New Project: Email Updates

I’ve never been known for being the most creative, so this new project I’m kicking about suffers from the same lack of creativity when it comes to the naming: Email Updates.

It’s a Bash script that has evolved over time from a simple

apt-get dist-upgrade -s | mail -s "Updates for `date`" root

into a workable script that remembers what updates it previously told you about (and doesn’t tell you again).

So far I have it working with Ubuntu and Red Hat distros (RHEL5.x, CentOS 5.x and CentOS 6.x), but I’ll add other distros as I find the time or get requests for them. The project page can be found here. Feedback is very welcome.

Thanks.

FREESCO Bootable CD

This is a continuation of the previous post

After a bit of cleanup, I’ve got section 1 of 5 of the FREESCO 0.2.7 Bootable CD guide moved to the new wiki here: http://wiki.whyaskwhy.org/GNU_Linux/FREESCO/.

Wow, talk about a walk back in time! I first started working with FREESCO about 10 years ago and I still see traffic in the web server logs from folks looking for the guide. After having it offline for several years where it collected dust with the rest of the website I took offline in late 2006, I decided I’d start resurrecting the content where others could find it.

Hope it helps someone.

404 entries: a subtle reminder to fix your links!

Often they’re just from bots banging on your box trying to find some software that can be exploited, but sometimes they’re also from content getting moved over the years and redirects never worked into the plan. Wikis have the right idea when you move something and they offer to leave a redirect behind so visitors can still find the content they’re looking for.

I used to give more weight to 404 entries, and I figure it’s probably time I did so again. With the recent move to MediaWiki and my finding it easy to work with, there is little reason aside from time that I can’t resurrect old site content and place it there.

I’ll start with an older guide I had to converting a default floppy-disk-based FREESCO 0.2.7 installation to a bootable CD. If I were to have one project that I’ve ever worked on that really brought me joy, it would be that one. The feeling as a newbie of overcoming the, “It can’t be done”, mentality was amazing.

Anyway, the new section for the FREESCO articles I posted years ago can be found here: http://wiki.whyaskwhy.org/GNU_Linux/FREESCO

Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition by Daniel J. Barrett

Front cover for Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition by Daniel J. Barrett

(Full disclosure: This book was provided for review at no cost to me)

What you should know

  • To borrow someone else’s phrase, this is NOT a “small form linux for dummies” title, and assumes you are a fairly knowledgeable about computers.
  • Even though the front cover mentions Fedora, the coverage is minimal; whether that is good or bad is up to you.
  • The majority of the book covers command-line applications, although there are GUI applications mixed in the later half of the book.
  • While the command-line suggestions the book gives are solid, many of the GUI applications are no longer maintained and in my opinion should not have been anything more than a footnote.
  • Errata pages for this book:

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