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.

  • How to donate CPU/GPU resources to science with Boinc

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 2

    Altruism is one thing that I'd like to believe characterizes all Linux users out there. This trait can be manifested in a lot of different ways, but when we're talking about computers, the most characteristic and practical way is donating computational resources for a good cause. Here's is a quick guide on how to do exactly that.

  • How to send sound through Bluetooth on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 4

    Bluetooth headsets and speakers are now more popular than ever before, but getting them to work under Linux isn't always very clear. With all that is going on in the Linux sound systems world, it is easy to get lost and even give up. Most of the time, the problem with these devices is that your system can see them, but for some reason it can't establish a connection. Here is a quick and simple guide on how to get through this problem. I have tested the following on Arch, but it should work on every other distribution as well.

  • Getting started with ReactOS

    reactos Author: Bill ToulasTags: Comments: 8

    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 record your terminal session on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , Comments: 4

    Recording a terminal session may be important in helping someone learn a process, sharing information in an understandable way, and also presenting a series of commands in a proper manner. Whatever the purpose, there are many times when copy-pasting text from the terminal won't be very helpful while capturing a video of the process is quite far-fetched and may not be always possible. In this quick guide, we will take a look at the easiest way to record and share a terminal session in .gif format.

  • An introduction to basic motion detection on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 6

    Setting up a motion detection system on Linux is fairly easy and simple. All that we need is a webcam (or laptop), the “motion” package, and a few minutes to set everything up. The purpose for doing this may be private space surveillance, enhancement of personal security, or simply a fun project. Whatever the case, this quick guide is not intended to promote illegal activities such as unauthorized video recording of people and their activities. That said, please use the knowledge offered here with ethical conduct.

  • How to maintain a “clean” Ubuntu

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 13

    Ubuntu is the most popular GNU/Linux distribution, as it has been the easiest to use for many years now, making it an obvious choice for every newcomer. As most new users don't know if and how they are supposed to maintain they distribution, and since Ubuntu doesn't offer any tools for this job by default, I will provide an overview on the matter through this quick guide.

  • How to Test Mir and Unity 8 on Ubuntu 16.04

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 8

    So, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is finally here and many of us are already getting our hands dirty with the final version of the most popular distribution that is using the X window system. While this long-term support release does look good, the upcoming major changes planned for Ubuntu 16.10 have generated great excitement.

  • Docker Part 4: building and publishing custom docker images

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , Comments: 1

    For this tutorial, we will use the Whale Docker image. The Whale is the official mascot of Docker and the Whale docker image resembles the cowsay program which generates ASCII pictures of a cow in the terminal with a message. It can also generate pictures using pre-made images of other animals, such as Tux the Penguin, the Linux mascot.

  • How to practically use your Linux terminal (four examples)

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

    While modern GNU/Linux distributions don't require any use of the terminal, or any knowledge of the bash to offer 100% of their functionality and usability, it is often the case that doing things from the terminal is preferred for a set of reasons.This post is aimed at the people who just want to perform practically useful tasks right from their terminal without having to learn much about command lines.

  • How to install and run Android Apps (APKs) on Linux with Shashlik

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , Comments: 50

    Shashlik is basically a set of software components that allow Linux users to install and run Android APKs right on their GNU/Linux distribution. Shashlik achieves that by using a stripped down version of Android instead of emulating one, which is nested inside the user session upon the launching of an installed Android application.