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 […]

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 […]

What is iowait and how does it affect Linux performance?

I/O wait or iowait, wait, wa, %iowait, or wait% is often displayed by command-line Linux system monitoring tools such as top, sar, atop, and others. On its own, it’s one of many performance stats that provide us with an insight into Linux system performance. I/O wait came up in a recent discussion with a new client of […]

Linux Performance: Why You Should Almost Always Add Swap Space

We know that using Linux swap space instead of RAM (memory) can severely slow down performance. So, one might ask, since I have more than enough memory available, wouldn’t it better to delete swap space? The short answer is, No. There are performance benefits when swap space is enabled, even when you have more than […]

uptime command in Linux

This uptime command guide is a follow-up to my previous 90 Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins article. As time allows, I will continue to publish articles on these 90 commands geared toward Linux sysadmins and power users. Let’s continue this series with the uptime command. The uptime outputs the current time, system uptime, number of logged-in […]

btop – the htop alternative

Meet btop, an aesthetically pleasing system resource monitor showing usage and stats for processor, memory, disks, network, and processes. btop is the lighter and faster C++ version and continuation of bashtop and bpytop. Over the years, the available options for command-line system monitoring tools have grown quite a bit. There is top, htop, glances, nmon, ytop, gtop, vtop, and […]

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 […]