I've been in the computer industry for a long time -- I was working with
Unix of various flavors long before Linux existed. As a result I've
developed my own ways of working in the Linux environment that are
probably rather different from what most other people do.
Think of these articles as looking over my shoulder while I work and, from
time to time, explain what I'm doing. You may not like the way I do
everything, but you might pick up some interesting tips. If nothing else
it may make you think a little about why you do things the way you've
always done them.
Playing With Multiple Distros
- Setting up a workstation so that you can experiment with multiple
Linux distributions, and even multiple operating systems.
Documents are Directories
- Every web document should be a directory. Why this document is called
Managing Websites (WURM)
- How I use
ssh to manage a sizeable collection of websites and
The Daily Ping
- How I know whether all of my far-flung systems are up and running
happily. Peace of mind in two lines of code.
- How I make backups and keep them safe.
The Project as Website
- You have an open-source software project. Of course, the project has a
website. It also has a CVS source tree, and each developer has a
working directory. Here's why your working directory should be a
website in its own right.
- Backing Up with
- Backups don't have to be time-consuming, complicated, or hard to
- My X Desktop
- I started using the X Window System back when it was still X Release
10. My desktop, based on
isn't for everyone, but it works for me, and I'm no longer tempted to
spend hours tweaking it. Not very often, anyway.
- Fun with
- It's not just for building software --
make is a
general-purpose engine for applying rules based on dependencies and
- Are You Being Served?
- You want to turn that old PC and a couple of new disk drives into a
file server. Good idea! Now you have to decide what goes onto it,
what doesn't, and where to mount it all.
- Dealing with Disconnection
- You don't have to have a laptop to experience that disconnected
feeling. Sometimes the network is hosed, or the server is feeling
flaky. Sometimes you just need to be alone. And sometimes you have to
move easily between two networks. How I set up a machine so
that it can be part of a network, but doesn't have to
- Home on the Strange
- My browser's 'home page' is something that nobody else would want to
see, and it's not the 'welcome page' of my website. Instead,
it's a page of bookmarks organized the way I organize my (physical)
desk: sprawling piles of cryptic links that put me only a click away
from any site I use on a regular basis.
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Stephen R. Savitzky
<steve @ theStarport.org>