Sysadmin tools, secrets of Kconfig/kbuild, 11 KDE apps, tcpdump, Laverna, Python, and more

Sysadmin tools, secrets of Kconfig/kbuild, 11 KDE apps, tcpdump, Laverna, Python, and more

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Today we launched the first article in our LISA18 speaker series, An introduction to Ansible Operators in Kubernetes by Michael Hrivnak. Check back for more articles from LISA18 speakers leading up to the event, which will be held October 29-31 in Nashville, Tennessee.

We also launched our latest cheat sheet, the Go command and packages cheat sheet, by Mihalis Tsoukalos. Do you have an idea for a cheat sheet? Send me your proposal.

All Things Open

Will you be at All Things Open in Raleigh, October 21-23? Be sure to stop by the booth to meet the editors and pick up sweet swag, and pop into the photo booth located by the main entrance for a souvenir snapshot.

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Weekly top 10 (October 8-14)

Here are our most popular articles from the past week:

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These open source tools help users understand system behavior and output, and provide alerts for potential problems.
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Dive into understanding how the Linux config/build system works.
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This flexible, powerful command-line tool helps ease the pain of troubleshooting network issues.
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Keep your notes secure yet accessible with this basic, easy-to-use open source app.
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Here's how I used Python to discover a strategy for cost-effective fill-ups.
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These best practices will make your employees more savvy and your organization more secure.
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Driving large-scale organizational change is painful, but when it comes to DevOps, the payoff is worth the pain.
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Learn the fascinating story of Ada Lovelace, a gifted mathematician, in this book review.

About the author

Rikki Endsley - Rikki Endsley is the Developer Program managing editor at Red Hat, and a former community architect and editor for In the past, she worked as the community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team at Red Hat; a freelance tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User; and as the managing editor of Sys Admin magazine and...