Free vs. Available Memory in Linux

At times we will need to know precisely how our Linux systems use memory. This article will examine how to use the free command-line utility to view memory usage on a Linux system. In doing so, we will clearly define the difference between free vs. available memory on Linux systems.   Free vs. Available memory […]

90 Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins

There are well over 100 Unix commands shared by the Linux kernel and other Unix-like operating systems. If you are interested in the commands frequently used by Linux sysadmins and power users, you’ve come to the place. Recently, I published a five-part series covering commands often used by Linux sysadmins. Below I’ve listed the 90 […]

iftop command in Linux w/ examples

This iftop command guide follows my previous 90 Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins article. As time allows, I will continue to publish articles on around the 90 commands geared toward Linux sysadmins and Linux power users. Let’s continue this series with the iftop command. iftop is a terminal program that shows network activity and details in text form. It’s […]

Choosing the Best Linux Server Distro (2022)

Are you in the process of choosing a Linux server distro (distribution) for your next project? This article will help you decide by pointing out the strengths of the top Linux server distributions in contention. If you are looking for a Linux desktop distro, look at this post instead: Choosing the Best Linux Distro for […]

Free Linux Server Monitoring and APM solutions for SysAdmins

Today’s software applications require developers, testers, and SysAdmins to work together (DevSecOps) more seamlessly than ever before. A single line of code or poorly configured service can negatively impact your application’s performance, causing crippling slowdowns for end-users. This is where infrastructure and application monitoring comes in. Regarding Linux server monitoring, monitoring critical performance metrics of […]

Home Lab inspiration – A letter from a reader

Over the years, millions of people have created blogs to write and share things that they are passionate about. That is one of the main reasons I started this blog many years ago which includes sharing Home Lab inspiration. So today, what I’m about to share is part of the joy experienced when you publish […]

50 Top Observability and Monitoring Solutions – 2022

Back in 2014, I compiled a list of top server and application performance monitoring solutions. Sharing that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on other tools available. Over time that list grew from 20 to over 100 server monitoring and APM solutions! Because of its growing size, I’ve created a smaller, more […]

MySQL Performance: Stop hoarding. Drop unused MySQL databases

Recently, I supported a client with solving MySQL performance issues. There were several areas where MySQL performance issues were addressed. One issue, however, that was overlooked before our communications was that of keeping around unused databases. There were around 15 gigabytes of unused MySQL data – a mix of MyISAM and InnoDB tables – for […]

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

I’ve often preferred rolling release distros such as Arch, Manjaro, or custom installed Kali for Linux desktop. However, currently, I’m on Ubuntu LTS POP!_OS. Ubuntu releases require performing an in-place upgrade or complete re-install to enjoy the newer software packages. Today, however, I’ll show how to install Debian Unstable in detail. Debian Unstable (also known […]

dstat command in Linux w/ examples

This dstat command guide follows my previous 90 Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins article. As time allows, I will continue to publish articles on around the 90 commands geared toward Linux sysadmins and Linux power users. Let’s continue this series with the dstat command. Dstat is used for generating system resource statistics. It is a versatile […]