Does Linux need to change to attract more users?

In today's open source roundup: Should Linux change to attract more users? Plus: A beginner's guide to Linux, and command line tools for Linux system administrators

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Linux: A guide for beginners has an excellent beginner's guide to Linux.

According to

Just like Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X, Linux is an operating system. An operating system is software that manages all of the hardware resources associated with your desktop or laptop. To put it simply – the operating system manages the communication between your software and your hardware. Without the operating system (often referred to as the “OS”), the software wouldn’t function.

The OS is comprised of a number of pieces:

The Bootloader

The Kernel


The Shell

Graphical Server

Desktop Environment


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I really like how this article lays out everything a beginner needs to know about Linux, and I particularly liked how it explains each piece of the operating system. Experienced users will know all of that stuff, but beginners will find it extremely helpful as they start to understand Linux.

The selection of distributions is also very good, it hits all of the major options and should help beginners find a distro they can use. The author of the article did a great job in providing enough information to get beginner's going without also overwhelming them with too many things all at once.

Please do pass the article onto anybody you know who wants to get started with Linux. It might be a very helpful resource for them.

Useful command line tools for Linux system administrators

Xmodulo has a great roundup of command line tools for Linux system administrators.

According to Xmodulo:

System administrators (sysadmins) are responsible for day-to-day operations of production systems and services. One of the critical roles of sysadmins is to ensure that operational services are available round the clock. For that, they have to carefully plan backup policies, disaster management strategies, scheduled maintenance, security audits, etc. Like every other discipline, sysadmins have their tools of trade. Utilizing proper tools in the right case at the right time can help maintain the health of operating systems with minimal service interruptions and maximum uptime.

This article will present some of the most popular and useful CLI tools recommended for sysadmins in their day to day activities. If you would like to recommend any useful tool which is not listed here, don't forget to share it in the comment section.

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Command line tools for Linux system administrators
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Wow, that's quite a list of tools. There are so many that I can't even begin to list them here. But note that the author has conveniently broken them up into the following categories:

Network Tools

Security Tools

Storage Tools

Log Processing Tools

Backup Tools

Performance Monitoring Tools

Productivity Tools

Package Management Tools

Hardware Tools

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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