Fedora Linux version 27.0 has been released ( jump to download ) after many months of constant development and available for download in various media format. Fedora 27 is a free and open source operating system includes various new features such as GNOME 3.26, LibreOffice 5.4, glibc version 2.26, Node.js 8.x, Ruby on Rails 5.1, Golang 1.9 and more.
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Linux/Unix sysadmins have a weird obsession with server uptime. There is a xkcd comic devoted to this subject where a good sysadmin is an unstoppable force that it stands between the forces of darkness and your cat blog’s servers.
One can tell how long the Linux system has been running using the uptime command or w command or top command. I can get a report of the historical and statistical running time of the system, keeping it between restarts using tuptime tool. Like uptime command but with the more impressive output. Recently I discovered another tool called uptimed that records statistics about a machine’s uptime. Let us see how to get uptime record statistics using uptimed and uprecords on Linux operating system.
ShellCheck is a static analysis tool for shell scripts. One can use it to finds bugs in your shell scripts. It is written in Haskell. You can find warnings and suggestions for bash/sh shell scripts with this tool. Let us see how to install and use ShellCheck on a Linux or Unix-like system to enhance your shell scripts, avoid errors and productivity.
Usually, I use the grep command for code searching on my box. Recently, I come across another cool tool called ag. It is an attempt to make something better than ack, which itself is better than grep command. Let us see how to install and use the ag tool on Unix-like operating systems.
Want to share your terminal over the web for demo, learning or collaboration purpose? Try these two applications to share your terminal as a web application.
The cat command (short for concatenate) is one of the most frequently used flexible commands on Linux, Apple MacOS X, *BSD (FreeBSD / OpenBSD / NetBSD), Unix-like operating systems. It is useful to display text files on screen, copy text files, combine text files, create new text files and more. If you cat command with colours, try ccat app.
Let us face it we all make mistakes at the command line. Typos? Wrong options? Forget to add sudo? The list goes on. There is a neat little app called thefuck which corrects your previous Linux and Unix command line mistakes.
Purism is well known for Linux based laptop with Coreboot. Now they started a crowdfunding campaign today for its smartphone called Purism Librem 5. What is so special about this phone? It is 100% powered by GNU/Linux. You can run any Linux distro on it. The phone provides high security and privacy features, i.e., it does not track you. This seems like an excellent device. One that I would certainly purchase or recommend to a privacy-conscious person.
Recently I created a simple shell script called backup.sh in /root/scripts directory to just backup MySQL database and dumped it to /nfs/mysql/ directory. I put a file (more like used the ln command to create a soft link ) in /etc/cron.hourly/ and it doesn’t run. There was no error in systemd log or cron log. Why is my cron job was not working, and here is how I troubleshoot it.
Do you love the puzzle and Linux/Unix-like system? Command line? Try ncurses based Tetris clone which is harder than every other Tetris out there. From the project home page:
Have you ever thought Tetris(R) was evil because it wouldn’t send you that straight “I” brick you needed in order to clear four rows at the same time? Well Tetris(R) probably isn’t evil, but Bastet certainly is. >:-) Bastet stands for “bastard tetris”, and is a simple ncurses-based Tetris(R) clone for Linux. Unlike normal Tetris(R), however, Bastet does not choose your next brick at random. Instead, Bastet uses a special algorithm designed to choose the worst brick possible. As you can imagine, playing Bastet can be a very frustrating experience!