Linux comes with bales of great utilities that show you exactly what is happening on your system. The popular lsof command not only lists open files and who is using them, it also reveals who is connected to your computer, and on which TCP/IP ports.
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It truly is a beautiful thing when something just works. Network-attached storage devices deliver ease of use, small footprints, peace and quiet, and high capacities at commodity prices. Paul Ferrill examines the VIA ARTiGO A2000 Storage Server, a shoebox-sized FreeNAS-based NAS with capacity to burn.
Most Linux Twitter clients look pretty much the same; they look like the interface on Twitter.com. Which is all right, but David Harding introduces us to two that are a little different. Twidge is a command-line Twitter client that is perfect for netbooks, for scripting repetitive tasks, and for blocking certain updates from friends that you really don't need to see. Tircd gives you a friendly, familiar IRC-style interface.
Novell's SUSE Linux Desktop 11 promises support, seamless interoperability with Windows networks, an attractive price tag, and a lot of value. Paul Ferrill takes a close look to see if it lives up to its promises.
The short story: a little pricier than other brands, but a good sturdy satisfying machine with a choice of operating systems. Eric Grevstad gives an informative, detailed review.
Everyone is writing "Foo Best Linux Application" lists all full of good Linux apps, so here are my own 7 Best Excellent Linux Apps You May Not Have Been Introduced To Yet. They are presented in no particular order or categorization, they're just good applications I've been using and enjoying, all 100% genuine Free/Open Source software and not crusted with any proprietary baggage.
Why are there so many Linuxes? Because one size does not fit all. Paul Ferrill introduces us to Tiny Linux, a complete distribution in ten (count 'em, 10!) megabytes that lets you add just the pieces you need to get your job done.
In so many ways, Linux gives us an embarrassment of riches, such as a multitude of desktop environments to suit all tastes and purposes. Bruce Byfield reports that the latest release of Xfce (4.6) delivers a high level of polish and usability, without lard, that makes it a worthy alternative to the popular KDE and Gnome desktops.
The Lenovo S10 IdeaPad Netbook is one sweetheart of a netbook: sturdy, very usable, very portable, an all-around excellent little machine. But it has a fatal flaw, as Carla Schroder discovers in this in-depth review.
The Linux and FOSS world are cram-full of high-quality security tools that cost nothing, and that are the basis of hundreds of expensive commercial products. Skip the middleman and take advantage of these excellent tools to protect your Linux, Mac, and Windows mobile users. Paul Rubens spells it all out in a clear 10-step guide.
In part two of our Phoenix HyperSpace review, we take it for a good long test drive, and hit some speed bumps. Carla Schroder explores the good and the bad of this instant-on, specialized Busybox Linux-based operating system that is touted as the secure, fast, battery-efficient alternative to Microsoft Windows.
In the "Linux Rescues Windows From Itself In Yet Another Creative Way" category we have all these newfangled Linux-powered instant-on environments. Hit the on switch, and in a few seconds you're connected and Web-surfing. Phoenix Technologies HyperSpace stands apart from the herd; follow along as your faithful correspondent torture-tests it.
KDE 4.2 is a good solid release that is finally showing off the improvements and advances in the KDE 4.x series. Bruce Byfield takes us on a tour of some of its new design concepts and features, such as customizing the desktop and the panel, configuring desktop effects and menus, keeping your systray from turning into a morass of clutter, and more.
ZaReason is an independent Linux systems vendor, and I think one of the best. They "get it". Which is not something you can say about a lot of Linux vendors. Like the ones who plaster "We Recommend Windows Vista!" all over their Linux pages...
Over the years, the value of Java has been replaced by more emphasis on Flash and Ajax on the web front. But what about Linux users who need applications that can deal with changes in the back-end to desktop environments, amongst other changes? Here are Matt Hartley's favorite Java applications for Linux.