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

SysAdmin Rant #1 - Documentation

   Document, please for the love of God, why the hell is there admins and I.T. guys out there that still do not document!  I mean WTF.  Do they realize how much of a pain in the ass it is to arrive at an Enterprise Company and not have any documentation to go off of?  

   9/10 of all the businesses I have worked for have little to no documentation.  Most of the time it's the admin who claims, "why do I need to document,it's in my head." This frustrates me so much!  

  Most of these business that don't have documentation, ask me to then provide Documentation for them, although it gets old, this actually helps me to learn the infrastructure  very quickly.  

 

Greetings!

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. 

 --Nick

 

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 
 

Asus Eee PC and Easy Peasy 1.1

My mother needed to have open heart surgery this week and I needed a quick, no hassle way of staying connected to work. My surfboard sized Toshiba is a great semi-portable desktop replacement, but it isn't really well suited for adhoc Internet access, email and document processing in the hospital.

 I have seen the rave reviews of the Asus Eee PC 1000 hardware for a while, and for $500 delivered overnight from New Egg I felt like I could take the risk on it. I am a Debian guy and need to have something similar in capability to my regular laptop load, so while I was waiting for the overnight delivery I poked around for Debian or Debian-based distros for the Eee PC. I found the Easy Peasy site and downloaded the iso.

 After the little box arrived via FedEx, I grabbed it and the disk and shot off to the airport. The install was slick and the hardware all worked out of the box. I was able to grab some free WiFi at the airport with a click of the mouse and dropped in my openvpn keys for access to work. In no time I was up to date thanks to apt and productive as I needed to be.

I expected the keyboard to take some getting used to, but honestly my fingers found all the right keys with no problem at all. I also expected to be frustrated with the performance and the small screen size, but it is very responsive and the bright display has crisp letters that make using it a pleasure.

Every time I've taken it out to check mail or work on some code, the looks have been really amusing. People just don't believe a full powered PC can live in such a small case. Of course, I'm 6'1" and have a large, wide frame, so they could be just chuckling at the contrast in sizes.

I have to hand it to Asus and Easy Peasy. This system was exactly what I needed and worked far beyond my expectations. I now intend to make this system part of my normal work flow. It's nice to leave the system idling silently for communication like email and IM while I work code on my larger and more powerful laptop.  If you've been sitting on the fence about netbooks, it's time to try this one out.

 

Joined Linux.com

This's nice place.
 

A big hello to Linux.com

I'm not going to pretend that I am a guru. I'm not going to pretend I'm much more than a noob.

But I am, at least once, going to pretend that I know how to construct words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs in to blog posts. 

So I'm issuing a big hello to the new linux.com community and am impressed at the site from the small amount of time I have spent perusing. Mostly I like the fact that there is a modern styled website that devotes itself to Linux as a whole as opposed to the distro specific groups that are common these days. Of course these distro specific  forums and sites have their purpose, and in times past I would be lost with out my trawlings of the Ubuntu and the #! forums. 

 I hope that linux.com succeeds in becoming a thriving community along side of the more spefic forums and irc that linux enthusists  already frequent, and the high number of members since the sites opening 2 days ago seems that it's well on the way. 

 As far as a getting to know you kind of deal I'll give you a quick rundown on myself, regardless of if you want to read it or not.  

 I am rather certain that I am male. 

I may be 28, though sometimes I feel like im 12, hmmm, maturity is not one of my strong points. :D

I have been using Gnu/Linux (i'm trying to start using that term) since October 21st, 2007  (I remember the date because it was the day I bought my then new pc). And have spent quite a bit of time playing with different distros. Debian/Ubuntu based mainly. Though played with mandriva for a little while, as well as some Fedora releases. At the moment I am running the wonderful Crunchbang Linux 9.04.01, and it truley is a work of art. Great stuff.

 Hopefully I'll be able to read a few posts of this site and learn a little more.. I'm trying to get a little more adventurous and am planning to set up a home server soon and am toying with the horribly painful concept of using an old box and trying out a linux from scratch installation, so i can finally work out what the f*** all those config files are :P

 

Happy FOSS tinkering people.

 

SirWilliamTheNice 

 

Intro...

My first blog on linux.com.

 I'm pretty happy that I could register as 'Exodus'. My nickname is always taken by someone. I guess it's my fault for picking such a used nick.

 I found it incredibly hard to navigate here (the blog writter). I guess it's not as user friendly as one would hope. But persistence achieved my encounter with the blog writter. They should make a more user friendly quick link though.

 I guess it's time to do something useful here, for my next blog attempts I'm sure.

 Great web 2.0 elements btw Linux Foundation. And my congratulations.

Now to find how I can write articles, off to that epic voyage haha.

 

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.

 

How a poor boy of an in development country know Linux!

How a poor boy of an in development country know Linux?

All starts with a  simple fail, i need to use a computer, but it doesnot have Hard disk. Flash Drives was so expensive for me, so i rebember of an old conversation with one of my friends:

"I discovered that exist an Operational Sistem where there is no need for Hard Disk, it is Kurumin", it was Kurumin Linux.

So  i gone to my friends house and get one of this old Kurumin CDs, and run it by Live CD. WOW what was that? Runing just on RAM, on a old computer, it was faster than <the other> OS. Time passed and I got money enough to buy a HD, so I decided to install Kurumin in Dual Boot with <the other> OS.

After this i become sad because of some comments about the discontinuity of the Kurumin project. I quit Linux by a month when other friend tell me about Debian, so i downloaded it (yes on this time i become a University Student and get Internet), and instaled it.

WOW again ! another world, another Level!

I started with Debian etch, in January this Year, so i was tenpted to try Debian Lenny. Yes, i gone! Some time past and i get a faster computer and continued using Debian Lenny, now with 1GB RAM! Testing is Great!

Time passed and Lenny Become Stable! Wow it was fantastic! But i could not wait 2 days before going to Squeeze, where i am Now.

The live with Gnu/Linux  is SO EXCITING!, last week i tried to compile a new Linux Kernel. It fails, but this week i will try harder!

 Thank you Linux and GNU developers, you make me become a free man! Now i can use a computer, and change what i want on my PC! Thank you i can use a computer now!

 Ty

 

 
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