[TriLUG] Want to create a Linux "Tool Box".
chad.thomsen at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 12:05:06 EST 2006
Thanks guys. I figured there would be little to know tools for linux simply
because it is open source and there is nothing "hidden under the covers"
like a comercial operating system such as Windows. I was just curious as I
am still relatively new with linux.
On 2/22/06, Carl Crider <c.crider at gmail.com> wrote:
> If you want a Linux Toolbox for Windows, start with knoppix for sure. You
> can get under the hood
> of a Windows machine quite well with knoppix. You can recover data, remove
> unwanted files, fix
> Windows boot issues, etc. It's also very easy to use if your used to a
> Windows world.
> Personally, I use knoppix-std, which is a security distribution [bootable]
> and I have a diskless PHLAK [bootable]box running that constantly monitors
> my network traffic.
> As far as a toolbox FOR linux goes, well, Linux IS the toolbox. Ryan hit
> nail on the head in his reply.
> On 2/22/06, Ryan Leathers <ryan.leathers at globalknowledge.com> wrote:
> > I don't know if you'll find the same sort of "toolbox" for Linux that
> > you keep around for Windows - and that's good. With Windows, there are
> > lots of things that go on "under the hood" which few of us ever get to
> > really see and understand. I think this is a big reason why people like
> > to collect the kinds of tools you have collected for Windows. Now
> > before you discount this as anti-Microsoft rhetoric, let me just assure
> > you that I've spent my time as an MCSE in MS-centric IT shops. I was
> > even born and raised in Redmond -- really -- and its a beautiful place,
> > but none of this changes the fact that you don't get to, and don't
> > really need to, understand exactly what is happening in the bowels of
> > Windows, because by and large you can't see or modify its behavior
> > anyway, short of manipulating the user interface MS has decided to
> > provide to you.
> > With Linux, you have the benefit of being able to see, understand, and
> > manipulate anything and everything. Best of all, even if you don't want
> > to change a thing, you get to see what is happening - exactly - when
> > things go wrong.
> > Your Linux toolkit then might consist of these:
> > 1. A boot CD - there are lots to choose from with all the things you'd
> > probably consider "the tools"
> > 2. knowledge and comfort with ssh and netcat - these get you where you
> > need to be
> > 3. knowledge and comfort reading man pages and log files - these tell
> > you what you need to know - really
> > On Wed, 2006-02-22 at 09:01 -0500, Chad Thomsen wrote:
> > > I work as a net admin and over the years I have accumulated quite a
> > free
> > > Windows based tools I have burned to a CD and call it my "Windows Tool
> > > Box". It contains all sorts of utilties for troubleshooting,
> > and
> > > fixing windows based issues.
> > >
> > > That being said I was wanting to put togather a Linux tool box. Thing
> > is my
> > > knowledge and experience is much less then windows so I am not sure
> > > cool tools are available for this sort of thing.
> > >
> > > Any suggestions much appreciated.
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > Chad
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