Issue #139 / Jun 2012
Cover Theme: Automation
DVD: Ultimate Edition 3.2
SYSADMIN: Customizing PortSentryDo you have a sentry to keep an eye on your servers?
PortSentry monitors your ports and lets you know when they’ve been scanned.
KNOW-HOW: Remote LauncherControlling PCs with an Android smartphone
Did you leave your system running? Did you forget to start a critical backup? Control your Linux computer from anywhere with an Android phone.
KNOW-HOW: LibreOffice 3.5New LibreOffice import filters
PowerPoint shapes. We investigate how the two office modules work together.
KNOW-HOW: Ask Klaus!Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions
Klaus Knopper is the creator of Knoppix and co-founder of LinuxTag expo. He currently works as a teacher, programmer, and consultant. If you have a configuration problem, or if you just want to learn more about how Linux works, send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
KNOW-HOW: System Diagnosis ToolsTune in to your system with these popular diagnostic tools
To check on the health of a Linux system, administrators can turn to vmstat, iostat, netstat, and ifstat. Or, you can just use the versatile dstat, which combines the features of several tools in a single package.
KNOW-HOW: LXC: Linux ContainersVirtualization with LXC
LXC is fully integrated into the kernel, providing a fast and easy approach to virtualizing individual programs and whole systems on Linux without the need for patches and additional modules.
SYSADMIN: Charly's Column: PktstatThe sys admin’s daily grind – Pktstat
When it comes to daily tasks such as monitoring network traffic, administrators should choose a tool that is sufficiently functional and not too complicated.
SYSADMIN: GloggSearching in large logfiles with Glogg
Programmers and Linux administrators appreciate the benefits of event logs. The Glogg tool is the perfect choice for searching even large logfiles.
SYSADMIN: Security Lessons: Admin AutomationDeploying with confidence
Combining Puppet, Foreman, Pulp, Candlepin, and Katello lets you deploy software and servers automatically and securely.
PROGRAMMING: Perl: Slurping Kindle HighlightsExtract the highlights stored on an Amazon Kindle from a Linux machine
On the Amazon Kindle eBook reader, you can save personal clippings, or “highlights,” in a file; later, you can connect the Kindle to a USB port on a Linux machine and grab the data with a Perl script that stores it in a database.
Vendor D-Wave scores big with a sale to NASA's Quantum Intelligence Lab.
Many package updates and Steam integration highlight the latest from the Mandriva-based community Linux.
Richard Stallman calls for the W3C to remain independent of vendor interests.
The new release supports nine architectures, 73 human languages, and zero non-Free components.
Fedora developers release the first alpha version of Fedora 19, known as Schrödinger’s Cat, for general testing. The final release is expected in July 2013.
ack is a grep-like, command-line tool that has been optimized for programmers to search large trees of source code.
New features in SUSE Studio 1.3 include enhanced cloud integration, VM platform support, and lifecycle management.
The Linux Foundation recently announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Open source version of LiveCode is now available for developing apps, games, and utilities for all major platforms.
OpenDaylight is an open source software-defined networking project committed to furthering adoption of SDN and accelerating innovation in a vendor-neutral and open environment.