Smart Hard Disk Monitoring

Current versions of Ubuntu Linux include a hardware hard-disk monitor, based on the smartmontools package. At this time, it is focused on monitoring the health of local hard disks, based on the Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) system built into SATA, SCSI, and later-model IDE hard drives. While monitoring is configurable in the etc default smartmontools file, Ubuntu's default version of this file just contains default settings. The key command is smarted. It's a rich...

Installing More Languages

To start the Ubuntu Linux Language Support tool, you could click System Administration Language support in the GNOME desktop. But the UCP curriculum explicitly cites the gnome-language-selector command. As language configuration requires administrative privileges, start the tool in a GUI command line with the following command The first time I ran the Language Support tool, I got a warning, suggesting that language support wasn't completely installed. In my case, the warning also displayed the...

The Ubuntu Linux GUI Tool

Starting with Ubuntu Linux Gutsy Gibbon, Ubuntu has incorporated one more GUI print management tool. Those of you familiar with Red Hat and Fedora Linux should recognize the new tool. Courtesy of the GPL, Ubuntu has adapted the same basic tool as a comprehensive alternative to the web-based tool for the distribution. It's available from the system-config-printer package. Once installed, it can be started from a GUI-based command line with the system-config-printer command. Before running this...