Category: Tutorials/Tips

How to triple-boot Fedora 15, Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7

How to triple-boot Fedora 15, Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7

Triple-booting windows 7 and two Linux distributions is a little bit more involved than dual-booting it with a distribution. You have to decide in what order to install the Linux distributions, and sometimes, the order you choose might not work. Such was the case with this attempt to triple boot it with Fedora 15 and Ubuntu 11.04. Initially, I chose […]

How to install Linux Mint 11 on a btrfs file system

How to install Linux Mint 11 on a btrfs file system

Like Ubuntu 11.04 on which it is based, Linux Mint 11 has support for btrfs, a modern journaling file system with features that are not available on the default file system on Linux. For example, with btrfs, you can: Writable snapshots Subvolumes (separate internal filesystem roots) Object level mirroring and striping Integrated multiple device support, with several raid algorithms Efficient […]

How to install and configure Adobe Flash Player 10.3 on Fedora 15

How to install and configure Adobe Flash Player 10.3 on Fedora 15

Fedora 15, code-named Lovelock, does not ship with commercial applications. Which means that you are not able to install essential applications like Adobe Flash Player from the graphical package manager. There are a few open source Flash plugins, but they do not render current Flash content very well, if at all. If you are not a Free Software purists, you […]

Guest session and user management on Fedora 15

Guest session and user management on Fedora 15

User management on Fedora 15 is just as easy as on any other distribution or operating system. And the graphical user management tools (there are two) are very intuitive to use. There are two types of user accounts on Fedora 15 – Standard and Administrator. The Administrator has root or super user privileges. During installation, the user created may be […]

How to install Fedora 15 on an encrypted btrfs file system

How to install Fedora 15 on an encrypted btrfs file system

Fedora 15, the latest stable release of the Red Hat-sponsored Linux distribution, is the first Fedora release to have btrfs, the B-tree File System (also called Butter F S), as a file system option during the installation process. On earlier versions, you would have had to pass the btrfs option to Anaconda at boot time to install Fedora on a […]

GPT disk partitioning guide for Chakra 2011.4

GPT disk partitioning guide for Chakra 2011.4

GPT is an alternate disk partition table scheme that solves two issues associated with the MBR partition table scheme. It allows the configuration of more than four primary partitions, the maximum supported by MBR, and it also supports disk partitions of more than 2 TB. Chakra, an Arch Linux-based distribution, is the only Linux distribution reviewed on this site that […]

Guest session and user management in kubuntu 11.04

Guest session and user management in kubuntu 11.04

Managing users on Linux is one of the very first tasks that new users want to know how to accomplish. In Kubuntu 11.04, the graphical user management tool has all the features expected on such an application. For those new to Kubuntu, and who might need some hand-holding in creating and managing users, this article presents a step-by-guide. The User […]

Install Ubuntu 11.04 on external hard disk

Install Ubuntu 11.04 on external hard disk

Installing Ubuntu 11.04 or any other distribution on an external hard drive connected to a computer via USB is about the same as the method used to install it on an internal hard disk. Your choice of external disk to use are many, but the one I used for this tutorial is a 2.5′ hard disk that I put in […]

How to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.04

How to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.04

For those Windows users who have discovered what Linux has to offer, but for one reason or another are not ready to completely abandon Windows, dual-booting between the two operating systems is one method of keeping a foot in both worlds. And to help those users, this article presents a step-by-step guide on how to configure dual-booting between Windows 7 […]

Yum in Redhat Enterprise Linux 6.1

Editor: This post is by James Antill. It looks at yum, the command line tool for managing applications on certain RPM-based Linux distributions like Redhat Enterprise Linux and Fedora. Time to look at a few features of yum in RHEL-6.1 now that it’s released: Search is more user-friendly – As we maintain yum we are always looking for the “minor” […]

Systemd for Developers

Systemd not only brings improvements for administrators and users, it also brings a (small) number of new APIs with it. In this blog story (which might become the first of a series) I hope to shed some light on one of the most important new APIs in systemd: Socket Activation – In the original blog story about systemd I tried […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Kubuntu 11.04

Manual disk partitioning guide for Kubuntu 11.04

Like the Ubuntu 11.04 installer, the Kubuntu 11.04 installation program configures just two partitions by default. These are for /, the root directory, and Swap, disk space for use as virtual memory. To make upgrades less tasking, it is recommended that a separate partition be created for /home, the directory where your home folder will be located. This article presents […]

How to install Ubuntu 11.04 on an encrypted LVM file system

How to install Ubuntu 11.04 on an encrypted LVM file system

Ubuntu is one of many Linux distributions with support for LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager. LVM is a disk partitioning scheme that brings a level of flexibility to disk management that is not possible with the traditional method. With LVM, you can, if necessary, increase the size of a partition online, that is, while the system is running, without […]

Home directory and full disk encryption in Ubuntu 11.04

Home directory and full disk encryption in Ubuntu 11.04

Disk encryption is one of several security features built into the Linux kernel that you may use to enhance the physical security rating and posture of a Linux installation. Disk encryption used to be widely recommended for notebook computers, and the reason is such mobile computers are more likely to be stolen than a desktop or server in a home […]

How to install Ubuntu 11.04 on a btrfs file system

How to install Ubuntu 11.04 on a btrfs file system

The default journaling file system on non-boot partitions on Ubuntu 11.04 is ext4. Other journaling file systems supported are ext3, xfs, jfs, reiserfs, and btrfs. The journaling file system of interest in this article is btrfs, the B-Tree File System. Btrfs is an ongoing attempt to create a ZFS-like file system for Linux. It is still a long way from […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 11.04

Manual disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 11.04

Advanced or manual disk partitioning is available for those that want to create a custom set of partitions for installing Ubuntu 11.04. For whatever reason or reasons you choose to use the advanced disk partitioning tool, this article gives a step by step guide, with detailed explanations, on how to do it. This tutorial assumes that you are going to […]

How to dual-boot Linux Mint Debian Edition and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Linux Mint Debian Edition and Windows 7

This is the latest article in the series on dual-booting Linux and BSD desktop distributions with Windows 7. And this one provides step-by-step directions on how to dual-boot Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) with Windows 7 on a computer with a single hard drive. LMDE is the branch of Linux Mint that is based on Debian, rather than on Ubuntu. […]

How to disabling Geo-Tagging on your phone

The storage of location based data, in the form of Latitude and Longitude inside of images is called Geotagging; essentially tagging your photograph with the geographic location. This data is stored inside if the metadata if JPEG images and is useful for tying the photograph to a location. Want to remember exactly where you took those photographs while on vacation? […]

How to dual-boot Pardus 2011 and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Pardus 2011 and Windows 7

This article is the next in a series of guides on how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Linux and BSD distributions. It covers dual-booting Pardus 2011 and Windows 7. If you want to dual-boot Windows and another operating system, like a Linux or BSD distribution, you will likely want to do so on a computer with one or two hard […]

GNOME 3: From an end-user’s perspective

GNOME 3: From an end-user’s perspective

Released just a few days ago, GNOME 3 is the latest major version of the GNOME desktop environment. If you are currently running a GNOME-based Linux or BSD distribution, you are probably using version 2.30 or 2.32, but that should change in the upcoming release cycle when many of the distributions will be shipping with GNOME 3 as the default. […]