PuTTY is a popular terminal emulator for Windows, but it is not only limited to Windows operating system. Being free and open source, it is popular among Linux users too. PuTTY supports a wide range of protocols such as serial, SSH, Telnet, rlogin, SCP, SFTP etc. PuTTY is used by […]


Webmin, for the unitiated, is the ultimate lazy system administrator tool. It’s a web-based interface to your UNIX or Linux system that covers almost every configurable aspect of the system and any add-on program you can ponder. You can’t rely on it for 100 percent of your system administration tasks, […]


OpenOffice.org (OO.o) is the free equivalent of Microsoft’s popular office suite. OO.o sports a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, database and more. It is compatible with Microsoft Office and can use or export in almost every imaginable file format. OpenOffice.org is not only easy on the wallet (free), but it’s […]


Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM), now owned and supported by Red Hat, is a free, full virtualization solution. Full virtualization means hardware abstraction enables you to use almost any OS in a virtual machine. Each virtual machine has its own display, network, disk, and BIOS, and it functions like a physical […]


Eclipse is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which you can use to create applications with almost any computer programming language. Eclipse has wide language support, but it is historically viewed as a Java development tool. You can develop Windows applications in this very complete IDE as well as applications for […]

IP Plan

IP Plan is a little-known project that has potential in any size environment. It’s not a DNS service, but it is a web-based, IP tracking application. The reasoning behind a tool like IP Plan is that DNS tracks systems that are in use. But to whom do you go when […]


The Apache project isn’t just a web server. The project, officially known as the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), consists of almost 100 different projects under the Apache umbrella. Yes, the famous and wildly popular HTTP server, Apache, is the project’s namesake and mainstay, but it isn’t the only nymph in […]


Wireshark, If you run a network of any size or topology, Wireshark is a must-have application. It is a network packet capture and analysis program that assists you with your ongoing quest for a trouble-free network. Wireshark won’t prevent network problems, but it does allow you to analyze those problems […]


Nagios is an enterprise infrastructure monitoring suite. It’s free, mature and commercially supported. It has grown from a niche software project to a major force in contemporary network management. It’s used by such high-profile companies as Citrix, ADP, Domino’s Pizza, Wells Fargo, Ericsson and the U.S. Army


ShareEnum is an obscure but very useful tool. ShareEnum shows you all file shares on your network. Even better, it shows you their associated security information. This very small (94K) tool might become one of the most valuable and useful security tools that you possess. It is another free tool […]