ICANN News

Please make the Cache directory writable.
Above.com Parking Manager

Home Volume Four (2010)
Freedom in an Open OS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Nolte   
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 19:35

Why every domainer should at least "play" with Linux.

I know, I know...  Linux is a “4 letter word” to all of the Mac/Windows users out there that like their pretty GUI’s (Graphical User Interfaces). But I want to take a minute or two to show you some of the things that you can do with Linux without diving in head first. Basically there are two popular methods to try Linux without having to change your existing OS. They are “CD/DVD Live” or “USB Pen Drive Live”.  First, let me begin my discussion by explaining why you should care.

As you probably know, domaining requires a lot of text manipulation.  For example, you may have a list of keywords you want to add .net, or .com to.


Most Windows users will toss it into a spreadsheet and go through the task of dragging and dropping the.net/.com  into the column next to your keyword.  While this is a quicker way than typing it manually in word, or doing a half baked “Find/Replace”, it can only handle about 65k keywords at a clip and will still take a good amount of work (see below).

THE COMMON SPREADSHEET METHOD:

  • Combine Text from Multiple Cells
  • To combine text from multiple cells into one cell, use the & (ampersand) operator.
  • Select the cell in which you want the combined data.
  • Type an = (equal sign) to start the formula.
  • Click on the first cell.
  • Type the & operator (shift + 7)
  • Click on the second cell.
  • Press “Enter” to complete the formula.

Add Spaces to Combined Text

  • When you combine cells with text using the above formula, there is no space between the first and last names.
  • To insert a space, you can include a text string in the formula.
  • Select the cell in which you want the combined data Type an “=” (equal sign) to start the formula.
  • Click on the first cell Type the & operator Type “ “ (double quote, space, double quote)
  • Type the & operator
  • Click on the second cell Press Enter to complete the formula
With that said, again you can do this in seconds in Linux using the “sed” command like so:
Assuming your keyword file is Keyword.txt with one keyword on each line you would run the command:
sed ‘s/$/\.com/g’ Keyword.txt
Of course you could change .com to .net or any other tld of your choosing. Here is the kicker, on a VERY BASIC Machine with 1G of ram and a Celeron processor you could run 500k keywords in less than 30 seconds!  This would be DAYS of work in a Windows or Mac OS environment.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying to delete your current OS and replace it with Linux by ANY means.  I am, however, saying that for a TON of things that we do on a day to day basis, Linux has some serious advantages.  And now thanks to Live DVD/CD’s and Pen Drives you can learn them without giving up your current OS.
Before you choose one of the below installs, you should verify that your motherboard supports booting from either the USB or DVD/CD drives.
Once that is determined, proceed to pick your install type.  Personally, I found the easiest and fastest way to give it a try is with “Linux Live USB Creator” http://www.linuxliveusb.com/downloads/?version=stable. Simply download the software and run it. A 1 GIG USB Drive is fine, but 2 or 4 are better. I suggest using UBUNTU Linux as it is the most “user friendly” and contains all the tools you need to start playing, as well as a nice familiar GUI.
If you don’t have a spare USB drive and don’t mind running at a slightly slower pace, you can use Linux Live CD’s located at http://www.livecdlist.com/.
Again, Ubuntu is at the top of the list for a reason, it’s a GREAT place to start...
I know that this is a lot of information in a small space. I am sure you have some questions...  Should I receive interest in this topic, I will be happy to answer any questions via my blog. And I will also give other Linux tips in future issues.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 20:02
 
I love domaining and support the domain industry

Copyright © 2005 - 2010 domainersmagazine.com.