Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

YA My sysadmin toolbox

Filed under
Software

I've been working as a Linux admin for more than six years, and using Linux for a little longer. Like a lot of Linux administrators, I started with Red Hat, but now I use Debian stable at work and Gentoo at home. Recently, NewsForge asked readers to "let us know about your most valuable utilities." Here are mine.

Vim

I wouldn't survive a day without the Vim editor. When you have a new system, the first thing you need is a tool for editing and creating configuration files and such stuff. The more you use Vim, the more features you discover, and the more you get used to its shortcuts and coloring. It would be hard for me to switch to something else now. But since Vim ports exist for virtually every system, you always have the option to install and use it. Learn once, use forever.

man

Manuals are very important, and that brings man to the second spot on my list. Usually you don't want to go through the complete documentation for a command, you just need a couple parameters for your immediate needs, and you will find such information in man. Eighty percent of the time consulting a man page is enough to resolve my problems. By using man, you can free some room in your brain by purging options and syntax for commands you rarely use.

Midnight Commander

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Evolution Open Source PIM Software for GNOME 3.18 Fixes Middle-Click Paste Issues

As reported the other day, the GNOME Project is hard at work to release the second milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, and that several components already started appearing on the main FTP servers. Read more

Linux and Windows Are Heading Towards a War That Microsoft Will Lose

The "battle" between Windows and Linux is more of a fictional one, and it has been raging on for the past couple of decades. It wasn't really a battle, despite what each side was saying, but that will undoubtedly change when Linux clearly becomes a force to be reckoned with. Read more

[Android Auto Watch] 2015 Hyundai Sonata Android Auto Upgrade Now Available At Some Dealers, Others Soon

According to the fan-owned Hyundai Forums, if you walk into your Hyundai dealership in the next week or so with your 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Tech Package (meaning the large screen navigation system upgrade), an Android Auto upgrade should be there for you. And if it isn't, it probably will be shortly (like, this week). Read more

FPGA add-on boards support Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black

Newark Element14’s new ValentFX Logi-Pi and Logi-Bone FPGA add-on boards for the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black feature Arduino and PMOD hooks. We first covered the Logi-Pi and Logi-Bone Logi-Boards back in Sept. 2013 when ValentFX showed off prototypes at the New York Maker Faire. The Logi-Boards, which integrate Xilinx SPARTAN-6 XC6SLX9 FPGAs, and plug into the Linux-based Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone Black hacker boards, respectively, have now reached market, thanks to a partnership with Newark Element14. ValentFX and Newark have also launched a $45.48 Logi-Edu educational board add-on that purports to teach everyday hackers the mysteries of FPGA. Read more