Install VirtualBox Guest Additions via Command Line

I routinely spin up CentOS virtual machines in VirtualBox. Sometimes they are temporary and others might be around for months. These seemingly throw away VMs utilize the CentOS minimal install ISO for speed of setup (I really should just build a standard starting point VM and clone it as needed but I digress). (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I understand that installing the VirtualBox guest additions is a nicety for some so you probably rarely do it. [Read More]

Linux Directory Structure

For more information about the Linux directory structure see the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS) which is part of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) which is a workgroup of the Free Standards Group. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); / The root directory (not to be concerned with the root account) is similar to a drive letter in Windows (C:\, D:\, etc.) except that in the Linux directory structure there is only one root directory and everything falls under it (including other filesystems and partitions). [Read More]

Moving to Linux - Linux Hopes Dashed

This will be the final article in the “Moving to Linux” series. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Moving to Linux plan had been going along as it should. My Western Digital 200 GB hard drive arrived and I was ready and waiting with a freshly burned copy of Red Hat 9. All the research I had previously done indicated that there shouldn’t be any major issues because of all the key components in my computer being compatible with Linux. [Read More]

Moving to Linux - Filesystems

After deciding how my hard disk will be partitioned in Linux, I need to select a filesystem for those partitions. A filesystem is a system for organizing directories and files, generally in terms of how it is implemented in the disk operating system. In layman’s terms it is code that tells your operating system how data is stored, organized, and managed on a hard disk drive. Every operating system has a filesystem of some sort. [Read More]

Moving to Linux - Partitioning

After deciding to make the move to Linux, determining that my hardware is compatible with Linux, and after picking a Linux distro it’s time to decide how to partition my hard drive. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Unlike Microsoft Windows where one partition is usually the case, Linux users agree that a few partitions should be made for certain paths that Linux uses. I’ve done some research on the Linux Directory Structure and that would be very helpful information to read before continuing if you’re not too familiar with Linux already. [Read More]

Moving to Linux - Picking a Distribution

After deciding to move to Linux and determining that my hardware is compatible with Linux, it’s time to pick a Linux distribution. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Choosing the right distribution for you is exactly that. You have to choose the right distribution for YOU. There is no one size fits all Linux distro. You have to think about what you’re looking for in a Linux distro and essentially rule out the ones that won’t fit you. [Read More]

Moving to Linux - Hardware Compatibility

The first step when preparing for the move to Linux is to make sure that your hardware is compatible. It requires a great deal of research when you get very specific (as I did). For example, I have a Logitech QuickCam Express and I wanted to make sure it would work with the latest Linux kernel. Well initially one would say, “Well it’s USB 1.1 it should work in Linux, no problem. [Read More]

Moving to Linux

Like a lot of people, I for one am tired of playing Microsoft’s silly little game. Update this, patch that, buy our new operating system that turns out to be nothing but a glorified service pack. I’ve had it with Microsoft and the money pit that corporation has created. The sheer cost of staying up to date with Windows 2000 or Windows XP (Home or Professional) and Microsoft Office is, by itself, reason enough to look at other operating systems. [Read More]