December 29, 2011

10 Best Tutorials of 2011


One of my resolutions for the New Year is usually “learn more” about things I’m interested in. Of course, that includes Linux. If you’re looking to learn more about Linux this year or next, you might want to check out some of the tutorials that we published throughout 2011.

Every year, we try to line up topics that will be useful to the audience. That includes new users who’ve never touched a command line before, as well as expert users who have a lot of experience under their belts. Now, in no particular order, I present some of the best tutorials from 2011. Enjoy!

GNU Emacs 101 for Beginners

Nathan Willis provides a little advocacy for his favorite editor, GNU Emacs. The GNU Emacs 101 explains why users would want to try Emacs, and gives basics to get you started.

Managing Live and Offline Migrations with Linux’s KVM

Carla Schroder explains how to take advantage of “one of the best features of virtualization” with Linux KVM, how to do live and offline migrations with KVM.

Here We Go Again, Another Linux init: Intro to systemd

As Carla writes, “we had a System V (SysV) type init daemon to manage Linux system startup, and it was good. It was configured with simple text files easily understood by mortals, and it was a friendly constant amid the roiling seas of change. Then came systemd, and once again we Linux users were cast adrift in uncharted waters. Why all this change? Can’t Linux hold still for just a minute?”

No, no it can’t. Sorry. But at least we have a great intro to systemd from Carla to help deal with the new init hotness.

Is Glark a Better Grep?

You might use GNU grep all the time, but glark is an alternative that may be better for you in some situations. If you’d like to learn more about glark, we’ve got a short tutorial on glark to get you started.

Whose Fault is it When Your Internet Dies? Troubleshooting Networks with Linux

Networking problems can just ruin your day. Whose fault is it? Carla provides a tutorial on figuring out where network problems lie.

Who and What Is On My Network? Probing Your Network with Linux

In a follow-up to the troubleshooting tutorial, Carla digs into figuring out who is on your network using Linux tools. This includes popular utilities like Nmap, fping, iperf, and more.

Task Management from the CLI to Android with Todo.txt

Don’t want a “fancy GUI” to manage your task list? You’re not alone. But what if you want to sync your CLI app with your Android device? In that case, take a look at Nathan’s tutorial on using todo.txt in conjunction with Android.

Browse Anonymously on Linux with Tor

These days, there are a lot of reasons for users to want to be able to browse the Internet anonymously. Nathan provides a really good tutorial on browsing anonymously with Tor on Linux.

Do Mor with Tor: Running Bridges and Invisible Services

As a follow-up to the first Tor piece, Nathan provided a second tutorial on running invisible services and bridges for those who need more privacy than Tor does by default.

Five Tips for Working with GNU Bash History on Linux

They say that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it — but if you don’t know how to use your history in Bash, you’re just not making the most of your system. If you want to learn how to use your history, we have five tips for working with GNU Bash history on Linux.

Have some topics you’d like to see covered in 2012? Let us know in the comments!

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