• Taking control with the Linux command line

    Linux expert William E. Shotts Jr. wants more Linux users to discover the command line and tap the advanced functionality below the GUI.

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    Upgrading to Ubuntu Server 11.04 may not be necessary, as you may want to wait for the April 2012 release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Learn about why to upgrade now, and how to do it.

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    Quick command line navigation and execution is the key to easy Linux system administration. Learn these 10 command line tricks to increase your proficiency and speed in Bash or other Linux shells.

  • Mastering the Linux history command

    Learning how to take advantage of the Linux history command, as well as the Bash variant, can save Linux admins a lot of time. Discover how the command works, including shortcuts, searching and set...

Introduction to Linux system administration

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    Open source apps and software consultant Bernard Golden recommends Linspire/Freespire as having a complete desktop package. 

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    Open source apps and software expert Bernard Golden recommends three books for getting started with Linux kernel commands. 

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