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Three Tools I'd Love to See in Linux

Jul 23, 2010, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Buys)

"As an open source enthusiast, there are thousands of great tools available to me. However, some things in Linux are harder than they need to be. The world of open source has come a long way, but keeping an eye on what is going on outside of the open source arena can show that there are still areas where we need to improve. Here are three tools from IBM and Apple that I would love to see incorporated into the next great Linux distribution.

"AIX has two tools that, as a Linux enthusiast, I'm envious of: makesysb, and cfgmgr. The first tool, makesysb, can clone a running system onto a bootable DVD. It's very similar to other cloning tools like G4L and Clonezilla, but it's built into the operating system, and doesn't require a reboot. It's great for system migration, and for keeping a backup around for disaster recovery. We try to keep makesysb images on DVD for all of our systems quarterly."

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