Panopta (exclusive offer) Get Two Free Months

Over the years Panopta has listened to customer feedback; they continue to respond with additional development and improvements to their infrastructure, application and network performance monitoring tools. With Panopta you can easily keep an eye on the most fundamental metrics across complex infrastructure so you can identify the root cause of problems. If you suffer […]

Finding Linux Compatible Printers

Here’s all the info and links needed to find printers or all-in-one printers that currently support Linux. If you don’t want to spend hours comparing printers, have a look at my recommended Linux compatible printers. Last updated Feb 24th 2020, see Epson ET series below. Last updated Oct 23th 2019, replaced a few printers with their newer models. – […]

Linux Performance: Almost Always Add Swap. Part 2: ZRAM

Previously, we looked at how swap space, particularly swapping, can severely slow down Linux performance. We then tweaked Linux kernel parameters to make better use of server memory and to avoid heavy swapping. That article created some debate and good arguments for and against swap space. For example, if you have more than enough memory […]

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 […]

50 Top Server Monitoring & Application Monitoring Tools

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. In time that list grew from 20 to over 100 server monitoring and APM solutions! Because of its growing size, I’ve created below, a smaller, more […]

Could not increase number of max_open_files to more than… (Solution)

A quick solution to the warning “Could not increase number of max_open_files to more than” when starting MySQL or MariaDB. For some background read How MySQL Opens and Closes Tables. Here’s an excerpt: “The table_open_cache and max_connections system variables affect the maximum number of files the server keeps open. If you increase one or both of these […]

Enable Automatic Updates – Fedora/Red Hat/CentOS + Bonus Tip

As a reminder, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is based on Fedora Linux and CentOS is a 100% compatible rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. With that out of the way, lets move on. Linux server security is crucial to Linux server administration. Part of keeping Linux servers secure, is to install security updates shortly after they […]

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 […]

How to Set Up an Nginx Certbot

If you are looking to automate the process of obtaining, installing, and updating TLS/SSL certificates on your web server, then Let’s Encrypt is a very useful tool. It is a certificate authority (CA) that comes packaged with a corresponding software client, Certbot, that will automatically install TLS/SSL certificates. This means that you can run encrypted HTTPS […]