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There’s never been a better time to ask yourself this question.

Ask Mr Alex Cruz, after all the CEO of British Airlines (BA) could be a great person to talk to. Today’s estimate suggests that BA’s short-term bank holiday IT blackout has cost them 150 million in compensation alone. That figure makes no consideration of the mounting bad press and scrutiny the company is also facing. The BA story is nothing unusual, a report into Fortune 1000 companies suggested that The average cost per hour of an infrastructure failure is $100,000.

One of the most popular open source tools is the Linux operating system. It’s in use in a large quantity of the web servers we access every day. Linux can be found in mobile phones as the kernel for the Android operating system, smart TVs, Internet of Things devices, and even in cars. Many people have heard of it and they’ve heard the term open source, but what do they actually mean? Well if you don’t know, now’s your chance to find out in our topic of the day.

Previously, we’ve looked at setting up a Minecraft server on a dedicated server, allowing you to manage a single Minecraft server instance. This time, we’ll look at using a simpler management tool: MineOS. MineOS is a tool that comes as either its own Linux distribution or as a set of scripts that you can install to your own server. In this case, we’ll look at getting it running on an Ubuntu server.

Micro-Moments – What Are They?

Let’s get this straight. Think about how many messages drop into your eyeball space every day. They might be alerts, ads on YouTube, emails, newsletters, push notifications or tweets. The list trails off towards the crack of doom. Sometimes we all wish we could switch it all off and be done with online conveyor belt. But this is the brave new world and we are experiencing what some have called ‘content shock’. You guessed it, we just cannot keep absorbing so much information. It is almost paralyzing.

Our data usage has put us in a state of global crisis. Every day, billions of people use the internet. Millions are watching videos, both at home and on demand. In fact, the internet currently has over 2.4 billion users.

When you are running a dedicated server or VPS, it is unlikely that you are going to be the only user that needs to log into it. The chances are that there will be a team of users. While it’s easy to simply share the root password with all the users and have them all log in as the root user for access, this poses a number of potential security issues. Sharing passwords can allow an inexperienced user the ability to run dangerous commands on a system. Meaning that a mistake could become a time consuming problem, rather than a user’s annoyance. In this post we will look at ways  to manage Linux users.

Today we’re exploring LAMP. Nope, not the thing in the corner of your room providing decorative illumination, but the software stack comprising of Linux, Apache, MySQL (or increasingly MariaDB) and PHP (or Perl, or Python, etc). It’s tried and tested and used on a large quantity of web servers on the internet.