Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day – 2012

Tomorrow is a SysAdmin appreciation day. The holiday exists to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT professionals. It is celebrated on the last Friday in July i.e. Friday, July 27, 2012, is the 13th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day.

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Why Valve Wants to Port 2500 Games on Linux?

Gabe Newell is the co-founder and managing director of the video game development and online distribution company called Valve Corporation. He want to port 2500 game titles on Linux. But, why? First, Gabe hates Windows 8. He recently made a rare appearance last night at Casual Connect, an annual videogame conference in Seattle.

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Dell Releases New Precision M4700 and M6700 Linux Powered Mobile Workstations

Dell has announced that it has updated its business grade mobile workstation laptop line with new Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs, graphics card and comes with preloaded with RHEL 6. Theses systems are designed as replacement for desktop workstations and targeted at professionals, engineers, scientists, and users who need powerful hardware on the move for advanced analysis, engineering, manufacturing and design applications.

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Find Out: If OS X Mountain Lion Is Compatible With Your Mac Book Pro / iMac / Mac Mini

OS X Mountain Lion has been released and available for download. This new release comes with over 200 new features such as Twitter integration, Apple’s Game Center, iMessage services, and a new security feature called Gatekeeper to protect users from malware. However, new operating system is not compilable with all mac computers.

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HowTo: Linux Check Password Strength With Cracklib-check Command

Using the same password on different servers allows attackers to access your accounts if cracker manage to steal your password from a less secure server. This is true for online website accounts too. So solution is to create unique passwords for server accounts like your email, sftp and ssh accounts. General guideline to create a strong and unique password is as follows:

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Download Of The Day: Linux Kernel Version 3.5

The Linux kernel version 3.5 has been released and is now available for download. New features include support for hybrid graphics, security fixes, and other enhancements.

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Linux Run Command As Another User

Dear nixCraft,

I just want to know how to run Linux commands as another user or as root user?

Sincerely,

Confused About Linux commands.

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News Roundup July-20-12: Dell To Sale Ubuntu Laptop, GIMP Magazine Coming Soon and 4 More…

In this week:

Dell to sale Ubuntu laptops again

Dell will be officially re-entering the Linux laptop market. It will sell a developer edition of one of its Ultrabooks XPS laptop. It will come pre-loaded with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. A first look at Dell’s ‘Sputnik’ Ubuntu Linux developer laptop is available here.

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Linux iotop: Check What’s Stressing And Increasing Load On Your Hard Disks

The iotop command is top like utility for disk I/O. It watches I/O usage information output by the Linux kernel (requires v2.6.20 or later) and displays a table of current I/O usage by processes or threads on the system. This post expalins how to install and use iotop to find out what’s stressing (or program names) on your hard drives under Linux operating systems.

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Debian Squeeze: Install Emerald Windows Decorator And Theme Manager

The Emerald Window Decorator is a custom window decorator shipped with Compiz Fusion that allows for theming and full composite window decorations with the use of engines. Emerald allows for all sorts of different configurations and layouts of buttons, look, title bars and frames. Emerald Window Decorator is completely independent of any desktop, and you specify your own themes to use for it. In this post I will describe how to install emerald under Debian Linux 6 amd64.

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