From your underlying open source server operating system to the open source tools that help you get your job done, open source software is likely a critical part of your IT infrastructure. This ServerWatch section will keep you abreast of the latest releases, reviews and various troubleshooting tips.
| Server-news Article Published April 16, 2013
The Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation explains what it takes to build a platform ecosystem.
| Server-news Article Published March 6, 2013
Big Blue tabs the open source cloud platform as the base for all of its cloud computing offerings.
| Server-news Article Published February 5, 2013
Open source OpenStack cloud vendor gets a little help from Cisco in a new round of funding.
| Server-news Article Published January 23, 2013
VMware makes strategic investment in open source-based configuration management technology - what does it all mean?
| Server-news Article Published January 10, 2013
Founder says he has turned down acquisition offers as his company continues to grow by helping others build OpenStack public clouds.
| Server-news Article Published October 19, 2012
As the open source cloud project continues to grow, new projects could land in the next release.
| Server-news Article Published October 17, 2012
VMware CTO Steve Herrod tells OpenStack that he want to join the party.
| Server-trends Article Published October 17, 2012
Ubuntu, SUSE and Red Hat explain how the nascent market for packaged cloud server distributions is beginning to shape up.
| Server-trends Article Published October 16, 2012
Mark Shuttleworth details what it takes to deliver OpenStack in production, in 3 minutes or less.
| Server-news Article Published October 15, 2012
The networking hardware giant releases a key open source cloud distribution.
| Server-news Article Published October 12, 2012
With OpenStack Folsom now officially available, Red Hat reveals how it's putting the open source cloud technology together for an Enterprise release.
| Server-trends Article Published October 2, 2012
Will political in-fighting and dissent over open and closed cloud platform alternatives prevent cloud providers from helping make the cloud enterprise a reality?
| Server-news Article Published August 23, 2012
The company looks to stand out by making it easier for organizations to jump on the OpenStack bandwagon.
| Server-news Article Published August 6, 2012
Different cloud server technologies all come together and get abstracted in Deltacloud 1.0.
| Server-news Article Published August 1, 2012
After more than two years of promoting the open source OpenStack project, Rackspace is finally ready to deliver it for its own cloud customers.
| Server-news Article Published July 18, 2012
The cloud will no longer be confined to just the realm of x86 servers as OpenStack turns two.
| Server-news Article Published June 29, 2012
Is it officially the summer of OpenStack? Work on governance as well as technology continues to accelerate.
| Server-news Article Published June 21, 2012
The new OpenStack private cloud will take full advantage of SUSE Studio and cloud management capabilities.
| Server-trends Article Published June 15, 2012
While Amazon boasts that NASA is saving $1M by moving to AWS, the truth is a bit more complex.
| Server-news Article Published May 24, 2012
New provisioning tool takes aim at bare metal server deployments.
| Server-news Article Published May 3, 2012
A new open source project lets Cloud Foundry PaaS run on OpenStack IaaS.
| Server-news Article Published April 17, 2012
Open source cloud platform now has open source configuration options.
| Server-news Article Published April 5, 2012
Latest open source OpenStack release provides new management, security, storage and compute features.
| Server-news Article Published April 3, 2012
Citrix kills its commercial OpenStack efforts, claiming it wasn't Amazon compatible; OpenStack execs disagree.
| Server-news Article Published March 29, 2012
The latest release of Puppet goes beyond simple server and application configuration.
| Server-reviews Article Published March 5, 2012
These 13 free network and DNS tools will go a long way toward helping you administer, troubleshoot, manage and secure your network.
| Server-news Article Published February 17, 2012
Open source cloud computing platform gets a new on-ramp with TryStack effort.
| Server-news Article Published January 24, 2012
What's sitting inside your Dell OEM solution? If it's Linux, then it's likely to be SUSE.
| Server-news Article Published December 8, 2011
Cloudera Enterprise 3.7 debuts providing enterprise tools for managing Big Data.
| Server-news Article Published November 8, 2011
New Linux release embraces OpenStack and improved GNOME desktop.
| Server-tutorials Article Published October 25, 2011
If you're looking to script backups or other operations, a reliable CLI tool that works with S3 is a must. s3cmd fits the bill.
| Server-news Article Published October 24, 2011
The open source server configuration management tool makes the leap to Windows, enabling automation for both Linux and Windows.
| Server-news Article Published October 18, 2011
New cloud service for PHP developers takes flight with tools to help build and test cloud applications.
| Server-tutorials Article Published October 18, 2011
Prototyping Web applications? Trying to test and tune your Web servers? httperf makes it easy to test HTTP server workloads.
| Server-news Article Published October 13, 2011
New Ubuntu release builds in OpenStack, Juju and updated Unity interface on the desktop.
| Server-tutorials Article Published October 12, 2011
The latest GNU fdisk is now in alpha. Not anywhere ready for production, but ready for the adventurous to take out for a spin.
| Server-news Article Published October 6, 2011
A new open source foundation is set to take shape.
| Server-tutorials Article Published October 4, 2011
Learn tips for keeping your Linux system safe in this post-kernel.org-breach world.
| Server-news Article Published October 3, 2011
Java on Ruby implementation takes a big leap forward enabling deployment of production supported cloud.
| Server-news Article Published September 29, 2011
A new take on OpenStack debuts with automated deployment and security baked in.
| Server-tutorials Article Published September 26, 2011
Completing filenames when using Vim in command mode can be tricky. These tips will make it a simpler task.
| Server-news Article Published September 23, 2011
Configuration management tool gets new reporting user interface and faster synchronization.
| Server-news Article Published September 22, 2011
Identity, networking, management and high-availability get a boost in new release of open source cloud platform.
| Server-tutorials Article Published September 20, 2011
Linux admins looking for an easy way to set hard and soft limits for users will find much to like about the pam_limits module. With pam_limits, you can set parameters on system resources on a per-user (or per-group) basis for all variables--from the maximum number of files a user can have open to the amount of CPU time.
| Server-tutorials Article Published September 12, 2011
Linux and other Unix-type systems contain a wealth of features under the surface. Oftentimes, however, these features are non-obvious and hard to find. Compgen, a GNU Bash builtin that shows all possible completions, is one such feature.
| Server-news Article Published September 8, 2011
OpenStack ecosystem continues to grow, but how do you move data across different OpenStack vendors?
| Server-tutorials Article Published September 6, 2011
Is your hardware inadequate for your site? Throwing more resources at it may not be the best answer. For WordPress sites, W3 Total Cache is an inexpensive way to wring the most out of what you already have.
| Tutorials Article Published August 9, 2011
Renameutils is aptly named. The easy-to-use collection of utilities makes renaming files as easy as using your favorite text editor.
| Tutorials Article Published August 1, 2011
When it comes to collecting system status data, sar is a veritable workhorse. It is not, however, without its limitations. If you're in the market for a utility that also handles NFS, Slab data, and sub-second intervals, consider collectl.
| News Article Published July 28, 2011
HP joins Dell, Citrix, Cisco, Ubuntu and more than 86 other vendors in the land-grab rush for open source stack superemacy.
| Tutorials Article Published July 25, 2011
For sys admins, running a process can feel like driving cross-country without a road map. Pipe Viewer is one way to answer the question, 'are we there yet?'
| Tutorials Article Published July 19, 2011
With GNU ddrescue you need never worry about the impact of optical media degradation on your data.
| Tutorials Article Published July 11, 2011
Understanding regular expressions is important for anyone who spends time doing
system administration or programming. If that describes you and regexes are
not your strong suit, txt2regex is an excellent tool to have handy.
| News Article Published July 6, 2011
New open source middleware Java Server release nears completion.
| Tutorials Article Published June 27, 2011
Ready to roll out a site, but not sure how it will perform in real-world use? Consider Siege, an open source load-testing and benchmarking utility that will help stress test your setup before exposing it to the world.
| News Article Published June 27, 2011
Moving messages from .NET to Java platforms get easier with new middleware messaging engine.
| News Article Published June 15, 2011
Perl cloud vendor run by a 15 year old entrepreneur gets snapped up.
| Tutorials Article Published June 13, 2011
Debian's package tools makes it easy to install and manage packages. For more complex tasks, however, tools are not as well-advertised. Here are five options worth checking out.
| Tutorials Article Published June 6, 2011
Have a long-running job you want to "detach" from the terminal? Don't use tmux or Screen? If you haven't started the job yet, nohup is an easy to use option, and if you must stop a job in the middle, there's disown.
| Tutorials Article Published May 31, 2011
No matter what the size is of your IT environment, issue tracking is a critical component of system administration. If you're looking for a simple issue tracking system that can be scaled as your shop grows, check out Roundup, an interesting solution that is easy to both test out and deploy.
| News Article Published May 26, 2011
Citrix formally announces the name and direction of their OpenStack open source cloud virtualization stack initiative
| Tutorials Article Published May 23, 2011
DenyHosts makes it easy to ward off unauthorized SSH connection attempts. The utility blocks attempts to connect to your server via SSH after too many failed attempts or from a blacklisted host.
| Tutorials Article Published May 16, 2011
When your system is rooted, you can't trust most utilities to show processes from the rootkit. To identify the problem, check out unhide and unhide.rb.
| News Article Published May 12, 2011
Red Hat rolls out new cloud services at the Red Hat Summit, Ubuntu's CTO calls
it quits, Attachmate makes some post-acquisition moves and takes aim at the Mono
Project, and more.
| Tutorials Article Published May 9, 2011
The tail utility is one of the most useful admin tools, but it's limited and outdated. Bring your log-watching capabilities into the 21st century and view multiple logs at one time with MultiTail.
| News Article Published May 6, 2011
ActiveState chooses VMware's Cloud Foundry instead of Red Hat OpenShift for new platform.
| News Article Published May 4, 2011
New solutions for creating and managing clouds announced, but they're not all open source -- yet.
| Tutorials Article Published April 26, 2011
Perl may not be glamorous, but its modules are often hard to avoid. Oftentimes, the standard CPAN shell makes using them more difficult than it needs to be. If that's the case for you, consider switching to CPAN Minus.
| Tutorials Article Published April 18, 2011
If you use git to collaborate, you probably also know about Gist, a Pastebin-type service from Github. But did you also know, that if you're a Vim user you can get even more out of it with the script Gist.vim?
| News Article Published April 15, 2011
OpenStack expands with new API to create extensions.
| News Article Published April 14, 2011
Groklaw declares 'mission-accomplished', KDE and GNOME have some news of their own, Android stays open and more.
| Tutorials Article Published April 11, 2011
Telnet remains a useful, albeit insecure, way to troubleshoot Linux-powered servers.
| Tutorials Article Published April 4, 2011
Data aficionados constantly on the lookout for better ways to display charts and graphs will appreciate CairoPlot, Python-based plotting software pretty enough to impress even the most jaded Mac user.
| Sreviews Article Published March 31, 2011
Linux adoption in the scientific community is very high. For the many organizations that want Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 but don't want to pay for it or wait for the next release of CentOS, Scientific Linux is worth a look.