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 GMercyU 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 http://www.loggly.com

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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May 192015

While there are many music players out there, most of them require you to purchase the music and add it to your own playlist. This can amass quite a lot of work, especially if you have large collections of music, and because of that using an alternative such as Atraci is truly recommended.

What is Atraci?

Simply put, Atraci is a music player that streams music from YouTube. The idea isn’t new, with other apps such as MusicTube providing a similar set of features, but what Atraci does is that it allows you to access the current top tracks you can find on the market right after entering the app.

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Apr 122015

systemd is a suite of system management daemons, libraries, and utilities designed as a central management and configuration platform for the GNU/Linux computer operating system.
It provides a system and service manager that runs as PID 1 and starts the rest of the system as alternative to the traditional sysVinit.
systemd provides aggressive parallelization capabilities, uses socket and D-Bus activation for starting services, offers on-demand starting of daemons,

It’s becoming the standard of all the major GNU/Linux distributions and at the moment it’s the default for Arch Linux, Red Hat Enterprise/Centos (version 7), Fedora, Mageia and Suse Enterprise, it’s planned to be used on Debian 8 and Ubuntu 15.04.

There is a lot of people talking for and against systemd on the net as some see it as too intrusive, complex and against the Unix philosophy to keep things simple and make them do just one task.

Using Red Hat 7 at work and Arch Linux on my laptop I’ve started to use it and I must agree that it’s not so simple in the start, but let’s try to take the good thing from it and in this article I’d like to show you some commands that you can use with systemd to manage the processes on a GNU/Linux system and that I’ve found really useful.
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