Need to figure out where your CPU resources are going and if it's time to add more memory? Find out with KSysGuard.
by Phil Hughes
KDE System Guard, or KSysGuard, is a program that offers you a look at how your system is running. Although many users may feel KSysGuard tells them a lot more than they want to know, a quick look at it can answer questions such as "Should I buy more RAM?"
You can start KSysGuard by entering
ksysguard in a run box
(Alt-F2), or you can find it listed in the K menu. On Kubuntu, it appears
in the System sub-menu. Once started, KSysGuard displays four graphs.
Figure 1 is an example of what should appear.
September 1, 2005 - TUX Magazine, the first and only magazine for the new Linux user, today announced the winners of its first-annual Readers' Choice Awards for 2005. TUX is published by SSC, publishers of Linux Journal.
"We were amazed by both the quantity and quality of the choices that were available for TUX's inaugural Readers' Choice Awards," commented Carlie Fairchild, SSC Publications' VP of Marketing and Sales. "Not only are the most popular applications getting ever more, but many new entrants keep arriving to push the market forward by leaps and bounds. It's clear that desktop Linux has arrived."
Issue number six, September 2005, of TUX is now available. Subscribers, you can download this issue here or simply follow the Download TUX button on the right to download the current issue. If you're not yet a TUX subscriber, consider subscribing today for instant access to this issue and many more!
I recently updated my Linux Counter entry and got email from Harald Tveit Alvestrand, the person who started the Linux Counter oh so many years ago. I realized most TUX subscribers have probably never heard of it.
I am member number 5645. I registered with the counter in March, 1992. Harald sent me email because he said he likes to contact the oldtimers. I didn't want to feel that old but, in Linux years, I guess I am. Today, with almost 145,000 users registered, that does look like a little number.
So, what does all this mean? Well, first, it doesn't mean there are only 145,000 Linux users in the world. In fact, Harald has a guess of the number of the users. He is guessing 29,000,000.
One of the things that makes Linux more secure than some operating systems is a permission system and separate logins. This adds the complication that some administrative tasks must be done using the administrator login (called root) but that is a small price to pay for the added level of security.
Different Linux distributions offer different ways to become root to perform these administrative tasks. The differences are not complicated to understand and there are valid reasons for each approach. In this article TUX explains these differences and how to get the job done using the various approaches.
Issue number five, August 2005, of TUX is now available. Subscribers, you can download this issue here or simply follow the Download TUX button on the right to download the current issue. If you're not yet a TUX subscriber, consider subscribing today for instant access to this issue and many more!
Never used a spreadsheet before? Here's how to get started by using OpenOffice.org Calc. [This article initially appeared in TUX, issue 4.]
by Kevin Brandes
Many office environments make extensive use of spreadsheets. The reasons why are no mystery, as spreadsheets allow you to collect large amounts of data and, more important, allow you to try out a series of hypothetical situations to see their impact in your specific situation.
If you've been a computer user for some time, it is likely that you have used at least one type of spreadsheet application or another. For those of you that have used other spreadsheet applications in the past and simply want to become acquainted with OpenOffice.org's Calc application, you'll probably want to skip to section two, or if you're more adventurous, simply open up OpenOffice.org and start doing what you need to do.
Issue number four, July 2005, of TUX is now available. Subscribers, you can download this issue here or simply follow the Download TUX button on the right to download the current issue. If you're not yet a TUX subscriber, consider subscribing today for instant access to this issue and many more!
This third article in the Linux advantages and disadvantages series addresses differences again--but in a very different way. This isn't about software differences but what you should do to take advantage of what the Linux community has to offer.
If you are a newcomer to Linux you are unlikely to see how this all works or feel you are both invited and expected to participate. But, the truth is that input from newcomers is exactly what is needed. After using UNIX-like systems for 25 years and Linux for half of that, I am not the person to decide what software is needed to satisfy the needs of the newcomer.
Latest issue offers advice for people with both Linux and Windows computers
June 14, 2005 -- SSC Publications Inc. today announced that its new publication, TUX Magazine, has surpassed 50,000 subscribers in only its third monthly issue. TUX is a controlled-circulation, digital publication that supports novice to intermediate-level users of the Linux operating system. The just-released June 2005 edition of TUX is the “Living with Windows