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ZDNet Australia: Top Five Linux Lessons for Windows Admins

May 13, 2002, 17:30 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Lowe)

[ Thanks to Scott Sorrentino for this link. ]

"Much of my background is in maintaining Windows and NetWare systems. I played with Linux for a while and seriously got into it within the last year. So the five tips that I present below are a direct result of my learning experience...

"First, Linux is capable of being administered via either an X windows system such as Gnome or KDE or via the command-line interface, which is what I prefer for most administration tasks. For Windows administrators new to Linux, often the choice is one of the graphical interfaces. I prefer KDE over Gnome because of KDE's tighter component integration and ease of use. In addition, KDE is capable of a more Windows-like look and feel, which will help Windows folks make the transition. While I will be the first to admit that I'm not a master Linux system administrator, having to change the screen resolution via text files for Gnome is an annoyance to me. For that and other reasons, I have chosen to use KDE for my systems.

"While all of your end-user Linux desktops will mostly likely need a graphical environment, for some of my systems, I only run it when I need to. For example, when installing a Web server, I generally start and run Apache from the command line and then log out. This allows the system to use the resources that would normally be used by the X services to serve up more Web pages..."

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