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.

  • Docker: How to use it in a practical way - Part 3

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 8

    In this part, we will start using Docker images and create containers in a practical way. In other words, we will create a web-based, advanced personal notepad that runs on top of DokuWiki or WordPress. You can choose whichever you are comfortable with.

  • An introduction to video editing in Openshot 2.0

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 9

    Openshot is one of the most important and widely-used open source video editing software tools out there. Being very simple to use, powerful enough, and free of charge, this video editor has managed to build a large community of enthusiastic users around it who waited for the release of the second major version of their favorite software with anticipation for years. Now that the release was made available.

  • Linux: How to share files on a local network with woof

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 7

    We've all been in this situation were we want to exchange files with other users connected to the same network as we are, and while there are tons of ways to do this, almost none of them is easy, quick, or simple enough. Thankfully, though, Linux users can utilize a small tool called “woof” that simplifies the process and makes the exchanging of files a walk in the park. What I am about to present in this short tutorial is suitable for home networks where convenience is the primary concern, and security isn't an issue.

  • Docker Tutorial Part 2: How to use it in a practical way

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: Comments: 2

    In the first part, I presented the fundamental ideas behind Docker containers and how exactly they work. In this second part, we will proceed with the installation of Docker and its management as a service in our system. We will prepare our system so that in the next part we can create a personal notepad using the WordPress content management system (CMS) or the Dokuwiki which is a wiki software that doesn't require a database.

  • An introduction to Linux activity/event trackers

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

    Most modern GNU/Linux distributions use some kind of a software service that tracks the user activities and events. These events can be anything, from the opening of a document file, to the chat conversation. This isn't happening for the purpose to monitor the user and sell this usage data information to 3rd parties, but to help users enjoy a more user-friendly and unified experience across their applications. For example, if you want to quickly locate that document that you opened last weekend, chances are that you will easily and promptly find it after opening your file manager and going to the “Recent” folder.

  • How to transform your Ubuntu installation into a rolling release

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 5

    Ubuntu users out there have two ways to go with their systems. Either they choose to follow the “standard” release that gets upgraded every six months, or choose the latest LTS (Long Term Support) which guarantees security updates and support for a five-year period. The problem with the first is that you'll have to perform major upgrades to your system twice a year, while the issue with the latter is that you won't get any major updates on parts of the system that you may care about using what's latest.

  • How to configure your gamepad on Ubuntu

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 9

    Linux is maybe the least popular platform for gamers, however the interest to set up and configure gamepads on it has sparked, especially since Valve's decision to make multiple game titles available for Linux on Steam. In this quick guide, I will showcase how to disable xpad, how to replace it with more capable drivers, and how to calibrate and configure your gamepad on Linux.

  • How to use Docker in a practical way (part 1 - Introduction)

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , , Comments: 7

    It is not an uncommon situation, for early adopters of newly introduced concepts and technologies, to be totally confused when these can fundamentally change the ways of developing and delivering services. Especially when everybody talks about something like Docker, and how awesome and game changing it is. This confusion happens when we try things early on and rushing straight to testing them without grasping the whole concept and background of this newly introduced technology.

  • How to set up and use Nylas N1 Email Client on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 21

    Nylas N1 is a new open source email client that boasts great levels of flexibility, configuration and expandability. This San Fransisco-made software was built with a strong focus on security, intuitive interface design, and support for all popular platforms.

  • How to use the Photo Raw Software Darktable 2.0 on Ubuntu

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 1

    Darktable is an open source RAW photo developing software that has just recently released its second major version, bringing new features, and a renovated GTK+ 3.0 user interface. On this quick guide, we will take a look on how we can use Darktable to perform basic image editing, advanced editing, and apply effects.