The Terminal: A Grand Tour

November 9, 2008

Hi all, and welcome back. Today, lets take a look at the behind-the-scenes action of your Linux distribution. There won’t be any terminal code in today’s post, but I advise you follow along and take a real look with your own eyes. Where else to start besides the / directory? It’s literally the directory of directories. Don’t confuse the / directory with the /root directory. They’re very different. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Terminal: Navigation

November 6, 2008

Now that we’ve learned all about the terminal and what it can do, we’re going to start using it and begin showing off the power of it. We’ll use the pwd, cd and ls tools to move around and and list directory contents, and we’ll also take a look at the file and less tools.

First let’s take a look our first tool we’ll be using today, pwd. The pwd tool means print working directory. This tool tells you where you currently are in the directory tree. The cd tool is used to change from one directory to another. cd is the command, while the directory path you wish to change to is the argument. The ls command is used to show the contents of a given directory. It uses the same syntax as the cd command, though ls also has various flags you can use to tell it how exactly to list your files. Read the rest of this entry »


The Terminal: An Introduction

September 17, 2008

We’ve already installed Linux and took a nice look around the system. You might be thinking this isn’t so different from your PC or Mac at home/work, right? I mean, it does all the same things out of the box. Office tasks, E-mail, internet browsing, a couple games…. “What else would I use a computer for?” Well, if we’re going to be a SysAdmin, then the answer is “A whole helluva lot more!” Read the rest of this entry »


Just an update… I’m not dead.

September 17, 2008

I feel bad. I started this blog and worked for several weeks on it, only to quit for 3 months. I’ve been busy playing a new computer, getting back into gaming as a hobby, working more often…. Life. I’ve seen several people start good projects and then stop only to never be heard from again. The Linux Administraton Podcast comes to mind….

Anywho, I’m back, and I’m working on this blog again. I was really playing the Terminal tutorial posts by ear and was trying to build one post on another. Well, it wasn’t really working out so great. I’m redoing themand will put up more in coming days. I’ve already got one ready to go, and another going good. Should be up in a couple days. Not only have I revised my roadmap, but I’m getting a new smartphone tomorrow, so I’ll be able to work on this when I’m away from the computer, breaks at work, the doctor’s office, traffic lights…. 🙂 Ok that last one was a joke. The aforementioned smartphone will actually be a Palm Centro. Off topic, I’ve had my eye on it for nearly a year ago, and am finally getting it. From the professional reviews and the 1500+ user reviews I’ve read, It looks very promising. A review will follow in coming months, when I can get properly acquainted with the PalmOS, and the Centro itself.

Well, I’m going to get back to work here. Keep reading and I hope you’re enjoying what you see so far.

-Andrew Hale

-aka That Linux guy


Bose Triport (over-ear) review

June 20, 2008

Sorry for the time I’ve been gone. I’ve had lots of stuff going on and have been working; I swear. Although most of my writings will be on the topic generally of computers, on occasion I’ll bring you special pieces on the mobile and audio fronts. I’m heavy on both, as well as Linux/Open-Source news, and tech news in general. Today, I’d like to bring you a special review of the Bose Triport headphones. Let’s get started. Read the rest of this entry »


Exploring Debian Etch

May 14, 2008

Hi, and welcome back to my blog. Where we last left off, we had successfully installed Debian Linux on our computers. Now let’s learn how to use it. By default, Debian has a ton of quality software available for you to use free of cost, and is a very stable OS. After selecting your new Debian installation in GRUB, shortly, you should see your log in screen. In put your user name and password you created during installation.

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Installing Debian Etch

May 12, 2008

If you’re following this blog, and don’t know me personally, than you’re probably also interested in becoming a Linux Network Admin, right? right. You might be wondering where to start? Well, first and foremost, you need to be familiar with Linux as a user. You should know the basics of PC hardware, software, and also have some conception of what UNIX, Open Source programming, and Linux are. We’ll begin by installing Linux on your computer.

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