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Interrogating a Linux Machine

Nov 26, 2008, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Diehl)

"How would I do this job if I were working in a Linux shop? How much of this information could I gather? Where would I look? How hard would it be?

"It turns out that Linux keeps most of this information in fairly standardized locations. The rest of the information, such as installed software, can be had with just a few platform-specific commands.

"I'm fond of telling people that "everything is easier in Linux." This statement stems from the fact that I don't find myself "hunting" for just the right menu or GUI widget that I need to get a task done. Now sure, I'm demonstrating a bias that I have formed based on years of experience with Linux. But by the end of this article, I hope you see how easy it is to interrogate a machine with just a few commands."

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