Best Linux distro and Desktop Environment Combinations

Are you searching for the best Linux distro (distribution) and DE (Desktop Environment) combination? What better way to increase your familiarity with Linux servers than running Linux on your laptop or workstation. As mentioned previously, there’s the best Linux Distro for me, and the best Linux Distro for you. What you choose today will often change […]

Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins – Part 4

We are now up to part 4 of this five-part series entitled: Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins. By the end of this series, we will cover at least 50 commands. Thus far, we touched on around 40 commands often used by Linux Sysadmins and power users. Refer to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Let’s […]

Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins – Part 3

Last week and the week before, I published part 1 and part 2 of this five-part series entitled: Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins. Those two articles took us a bit deeper into what I believe are around 50 to 100 commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins and power users. Let’s jump into part 3 with another […]

Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins – Part 2

Last week, I published part 1 of this five-part series entitled: Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins. That first article scratched the surface of what I believe are 50 to 100 commands used frequently by Linux Sysadmins and power users. Let’s jump into another set of commands and command-line tools often used for analysis, troubleshooting, and […]

Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins – Part 1

What are some of the Linux commands used by Sysadmins and power users on a daily basis? In this article, I’ve listed 10 such commands, frequently used. Suggestions and feedback welcome. Also see Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Some people consider Linux as a being a complicated operating system, geared toward expert users only. However, as a […]

atop – For Linux server performance analysis

We’re all familiar with top, a real-time system monitor. Some prefer htop and previously I mentioned iotop for use with storage read/write monitoring. Lets looks at another popular tool for Linux server performance analysis: atop.   Advantages of atop Atop is an ASCII full-screen performance monitor which can log and report the activity of all server processes. One feature […]

How to direct-install Debian SID rolling release using mini.iso (w/ screenshots)

This post has been updated. Original post: May 20th, 2017. Last updated Feb, 28th 2020. For desktop, I’ve often preferred rolling release distros such as Arch Linux or custom installed Kali Linux. However, currently I’m on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Fedora 31. Ubuntu recently released 16.04 LTS 18.04 LTS which meant performing an in-place upgrade or complete re-install […]

Pinebook Pro – My First Impressions and Setup Tips

The Pinebook Pro is a 14″ laptop built for developers and Linux end-users. It weighs less than 3lbs, which in my case replaces two times heavier laptop. (See my work-laptop history). I’ve not been this excited about receiving a piece of Linux hardware since the launch of the Raspberry Pi. This very blog post is […]

How to Enable Unattended Upgrades on Ubuntu/Debian

Linux server security is of critical importance to sysadmins. One central part of keeping Linux servers secure, is by installing security updates in a timely manner. Too often there are compromised servers on the internet due to pending security updates waiting for a manual update. On both Ubuntu and Debian, the unattended-upgrades package can be configured […]