The V-Shell offers Nagios users an interface with simplicity and tactical focus. Mike Weber from BeginLinux.com has reviewed the Nagios Virtual Shell and interviewed Mike Guthrie who is the lead developer of the Nagios Virtual Shell (V-Shell) project. Mike’s review touches on some first impressions and important visual points while the interview digs deep into the functions, advantages, and future plans Nagios has for the new PHP interface.
Read the Nagios V-Shell Review and Interview.
Whether you use OpenSUSE or not you undoubtedly have heard what today is. And if not, it’s the release of OpenSUSE 11.3! OpenSUSE uses the KDE desktop but presents a nice version of GNOME, XFCE, and for the first time in version OpenSUSE 11.3 you’ll find a LXDE version. Before you install OpenSUSE 11.3 you’ll need to download or buy OpenSUSE 11.3 on DVD or CD. XFCE is only available on the OpenSUSE 11.3 DVD release. During Installation you’ll find a new feature that allows the use of the the BtrFS filesystem which is a cutting edge option with several high end features and advantages. BtrFS is a highly experimental feature however, so use it with caution.
Here’s a list of the other popular features you’ll find in OpenSUSE 11.3:
- GNOME 2.30.1
- KDE SC 4.4.4
- Btrfs filesystem
- Netbook support
- the 2.6.34 Linux kernel
- SpiderOak file syncing
- Rosegarden audio editor
- Mozilla, Firefox, GoogleCL and Thunderbird Updates
- And Much More. (Read the official Release Announcement)
You can find a full OpenSUSE 11.3 Review over at EasyLinuxCDs. Don’t forget to share your comments and opinions about OpenSUSE 11.3 in the box below.
One of the most treasured features by novice computer users running Windows is the ability to easily roll back their system when trouble arises by using the built-in System Restore GUI. Ubuntu offers the same services to take snapshots of your computer when changes are made and the Back in Time application for Linux is a great tool to achieve the same easy-to-use GUI. The program utilizes existing services including rsync for creating and applying restore snapshots and diff for monitoring system changes. Back in Time allows you to backup all folders and restore any folders with write access in the event of a problem following a system change.
The first thing you’ll need to do is edit your /etc/apt/source.list file; use the following command to open the file in the editor:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Add this line before saving and exiting the editor:
deb http://le-web.org/repository stable main
Next you’ll need to add the necessary GPG key information. Use this command to retrieve the key:
And then use this command to add the information:
sudo apt-key add le-web.key
Once this is complete you’ll just need to update your source list; use this command:
sudo apt-get update
That’s it for system changes – now onto the installation of Back in Time:
sudo apt-get install backintime-common backintime-gnome
Once the installation completes you can access Back in Time under Applications -> System Tools -> Back in Time. You can now use the GUI to select folders to backup and schedule the backups to suit your timetable
DNS or Domain Name Service is the tool that you use to locate web sites, collect mail and generally find stuff on the Internet. In the beginning, users of the Internet, when it was still known as ARPAnet, were forced to use a hosts file called HOSTS.TXT which did the conversion of the IP Address (like 192.168.2.34) to a host (like mail.example.org) by downloading a large file from a central location that listed all of the hosts on the Internet and their IP Addresses. As the network grew, this soon became a situation that could not continue based on the sheer size and the rapid growth of the Internet.
This article will help you figure out how it all works so that you can use this tool effectively.
File synching between machines with different operating systems is rarely an easy task but one program has made it much easier. Dropbox allows for file synching between systems but was designed with compatibility with GNOME at the forefront, potentially leaving KDE users in the cold. Follow these steps to get Dropbox setup on your KDE system with minimal hassle:
Download the Dropbox Linux client that suits your machine (either 32-bit or 64-bit)
Extract the contents of the downloaded archive to your home folder for easy access
Create a Dropbox account if you don’t already have one
To install Dropbox simply navigate to the extracted archive contents and run ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd to get rolling. The initial run of the program will take you through the configuration wizard to help you choose your options and link your Dropbox account to your machine. Enter your account details to complete the installation.
Being such a useful application, you may want Dropbox to start automagically when you power on your machine. You can achieve this easily by creating a symlink from your home folder to your autostart directory using the command below:
ln -s ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd ~/.kde4/Autostart/
Now you can enjoy ease-of-use when synching files from machine to machine, no matter the operating systems!
One of the joys of using Ubuntu is the ability to easily customize even the most obscure features of the operating system and the login screen included with the default GDM theme is no exception. As with most light Linux tweaks, this one is quite straight-forward.
There is a utility included with Ubuntu that allows quick and easy customization of options within the GDM theme titled gdmsetup; you can run this utility directly from the main menu by looking under System -> Admin -> Login Window.
You’ll need to enter your admin password to gain access, then click on the tab labeled “Local” to see theme options. Under the section labelled “Style” you can select one of three main presets: Plain, Themed or Face Browser. Select “Themed” to gain the ability to select any graphic you like from the provided list along with several other default GNOME themes that may suit your fancy – customization is always great but you have to admit that the default GDM theme is a pretty attractive piece!