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 safely wipe your data with Dariks Boot and Nuke bootable live CD

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 3

    Sometimes, we need to completely and irreversibly wipe all data contained in a disk to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. This may not be something we are doing on a day to day basis, but if you want to do it, you should do it right and ensure that the data cannot be recovered by experts. One of the many ways of doing this is through Darik's Boot and Nuke bootable live CD. This tool is made from the same team that develops the professional-grade Blancco data eraser, only it is available for free and without guarantee or support. The reason I like DBaN is because it is very simple to use and does the job fast.

  • How to do batch image processing on the Linux Destop with XnConvert

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

    GIMP is great and I use it all the time, but when it comes to batch image processing on Linux, nothing is more handy and simple to use than XnConvert. Although not an open source software, this batch raster graphics editor comes for free without any limitations for private use, and works in all platforms and architectures. You can get it from the official website as a complementary part of XnView (it's standalone). Here comes a tutorial on how to use this simple yet powerful tool on Linux.

  • Getting Started with LibreCAD

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

    Linux isn't known for having many professional-grade linear drawing and engineering design tools. Dassault's DraftSight is the only choice in that part, but paying a few hundred bucks is maybe not the best option for everybody out there. Thankfully, the rich world of free software isn't leaving us alone in this sector either, and one of the most popular solutions to help you get your designs ready is the amazing LibreCAD. It may not be as sophisticated as other well-known tools, and it may not boast the time-saving features of commercial solutions, but it will certainly do the job in most cases. Here is a guide on how to get started with it and how to design a round flange with drill holes.

  • How to get the most out of Qmmp 1.0

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , Comments: 0

    After almost eight years of development, Qmmp has reached version 1.0, so we have a good reason to celebrate with a quick guide on how to get the most out of this winamp-styled audio player for your Linux desktop. This brand new version brings a lot of goodies, but most importantly it uses the latest Qt v5. The player looks simple and it really is very simple to use, but it actually boasts quite a lot of power under the hood, so here is what we will be exploring on this article.

  • How to Rescue your Windows or Linux System with Rescatux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 1

    Rescatux is yet another GNU/Linux distribution that is focused on the rescuing of other operating systems. It works in live mode and offers a rich set of tools to address a wide range of problems in Linux and even Windows. What makes Rescatux stand out from the many similarly orientated rescue systems is mainly its straightforwardness. Instead of offering a set of tools that will help you fix your “broken” system, it starts Rescapp right away which is a window that features categorized buttons to address a specific problem.

  • How to use Avogadro molecule editor and visualizer in education on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 1

    Avogadro is a molecule editor and visualizer, and one of the most advanced open source scientific software tools. It features many capabilities that can be useful in teaching as education can be much more effective when theory is combined with the actual depiction of realistic models. Here is a basic tutorial on how to use Avogadro in education. Please note that I am using the latest stable release which is version 1.1.1, but there is also a version 2.0.7 which is a complete re-write of the application.

  • How to perform as a DJ on Ubuntu Linux with Mixxx

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , Comments: 0

    Linux and professional multimedia tools don't exactly go together, and while we can use some great and very capable audio workstations like Ardour, there aren't many audio mixers that DJs can use for their performances. If however you are a Linux user and you don't want to resort to other operating systems every time that you need to play some music, here are your choices.

  • How to speed up your internet connection on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , Comments: 11

    The speed of your internet connection is something that is affected by a lot of different elements, most of which are out of your reach and/or jurisdiction. That said, there isn't a way to transform a slow internet connection into a lighting-speed one if your provider is just not giving you enough bandwidth, no matter what you do. This post is only aiming to provide generic advice on how to make things a little bit better if possible, and if applicable to each case.

  • How to build a custom Linux distribution using SUSE Studio

    suse Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , Comments: 1

    Although there are countless different GNU/Linux distributions out there for people to choose from, you may not find exactly what you're looking for and that is perfectly normal. In this tutorial, we will explore how to use SUSE Studio to generate a highly tailored Linux system based on the latest openSUSE.

  • How to map your mouse on Linux

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , Comments: 8

    The Linux desktop is unfortunately not a mainstream operating system, and so peripherals manufacturers don't care much whether those cool extra side buttons (or whatever else) of our mouse works as intended or not. Thankfully, Linux is a powerful system that allows users to set things as they like, so here is a quick guide on how to map your mouse.