Linux Tutorials on the topic “debian”

  • How to create an Ubuntu package from source

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , Comments: 0Published: Nov 23, 2015

    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.

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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 Encrypt Directories/Partitions with eCryptfs on Debian 8 (Jessie)

    debian Author: falkoTags: , , Comments: 1Published: Nov 17, 2015

    eCryptfs is a POSIX-compliant enterprise-class stacked cryptographic filesystem for Linux. You can use it to encrypt partitions and also directories that don't use a partition of their own, no matter the underlying filesystem, partition type, etc. This tutorial shows how to use eCryptfs to encrypt a directory on Debian Jessie.

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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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  • Getting Started with LibreCAD

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , Comments: 4Published: Nov 05, 2015

    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.

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  • How to get the most out of Qmmp 1.0

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , Comments: 0Published: Nov 04, 2015

    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.

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

    ubuntu Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , Comments: 0Published: Oct 23, 2015

    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.

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  • How to speed up your internet connection on Linux

    linux Author: Bill ToulasTags: , , , , , Comments: 9Published: Oct 19, 2015

    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.

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  • How to integrate the latest Firefox in Gnome 3 on Debian Jessie

    debian Author: John PrenisTags: , Comments: 2Published: Oct 14, 2015

    That may sound like an odd threesome, but Jessie can run Firefox as a native Gnome 3 application. And why would you want to do that? Debian already comes with a perfectly good web browser --- Iceweasel, a rebranded version of Firefox. Why? Because of updates. Firefox updates much more often than Iceweasel. If you want the latest features and the latest bug fixes and security updates, you want Firefox.

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What is Debian?

Debian GNU/Linux is one of the oldest and most widely used distributions ever to have existed. Its initial release was made available over two decades ago with the aspiration to become the world's most successful open source system that is developed by a team of volunteers based in all corners of the globe. Since then, Debian has evolved into a popular open source operating system that has built a huge community of users and developers around it, and serves as the solid basis upon which successful distributions like Ubuntu, Knoppix, Damn Small Linux (DSL) and Mepis are built.


Why Choose Debian?

As a server...

One of Debian's characteristics that made it so popular in the web servers market is the fact that it is very rock solid. This stems from the developers decision to use older packages in favor of the stability of the system, instead of offering the latest versions of software tools. Contrary to other commercial driven solutions, Debian is not pressed to release a new version by shareholders but instead releases when all is ready and working properly. This combined with Debian's vast architecture support possibilities, make it ideal for use in literally any platform. Debian can run on Intel 32 or 64-bit, ARM v4 or v7, SPARC 32 or 64-bit, PowerPC 32 or 64-bit, MIPS, Motorola 68k, Hitachi SuperH, DEC Alpha and PA-RISC. Debian can also run on a variety of embedded systems as well.


As a desktop...

The obvious reason to use Debian as a desktop distribution is that you may need a good stable and secure system for your everyday tasks. Debian however offers the possibility to point your system to repositories that contain more recent versions of your favorite software tools, allowing you to build a more desktop-oriented system. These branches are the “testing” and “sid” repositories that although officially considered unstable, they rarely ever cause any trouble to the system. This is indicative of the solid basis of the Debian system and the development and testing procedures.


Large community

Debian is by all means the result of the collaborative work of a large community that spreads around the world. Numerous contributions ensure a constant development rate that addresses bugs, fixes security holes and makes new packages available. In its latest release (Jessie – v8), Debian supports 73 languages and offers more than 43000 software packages through its default repositories. This large user base also comes handy when searching for solutions to any problems that you might face.


HowtoForge and Debian

HowtoForge acknowledges the importance and abilities of Debian in the Linux world, and thus we offer countless highly informative tutorials and guides that will help you get the most out of your system. Our guides concern both the server and the desktop side of Debian, helping you use email encryption tools, set up remote servers, use SSH and SCP, monitor MySQL connections, set up Git and Samba servers and secure your ISP connections.

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