Tools for sysadmins, Skype alternatives, improving Linux skills, 6 must-read RFCs, and more

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You can't read everything on the internet, but here's a handy list of must-reads from last week.

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Weekly top 10 

Try as you might, you can't read everything on the internet, but here are our top 10 must-read articles from last week:

    Tools in a cloud

    Get out of the office faster with these network administration cheat sheets and tools.
    open source button on keyboard

    Communicate without compromising your open source ethos with these alternatives to proprietary web conferencing software.
    red pen editing mistakes

    How to focus on finding a solution amid the panic.

    This distro comes with a long list of pre-installed open source software tools for digital artists.
    Penguin with green background

    With so many options to choose from, there's no excuse for not keeping your skills fresh.
    Two animated computers waving one missing an arm

    Safely and reliably make perfect copies of drives, partitions, and filesystems with the Linux dd tool.
    Document sending

    Read-it-later application adds features that make it a solid alternative to apps like Pocket, Paper, and Instapaper.
    Sea trials soldier crawling by DVIDSHUB

    Many of the armed forces' colorful euphemisms are equally at home in DevOps.

    Learn a few tips for moving into a new technical culture.

    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...