July report

Top 10 July must-reads: Killer tools and practical guides for admins, Skype alternatives, Slackware turns 25, and more

Our sysadmin guides were a few of our hottest reads in July.

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Photo by Peter (CC BY-SA 2.0), modified by Rikki Endsley


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We published 85 articles in July, and welcomed 14 new authors. More than 56% of our content was contributed by members of the open source community, and our community moderators contributed 22 articles.

In honor of System Administrator Appreciation Day in July, we ran a series of articles for admins. We also wrapped up our OSCON speaker series.

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Top 10 articles published in July

A sysadmin's guide to network management

A reference list of Linux utilities and commands makes managing servers and networks easier.
tools in the cloud with security

Get out of the office faster with these network administration cheat sheets and tools.
5 open source alternatives to Skype

Communicate without compromising your open source ethos with these alternatives to proprietary web conferencing software.
a checklist for a team

There are many ways to automate common sysadmin tasks with Ansible. Here are several of them.
My first sysadmin mistake

How to focus on finding a solution amid the panic.
People work on a computer server

As many have found, the lure of the Perl is hard to resist.
robotic arm, DIY images

Five reasons hobbyists should take a look at RISC OS.
storage facility

Follow these step-by-step instructions to build your own Raspberry Pi-based network attached storage system.

Tips and tricks for making the Bash shell work better for you.

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...