20 amusing Linux commands to have fun with the terminal

The linux terminal is not always dull and boring. There are commands to make it do some funny acts to entertain the user. Here is a small collection of such commands. 1. Cowsay Install cowsay with apt. $ sudo apt-get install cowsay Cowsay is a talking cow that will speak out anything you want it to. $ cowsay "Hi, How are you" ...

Saidar is a simple system monitoring tool for Linux

Saidar For a system admin, its always exciting to learn new commands to monitor system resources, and here is a new one. Its called Saidar and is a very small tool. Even simpler than and . It displays a small screen full of statistics on a variety of system resources that you might want to monitor. Saidar is a part of ...

Glances gives a quick overview of system usage on Linux

Monitor your Linux system As a Linux sysadmin it feels great power when monitoring system resources like cpu, memory on the commandline. To peek inside the system is a good habit here atleast, because that's one way of driving your Linux system safe. Plenty of tools like Htop, Nmon, Collectl, top and iotop etc help you accomplish the task. Today lets ...

How to setup Virtualbox guest additions on Fedora 20

Fedora 20 (Heisenbug) is currently the latest release and if you want to try it on VirtualBox then install the guest additions for full functionality. Installation is simple and takes a few steps, but involves download and updates which would require some bandwidth. 1. Update Fedora The first thing to do is to upgrade all packages and make the system uptodate. $ sudo yum ...

18 Things to do after installing Fedora 20, the Xfce spin

Fedora with Xfce Dis-preference for Gnome 3 and un-necessity of KDE is the reason why I mostly choose the Xfce desktop when working on or trying out newer or unknown distros. And when working at length, I often tune the desktop to my whims. Xfce is perfect when productivity is high on priority but not at the cost of functionality ...

Collectl is a powerful tool to monitor system resources on Linux

Monitoring system resources Linux system admins often need to monitor system resources like cpu, memory, disk, network etc to make sure that the system is in a good condition. And there are plenty of commands like iotop, top, free, htop, sar etc to do the task. Today we shall take a look at a tool called collectl that can be used ...

Nmon – A nifty little tool to monitor system resources on Linux

Nmon Nmon (Nigel's performance Monitor for Linux) is another very useful command line utility that can display information about various system resources like cpu, memory, disk, network etc. It was developed at IBM and later released open source. It is available for most common architectures like x86, ARM and platforms like linux, unix etc. It is interactive and the output is well ...

Inxi is an amazing tool to check hardware information on Linux

Inxi A very common thing linux users struggle with is to find what hardware has the OS detected and how well. Because unless the OS is aware of the hardware, it might not be using it at all. And there an entire ocean of commands to check hardware information. There are quite a few gui tools like hardinfo, sysinfo etc on the ...

How to configure vsftpd to use SSL/TLS (FTPS) on CentOS/Ubuntu

Securing FTP Vsftpd is a widely used ftp server, and if you are setting it up on your server for transferring files, then be aware of the security issues that come along. The ftp protocol has weak security inherent to its design. It transfers all data in plain text (unencrypted), and on public/unsecure network this is something too risky. To fix the ...

CentOS 6.5 desktop installation guide with screenshots

CentOS 6.5 released Following with the release of RHEL 6.5, CentOS 6.5 has arrived on 1st Dec and its time to play with it. For those who want to update their existing 6.4 systems to 6.5 simply use the "yum update" command and all the magic would be done. CentOS 6.5 has received some package updates as well as new features. Check ...

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