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I'm only an amateur systems administrator, but I'm also terribly lazy, so I do have a few good tools in my toolbox.

I work for Mandriva. However, all these tools except Urpmi are available and usable on any distribution. Even Urpmi could potentially work on any distribution, if you set up a correct package source.

An interactive process viewer: htop

My first tool is htop. Most Linux users, when they first wanted to find out what was eating all their CPU time, were taught about top. Top tells you what processes are running and how many resources they're using ... in just about the most unfriendly way possible.

The nano editor

Despite having used Linux for more than four years, I still have no idea how to use vi or Emacs, because I use GNU nano.


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