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    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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    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.

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Introduction to Linux system administration

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  • Governments getting cozy with Linux

    Government adoption of Linux is spreading, and consultants and vendors say it's a trend that's here to stay. 

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    If you're already a penguinista, Pastor Parris is preaching to the choir. But for those who aren't converted to open source, this minister is spreading the gospel of Linux and practicing what he preaches. 

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    Take this short quiz and find out which famous geek you resemble most. 

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    Seemingly everyone in the Windows world has a certification or three but there aren't too many people with Linux certs. Getting one would be a good career move, experts advise. 

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    In this interview, Samba Team member Chris Hertel explains the benefits and limitations of the Common Internet File System (CIFS) for an enterprise Linux shop. 

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    The first time you tried to connect one of your old Tinker Toys to a new plastic Lego block, you experienced vendor lock-in. Being locked in to one vendor's IT Tinker Toy can be disastrous if the vendor fails to deliver sound products and services. B... 

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  • How could DRM on Linux impact admins?

    There's a storm brewing over digital rights management (DRM) technology in the open source community, and Linux founder Linus Torvalds' recent acceptance of DRM usage seeded the clouds. In the aftermath of the storm, open source software could bear a... 

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