Category: Tutorials/Tips

Guide to disks and disk partitions in Linux

Guide to disks and disk partitions in Linux

This article is an attempt to provide basic information about disk naming and partition numbering conventions, in non-technical terms, to those new to Linux. So, it’s a Linux disk partitioning guide. I believe a basic understanding of all the aspects concerning how a disk is referenced and partitioned will put you in a better position to troubleshoot installation and disk-related […]

How to delete DigiNotar CA certificate from Firefox

How to delete DigiNotar CA certificate from Firefox

DigiNotar B.V., a unit of VASCO Data Security International, Inc., is an Internet Trust Service Provider based in the Netherlands. Part of their business involves issuing digital certificates. In other words, they are a CA, or Certificate Authority. You use digital certificates when you access a secure website, for example. If the certificate presented to your browser by the website […]

How to customize Mandriva 2011

How to customize Mandriva 2011

Mandriva 2011, the latest desktop edition of the popular Linux distribution, was released yesterday. If you have just installed it, you would have noticed, if you mouseover the update manager icon, this message: “No medium found. You must add some media through ‘Software Media Manager’.” That is just telling you that the package (or update) manager is not pointing to […]

Guest account and user management on Mandriva 2011

Guest account and user management on Mandriva 2011

Creating and managing user accounts are very basic tasks that you would need to perform on any operating system. If you are new to Linux and to Mandriva, this article provides information on how to add a user account and enable the built-in guest account on Mandriva 2011, the soon-to-be released desktop edition of the popular Linux distribution. An installation […]

Mandriva 2011 installation and disk partitioning guide

Mandriva 2011 installation and disk partitioning guide

Mandriva 2011, the latest edition of the popular Linux distribution, is just three days from being officially released, but the daily builds are already available for download. This article, based on a last-freeze daily build, presents an installation and disk partitioning guide for those who are new to Linux and will be installing it for the first time. There is […]

Feature preview of Fedora 16 installer

Feature preview of Fedora 16 installer

Fedora 16 is more than two months away from final, stable release, but pre-Alpha installation ISO images have been floating around. News from the Fedora camp have already indicated that btrfs will be the default file system on Fedora 16, joining the ranks of MeeGo, the first (Linux) distribution to use btrfs as the default file system. With several articles […]

Install Mandriva Desktop 2011 on a btrfs file system

Install Mandriva Desktop 2011 on a btrfs file system

Mandriva Desktop 2011 will be the next stable release of the popular desktop Linux distribution developed by Mandriva, a Linux software publisher based in France. Screenshots from the second release candidate are available here. Though the second release candidate still spots some bugs, the installer will not change when the stable edition is released on August 29, 2011. This article […]

Linux and BSD desktop distributions with support for disk encryption

Linux and BSD desktop distributions with support for disk encryption

Disk encryption is not something most personal computer users think of when they consider ways to boost the security profile of their computer. A firewall? Yes, that in the minds of most is what computer security is all about. However, a firewall is a network security tool, and it is useless if your computer is lost or stolen. That is […]

3 graphical clients for managing the Uncomplicated FireWall

3 graphical clients for managing the Uncomplicated FireWall

ufw, the Uncomplicated FireWall, is Ubuntu’s user-friendly, command line frontend to IPTables, the command line utility for managing Netfilter, the firewall application built into the Linux kernel. It is installed not just on Ubuntu, but also on all Ubuntu-based distributions. As simple to use as ufw is, a graphical interface is even better, especially for new users. This article, presents […]

Lancelot menu

Lancelot menu

Lancelot is one of three menu styles for KDE, the K Desktop Environment. It is similar in some respects to mintMenu of Linux Mint, but with a lot more features and a lot more configurable options. This article is written to showcase all the features of this menu, which is developed and maintained by Ivan Čukić. The screenshots used in […]

How to install PCLinuxOS 2011.6 on an encrypted LVM file system

How to install PCLinuxOS 2011.6 on an encrypted LVM file system

The 2011 editions of PCLinuxOS have started rolling off the shelves, with the KDE and LXDE editions being the first set out. (See PCLinuxOS 2011.6 KDE review for a detailed review of the KDE edition.) If you have been using PCLinuxOS, you probably know that the installer, which it inherited from Mandriva, has support for disk encryption and LVM, the […]

How to dual-boot Fedora 15 and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Fedora 15 and Windows 7

Previous tutorials published on this website about dual-booting Fedora and Windows 7 have shown how to do it by creating partitions for Fedora manually, either on an existing or a new installation of Windows 7. This tutorial will show how to do it, by modifying the logical volumes automatically configured by Anaconda, the Fedora system installer. The hard drive will […]

Install Mageia 1 on an encrypted LVM file system

Install Mageia 1 on an encrypted LVM file system

Mageia is a new Linux distribution formed by former employees and contributors of Mandriva, a Linux software provider and publisher of a line of Linux distributions of the same name. The first stable release (of Mageia) has since been reviewed for this website (see Mageia 1 review). This article presents the steps necessary to install it on an encrypted LVM […]

Install Mageia 1 on an encrypted btrfs file system

Install Mageia 1 on an encrypted btrfs file system

Mageia is a new Linux distribution forked from Mandriva. The first release was just last month and it has since been reviewed on this website. (See Mageia 1 review.) Btrfs is a relatively new file system in the Linux kernel, It is a copy-on-write file system with built-in support for, amongst other features, subvolumes (the same functionality provided by LVM, […]

Dual-boot Fedora 15 and Ubuntu 11.04 with either side on an LVM partitioning scheme

Dual-boot Fedora 15 and Ubuntu 11.04 with either side on an LVM partitioning scheme

How to dual-boot Fedora 15 and Ubuntu 11.04 on a computer with one hard disk is the subject of this tutorial. If you have ever configured dual-booting between Windows and a Linux distribution, the steps involved should be very familiar, but if you have not, this tutorial is detailed enough that you should not have any problems in setting this […]

Dual-boot Linux Mint 11 and Windows 7

Dual-boot Linux Mint 11 and Windows 7

Dual-booting between a GNU/Linux distribution and Windows on a computer with one or more hard disks is a common practice for those who use both operating systems. It is a somewhat hassle-free approach to keeping a foot in both OS worlds. If you are new to Linux Mint and want to attempt dual-booting between Linux Mint 11 (see Linux Mint […]

How to replace GRUB with BURG on Linux Mint 11

How to replace GRUB with BURG on Linux Mint 11

GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader, has been the default boot loader on virtually all Linux distributions since LILO (LInux LOader) lost its shine. LILO is still an option in only a handful of distributions (Mandriva is one), but on most, GRUB is the sole boot loader. GRUB’s menu has a very bland interface, and BURG is an attempt to prettify […]

Guest session and user management on Linux Mint 11

Guest session and user management on Linux Mint 11

A common system management-type question I usually get from new users pertains to creating and managing user accounts on Linux. On Linux Mint 11, as on all other Linux distributions, it is a very easy task, made possible by a simple graphical application. If you are running Linux Mint 11 now (or a previous release), the user account you logged […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 11

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 11

This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to create partitions on Linux Mint 11, the latest stable release of Linux Mint. And because it encompasses most of the steps involved in the installation process, it can be considered a Linux Mint 11 installation guide. The steps involved are pretty simple, but if you a new user and you need […]

Install Linux Mint 11 on an 8 GB SDHC card

Install Linux Mint 11 on an 8 GB SDHC card

SDHC cards, very small storage cards designed for use in mobile devices, can be used to install your favorite Linux distribution. You can install any distribution on one of these cards in much the same manner that you would to a regular hard disk drive. As far as your computer is concerned, they are just like any other external USB […]