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Packages you should install from the get-go

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software,Quick Linux Tutorials — TheLinuxBlog.com at 3:45 pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

When re-installing or performing a fresh installs of Linux, I’ve found that packages often disappear from default installations. These are the tools I install from the get-go. I’m sure there is more that I’m missing, next time I re-install I’ll update the list. Feel free to contribute your favorites to the list in the comments!

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THREE POPULAR OPEN SOURCE VERSION CONTROL SYSTEMS

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 7:30 am on Friday, December 23, 2011

Below, I review CVS, Subversion, and GIT; three popular open source version control systems. Version control systems are an organizational necessity for any software development project. During the software development process, multiple developers are often working with varying versions of the same code. One version may have a particular bug, while another version may have a particular feature. Essentially, a development team begins developing code, creating the first version. From that original trunk, there are various branches where the same versions of the code may be worked on at the same time, perhaps one team working on one particular bug, while another team works on a different one. Once changes are made, they are then committed back to the repository, the repository being where all past and current versions of the code is kept. Keeping track of which version has what is an incredibly important part of the process that allows developers to track bugs, implement new features, and keep the project moving forward. (Read on …)

Automated Scanning with the Shell – UPDATE

Filed under: Shell Script Sundays — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:00 am on Sunday, December 18, 2011

I wrote a little script a while back that would help to automate scanning from the shell.  Mark posted some suggestions that I’ll be implementing in this post. (Read on …)

Ways to install Linux on a netbook

Filed under: General Linux,Linux for Newb's,Linux Hardware — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:30 am on Friday, December 16, 2011

With my new Acer Aspire Netbook, it occured to me that it had been a long time since I’d installed Linux on a system without a CDRom. This post outlines some methods you can use to get it installed

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File Transfer Disk Space Tip

Filed under: General Linux,Quick Linux Tutorials — TheLinuxBlog.com at 6:44 pm on Monday, December 12, 2011

Disk Space TipI recently got a new computer. Part of the upgrade process was backing up and moving a large amount of data off of my old PC and onto my NAS so that I could sort through it later. One of the annoying things about copying files is it’s difficult to really know how long its going to take, either way I still like to monitor progress when copying or rsyncing data. This post shows two methods of checking your transfer status without the GUI. (Read on …)

New PC

Filed under: Linux Hardware — TheLinuxBlog.com at 1:27 pm on Monday, December 5, 2011

I ordered a PC a while back and thought I’d write about it. I’ve been running pretty much the same desktop hardware for the past 5 years. Eventually things got so slow on the desktop that I started using my Core 2 Duo Lenovo T61 laptop as my desktop. This worked for a while, and I really like the laptop I just didn’t feel like I was using it for what it was intended for, mobility. I really didn’t want to build if I could avoid it so I started getting specs and prices for computers from the local big box stores and wasn’t really thrilled with anything. I started looking at new PC’s on Amazon, Newegg and TigerDirect. Nothing really jumping out as value / performance there either. At that point was when I decided I’d do what I normally do, break down, buy parts and build. So, my budget was as little as possible, but still wanting decent performance. This is what I came up with: (Read on …)