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.

  • Run Windows applications on Linux with Crossover 15

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    Codeweavers has released a new major version of Crossover, the popular Microsoft Windows compatibility layer which is now based on Wine 1.8. The software is commercial and it costs around $40, but there is also a two-week trial version which is fully functional and can be downloaded for free. For this quick guide, I will be using the latter to show how you can install, set up, and run Windows executables with Crossover 15.

  • How to use custom commands in LibreOffice

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    LibreOffice is one of the most important pieces of free software, allowing many of us to work, study, and share information. Although the software features many tools and capabilities, the spectrum of possible uses for each and everyone out there is so wide, that it is simply impossible to cover every special need with hotkeys and shortcuts. However, LibreOffice can be set to support user-created commands that can essentially help us increase our productivity.

  • How to convert packages between .deb and .rpm

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    Unfortunately, and after years of development in every part of the free software that we enjoy, there are still two primary types of software package available in GNU/Linux systems. The one is the .deb type which is used by Debian and Debian-based distributions like Ubuntu, Mint, and Elementary, and the other is the .rpm type which is used by Fedora, openSUSE, Mageia, and CentOS. Fortunately, there's a workaround for this as we can try to transform the one type to the other.

  • Advanced Audio Control on Linux

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    Linux audio control is as messed up as the Linux audio system structure. The default and only option of setting the volume level may be enough for the majority of users out there, but it certainly isn't the best when you want to set specific audio levels, or define individual settings for different audio sources, etc. Here is a post on a selection of utilities that could help you get the sound you want on your Linux system.

  • How to connect your Android device on Ubuntu Linux

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    Buying a media device that needs a special driver and/or connectivity suite to navigate and update its contents is a common case nowadays, and has been ever since manufacturers decided that it would be a good idea to just limit the access that users can have on the products that they bought. This may not be a huge problem to Windows and Mac OS users who can simply download the manufacturer's suite and use it to connect to their device, but Linux is often (if not always) left unsupported in that part. The first time I encountered this problem was with the first generation of iPods and Creative Zen players that refused to show any contents on the File Manager when connected via the USB port, and then came the newest generations of Android devices which do the same. In this quick guide, we will see how we can overcome this problem, and connect our media device on our Linux system.

  • Three ways to easily encrypt your data on Linux

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    Data encryption is one very solid security measure/precaution that everyone who owns data with significant personal or objective value should perform. What data encryption does is securing your data when they fall into the wrong hands. There are many tutorials on howtoforge.com that show one way or another to decrypt your data. This one will show the most easy-to-use tools that can do the job for us. For this purpose, I will showcase the decryption of a removable media drive.

  • How to track your Linux laptop

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    So, you just bought a new shiny laptop and you are uncomfortable about the possibility to see it stolen and lost forever? There are many things you can do to help you recover your laptop after such an unfortunate thing happens, and almost all of them involve some kind of tracking software. Here is a quick guide on how to set up easy to use tools that will help you locate your stolen laptop.

  • How to set up torrent scheduling on Linux

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    Today we will take a look on the methods that Linux users can follow in order to set up a scheduler for their torrent downloads. This can be useful for people who want to take advantage of their computer while they are not using it, like during the nighttime for example. This way, large portions of huge files can be downloaded without delaying your work activities, or interrupting/undermining your media consumption.

  • How to create an Ubuntu package from source

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    Building from source has never been the most popular choice of the less experienced Linux users who are always in the seek for a pre-built package. This is especially the case with Ubuntu users who like convenience and GUIs over power and terminals. Unfortunately, everything in the Linux world gets first released as source, and then it gets packaged for the various distributions and architectures, meaning that you will most probably never find a package of the absolutely latest version of a software that got just released. Thankfully, building an Ubuntu package is a simple procedure that doesn't require any technical or coding knowledge at all. Here's a step by step guide on how to do it.

  • How to generate a animated GIF or movie out of images on Linux

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    It is very unlikely for anyone nowadays not to own a device that is capable of shooting many consecutive pictures (burst mode). While this is useful for helping you take the perfect shot in sport events etc, you may want to use some of those successive frames to create a movie. Thankfully, you can do this very easily on Linux. In this tutorial, I will use five (not so closely successive) shots of my Cockatiel parrot bird trying to drink some of my coffee.