What you need to know about the Linux Swap Space

Whilst in Windows the Swap is a file, in Linux systems it is a partition and this partition is very important to the system when it needs more memory(RAM) than it is physically present. It is often said that 512MB of RAM in Linux is equivalent to 1024 RAM in Windows – this is also because of the big hand the Swap space gives to the memory. A complete guide on how to configure your Swap has been provided by The major advise they give is to make your Swap partition twice that of the physical memory – but not bigger than 2GB. So if you have 256MB of physical memory then get 512MB of Swap space.

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Get used to the GNU Affero General Public License Version 3

Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today published the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 (GNU AGPLv3). The license based on version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GNU GPLv3) has an additional term to allow users who interact with the licensed software over a network to receive the source for that program. By publishing this license, the FSF aims to foster user and development communities around network-oriented free software.
Taken via [ Linux Magazine ] and [ Free Software Foundation ]

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How to cancel files with strange names

For Linux platforms only. Often the command rm from the command-line does not help you to cancel a file that begins with the character . This happens because rm interprets the symbol – as the beginning of a flag(option) and so it does not execute it. In this case like in many others where the files name begin with characters like *, &, | , the best way to resolve this problem is to use rm in the following way; More»

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Linux F.A.Q – part II

Is it possible to switch from one distro to the other without having to reboot your PC? I have on my PC, Ubuntu Edgy and Fedora Core 6 and I’ll certainly prefer to switch from one distro to the other without having to reboot each time.
Many of us have a dual boot system like Windows and Ubuntu. Others have even three distros. Its no big problem having more than two running distros on the same PC as a boot loader is configured automatically when a second distro is being installed(GRUB, LILLO). But to be able to switch from one distro to another you need and extra package.

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Linux F.A.Q – part I

I) Is it possible to change the name of your Linux box?
The name assigned to your system at the moment of installation usually Host (at times Hostname, or end system) simply serves to classentify your PCs. If not stated, the default name becomes localhost. In all GNU/Linux distributions this information is conserved in /etc/hostname; its in this file that the name of your box is stored. Its clear that to change the Hostname its enough to modify the string in the /etc/hostname file.

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