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Exploring Linux Distros

Exploring Linux Distros

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"If You're Gonna Die" "Die with your boots on." Yep, it's a perfect night for some Iron Maiden. Crank up the Marshall and work with some good tunes blasting. With a desktop showing Meatloaf's iconic Bat Out of Hell album cover on my latest Lenovo 110S incarnation running Mint Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 tk: Gtk 2.24.31 wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic I've been running MX 18 on my daily driver, but decided to give the latest Mint spin a try. I've used Mint quit a lot over the last few years. I usually recommend it to anyone looking for a nice alternative to a Windows 10 upgrade from Win 7. Basically the 110S ideapad feels like a cheap plastic lightweight netbook, but amazingly enough it still works well when running Linux - not super usefu...

Linux Proactive VS Reactive

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Don't get yourself in a situation where you spend most of your time doing damage control after problems become unavoidable. Running around putting out fires is usually unproductive beyond temporary patches and band-aids. Use your system to keep watch on issues that may arise from resource limitations, application errors, and the health of the system it'self. A good approach may be to develop a daily procedure for daily system checks. A good place to start is with log files. Logs can be collected from multiple locations within your system. You should have a process to review the logs and to analyze what these logs are providing for clues to the health and security of your system. Some of the available information you may access and retain for further review or documentation. Logs can...

Nifty Linux Monitoring Tool “Netdata”

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This week while supplementing my usual coffee intake with Dr Pepper's Venom Black Mamba energy drink (not a sponsoring plug-I just like it) I've been test driving the new MX Linux 19-beta 1. I installed it on a few low powered laptops and wanted to get a good idea of how it really was performing. So far, it's been a very smooth experience, but the most interesting part of this endeavor has been using Netdata to monitor my machine in my browser. Usually, I'll use Htop, Glances, and Nmon along with built-in Linux shell-based tools to analyze and monitor my systems. I decided to give Netdata a spin, and I think I like it. You'll probably see this tool's full potential more applicable to server builds, but I can also see this useful for a standalone machine. The latest MX Beta I ...

Hold steady for now | Use an operating system you're comfortable with.

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Another week, another post, but not what I had planned. I’ve been spending more time working with the latest Windows 10 upgrade. Today I just shut it down and went back to MX. (Check out the post on Linux MX) There’s nothing about the new version that I really need. It’s not a bad design, and I think it’s probably the best incarnation of Windows OS I’ve ever worked with, but I don’t really need it. It won’t be my daily driver, I tried, but I seemed to spend more time navigating around than I really needed. Having Ubuntu supported was useful, but I could see how things were starting to get a bit busy in that if I’m just working with the Linux shell - why do I need Windows?It feels like carrying around a huge toolbox full of tools when I probably won’t need any of them, or when all I really...

Summer's End | Preparing for Winter's Work

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As the end of summer approaches in late August - (not officially the end of summer, but for practical purposes - in the north, it’s over at the end of August)I start to think about winter. This time of year you realize that you may only have a few opportunities to get ready for the cold weather, shorter daylight hours, and snow. This is especially true if you have a lot of work to do outside before the weather turns bad. While I’m writing this a Tornado warning has come across every phone in the area. It’s raining again, so we are already losing time for any outdoor work that I should be doing in preparation for a long winter. Lately the winters haven’t been as brutal as they normally are, but what is normal anymore?Aside from regular day to day living preparation for winter, there are al...