Operating Systems

Archiving and Compression Using Linux

Archive and compress data using Linux

Archiving and compressing data adds security and stability to systems. For Linux and other Unix-like systems, there are countless free programs that can be used to help create and unpack files via the command line that are unaltered or compressed. One of the classic packing programs for Linux is tar. Even today, the tool is considered to be one of the most important archiving tools, especially for...

Server operating systems: a history and overview

Server operating systems: history and today’s situation

Operating systems have gone through some major changes over the years. While their beginnings are rooted in more humble, purely text-based user interfaces, today’s options have evolved into complex software packages with graphical interfaces, comprising an elegant go-between for hardware and software applications. Users, who have long since been equipped with a keyboard and mouse, are able to...

htop – the task manager for Linux, Mac OS X and BSD

Manage simple system processes with htop

Process managers can give experienced computer users and administrators an accurate overview of which programs and services are taking up the system’s capacity. Classic command-line tools are confusing, and can only be controlled with complicated commands. For Unix-like systems, such as Ubuntu, the task manager htop, with its text interface, is a first-class alternative. It can help inexperienced...


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