Sandra Henry-Stocker

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Sandra Henry-Stocker has been administering Unix systems for more than 30 years. She describes herself as "USL" (Unix as a second language) but remembers enough English to write books and buy groceries. She lives in the mountains in Virginia where, when not working with or writing about Unix, she's chasing the bears away from her bird feeders.

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Finding what you’re looking for on Linux

Finding what you’re looking for on Linux

How to use the find, locate, mlocate, which, whereis, whatis, and apropos commands to find files on Linux systems.

Fedora 28 beta is ready for you to test

Fedora 28 beta is ready for you to test

A new version of the Fedora Linux distro, Fedora 28, was released in its beta version. Here's a look at some of its new features.

Simplifying Linux with ... fish?

Simplifying Linux with ... fish?

Some see a lot of promise in the evolution of "fish" on Linux -- a shell with a some unusual behaviors.

Working with calendars on Linux

Working with calendars on Linux

With calendars on Linux, you can get more than just reminders of what day it is. Commands such as date, cal, ncal and calendar provide helpful information.

Reviewing logins on Linux

Reviewing logins on Linux

The "last" command provides some easy ways to see who has been logging into your system and when, but with a little more work, you can ask it to report on a specific time period.

A new telepresence robot takes the stage

A new telepresence robot takes the stage

Ava from Ava Robotics, a startup with deep technical ties to iRobot, brings her charming personality to the telepresence marketplace.

How to check your network connections on Linux

How to check your network connections on Linux

The ip command provides a lot of information on network interfaces. Here's some advice to help you understand what it's telling you.

Linux command history: Choosing what to remember and how

Linux command history: Choosing what to remember and how

Linux command history is not just about repeating commands. You can selectively decide what to remember and whether to record the date and time your commands were used.

Linux: To recurse or not

Linux: To recurse or not

Some Linux commands recurse without being asked, while others have to be nudged with just the right option. Here are some ways to use it to make you tasks easier.

What is a Linux 'oops'?

What is a Linux 'oops'?

When the Linux kernel detects something on the system violated the kernel's rules about proper behavior, it will shut the system down and issue an "oops."

It’s launch day for Sylabs: Promoting portable high-performance containers for Linux

It’s launch day for Sylabs: Promoting portable high-performance containers for Linux

Support for container technology deriving from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is getting a boost in enterprise and commercial markets through the formation of a new company, Sylabs.

The Linux ranger: What is it and how do you use it?

The Linux ranger: What is it and how do you use it?

For those of us who cut our technical teeth on the Unix/Linux command line, the relatively new ranger makes examining files a very different experience. A file manager that works inside a terminal window, ranger provides useful...

Why you should use named pipes on Linux

Why you should use named pipes on Linux

Named pipes aren't used all that often, but they provide some interesting options for inter-process communications.

Get ready to use Linux containers

Get ready to use Linux containers

Joe Brockmeier, a senior evangelist at Red Hat, explains the benefits of containers on Linux, how they work and how to prepare to use them.

2018 state of resilience: The pressure is on

2018 state of resilience: The pressure is on

IT leaders are under increased pressure to ensures systems can withstand natural disasters, attacks, and increasing storage and data accessibility needs.

Improved telepresence: In your face with the new BeamPro 2

Improved telepresence: In your face with the new BeamPro 2

Available this summer, the new BeamPro 2 promises more realistic telepresence visits with colleagues, customers, patients and others.

Red Hat responds to the Intel processor flaw

Red Hat responds to the Intel processor flaw

How are the Linux vendors addressing the recently-exposed Intel processor flaw? I asked Red Hat and got some solid answers. What is the nature of the problem? Discovered some time ago, but only just yesterday brought into public...

Linux resolutions for 2018

Linux resolutions for 2018

New Year's resolutions for Linux admins and users

Squinting at ASCII on Linux

Squinting at ASCII on Linux

ASCII plays a much more important role on our systems than generating techno-art. Let's explore the commands that allow you to see how it works.

How to extract content from compressed files on Linux

How to extract content from compressed files on Linux

Learn how to easily extract content from compressed Linux files — without having to memorize a suite of syntactical options

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