Update: Regarding RSS Feed

For a long time regular rss readers are demanding that we exclude basic Linux / Unix tutorials from our /faq/ section. One of such recent comment was:


At any point is this site going to post anything that isn’t basic common knowledge to any linux users that isnt a complete noob?
Because if not, then I’m going to unsubscribe from your RSS feed.

Readers are demanding that we provide our content in ways that suit all sort of difficulty levels. As a result of these demands, our rss feed can be sorted as follows to make it easier to keep track of changes:

  1. RSS feed for Q & A /faq/ section includes all Q & A for all users. However, faq feed can be sorted and subscribed according to difficulty level as follows:
    1. /faq/ section new users Q & A rss feed.
    2. /faq/ section intermediate users Q & A rss feed.
    3. /faq/ section advanced (expert) users Q & A rss feed.
  2. You can skip Q & A section all together and just subscribe to full blog rss feed.
  3. Finally, old rss feed will continue to work as it is and it will include ALL articles from our blog, /faq/ section, and the bash directory.

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10 comments… add one
  • Dotan Cohen Sep 9, 2012 @ 12:33

    The change will be helpful, but whoever presented it to you like that could have expressed himself in a more constructive manner.

  • Rob Sep 9, 2012 @ 19:36

    “At any point is this site going to post anything that isn’t basic common knowledge to any linux users that isnt a complete noob?
    Because if not, then I’m going to unsubscribe from your RSS feed.”

    Wow. Why would you cater to such arrogance? I still think the change is a good idea. But let him unsubscribe and go someone where the ‘noobs’ won’t bother him.

    • Dwarfener Sep 10, 2012 @ 8:07

      Noobs haters tend to forget that before becoming “gurus” they were noobs themselves

  • TF Sep 10, 2012 @ 3:50

    Intolerant, narrow minded and arrogant! People like that are a joy to work with in IT as well. Difficult to work with and tough to manage. A “noob” with a decent attitude will be much more successful on a team. Let him walk, or better yet, send him away.

    Vivek, keep up the great work, we understand that you are publishing to a mixed audience, and we respect the fact that this is a free forum, so please keep sharing your knowledge.

  • Ollie Sep 10, 2012 @ 7:13

    Once again, this is a nice example why some of the OS “community” members fail to act in a social way. I would’nt have reacted to such a nerd in any way. I consider myself being a Linux professional (at least i earn my money with it) and thiink the RSS feed was OK the way it was. Now i have to subscribe to 3 channels instead of one. Not a progress, if you ask me.

    Besides of that, i like your tuts a lot and have no problems reading beginner stuff as it might show me programs or i wasn’t aware of. But maybe i’m noit a “real” pro. ;-)

  • Gini Sep 10, 2012 @ 8:21

    Good one….
    We can select what we want…
    I prefer full :)

  • Chankey Pathak Sep 10, 2012 @ 8:50

    Good step! :)

  • Ryan Sep 14, 2012 @ 0:11

    I have recently bought a laptop with Linux mint 12 on it and I need the root password or I need to know how to change it. please dont tell me to use the terminal to change it because if I do it that way it asks me for the root password in order to change the forgotten one

  • padmakar Sep 24, 2012 @ 6:45


    Boot in a single user , in this mode inspite of getting the login , shell will be shown to u , mount the file system , if it isn’t (sometime it depends on the linux flavours).

    Once that is done got to /etc and remove shadow file (/etc/shadow)

    Then recreate it using pwconc command , it will regenerate the shadow file using passwd file , but now all the saved passwords will be gone

    Now reset the password using
    -passwd root
    Change other account passwords if you want to.

    Sync and restart the system.

    You are done :)

  • Mohammed Sep 24, 2012 @ 10:07


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