Thursday Night: XOrg problems seem to be the most vexing problems for new Ubuntu users for a number of reasons - why it hasn’t been solved is mostly due to political nonsense.
linux.com: Building packages is usually hard work, and best left to distro developers who have the time and patience to work the appropriate magic. However, if you're an admin or user with a need to rebuild existing packages, rpmrebuild takes the pain out of creating new RPMs from installed packages.
Fetchmail is a program for retrieving emails from remote servers. Imagine you have five email accounts on five different servers. Of course, you don't want to connect to each of them to get your emails. This is where fetchmail comes into play.
Click: Dailynews.com -- the Web site from the newspaper I work for -- is covered in Flash. Adds, content come-ons, etc., and it was dragging my old systems to a crawl. But how to get rid of Flash? It's not so easy.
Ubuntu Geek: Feisty has a terrible boot time on laptops compared to server (roughly 3x as long) even though it is a faster computer. You can speedup your boot time from over a minute to roughly 30 seconds by doing the following.
Also: How to reboot or shutdown your Linux system if you find yourself without a GUI
OpenOffice.org Training, Tips, and Ideas: Sections are great. They're a way to partition off part of the content of a text document and treat it differently.
mod_proxy_balancer is an Apache module that lets you create a loadbalancer. This loadbalancer retrieves requested pages from two or more backend webservers and delivers them to the user's computer. An important feature of mod_proxy_balancer is that it keeps track of sessions so that a single user always deals with the same backend webserver.
- Open source software
- mySQL command line tips
- The process that can't be killed.
- commenting your source code with combo keys in vim
SysAdminMag.com: Most Linux distributions have upgrade paths with their installation. They are, however, usually only useful for a sub-release upgrade, such as from 7.1 to 7.2 or 7.3. However, I have yet to run into one that will successfully and cleanly upgrade from one release to the next full release. However, with some thought and a decent understanding of *Nix, it's possible to upgrade or migrate without too much pain.
The life of a systems or network administrator requires us to maintain an expansive understanding of our network infrastructure to more effectively manage it.