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Alternatives to top and htop

We’ve covered top, atop and indirectly due to it’s popularity as top’s alternative… htop (the last screenshot).  But are there any others worth looking at? That was the question today in the ask.haydenjames.io Linux forum. This is largely a matter of preference regarding what data is most important to you as it pertains to system healthy […]

.IO TLD DNS issues and a day without Cloudflare

Yesterday morning, I started receiving down alerts for this blog. Pingdom’s alerts include the message: “Reason: Non-recoverable failure in name resolution”. Right from the start, to simplify troubleshooting, I wrongly removed Cloudflare since I had a similar issue with them a year ago and was able to resolve by temporarily removing. However, upon investigation the issue […]

PHP memory_limit – a *per-script* setting

What happens when your web host blames PHP memory_limit setting for memory usage issues on a Linux web server. This happened recently and although PHP’s memory limit was set to 1GB (very high) that does not mean that scripts were using 1GB. Let’s take a quick look at understanding PHP’s memory_limit setting. PHP memory_limit is a per-script […]

Using CentOS CR (Continuous Release) Repo

CentOS (Community Enterprise Operating System) is a Linux distribution that attempts to provide free, enterprise-class, community-supported computing platform functionally compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). CentOS is run by volunteers who work directly with Red Hat’s RPM source files and pushing them to CentOS for release. At times the project will fall behind […]

Choosing the Best Linux Distro for Desktop 2018

Searching for the best Linux distro (distribution)? This article will probably be most useful to those who don’t know what /etc/fstab is used for. Also, this post does not cover Linux server distributions, but instead focuses on Linux desktop distributions. One great way to increase your familiarity with Linux servers is to run Linux on your laptop and/or […]

50 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions

August 6th 2017 Update: This list now contains 70 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions. Back in 2014, I compiled a list of the top 20 server performance monitoring solutions. Largely because I already had a list saved locally for my own reference. Sharing that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on […]