Slackware, Still Very Much Alive

A recent article at tecmint.com says that there are over 600 Linux distros (distributions).  Of those 500 are in active development.  If you aren’t familiar, a “distro” is a way of packaging up the Linux kernel with a set of applications.  Different ones have evolved with different priorities and methodologies.…

Reverse Engineering a Linux Install

The Linux world is full of different package managers.  Yum, Apt and others can make it complex when a solution doesn’t support a distro (distribution) you are already standardized on.  If the option of compiling yourself is not available, the next option is to convert the available packages or extract…

VNC, a quick introduction

When I started in tech, the command line was everything.  You’d telnet (gasp!) or ssh into different systems and do your updates, upgrades and configurations.  More and more systems now have a UI now, and not everything can be done via web page.  So how do you remotely (and securely!)…