Articles by Bill Toulas

Bill Toulas

About Bill Toulas

Over five years of experience writing about Linux and open source software on blogs and news websites. As part of the community, this is my way to give back as well as to promote what I perceive as the most amazing development in the area of software and operation systems.

  • Getting started with ReactOS

    Getting started with ReactOS

    Author: Tags: Comments: 10Updated: May 18, 2021

    ReactOS is a relatively new open source operating system that resembles the looks of Windows NT and aims to offer similar levels of functionality and application compatibility. Featuring a wine-based user mode, this system doesn't use any of the Unix architecture, but is a rewrite of the NT architecture from scratch, with its very own FAT32 implementation, and completely free of legal implications. That said, this is not yet another Linux distro, but a unique Windows-like system that is a part of the free software world. This quick guide aims at users who want an easy to use, open source replacement for their Windows system.

  • How to Benchmark your GPU on Linux

    How to Benchmark your GPU on Linux

    Author: Tags: , , , , , , Comments: 18Updated: Apr 29, 2021

    Linux is not famous for its gaming abilities and possibilities, and it is only natural that there aren't many GPU benchmarking tools available with which users can test their graphics hardware. There are however some benchmarking suites that can help you determine the various aspects of your GPU performance with precision. In this tutorial I will show you GLX-Gears, GL Mark 2 and the benchmarks from "Unigine Benchmark Products".

  • How to change the Swappiness of your Linux system

    How to change the Swappiness of your Linux system

    Author: Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments: 20Updated: Apr 02, 2021

    Swappiness is the kernel parameter that defines how much (and how often) your Linux kernel will copy RAM contents to swap. This parameter's default value is “60” and it can take anything from “0” to “100”. The higher the value of the swappiness parameter, the more aggressively your kernel will swap.

  • How to scan for viruses with ClamAV on Ubuntu 20.04

    How to scan for viruses with ClamAV on Ubuntu 20.04

    Author: Tags: , , , Comments: 22Updated: Mar 25, 2021

    There aren't many viruses made for Linux distributions and as such, most people who use such systems don't even bother using antivirus software. Those however who do want to be able to scan their system or other windows-based systems that are connected on a Linux PC through a network can use ClamAV. ClamAV is an open-source anti-virus engine that is built to detect viruses, trojans, malware, and other threats. It supports multiple file formats (documents, executables, or archives), utilizes multi-thread scanner features and receives updates for its signature database at least 3-4 times a day.

  • How to use the NMAP Security Scanner on Linux

    How to use the NMAP Security Scanner on Linux

    Author: Tags: , , Comments: 3Updated: Mar 02, 2021

    Nmap is a free and open source network discovery and security auditing utility that is widely used in the Linux users community as it is simple to use yet very powerful. Nmap works by sending data packets on a specific target (by IP) and by interpreting the incoming packets to determine what posts are open/closed, what services are running on the scanned system, whether firewalls or filters are set up and enabled, and finally what operation system is running.

  • How to search files from the Terminal on Linux

    How to search files from the Terminal on Linux

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    While there are many ways with which we can search and locate files and directories on Linux, the easiest and quickest is probably through the terminal. However, not many Linux users know about that, which leads to unneeded frustration. Here is a quick guide that will hopefully help you locate what you're looking for in your system.

  • How to use FFMpeg to do Simple Audio Conversion

    How to use FFMpeg to do Simple Audio Conversion

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    Here's a simple FFmpeg how to that will cover just a portion of the framework's abilities. We will see how you can use the terminal to perform simple conversions of various audio file types including all popular and widely available formats. Using FFmpeg right from the terminal makes it better for performance compared to downloading and installing a GUI tool for FFmpeg, and can also offer more precise settings for the advanced users.

  • How to Set Up and Use Guitarix Virtual Amplifier on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 4

    Guitarix is the best virtual amplifier and effect emulator for Linux, so if you are a guitar or a bass player the following quick guide on how to set it up and use it is for you.

  • Linux Basics: How to hide, lock, encrypt, and secure your files on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 1

    Hiding, locking, or even encrypting your files and folders on Linux is pretty easy, and for whatever reason you want to do this there are many different approaches that you can follow. Here is a quick guide on how to hide, lock, and secure your files in the easiest way possible.

  • Get Started With GNUPlot

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 1

    GNUPlot is an actively developed freely distributed non-open source command line graphing and plotting software tool that was initially released back in 1986. GNUPlot can be useful for a wide spectrum of applications, so here comes a quick guide that will help you understand how it works, get to play with its basic functionality, and learn how to take your first steps with it the easy way.