When You Have a Minute

There are so many tasks that are performed by a system administrator that it is impossible to mention them all. Our duties have included building network cables, installing a network, configuring routers, answering user questions, assembling tables upon which the system equipment will sit, and almost anything else you can think of. A system administrator who appears to have free time is fair game. Never mind that you are compiling a kernel on a remote machine while downloading accidentally...

Available Desktop Environments

The two most common desktop environments available on Linux are the GNU Network Object Model Environment (GNOME) and the K Desktop Environment (KDE). There are also several less used desktop environments available. Brief descriptions of these environments follow GNOME GNOME is built atop the GTK widget set, which was originally developed for the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) graphics utility. Since version 1.2, GNOME has used Sawfish as the default window manager (GNOME 1.4.0.6 is...

Process Oriented Commands

The commands in this section are used to control processes and are all pretty common. We will look at processes in Chapter 7. The ps print status command gives the status of the current processes. The process list may be filtered or the output format may be changed by specifying related options. The pstree command displays a tree of processes with the root at the specified PID or at init if no PID is specified. The halt command annotates the var log wtmp file that the system is being rebooted...