy Grail. Columnist and author Ed Tittel will examine some of the options available, including some compromise approaches, as he explains necessary pieces and parts.

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