Tutorials/Tips

Debugging a failed Ansible ad hoc command

Debugging a failed Ansible ad hoc command

Ansible is an IT automation and configuration management tool. Of all the most popular Free Software applications of its kind, it is the only one that operates in agentless mode. Chef, CFEngine and Puppet need agents on the client nodes to function. Ansible operates via SSH, so you don’t need to install any code on the client nodes. A few […]

The best Markdown editors for Linux

The best Markdown editors for Linux

During my search for a good Markdown editor for Linux, I came across a few that are good and a few that are not that good. See The search for a usable Markdown editor for my Linux desktop. A few of those don’t have support for binary installation on RPM-based distributions, like Fedora, and attempts to install them using alien […]

October 5, 2014 · 11 comments · Tutorials/Tips
The pain of trying to install a .deb package on Fedora using Alien

The pain of trying to install a .deb package on Fedora using Alien

During my search for a good Markdown text editor for Linux, I came across a few that had binary installation only for Debian and Ubuntu distributions. See The search for a usable Markdown editor for my Linux desktop. Because my main Linux desktop is powered for Fedora, I decided to find an alternate method of installing those applications other than […]

October 4, 2014 · 7 comments · Tutorials/Tips
The search for a usable Markdown editor for my Linux desktop

The search for a usable Markdown editor for my Linux desktop

I’ve spent the last several days looking for a note-taking/journal application that’s easy-to-use and also feature-rich. I’ve tried Lifeograph, RedNotebook and Xournal, but they didn’t fit the bill. I actually lost data with Lifeograph, which was painful. However, life goes on. So I went looking for something more to my liking. Something that’s Markdown-enabled. That has meant installing and uninstalling […]

October 4, 2014 · 5 comments · Tutorials/Tips
Using GNOME Boxes to create and access local virtual systems on GNOME 3.14

Using GNOME Boxes to create and access local virtual systems on GNOME 3.14

GNOME Boxes is a native GNOME 3 application for accessing remote machines and local virtual systems, primarily using the libvirt technology. Consider it an alternative to VirtualBox and VMPlayer. It’s being a usable application for quite some time, but with the release of GNOME 3.14, I decided to give it a test drive to see how far it has come. […]

September 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Tutorials/Tips
How to install TwitteR, a Twitter client for R

How to install TwitteR, a Twitter client for R

Installing packages in R is pretty easy, if you know the name of the package you wish to install. Just pass the name of the package to the install.packages() function. Once that’s done, load the package by passing its name to the library() function. So it’s a fairly easy and straight-forward process, right? But it wasn’t so when I attempted […]

September 26, 2014 · 0 comments · News & Announcements, Tutorials/Tips