I use a lot of different computers. Many of those computers are on different operating systems, or desktop environments. Just when I find myself growing accustomed to a particular way of doing things, I find myself on a different system with a different way of doing things. Key combinations are some of the most common […]
A while back I was introduced to what has become my #1 favorite programming/scripting language: Python. It’s difficult for a language developer to come up with something that’s both powerful and easy to write, something that flows naturally and allows you to focus on what’s important in your code. Python does this beautifully. It makes […]
One thing that gets debated over and over in Linux is the need for the command line. Many say that you should never need to access a command prompt to get things done, others are of the opinion that the power of the Linux shell is one of the things that makes Linux so great. […]
Companies like Google are well known for their approach to computing power: using lots of little computers to do the job of a supercomputer. It’s cheap, fault-tolerant, and if done right, almost infinitely expandable. Well if that works with computers networked directly to each other, why not over the Internet? BOINC (or the Berkeley Open […]
When I first began using Linux, I was fortunate that I had a few friends around who knew it well, and were able to answer my questions and provide support. Not everyone is so lucky. Fortunately, these days there are a multitude of ways you can get the info you need without calling up Cousin […]
Quite possibly the most distinguishing feature of Debian-based Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu, Mepis, Knoppix, etc) is their package system – APT. Also known as the Advanced Package Tool, APT was first introduced in Debian 2.1 in 1999. APT is not so much a specific program as it is a collection of separate, related packages. […]
Almost two years after Etch, Debian is putting the much-anticipated Lenny release on the proverbial shelves. There are some pretty nice new features in this release. In this article, we’re going to cover installation, basic setup, disk encryption, and try out some of Lenny’s new moves.
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