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CLI Magic: Linux troubleshooting tools 101

When something goes wrong with your Linux-based system, you can try to diagnose it yourself with the many troubleshooting tools bundled with the operating system. Knowing about these tools, and how to effectively use them, can help you overcome many of the common problems on your system. Here's a list of some of the weapons in your arsenal against Linux problems.

Setting up a serial console

  • HowtoForge; By Daniel Lo Nigro (Posted by falko on Feb 19, 2007 11:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, Linux
This tutorial will show you how to set up a serial console on a Linux system, and connect to it via a null modem cable. This is quite useful if your Linux server is in a headless configuration (no keyboard or monitor), as it allows you to easily get a console on the system if there are any problems with it (especially network problems, when SSH is not available). In the end, the GRUB menu will appear over the serial link, as will the bootup messages (output when booting the system). I am using Debian Etch on the server and Ubuntu Edgy on my client, although this should work on any Linux distribution.

Take Microsoft's Linux money, says Red Hat

Red Hat Inc's CEO has said the company is encouraging customers to adopt Microsoft Corp's offer of support vouchers for Novell's Inc's rival Linux operating system in order to get the issue over with.

Jumping Bean to offer Xandros in SA

Linux Windows-lookalike Xandros has a new distributor in South Africa which hopes to break into the tough business computer user base raised on Windows.

March '07 out now!

The magazine is offering Knoppix on its DVD: Knoppix 5.1 - Bootable Linux distro runs straight from the DVD.

Microsoft, Novell Announce Technical Collaboration for Customers

Microsoft Corp. and Novell unveiled more details about their joint technical roadmap and the benefits customers can expect from the collaboration. Microsoft and Novell are engaged in joint development on four areas of technology that address significant problems faced by enterprise customers today: virtualization, Web services for managing physical and virtual servers, directory and identity interoperability, and document format compatibility.

Two more on beryl usability

  • Linux Howtos; By dmbkiwi (Posted by dmbkiwi on Feb 19, 2007 8:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Following on from three earlier articles, linux howtos brings you two more articles highlighting usability features of beryl - the wheel window switcher and the "wall" for managing virtual desktops.

Novell execs fend off uncertainty over Microsoft pact

Three months into the sudden marketing and patent covenant agreement between Linux vendor Novell and Microsoft, the company's senior management are still justifying the merits of the deal and how it has so far been a blessing in disguise.

Macedonia: Municipality of Makedonska Kamenica Migrated to

As a result of the training for conducted by Metamorphosis Foundation and USAID’s MDW project for employees of the Macedonia’s local self-government units, municipality of Makedonska Kamenica started to actively use on all computers in the municipality.

Mapping the world, one street at a time

  •; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 19, 2007 6:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An ambitious open project is calling on amateur cartographers to hit the streets, map the world and free maps from commercial interests.

Google edges into wireless e-mail

First, Google Inc. introduced free software that could replace some Microsoft Corp. products. Now it has rolled out a free mobile e-mail service for the same consumer market that Research In Motion Ltd. recently set its sights on.

DistroWatch Weekly: SaxenOS and SimplyMEPIS - bumps in the middle of the road, Robbins returns to Gentoo, CentOS 5 update

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Feb 19, 2007 5:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Happy New Year of the Pig and welcome to this year's 8th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Those users who enjoy beta testing Linux distribution had an exciting week as new development builds from Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, openSUSE and Ubuntu all appeared on public mirrors. In the meantime, the Fedora project announced a delay in the release of Fedora 7 - now scheduled for late May. In other news, Ubuntu has clarified its position on the issue of proprietary video drivers, Daniel Robbins is about to formally return to the project he founded some seven years ago, SabayonLinux loses two key developers, and CentOS announces plans for the all-new CentOS 5. The feature story takes a brief look at two distributions which recently bumped their version numbers while in the middle of development - SaxenOS and SimplyMEPIS. Happy reading!

Microsoft Hicks Take Backward Stand On Interoperability

LXer Feature: 19-Feb-2007

Microsoft's recent letter argues for choice of formats, not office suites. Yet, their argument undermines the foundation of interoperability that a single standard can offer. In other words, their argument is so backwards, it makes this old hillbilly's head spin.

Novell Automates Solution to Looming 2007 Daylight Savings Time Change

Novell ZENworks Patch Management Alleviates Patch and Update Burdens and Ensures Smooth Operations

`OSS needs Govt spur'

Meet C.Umashankar IAS, Managing Director of Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd ( . He is a guest lecturer at IIM-B (the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore) for the e-governance training program targeted at senior Government officers, and a post-graduate diploma program titled `Reinventing government'. Also, he lectures at the National Productivity Council, New Delhi, on transformation of administration using e-governance.

2006 Members Choice Award Winners Announced

The polls are closed and the results are in for the 2006 Members Choice Awards. Among the winners are Ubuntu, Firefox, MySQL and The Members Choice Awards allow members of the Linux community to choose their favorite products in a variety of categories including Linux Distribution of the Year, Office Suite of the Year and Web Browser of the Year. The total number of categories this year was 21.

The complete list of the winners is as follows (percentage of votes received in parentheses):

KDE Commit-Digest for 18th February 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: The Dolphin file manager is moved into kdebase. Continued work in Umbrello courtesy of the Student Mentoring program. Graphical element representations start to be introduced in Kalzium. More new country maps in KGeography. KSpaceDuel begins the porting process to a scalable graphics interface, with further SVG intergration work in KMines, KWin4, KNetWalk, KBlackBox and KMahjongg. KolourPaint gains the ability to interface with image scanning hardware. Improved handling of the XPS document format in okular. Lilypond export functionality in KTabEdit. More work in the KDE Fonts Manager. The KNewStuff2 framework reaches new milestones in its reworking for KDE 4.

Novell: OpenOffice is key

The popularity of OpenOffice, the open source productivity suite, will be key to the financial success of Novell, said company president and CEO, Ron Hovsepian, who hopes to be a 'custodian' between the open source community and the commercial world.

Microsoft blasts IBM in dirty ODF war

IBM is hijacking the debate over document standards to promote its desktop suites while refusing to look at the merits of each standard, according to Microsoft's general manager of interoperability and standards Tom Robertson. Big Blue is one of the main backers of the Open Document Format (ODF), while Microsoft supports Open XML. "IBM does not want Open XML to be standardised. It does not want an alternative to be out there," Robertson told in an interview.

Software Review: Yellow Dog Linux 5 for PlayStation 3

Sony has been telling us for a while now that the PlayStation 3 is more than a game console, it is a computer. They tried this with the PS2 as well, when they released the Linux Kit for PS2, though that didn't make much of a splash. This time around, however, they built the PS3 with Linux in mind, and from the looks of things so far, Linux (any distribution) is going to have a lot to do on the PS3.

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