7 Must Have Linux iPhone Applications

If you’re anything like me and love tech gadgets that allow you to do almost anything..then you undoubtedly own an iPhone.  For the past year of being an iPhone owner, I’ve discovered a ton of iPhone apps that help me in my every day life.  Many of them are Linux apps.  Below you will find a list I’ve put together of must have Linux iPhone apps for you to check out.

Linux Command Reference (FREE) – This iPhone app is a handy command reference for the Linux Terminal.  Perfect for situations when you need to reference a command but you’re in the server room without your computer.

LinuxTube – This app allows you to view Linux related videos as well as chat with other Linux enthusiasts.

Server Remote – Easily monitor your Linux server from your iPhone.  This iPhone application uses the standard SSH protocol to communicate with your servers, and requires no special software to be installed on the server end.

SSH – The best SSH client I’ve found in the iPhone app store. It works over Wi-Fi, Edge, and 3G networks.

Chmod (FREE) – Very simple and straight forward reference app for determining file and directory permissions on Mac OS X, Linux and Unix.

Vi Reference – A great reference for those of us who use Vi/Vim.

UNIX Fortune – For those old school nix users, this is the entertaining fortune cookie application converted to an iPhone app.

Hopefully these Linux iPhone apps save you a little bit of time, or just provide some good old fashion entertainment, like they have me.

Do you know of any other iPhone apps available that should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments!

Getting help with the Linux Command Line

This is a guest post by Taylor Douglass

The command line interface (CLI) is a very powerful part of Linux. Linux beginners undoubtedly agree that at first it can seem a bit daunting and even dangerous. While it is true that there far more Linux commands available than most will ever want or need to know and that some of these commands are capable of wreaking havoc on your system if used incorrectly; it’s reassuring to know that help isn’t far away. While a new Linux user who is Internet savvy might be inclined to run straight to Google when they need help with a particular command or are searching for the command they need, this is not necessary. In fact, most of the time you don’t even need to leave your terminal. How is this possible? Simple, it’s the man command.

Getting Started With Man

Man is short for Manual, and basically means that by using the man command you are accessing the manual for a particular command. Let’s begin by exploring how man is used. Startup a terminal and type “man intro”. This brings up a basic introduction to user commands, and the CLI in general. Once you have finished reading the intro go ahead and exit the manual page by hitting the letter “q”. You should now be back at the command prompt. The next step you will want to take is to read the manual page for the man command itself. This is accomplished by typing “man man“. You may be beginning to see a pattern here. To see the manual for any command simply type “man command” at the prompt. You may also begin to notice a pattern in how the manual pages look. Most manual pages consist of several different sections. Let’s take a look at the sections available for mv command. Type “man mv” into your terminal.

Name
This section shows the command and gives a brief description of the command. In our example we see that the mv command is used to move or rename files.

Synopsis
Here you can find precise information on using the command that you are viewing. This includes all the switches and options available for the command. The first two sections (Name and Synopsis) are meant to be a quick reference for using the command that you are viewing. Further sections dive a little deeper and give you even more information.

Description
The description section breaks down all of the options available and tells you what they do. In our example with mv we can see that using the -i option prompts the user before overwriting any files that are being moved. Also note that we could also use –interactive to do the same thing.

Other sections
Other sections that you might find in the manual pages are author information, bugs, copyright, files, see also, and examples. The two that might be worth mentioning are the See Also and Example sections. See Also gives you a list of other manual pages that may be relevant to the page you are currently viewing, while the Example section gives you a real world example of using the command you are viewing.

Searching For Commands

Let’s say that you want to copy a file but you are not sure what the command for copy is. Perhaps one of the most useful features of the Linux manual pages is the ability to search them. If we look at the manual page for the command man (Again that is “man man” at the command prompt) we can see that one of the options available is -k. What this option does is allow us to search the short description for keywords and display any matches. Back to our example for finding the command to copy files, let’s get to the command prompt and type “man -k copy“. This displays all the commands that have “copy” listed in the description. If you glance through the list of commands that man -k has found you should see “cp(1) -copy files and directories“. That looks like the command we need, but to be sure let’s look at the manual page for that command to be sure. “man cp” brings up the manual page for the command cp. As you can see by looking at the name and synopsis sections, this is indeed the command we need to copy a file.

Man I’m Glad There are Manual Pages

The man command has gotten me out of a jam on more than one occasion. I recommend that if you are just beginning to explore the CLI that you do a quick check in the manual before using any command. As I mentioned before the CLI is very powerful and it’s better to be safe than sorry when using it.

Linux Applications You Must Be Familiar With If You Plan on Landing a Linux Job

Landing a Linux job really doesn’t have much to do with your school qualifications or what your resume says. With Linux, it’s all about experience. What you actually know will determine how far you get with a Linux job. Now, I’m not declaring that you must know everything listed in this article, but it’s important to be well versed in all aspects of Linux. Besides, if you plan to make Linux a part of your career, why not learn everything you can? In this document I will present you with Linux applications and what you should know about them at the very least. I then will present you with some outside links for further reading so that you can indulge and become more familiar with each Linux application listed.

If you’re looking to land a Linux job you must be familiar with these Linux applications or daemons.

Apache

Apache is the Apache HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) server program. A large portion of the Internet web sites you visit run Apache on the server the site is hosted on to serve your web pages. If you don’t know apache I suggest you learn the basics. Most Linux jobs will require you to at least dip your feet in some sort of apache administration.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to install Apache.

How to configure Apache.

How to view Apache logs.

Must reads for Apache:

Official Apache HTTP Server Documentation

apt-get

apt-get is the command-line tool for handling packages, and may be considered the user’s “back-end” to other tools using the APT library. apt-get is used mainly on Debian and Ubuntu but is cross-platform and the actual APT library has many different front-ends built for it. Apt-get is a pretty simple tool to use, so theres not much to learn here, but you should still be familiar with how it works.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to install a package.

How to remove a package.

Must reads for apt-get:

Apt-get Man Page

How to use apt-get

Bash – GNU Bourne-Again SHell

Bash is an sh-compatible command language interpreter that executes commands read from the standard input or from a file. Bash also incorporates useful features from the Korn and C shells (ksh and csh).

It’s important to know how to program in Bash. There are a million ways to save time and energy if you can whip up a little bash script that automates something on the command line for you.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to write a basic Bash script.

How to configure Bash to execute jobs during login or logout.

Must reads for Bash:

Bash Man Page

Bash Guide for Beginners

Advanced Bash Scripting

Bash by Example

Bash Tutorial

chmod

chmod changes the permissions of each given file according to mode, which can be either a symbolic representation of changes to make, or an octal number representing the bit pattern for the new permissions.

Chmod is vital to any Linux user. If you don’t understand how to change permissions on files then you really shouldn’t be using Linux.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to set file and folder permissions with chmod.

Must reads for chmod:

Chmod Man Page

Linux File Permissions

Crontab

crontab is the program used to install, deinstall or list the tables used to drive the cron(8) daemon in Vixie Cron. Each user can have their own crontab, and though these are files in /var/spool/cron/crontabs, they are not intended to be edited directly.

Crontab is important to know if you want to execute a sort of “scheduled task” command that cron manages.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to schedule tasks with crontab.

How to edit each users crontab.

How to allow and disallow users to use crontab.

Crontab format.

Must reads for Crontab:

Crontab Man Page

Understanding Cron Jobs in 5 Minutes

Crontab: Scheduling Tasks

Find

GNU find searches the directory tree rooted at each given file name by evaluating the given expression from left to right, according to the rules of precedence (see section OPERATORS), until the outcome is known (the left hand side is false for and operations, true for or), at which point find moves on to the next file name.

Using find is crucial to saving time and energy on the Linux command line. You’ll find that the more you know about the awesome capabilities of find, the better off you are.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to find files throughout the whole system.

How to find only directories.

How to find files owned by a certain user.

Must reads for Find:

Study of Find

CLI Magic: Searching with Find

10 Useful uses of the find command

Iptables

Iptables is used to set up, maintain, and inspect the tables of IP packet filter rules in the Linux kernel. Several different tables may be defined. Each table contains a number of built-in chains and may also contain user-defined chains.

With iptables you have the ability to create firewall rules on your Linux computer to allow or restrict access in and out through each network interface.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to list iptables rules.

How to filter an IP from hitting your interface.

How to remove rules.

Must reads for iptables:

Iptables Man Page

Linux Firewalls using iptables

Designing a firewall using Iptables for the home user

Using iptables

MySQL

mysql is a simple SQL shell (with GNU readline capabilities). It supports interactive and non-interactive use. When used interactively, query results are presented in an ASCII-table format. When used non-interactively (for example, as a filter), the result is presented in tab-separated format. The output format can be changed using command options.

As a Linux user looking to land a Linux job, there is a strong possibility that you will be working in an environment that uses Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP). You should be familiar with administrating a mysql server.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to install MySQL.

How to configure MySQL.

How to view MySQL error logs.

How To Add and Remove MySQL users.

Must reads for MySQL:

MySQL Man Page

Official MySQL Documentation

OpenSSH and SSH

Ssh (SSH client) is a program for logging into a remote machine and for executing commands on a remote machine. You’ll probably find yourself using SSH on a daily basis if you land a Linux job.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to connect to a server with SSH.

How to set up key based authentication for SSH.

Perl

Perl is a language optimized for scanning arbitrary text files, extracting information from those text files, and printing reports based on that information. It’s also a good language for many system management tasks. The language is intended to be practical (easy to use, efficient, complete) rather than beautiful (tiny, elegant, minimal).

You’ll find administration tasks that you can create Perl scripts for will save you a ton of work in the long run if you know Perl.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to execute a perl script.

How to troubleshoot perl errors.

Must reads for Perl:

Perl Man Page

Official Perl Documentation

Simple Perl Scripts

Postfix

Postfix is a mail transfer agent (MTA) used on Linux as an alternative to Qmail and Sendmail. It handles the routing and delivery of email. Chances are you’ll run into some sort of postfix work in your Linux career, so why not learn what you can?

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to configure the postfix main.cf and master.cf files.

How to troubleshoot postfix errors and issues.

Must reads for Postfix:

Postfix Man Page

Official Postfix Documentation

Postfix Wiki

Postfix config How To

PHP

PHP (recursive acronym for “PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor”) is a widely-used Open Source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML. Learning a bit about PHP as well as Apache and MySQL is essential to your Linux career and landing that Linux job.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to install and configure PHP on Linux.

How to debug and troubleshoot a PHP error.

Must reads for PHP:

Official PHP Documentation

How To Write PHP Scripts

Qmail

Qmail is a secure, reliable, efficient, simple message transfer agent. If your Linux job isn’t running Postfix or Sendmail, you’re probably going to need to know Qmail.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to Install and Configure Qmail.

How to find and interpret the Qmail log files.

How to debug and troubleshoot Qmail errors.

Must reads for Qmail:

Qmail Man Page

The Qmail Documentation Project

Qmail HowTo

Life With Qmail

RPM

rpm is a powerful Package Manager, which can be used to build, install, query, verify, update, and erase individual software packages. If you’re trying to land a Linux job with a large corporation, theres a good chance they run Red Hat, which uses RPM as it’s default package manager.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to install RPM packages.

How to remove RPM packages.

How to check for RPM dependencies.

Must reads for RPM:

RPM Man Page

Official RPM Documentation

rsync

rsync uses the rsync remote-update protocol to greatly speed up file transfers when the destination file is being updated. Rsync basically only copies the diffs of files that have been changed.

Rsync is great for backing up files to another Linux host. If you plan on landing a Linux job you’ll definitely need to know rsync.

At the Least, You Should Know:

The syntax of using rsync to copy files to another host machine.

Must reads for rsync:

rsync Documentation

rsync Tips and Tricks

Using rsync and SSH

Samba

The Samba software suite is a collection of programs that implements the Server Message Block (commonly abbreviated as SMB) protocol for UNIX systems. This protocol is sometimes also referred to as the Common Internet File System (CIFS). For a more thorough description, see http://www.ubiqx.org/cifs/. Samba also implements the NetBIOS protocol in nmbd.

Most large companies that run a Linux and Windows environment use Samba to share files across the network. You should be familiar with Samba as much as possible.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to install and configure Samba.

How to set up Samba users.

How to set up Samba shares.

Must reads for Samba:

Samba Man Page

Official Samba Documentation

Samba Setup Guide for Linux

SCP

scp copies files between hosts on a network. It uses ssh for data transfer, and uses the same authentication and provides the same security as ssh. scp will ask for passwords or passphrases if they are needed for authentication.

SCP is important to know if you need to copy files between Linux hosts over a public or private network with security in mind.

At the Least, You Should Know:

The syntax for copying a file from one host to another host.

Must reads for SCP:

SCP Man Page

SCP Tricks

Sendmail

Sendmail is another Mail Transfer Agent, similar to Qmail and Postfix, that sends a message to one or more recipients, routing the message over whatever networks are necessary. Sendmail does internetwork forwarding as necessary to deliver the message to the correct place. A majoriy of servers run Sendmail as their MTA so it’s important to know.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to Install Sendmail.

How to configure Sendmail to send and receive Email.

How to view Sendmail logs.

Must reads for Sendmail:

Sendmail Man Page

Official Sendmail Documentation

Tar

Tar is an archiving program designed to store and extract files from an archive file known as a tarfile. You most defenitley need to know tar if you plan on landing any Linux job.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to extract a tarball and tar/gzip file.

How to create a tar file.

Must reads for Tar:

Tar Man Page

GNU tar Documentation

VI/Vim

Vim is a text editor that is upwards compatible to Vi. It can be used to edit all kinds of plain text. It is especially useful for editing programs.

It’s important to know vim because it is the one text editor that is almost always available by default on most Linux distributions. You can’t say the same for the simpler editors like pico and nano. Learn vim!

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to open a file and make a change.

How to save a file.

How to exit vim.

Must reads for Vim:

Vi/Vim Man Page

Official Vim Documentation

The Vim Commands Cheat Sheet

Vim Graphical Cheat Sheet based Tutorial

vsftpd

vsftpd is the Very Secure File Transfer Protocol Daemon. Most Linux servers that run an FTP daemon use vsftpd.

At the Least, You Should Know:

How to install vsftpd.

How to configure vsftpd.

How to view vsftpd logs and troubleshoot issues.

Must Reads for vsftpd:

Vsftpd.conf Man Page

A vsftpd Guide

I’ve covered all the applications I believe you should be familiar with if you’re trying to land a Linux job.  You may not use all of them in an everyday Linux job, but these applications are the most widely used with Linux administration and Linux engineering jobs.

Do you have any other applications you feel should be on this list?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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How To Backup Your iPod Music on Linux

As an iPod owner and Linux user, there are a few options I have on Linux for managing my iPod music library. In my opinion, the best option available is gtkpod. One great option of gtkpod is the ability to backup your iPod music to your hard drive for free. The purpose of this guide is to explain a little about gtkpod and show you how to backup your iPod to your hard drive on Linux. I am using Ubuntu to back up my iPod music with gtkpod. gtkpod is available for any Linux distribution that is running gnome libraries and has X installed.

About gtkpod

gtkpod is a platform independent Graphical User Interface for Apple’s iPod using GTK2. It supports the first to fifth Generation including the iPod mini, iPod Photo, iPod Shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod Video.

What can gtkpod do?

  • Read your existing iTunesDB (i.e. import the existing contents of your iPod including playcounts, ratings and on-the-go playlists).
  • Add MP3, WAV, M4A (non-protected AAC), M4B (audio book), podcasts, and various video files (single files, directories or existing playlists) to the iPod. You need a third party product to download podcasts, like ‘bashpodder’ or ‘gpodder’
  • View, add and modify Cover Art
  • Browse the contents of your local harddisk by album/artist/genre by adding all your songs to the ‘local’ database. From there the tracks can be dragged over to the iPod/Shuffle easily.
  • Create and modify playlists, including smart playlists.
  • You can choose the charset the ID3 tags are encoded in from within gtkpod. The default is the charset currently used by your locale setting.
  • Extract tag information (artist, album, title…) from the filename if you supply a template.
  • Detect duplicates when adding songs (optional).
  • Remove and export tracks from your iPod.
  • Modify ID3 tags — changes are also updated in the original file (optional).
  • Refresh ID3 tags from file (if you have changed the tags in the original file).
  • Sync directories.
  • Normalize the volume of your tracks (uses mp3gain or the replay-gain tag)
  • Write the updated iTunesDB and added songs to your iPod.
  • Work offline and synchronize your new playlists / songs with the iPod at a later time.
  • Export your korganizer/kaddressbook/thunderbird/evocalendar/evolution/webcalendar… data to the iPod (scripts for other programs can be added).

Go here to download gtkpod directly. For installation instructions on Ubuntu, see below.

Installing and Configuring gtkpod on Ubuntu

# sudo apt-get install gtkpod

Next, open gtkpod by navigating to the Applications > Sound & Video menu and selecting gtkpod.

Select gtkpod from Gnome Menu


Now with gtkpod open, plug in your iPod via USB to your computer and power on the iPod. gtkpod should load your iPod automatically.

Screenshot of gtkpod main screen

Next, select what tracks you would like to back up to your computer by highlighting the tracks.

Once you have selected the tracks (note: you can select All then highlight all of your music if you want to back up your entire iPod) select File > Export Tracks From Database > Selected Tracks

gtkpod Export tracks from database

You then will be prompted to select where you would like to save the tracks. Choose a directory and click Save.

Now sit back and let gtkpod back up your iPod music.

Educational Linux Software For Children

It is my belief that educational software applications on Linux are an important factor for growth on the Linux desktop. While there have always been educational games for Linux, both on the desktop and on the command line, there is always room for improvement.

I have put together the following collection of educational Linux software available specifically for children. There is a ton of it out there, the following only illustrates a few of the good applications I find useful to child education.

Blinken

Blinken is the KDE version of the well-known game Simon Says. Follow the pattern of sounds and lights as long as you can! Press the start game button to begin. Watch the computer and copy the pattern it makes. Complete the sequence in the right order to win.

GCompris

GCompris is an educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Below you can find a list of categories with some of the activities available in that category.

The KDE Education Project

There is of course a whole suit of applications that KDE has been developing for some time now under the KDE Education Project. From the website, the “primary focus is on schoolchildren aged 3 to 18, and the specialized user interface needs of young users. However, we also have programs to aid teachers in planning lessons, and others that are of interest to university students and anyone else with a desire to learn!” The next two applications are two of my favorites from the KDE Education Project.

KMessedWords

KMessedWords is a simple mind-training game, in which you have to “figure out” the word that has been given in the program. It is recommended for children over 10 years, as the game is solvable harder as it looks.

KWordQuiz

KWordQuiz is the KDE version of the flashcard and vocabulary learning program WordQuiz. KWordQuiz is published under the GPL.

KWordQuiz can read and write WordQuiz files. KWordQuiz also supports the KDE vocabulary document format .kvtml. KWordQuiz features Flashcard, Multiple Choice and Question & Answer functions. Question & Answer also has a special Fill-in-the-blank mode.

mFlash

Multiplication Flash (mFlash) is just a way to save the mess, bother, and expense of paper flashcards.

SchoolsPlay

SchoolsPlay is a collection of educational activities for schools and kids based off the Linux game Childsplay.

TuxMath

Tux of Math Command is an educational math tutor for children starring Tux, the Linux Penguin.

TuxMathScrabble

TuxMathScrabble is a math version of the classic word game “Scrabble” (Trademark of Hasbro,Inc) which challenges kids to construct compound equations and to consider multiple abstract possibilities. There are four skill levels for practice, from basic addition with small numbers, through multiplication and division with larger numbers. The game can be played by 0, 1 or 2 human players.

TuxPaint

Tux Paint is a free drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6 in the US, key stages 1 & 2 in the UK). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.

Tux Typing

Tux Typing is an educational typing tutor for children. It features several different types of gameplay, at a variety of difficulty levels.

Typing Trainer

Typing Trainer is an application suite that is directed towards students, from the novice to those who have the basic knowledge of the kebyoard finger layout, and want to train and exercise their expertese in typing. The design of the latter program, also allows for an environment where students ability in typing, can be examined by the program. And the results stored in a central database and characters given.

TuxWordSmith

TuxWordSmith is similar to the classic word game “Scrabble”, but with unicode support for multiple languages and character sets. The game is currently distributed with forty-two (42) dictionary resources for playing Language[i]-Language[j] “Scrabble”. For example, if configured to use the French-German dictionary, then the distribution of available tiles will be computed based on frequency of occurrence of each character of Language[i] (French), and for each submission the corresponding definition will be given in Language[j] (German)

If Linux game developers can continue to work on creating fun, entertaining, and informative games for children on the Linux desktop, then Linux will continue to strive and grow in the education world. Imagine how much money schools could save by converting to open source platforms and getting rid of their expensive software license fees that are “discounted” for schools.

Batch Renaming using KRename

Peter from FOSSwire has a nice article on using KRename to rename a set of files.

Renaming a big set of files can be a right chore. For example, if you’ve just imported a set of digital photos, they’ll usually have really unhelpful and undescriptive filenames such as DSC_0000.jpg.

KRename is a graphical tool for KDE that attempts to make the process of batch renaming a large set of files a whole lot more bearable.

Read more..

Mirror websites using HTTrack

If you are looking for a reliable software application that will mirror a website for offline use, I suggest HTTrack. It is available for Windows 95/98/NT/2K/XP, Linux/Unix/BSD, and MacOSX.

HTTrack is an easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide website from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting html, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

5 Free Linux Backup Solutions

If you’ve ever lost data due to a system crash, you know how crucial backing up important files can be. Here are 5 Linux Backup Solutions you should check out. I recommend you implement at least one of these Linux Backup Solutions before it’s too late.

rsync

There are tons of Linux users and administrators out there who have customized rsync scripts to handle incremental backups automatically on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule. From the manual, rsync is described as a program that behaves in much the same way that rcp does, but has many more options and uses the rsync remote-update protocol to greatly speed up file transfers when the destination file is being updated. The rsync remote-update protocol allows rsync to transfer just the differences between two sets of files across the network connection, using an efficient checksum-search algorithm described in the technical report that accompanies this package.

Here are a few resources for learning how to set up a Linux backup solution using rsync:

http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/

http://finmath.uchicago.edu/~wilder/Security/rsync/

http://www.sanitarium.net/golug/rsync_backups.html

mondorescue

Mondorescue backs up your GNU/Linux server or workstation to tape, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R[W], DVD+R[W], NFS or hard disk partition. In the event of catastrophic data loss, you will be able to restore all of your data [or as much as you want], from bare metal if necessary. Personally, I like using Mondorescue to create DVD disk images of my system periodically. Upon initial installation and configuration of my Linux or Windows machine, I create a DVD disk image with Mondo so that if anything ever gets screwed up, I can pop in the DVD disk and restore back to my original configuration. The mondorescue team is great and the lead developers of the project are very active on the public mailing list offering help to normal users whenever needed.

Simple Backup Suite (Ubuntu, Gnome)

If you’re running Ubuntu Linux and are looking for a quick backup solution, I suggest checking out Simple Backup Suite, or sbackup for short. Simple Backup Suite is a simple backup solution intended for desktop use. It can backup any subset of files and directories. Exclusions can be defined by regular expressions. A maximum individual file size limit can be defined. Backups may be saved to any local and remote directories that are supported by gnome-vfs. There is a Gnome GUI interface for configuration and restore.

Amanda

AMANDA, the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver, is a backup system that allows the administrator to set up a single master backup server to back up multiple hosts over network to tape drives/changers or disks or optical media. Amanda uses native dump and/or GNU tar facilities and can back up a large number of workstations running multiple versions of Unix. Amanda uses Samba or Cygwin to back up Microsoft Windows desktops and servers.

Bacula

Bacula is a set of computer programs that permits the system administrator to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds. Bacula can also run entirely upon a single computer and can backup to various types of media, including tape and disk. In technical terms, it is a network Client/Server based backup program. Bacula is relatively easy to use and efficient, while offering many advanced storage management features that make it easy to find and recover lost or damaged files. Due to its modular design, Bacula is scalable from small single computer systems to systems consisting of hundreds of computers located over a large network.

Get Notified by SMS When Someone Contacts you on Pidgin

Mark O’Neill has a nice article on how to get notified by SMS when someone contacts you on Pidigin.

There is a plug-in available for Pidgin called gSMS which will notify you by mobile phone SMS when someone tries to contact you by Pidgin and you don’t respond within a specified time frame. This would be useful if you had to step away from your desk but you were expecting an important message. By configuring this plug-in, you can be told by SMS that the person left a message and you can get back in touch with them as soon as possible.

Pidgin is an instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. You can talk to your friends using AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr.

Wine 0.9.56 Released

Wine has released a new version of their popular a program loader capable of running Windows applications on Linux and other POSIX compatible operating systems.

What’s new in this release:
- Proper handling of OpenGL/Direct3D windows with menu bars.
- Stubs for all the d3dx9_xx dlls.
- Several graphics optimizations.
- Many installer fixes.
- Improved MIME message support.
- Lots of bug fixes.

Download the binary packages here.