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Learn How to Choose the CMS that’s right for you

Choosing an Open Source CMS is a new book from Packt that guides readers through understanding the different types of CMSs and selecting the one that best fits their needs. Written by Nirav Mehta, this book will help users assess their technical skill level and choose a CMS that combines ease of use with flexibility and power.

Open Source CMSs are the best way to create and manage sophisticated websites. Users can create a website that precisely meets their business goals, and keep the website up-to-date easily because these systems give them full control over every aspect of their website. Open Source CMSs are free to download, and have a vast choice between the various systems.

This book will show users how to avoid choosing the wrong CMS. It will guide users through assessing their website requirements, and based on this assessment, will help identify the CMS that will best fit their needs. It then talks about the major CMSs and the issues that users should consider when choosing, such as their complexity to use, their features, and the power they offer. Users will also be introduced to technical considerations such as programming languages, and compliance with best practice standards in a clear and friendly way.

Additionally, the book highlights many quick-start guides and examples for the most popular CMSs such as WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal. This allows users to experiment with these CMSs, get a feel of how they work, and start using them to build their website. The book also teaches users how to install and customize a CMS with themes and plug-ins. In addition to this, it covers practical tips on hosting, project management, working with specialists and communities, and finding experts.

Developers interested in creating a website by using a good CMS will find this book useful. This book is out now and is available from Packt. For more information, please visit:


About Sugar!

Sugar is the graphical user interface originally developed for the One Laptop per Child computer/education project and as of May 2008 being developed under the umbrella of Sugar Labs.

Sugar is used on the OLPC XO-1 laptop computer and is also available as a session option on Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora. Unlike more traditional desktop environments, it does not use a "desktop" metaphor and only focuses on one task at a time.

Main contributors to the project include Christopher Blizzard and Marco Pesenti Gritti, Eben Eliason, Tomeu Vizoso, Simon Schampijer, Dan Williams, Walter Bender, Christian Schmidt, Lisa Strausfeld, and Takaaki Okada. The free software community has also contributed greatly to Sugar. Released under the GNU GPL, Sugar is free software.

It is written in the interpreted Python programming language, whereas most other environments are written in a compiled language such as C. Sugar is also referred to as the OLPC Python Environment. It is composed of the Python language, GTK GUI and Gecko HTML engine.

If you want to get involved with it, search by Sugar Group!


Disable write

To disable the write command for a user, add the following line in his .bashrc file:
mesg off
You can turn it back by using mesg on or by simply deleting the line from .bashrc.

The Importance of Keeping Notes

All Linux Adventurers, but most especially new ones, will find it beneficial in the extreme to keep notes of their adventures as they progress in GNU/Linux Land.

My Linux Notebook is a simple bound composition book that you can buy in any grocery or general merchandise store. It looks like this...


... and costs a buck or so. If I had known then what I know now, I would have chosen a loose leaf version. I have many additions to my current notebook. I just slide in loose leaf pages within this existing composition notebook. A loose leaf binder would have been neater.

I divided up my notebook with stick on tabs. They divide the notebook into "General Linux" and "<insert name here>" distributions. I have a tab for each distribution that I've ever installed on any of my systems.

From the very start of the particular Linux adventure, the downloading/burning of the CD/DVD, I am taking notes. I write down the source of the download, the date of the CD/DVD creation, the method and means of partitioning, etc. After that, I take notes on everything that I do to setup and customize the operating system. 

As I continue to use and learn more about the particular distro, I maintain my notes for that distribution. Not only is it helpful in learning the particular ins and outs of a distribution, but it's very handy to have these notes when helping others or when reinstalling months later.

In the General Linux area, I keep all my notes about BASH, general scripting, init script tricks, tweaks for hardware, tweaks for GUI interfaces, etc. Basically, anything that is useful across Linux platforms gets jotted down in this area.

I cannot tell you the number of times in the past 3+ years that having these notes has saved my rear end. If my house caught on fire, I'd grab four three cats and my Linux notebook!

Best of luck with your Linux Adventure!

Until next time...

~V. T. Eric Layton

***Tempus Fugits***


First post!

Hi this is my first post in this new blog, I really like the new so far and I'm looking forward to see how it will develop...


Awesome!! So I finally started a Linux blog. The goal here is to promote Linux through use, projects, and general discussion.

 Ive been using Linux for about 3 years solid (5 off and on). It really hit me when I started Linux From Scratch (on the 6th attempt). From there I switched to Ubuntu (and some of its off shoots like LinuxMint) and dabbled in Fedora.  I got bored over a weekend and started messing with Slackware recently. 

After working as a Windows Administrator for a 3 years, I needed a change of pace. Having a tight budget, I switched from Windows Server 2003 to Ubuntu Server Edition and Mac OS X. I know, Mac, but say what you will, I love it. 

 I plan to use this blog to document some of the things Ive done with my Linux boxes.  Now, I don't plan to rewrite the book on Linux and some of its packages by any means. Ive found some really good tutorials out there on various things but rarely do I find everything in one spot. Here I hope to do that at best. 

 Feel free to contact me, I'll get back to you ASAP. Remember, Linux is a community driven project so feel free to send me stuff (like tutorials, docs, etc) to keep it going. 



Pure Magic ...

Well it seems like magic ... rebuilt my system from scratch with PCLinuxOS 2009.1 in just over 3hrs!!

For some reason i was getting 'dead.letter' mail advising the possibility of intruders ... and since i do not have the expertise to follow through with investigating the situation i just 'bit the bullet' and rebuilt the system.

What makes it easy and quick for me now [it has not always been this way] is that i have a 'master log', or time line, of what i do each time. So it now is just a matter of reinstalling the 'live CD', and working my way through the historical time-line to reinstall and configure the software i use.

So it is NO 'biggie' now days.

One thing that makes it all straight forward is that i DO NOT store any dynamic data on my localhost ... unless it is 'throw away' stuff. All serious data is stored on another pc [WIN XP] and is backed up automatically from there to an external Maxtor 640gig HD.

So because data is never an issue, i can reformat my localhost at the blink of an eye knowing i am only dealing with system stuff.

Remember i am NOT proficient with shell commands ... so all this is done via gui.

HOWEVER, i can do it even faster, as after i rebuild from scratch i then use a piece of software named CLONEZILLA, which i had previously downloaded the ISO and burned it to CD. This is a bare basic program that allows you to take a 'snapshot' of a partition and save it to disk. THEN, when i want to 'rebuild' localhost it is simply a matter of re-storing that partition image via CLONEZILLA .... takes no more that 10mins.

I find this and EXTREMELY useful method of restoring sensibility to my system should it go haywire .... it allows me to test untried software without worrying if it will 'mess up' my system ... because if it does i simply restore the master image via CLONEZILLA ... and bingo ... am back to known territory again.

If the piece of software i 'try out' does the trick and i like it, i simply add it to the 'time line' or 'master install log' i keep, and when things get to a point where synaptic is doing an upgrade, i simply restore the last CLONEZILLA image, work my way through the 'time line', upgrade through Synaptic, and make a NEW 'master image' of the partition, to fall back to should i need it.

For the first time i actually feel in 'control' with Linux ... and NO WAY could i be considered as a GURU, NERD or even on that pathway!!

So im *smiling*


My Favorite Linux Distribution

Since I have been running Linux for over a decade, I've had the opportunity to use a variety of different distributions.  From roll-it-yourself Slackware installations to 


This's nice place.

Understanding su and sudo

First of all, su means super user.  Distros like Ubuntu does not have root account . So what to do if one wants to do administrative tasks? Simple, just log in as super user. How? sudo is the answer. Here, are the steps how to log in as root/super user in distros where there is no root account.

 If you are in GUI mode,

Go to Accessories > Open New terminal then type "sudo su -" thats it you'll become root. And if then, if you want to be super sneaky you can type passwd and change/make new password for superuser account so that next time if you want to log in as root you'll just have to do is...

$ su (enter)
and type the password you set earlier.

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