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.

  • Introduction to Audio Workstation Software Tracktion 5 DAW on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 0

    Tracktion is one of the most popular digital audio workstations and one of the very few that are available for the Linux platform along with the magnificent Ardour. While Tracktion is distributed under proprietary software licenses, its creators felt that they should give back something to the Linux community as they have used open source tools for the building of their product. That is why the fifth version of the software that was released in 2014 is now available for free for all Linux users.

  • How to practically use your Linux terminal (part 2)

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 0

    Quite a while ago, we had published a post that showcased four examples of how Linux users can utilize their terminal to perform simple daily tasks and fulfill common everyday use needs. Of course, the use case possibilities for the Linux terminal are nearly endless, so we’re naturally back for a second part containing more practical examples.

  • How to design and add your own font on Linux with Glyphr

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 1

    LibreOffice already offers a galore of fonts, and users can always download and add more. However, if you want to create your own custom font, you can do it easily by using Glyphr. Glyphr is a new open source vector font designer with an intuitive and easy to use graphical interface and a rich set of features that will take care every aspect of the font design. Although the application is still in early development, it is already pretty good. Here’s a quick guide showing how to design your own custom fonts on Glyphr, and how to add them on LibreOffice once you’re done.

  • How to share files locally on Linux by using NitroShare

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 3

    NitroShare is a cross-platform file transfer application that can help Linux users move files from one device to another as long as it is installed in all of them. While there are many ways to do this, and some are more secure than NitroShare, this one is one of the simplest and easiest to use for everyday common file sharing tasks. In the following quick guide, I will showcase how to transfer a sample file from an Ubuntu system onto an Arch system.

  • How to replace GRUB with BURG Boot Loader on Ubuntu 16.04

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 3

    GNU GRUB has been the number one choice among the available system bootloaders for many years now, so replacing such a trusty piece of software for something else isn’t exactly common among Linux users. That is why I will suggest to replace it with a fork of GRUB that is called BURG. BURG is better than GRUB in basically one thing and that is better and easier configuration capacity. So, if you’re having complaints in this field from GRUB, read on. In this quick guide, I will showcase how to install and configure BURG in the latest Elementary which is based on the latest Ubuntu LTS version.

  • An Introduction to GNOME Boxes (virtualization) on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 2

    GNOME Boxes is a system virtualization application that is a core part of the GNOME desktop environment. Based on the QEMU machine emulator, it offers a simplified and user-friendly approach to the whole OS virtualization idea. This post is just an introduction to its capabilities and a statement that it finally works in other distributions besides Fedora.

  • Multiple USB Writing on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , Comments: 2

    This quick tutorial will deal with the tasks of writing an ISO file on multiple USB pen drives, and writing multiple ISO files into one USB pen drive. These are two different tasks that require the utilization of different tools, but I thought it would be a good idea to cover them both in one article.

  • Skype Workarounds on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , , Comments: 5

    Skype on Linux is a much debated topic that unfortunately remains largely unchanged. Skype is something that most people just have to use, but the client’s official support for Linux is pathetic to say the least. However, there are some workarounds that can work for Linux users depending on the particular system used and the specific needs.

  • An Introduction to Vivaldi Browser on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 8

    Vivaldi is a new browser that was initially released only about seven months ago and has gained very high popularity since then. The software is of freeware type with many open-source components, and it was created by former Opera employees who wanted to express their opposition to the direction that Opera browser was heading to.

  • How to download YouTube videos right from the terminal on Ubuntu

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 14

    Downloading YouTube videos has been one of the most common user activities since the rise of the world's most popular entertainment content website. The reason to download something from YouTube can be to have access to it without having to be online, keep something that may get restricted in your geographic location in the future, or download music videos just to burn them on an audio CD. In this quick guide, we will take a look on how to download YouTube videos right from the terminal.