If you wish to monitor your Linux system in realtime, use dstat. Use a man dstat to see a list of possible options, since they are extensive and dstat can output system usage, memory usage, load times, network information, NFS, therman, VMWare, CPU, sendmail and MySQL usage, among others.Try dstat -tamn -M topcpu where -tamn… Read More »
One of the few things you can’t easily configure in Ubuntu is the option to make the computer sleep instead of hibernate when idle for X minutes. Here’s how to do it: Press Alt+F2 and type gconf-editor then press Enter Go to /apps/gnome-power-manager/actions/critical_battery Change the value to whatever you wish. Possible values are hibernate, suspend,… Read More »
If you are pestered by the bug that doesn;t let you mount USB devices in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx, the issue is caused by the floppy module. Disable it with sudo modprobe -r floppy and reboot.
If you wish to change your MAC address in Linux, all you have to do is bring the interface down then use the hw ether switch: ifconfig eth0 downifconfig eth0 hw ether 02:01:02:03:04:08ifconfig eth0 up