When Cacti Are Too Prickly

I'm a clock watcher. I'm a tachometer hound. I'm a speedometer freak. And, as cool as that might seem, more than anything, I love graphs. One of the problems with setting up good SNMP graphs is that not only do they require a server on which to run, but also those servers often are difficult to configure. more>>

SuperGamer, 8GB of Linux-Only Gameplay

I admit, I'm one of those people who dual-boots so I can play video games. I've tried running programs like CrossOver Games in order to feed my need for fragging, but in the end, it seems I always have to install Windows to enjoy some real gaming fun. more>>

Brain + Keyboard = T-Shirt

Engage your brain, send us a Tech-Tip, and we'll send you a T-Shirt. Or if you prefer one of our new Calendars. more>>

Nicaragua Builds An Innovative Agricultural Information System Using Open Source Software

An experiment in Nicaragua shows just how powerful Open Source software can be in leveling the playing field. The second poorest country of the Americas now has one of the best software solutions for displaying agricultural data in the western hemisphere. more>>

Book Excerpt: Exploratory Software Testing

This chapter excerpt is from Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours, and Techniques to Guide Test Design by James Whittaker, published by Addison-Wesley Professional, Aug. 2009 more>>

Book Excerpt: Chapter 6: Functions and Functional Programming

Read an excerpt from the 4th Edition of the book Python Essential Reference by David Beazley. more>>

Book Excerpt: The Official Ubuntu Book

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Read an adapted version of chapter 3 from the book The Official Ubuntu Book By Benjamin Mako Hill, Matthew Helmke, Corey Burger. more>>

Book Excerpt: Programming in Python 3

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Read chapter 12 from the book Programming in Python 3: A Complete Introduction to the Python Language by Mark Summerfield. more>>

OpenOffice.org Base: Editing Information in a Database

Once you have a database set up, sooner or later you will want to edit its tables or add a new record. You have four ways to do so. more>>

Call For Articles - Cool Projects

We're the first to admit that Linux is cool. Just using it is cool, but if you're doing something extra cool with Linux this is your chance to share it with the community. Our Cool Projects issue is coming up quick and we're looking for a few more project articles. We're partial to Cool projects that have a hardware slant, but if you have a Cool software project let us know about that too. more>>

EOF - Lincoln and Whitman's Unfinished Business

We've had democracy for a long time. Now we finally can make it work. more>>

Word of the Year: Open

The beginning of the year is traditionally a time to look back, and, for the brave of heart, to make a few predictions looking forward. Lacking the requisite bravery, I'll just quote something that the Economist wrote recently:

Rejoice: the embrace of “openness” by firms that have grown fat on closed, proprietary technology is something we’ll see more of in 2008.

Now, had this "fearless prediction" been made a year ago, I would have been impressed, because 2007 has turned out to be the year when everyone, it seems, wants to be open. more>>

Grubby Gems

Three great stocking stuffers for kids of all ages. more>>

Quake, Meet GPL; GPL, Meet Quake

What has spiders, bubble gum, rocket launchers and camo pants? Quake 3, of course! more>>
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