Entries by Dave Cohen

My Favorite Computer Games

I’ve played a lot of computer games over the years. They’re what got me into computers in the ’90s, and several of them are responsible for me getting into Linux, programming, and system administration. Just FYI: these contain affiliate links to the humble bundle store.   Deus Ex (the original 1999 masterpiece) Easily my favorite game […]

Thoughts Worth Thinking About

I was just chatting with a friend about software, infrastructure, modern architectures and methodologies, and just sysadmin stuff in general. After getting up for a few minutes to grab a drink, here’s what I found waiting for me in the chat room. I’m sharing it, with his permission:   I find it funny. Everyone is […]

System Administration Careers: Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re wondering whether or not a System Administration career is right for you, this article might help. Someone just sent me some questions about what a career in System Administration is like, and asked some questions that I hadn’t thought to answer on YouTube or here on the tutorialinux blog. Since I’ve been working […]

Amazon AWS Basics Tutorial: Setting Up a Load-Balanced, Auto-Scaling Webserver

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to build load-balanced, highly available, self-healing infrastructure on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. If you’ve been wondering how to get started with “DevOps,” “Cloud” System Administration, and public cloud providers in general, this is the series for you. Amazon’s Cloud Services are vast — there are an […]

New Books Added to the Sysadmin Reading List!

I’ve just added some more amazing books to the sysadmin reading list page. These are books that I’ve read over the last year which are so spectacular that I think every sysadmin (or aspiring sysadmin) needs to read and digest them. Some standouts from the list above: The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction I […]

Advice to an Aspiring Sysadmin

I get a *lot* of e-mails and YouTube messages asking me how to become a system administrator. Usually I just point people at the blog or YouTube channel, but yesterday I decided to write up something a bit more complete. Here’s a slightly modified version for easy reading.     Asking Questions, doing Research, and […]

The System Administration Course on Udemy is now $12 (from $45)!

It’s been several months since I released my project-based system administration course on Udemy (https://www.udemy.com/hands-on-linux-self-hosted-wordpress-for-linux-beginners/?couponCode=SYSADMINW12). To celebrate a big move back to the U.S. (and a new job), I just lowered the price from $45 to $25. As always, the tutorialinux sysadmin horde gets a better deal: $12 for all 8 hours of the video […]

How to Install Dwarf Fortress on Ubuntu 16.04

Note: If you don’t know what Dwarf Fortress is, you owe it to yourself to learn a bit about it. It’s one of the most interesting and detailed games/simulations/sandboxes ever created. I just spent a bit of time getting Dwarf Fortress installed on Ubuntu 16.04. I didn’t find much in the way of up-to-date instructions, so […]

Support tutorialinux on Patreon!

I’ve been making Linux videos, creating courses, writing e-books, and recording podcasts for over two years now. I really love doing this and seeing the effect it has on peoples’ lives. I’d like to take things to the next level and spend even more time on creating awesome free content. Several of you have suggested […]

Physical Servers vs. Cloud Providers

When you’re architecting a solution for some kind of business or infrastructure problem, there are many things to consider: base load, peak load, growth rate, skill levels and specialties of the tech people your client has available to them, and much more. Your solution (whether ‘cloud,’ physical, or both) needs to give the maximum amount […]