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Keep your command prompt host name static in OS X and other Unix systems

If you regularly use networks that change your OS X, Linux, or Unix system's host name, you may notice the Terminal command prompt reflect this. Here is how to prevent this from happening.

By August 19, 2013


New malware exploiting Java 7 in Windows and Unix systems

Mal/JavaJar-B is a cross-platform exploit of a new zero-day vulnerability in the latest Java runtimes.

By January 11, 2013


Two asteroids named after Unix co-creators

300909 Kenthompson and 294727 Dennisritchie, two asteroids discovered in 2008, aren't as prominent from Earth as their Bell Labs namesakes.

By March 7, 2012


Options for searching the Unix man pages in Lion

There are several ways to look up command manual pages in the OS X Terminal.

By December 16, 2011


Malware attacks Linux and Unix-like routers

Malware has been found in the wild that masquerades as harmless Linux/Unix-like software for routers, but is in fact an IRC backdoor, according to security company Trend Micro.

By March 11, 2011


Unix copyrights to stay with Novell in merger

Novell says it will retain its hard-won copyrights to Unix, though the question of how that plays into Novell's acquisition by Attachmate is still up in the air.

By November 24, 2010


Unix commands for managing HFS+ compression in OS X

A couple of days ago we discussed some problems that could arise with sizing files with HFS compression. This problem basically arises from there being a lack of consistency in the various utilities that are available in OS X, where some show compression status and size, and others show the uncompressed size.

By August 30, 2010


Microsoft dropping FAST search for Linux, Unix

Microsoft is getting set to phase out its FAST enterprise search offerings for Linux and Unix. Will customers move to cloud-based search or move to Windows?

By February 6, 2010


How-To: Installing and using open-source Unix software in OS X with Fink

Fink is one of several projects that brings easy management of open source Unix programs to OS X.

By December 14, 2009


Snow Leopard SMB incompatibility with newer Samba versions on Unix systems?

The Finder may not be able to rename folders on SMB shares when in column view. This seems to happen only on Unix and Linux machines running Samba version 3.3.x or higher.

By October 21, 2009