One of the best things about linux based systems is the extent to which they can be configured. This is very true of desktop based linux distributions. However, just as one can enhance and tweak a linux desktop so can one get a lot of performance from linux based servers.
One of the first things everyone with a linux server should try is issuing a simple command line statement. First, the user should log in as the root user on their server. If the root isn’t available, an account with lesser privileges is acceptable. However, this will create some limitations on the extent of what can be modified.
Once one is logged into the server, he should run a program called top. This is as simple as typing “top” into the command line. After doing this, one will be presented with a large list of programs currently running on the server. It will show memory used, cpu cycles devoted to it, and a wide variety of other information. Read the rest of this entry »