Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day – 2012

last updated in Categories Linux News

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.

Why Valve Wants to Port 2500 Games on Linux?

last updated in Categories Hardware, Linux News

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.

Dell Releases New Precision M4700 and M6700 Linux Powered Mobile Workstations

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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.

HowTo: Linux Check Password Strength With Cracklib-check Command

last updated in Categories Command Line Hacks, Security

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:

Linux iotop Check What’s Stressing & Increasing Load On Hard Disks

last updated in Categories Hardware, Storage

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.

Debian Squeeze: Install Emerald Windows Decorator And Theme Manager

last updated in Categories Debian Linux

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.