Linux in the IT Dept
October 13, 2007
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Ok, so I thought I’d post my usage of my Linux system. I actually use two systems in my day-to-day job. I have a Windows XP Tablet laptop, so I can do my network layouts, drawings, meeting notes, brainstorming, etc. I also use it as my primary Windows workstation, since some companies (blehhh) only develop windows programs.
I also have a Linux laptop, which I do all my troubleshooting and general day-to-day tasks. Below, you’ll see a screenshot. I have split the screen into 4 types of programs, and 2 other items.
- Office Tools
- OpenOffice 2.x, which does my Excel,
Word, and PowerPoint files. No one in the office knows I use this
instead of MS Office. Sneaky, huh? Which proves it works.
- Internet Explorer – Ughhh. Some websites still require IE 5.x
- Dia – My Diagramming tool. It doesn’t hold a candle to Visio, but it works in a pinch
- Blender – This is really for my more fancy diagrams, when I want to WOW someone with my 3D diagrams and flowcharts.
- Development and Reporting
Developer Studio (built on Eclipse) – This gives me my reporting
studio, and few other items, such as JBoss application developement.
6 Beta 1 – This is where the majority of my java application
development resides. Both desktop applications, as well as, web
- Usability Tools
- Gimp – Photoshop for Linux. I used Gimp to create the desktop screenshot you see.
- Kontact – This is basically Outlook for KDE. It does my email, calendar, to-do, news feeds, etc
- Kate – Advanced Text editor
- Konversation – IRC client. Nice to have, when I need some extra brainpower on some difficult troubleshooting challenges.
- Wink – Used to create my screencasts, which I import into my videos for training.
- Kopete – MSN, Jabber, AIM..etc
- Administration Tools
- Remote Desktop and VNC
- RTMT – Cisco’s Real Time Monitor Tool for Cisco Call Manager (yep… it runs on Linux!)
Scanner – I haven’t used this much, but plan to in the future. It
allows me to scan for known vulnerabilities beit, Cisco or Windows. It
also automatically downloads new vulnerability definitions regularly.
- NMap – Security Auditing, inventory, etc.
- Wireshark – Network Traffic Analyzer
also have two other items to show. On the left side, you can see I
have access to my remote files located on servers. I also am using the
Cisco VPN Client to work from anywhere. Pretty snazzy?
well, it’s not THAT exciting, but it does show that Linux is slowly
creeping to be a good desktop tool for the business, though, I do not
believe it’s ready for the end-users yet.
UPDATE: I forgot to add, that I’m also running Google Desktop. That’s a lifesaver, when I’m searching through over 2GB worth of PDF files!
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