Advice, Gift of the Open Source Community
Last month we talked about the do-it-yourself tenet of the open-source philosophy. Closely linked to that one is this month's topic of discussion, advice. One of the best aspects of the community is the willingness to share experiences with one another, which can be especially gratifying if you are undertaking a new project. Without a doubt, one of the most popular article types on the Linux Journal web site—both most-read and most-submitted—is the how-to article.
Early in 2003, Jay Docherty began a series of articles detailing the steps to take when one decides to install Linux on a laptop. Indeed, if you want to run Linux on a Dell or Compaq or other major-vendor laptop, you're going to have to put it there yourself. His first article, “Advice for Buying a Linux-Compatible Laptop” (www.linuxjournal.com/article/6684), offers some points to consider when you're buying a new laptop on which you want to install Linux. In part 2, “Setting Up a Base Linux Install on a Laptop” (www.linuxjournal.com/article/6742), Jay explains how to install Debian Sid and compile a custom kernel for your installation.
Alternatively, if you want to have a full Linux workstation but can't and don't want to spend a bundle, take a look at Glenn Stone's article, “Roll Your Own $450 Linux Box” (www.linuxjournal.com/article/6668). From the case to the video card to the CD-RW drive, Glenn offers suggestions for quality inexpensive hardware that will build a budget version of the Ultimate Linux Box. Of course, our readers had comments and advice of their own, so be sure to catch their postings at the end of the article.
Our most popular article so far this year has been Greg Kroah-Hartman's “Time for Users to Start Testing 2.5” (www.linuxjournal.com/article/6740), in which Greg asks you, our readers, to help him and the rest of the kernel team test the development kernel. The comments quickly blossomed with questions and advice on how to get 2.5 working, so look for more testing and bug reporting help on the site as 2.6 draws closer.
Our web site maintains all of its articles, new and old; so if you do a little exploring, you might come across an article outlining the process of “Setting Up a VPN Gateway” (www.linuxjournal.com/article/4772). Duncan Napier explains how to “install and run an IPSec-based VPN gateway with a firewall using a single bootable Linux diskette distribution”. If you'd like to set up a secure internet connection between your home system and your work LAN, this one should help you do exactly that.
If you have some project advice or experience you would like to share with others, perhaps saving them a few missteps along the way, send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. New articles are posted on the web site every day.
Heather Mead is senior editor of Linux Journal.
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One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
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