Linux Tutorials on the topic “Linux”

  • How to track your Linux laptop

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , , Comments: 2Published: Nov 27, 2015

    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.

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  • How to set up torrent scheduling on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , , Comments: 2Published: Nov 26, 2015

    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.

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  • How to install Nginx as Reverse Proxy for Apache on Ubuntu 15.10

    ubuntu Author: Muhammad ArulTags: , , , Comments: 3Published: Nov 24, 2015

    Nginx or - engine-x - is a high-performance web server with low memory usage, created by Igor Sysoev in 2002. Nginx is not just a web server, it can be used as a reverse proxy for many protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, POP3, SMTP, and IMAP and as a load balancer and HTTP cache as well. In this tutorial, I will install and configure Nginx as caching reverse proxy for an Apache web server on Ubuntu 15.10.

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  • The tar command explained

    linux Author: howtoforgeTags: , Comments: 2Published: Nov 24, 2015

    The Linux tar command is the swiss army of the Linux admin when it comes to archiving or distributing files. Gnu Tar archives can contain multiple files and directories, file permissions can be preserved and it supports multiple compression formats. The name tar stands for "Tape Archiver", the format is an official POSIX standard.

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  • Performance monitoring with Monitorix 3.8.0 on Ubuntu 15.10

    ubuntu Author: David DuarteTags: , , Comments: 0Published: Nov 20, 2015

    This tutorial will show the installation and configuration of Monitorix on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wiley Werewolf). Monitorix is a free, lightweight, open source monitoring tool designed to monitor as many services and system resources as possible on servers and desktops. It consists mainly of two programs: a collector, called monitorix, which is a Perl daemon that is started automatically as a system service, and a CGI script called monitorix.cgi. Since 3.0 version Monitorix includes its own HTTP server built in, so you aren't forced to install a third-party web server to use it.

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

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , , Comments: 0Published: Nov 19, 2015

    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.

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

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 3Published: Nov 16, 2015

    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.

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  • How to compile and install Bitcoin Core on Debian Wheezy

    debian Author: Matthieu PAINEAUTags: , Comments: 3Published: Nov 13, 2015

    Do you like to use Bitcoin on Linux? This tutorial explains how to install and use Bitcoin Core on Debian Linux. Bitcoin Core is the official Bitcoin Wallet from I will use the latest version from the GIT repository at

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

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , , Comments: 1Published: Nov 12, 2015

    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.

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  • Installing Nginx with PHP and MariaDB (as MySQL replacement) - LEMP -on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wiley Werewolf)

    ubuntu VMWare Image Download Author: Till BrehmTags: , , , , Comments: 0Published: Nov 06, 2015

    Nginx (pronounced "engine x") is a free, open-source, high-performance HTTP server. Nginx is known for its stability, rich feature set, simple configuration, and low resource consumption. This tutorial shows how you can install Nginx on an Ubuntu 15.10 server with PHP support (through PHP-FPM) and MariaDB (as MySQL replacement). The term LEMP stands for: Linux + Nginx + MySQL + PHP.

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Linux - free and open source operating system

Linux is a unix-like operating system kernel initially released by Linus Torvalds in 1991. The kernel was released under the GPL license in order to be used with the operating system of the GNU Project as GNU Hurd that was the project's kernel wasn't available at the time. That led to the creation of the GNU/Linux OS and shortly after the word Linux alone was used to indicate the operating system and not only the kernel. Linux as a kernel project, enjoyed a constant rise of contributions from a growing number of developers since the very early days of its low functionality, mostly thanks to its open source nature and the rise of the internet. Linux nowadays powers personal computers, mobile devices, embedded devices, servers and supercomputers.


What are the reasons to choose Linux?

First and foremost, Linux is free software and as such it allows its users the freedom to utilize it in any way that they see fit, without legislative limitations. Free software belongs to its users while proprietary software belongs to its creators who only sell or grant the permission to use their software and only for certain predefined purposes. Thanks to its nature and financial support from patreons and supporters, Linux as a kernel is distributed free of charge which is also the case for the vast majority of Linux distributions and free software applications.

Apart from the cost and legal benefits, Linux offers more choices to its users. There are literally numerous desktop environments, window managers, applications that serve the same or similar purposes, distributions and even themes to choose from. While this plethora of different options can become overwhelming for some new users, choice is what allows for high levels of customization that can transform an operating system to fit exactly the needs of a user, or a group of users.

Linux is also one of the most hardware friendly operating systems in the sense that it can run in most devices out there. Although closed source hardware was difficult to support during the first years of Linux, the tables have now turned mostly thanks to the support from large hardware and software vendors such as IBM, Google and Intel. Linux can even revive old hardware that would otherwise sit uselessly in a dusty corner.

Last but not least, Linux boasts high levels of security and performance as an operating system, making it ideal for use in servers, scientific supercomputers, aerospace applications, governmental and military networks, and enterprise environments.


HowtoForge and Linux

HowToForge offers a rich collection of complete tutorials written in a way that helps and guides users irrespective of their distribution of choice. From “how tos” on the installation of various operating systems and applications, to tutorials on the usage of utilities, their features and technical possibilities. From the very first days that a new Linux related tool get released, HowToForge will have you covered with a detailed and understandable step by step tutorial on how to use it in its full potential.