Nov 172015

Article By Cassie Philips.

Linuxaria has been one of my go-to sources for Linux tips and information ever since I discovered it a couple of months ago. I would strongly suggest reading this post on managing processes with cgroup, as it is an example of the quality of their content.

Linux being one of the quickest rising operating systems available to computers (especially with the privacy debacle that is Windows 10), we are finding that more tools are becoming available to Linux users for their convenience, entertainment and security. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is one of those services.

What is a VPN, and how does it relate to you? Those are the questions this article is here to answer for you.

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Nov 152015

Article by Mark

There has always been a silent war between Windows and GNU/Linux fans. The first one is developed by Microsoft and definitely not free of charge, while the second is not that widely used, but available to anyone as open source software. Linux comes with numerous pros for those that use it; over time, many people have realized these advantages and thus the use of Linux noted a growth of 0.11 points in 2015, reaching a 1.74% market share.

Nevertheless, the thing that’s point of interest in this article is how the increased use of Linux devices affected the growth of gaming on Linux. Linux gaming actually refers to developing and playing video games on this open source operating system. As most Linux fans probably know, the development of this idea started as an extension of already existing Unix gaming. It’s believed that the commercial Linux gaming platform was born back in 1994 when the popular game Doom was ported to Linux by Dave D. Taylor. Later on, Taylor was involved in many other projects that only further helped Linux gaming to become reality. For example, working in his free time, in 1996 he collaborated with id Software in order to make the game Quake available to Linux.

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Oct 012015

Post By Ravinder

CIS students earn a skill set that applies to a range of lucrative careers in IT. Data architects, software development managers and program managers are among dozens of CIS positions with a mid-career salary that is greater than $120,000.

Compared to other disciplines, job prospects are healthy for CIS majors – especially when they combine real-world experience with formal studies. The former is particularly important for graduates who want a competitive position in programming or software development.

Linux gives CIS students the opportunity to “look under the hood” and see how the operating system works. In fact, many graduates claim that Linux is what sparked their interest in programming in the first place.

In particular, Linux gives users the chance to learn about open-source software. The operating system makes it easy to explore different programming languages, distribution systems and other topics that give CIS students a valuable skillset for employers.

Windows vs. Linux for Computer Science Majors

Although it’s certainly valuable to be proficient in Windows programming, there are certain educational advantages to working with Linux. This is largely because most programming tools and languages are designed for Linux operating systems first. Many of them are never even ported to Windows.

According to Quora, other reasons why Linux trumps Windows for CIS majors include:

·  *nix operating systems make it easy for users to practice scripting.

·  Linux is free, which is great for college students on a budget.

·  Upgrades and updates are free, as well.

·  You can start learning and contributing open-source software.

·  Windows is mainly a client operating system. It is less programmer friendly than Linux.

·  Hackers tend to target Windows users due to the OS’s popularity.

Is a Computer Science Degree Worth the Investment for Programmers?

Many information technology companies complain that computer science curriculums aren’t preparing students for real-world jobs in the industry. This is why more colleges and universities are reforming their internship programs to give CIS majors firsthand experience in the field.

Like most other career paths, success in IT requires a genuine passion about the subject matter. The most prosperous programmers are those who explore Linux and other tools during their free time, and who seek the guidance of experienced mentors through internships.

If prospective students want to get the most out of their CIS degree, then they have to find a program that has a positive reputation among companies within the industry. For example, hiring managers know that graduates who earn a computer information science degree at have a skill set that few other applicants can match.

Ultimately, the two most critical factors when it comes to landing a dream job in computer science are hands-on programming experience and a CIS degree from a reputable college or university. Students should use Linux to explore open-source software and find an internship opportunity that will prepare them for a career in information technology.

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Jul 262015

Article by David Loth.

Have you heard of the latest movie streaming client on linux? The torrent community is buzz with latest open source movie streaming software born after that popcorntime has been closed. Popcorntime was a client based app for streaming movies for free.

Applications similar to it allows users to stream movies (with subtitles) and TV series, at no cost, and that may be illegal in your country so make sure you read the disclaimer before using Popcorn Time or any software related to it!
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Jul 102015

This is a re-post of the original article byJason SkowronskiAmy Echeverri and Sadequl Hussain first posted on

Linux Logging Basics

First we’ll describe the basics of what Linux logs are, where to find them, and how they get created. If you already know this stuff, feel free to skip to the next section.

Linux System Logs

Many valuable log files are automatically created for you by Linux. You can find them in your /var/log directory. Here is what this directory looks like on a typical Ubuntu system:


Some of the most important Linux system logs include:

  • /var/log/syslog or /var/log/messages stores all global system activity data, including startup messages. Debian-based systems like Ubuntu store this in /var/log/syslog. RedHat-based systems like RHEL or CentOS store this in /var/log/messages.
  • /var/log/auth.log or /var/log/secure stores logs from the Pluggable Authentication Module (pam) including successful logins, failed login attempts, and authentication methods. Ubuntu and Debian store authentication messages in /var/log/auth.log. RedHat and CentOS store this data in /var/log/secure.
  • /var/log/kern stores kernel error and warning data, which is particularly helpful for troubleshooting custom kernels.
  • /var/log/cron stores information about cron jobs. Use this data to verify that your cron jobs are running successfully.

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