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Linux Mint 8 installation guide

Linux Mint 8 installation guide

Mint 8 is the latest version of Linux Mint to be made available to the public. Though the installation routine is a very simple one, I still get traffic from people looking for an installation guide for distros like Mint. If you can install Ubuntu, you can install Mint (Mint is based on Ubuntu), but if you need a little […]

How to configure LVM on Mandriva One 2010

How to configure LVM on Mandriva One 2010

Mandriva One is one of three desktop Linux distributions published by Mandriva. It is a Live CD edition with the option to install to hard disk. Mandriva One 2010 is the first release of Mandriva One to have support for setting up LVM. LVM had only been possible in the Free and Powerpack editions. This tutorial offers a step by […]

How to install XBMC on Hymera

How to install XBMC on Hymera

Hymera Open is a Debian-based, desktop-oriented GNU/Linux operating system. It is one of the best distro’s that’s has been reviewed on this site. As good as it is, and as many software packages there are in its repository, it lacks a decent media center application. The only one in its repo is an outdated Elisa media center. XBMC, the other […]

Sex up Ubuntu 9.10 desktop with Cairo-Dock

Sex up Ubuntu 9.10 desktop with Cairo-Dock

I’m not a fan of Ubuntu. Never liked it, though I must admit that it is very popular, and has some nice features. I personally don’t like distros that use sudo especially now that Microsoft has been granted a patent for it. But not liking a distro will not stop me from helping others customize their desktop especially if that […]

Install NTP, openSSH-server, and Java JRE on Ubuntu 9.10

Install NTP, openSSH-server, and Java JRE on Ubuntu 9.10

So you are now using Ubuntu 9.10, the latest version of the Linux operating by Canonical Ltd. I’m sure you like it. Life is good with Ubuntu! It really rocks, lots of features. But you know that there is always one or two things missing or not properly configured. In the case of Karmic Koala (that’s the other name of […]

Mandriva Linux One or Mandriva Linux Free

Mandriva Linux One or Mandriva Linux Free

Mandriva Linux One (One) and Mandriva Linux Free (Free) are two of the three Linux desktop editions published by Mandriva, a worldwide Linux provider. Whereas Free and One are free, the third one, Mandriva Linux Powerpack is a commercial edition, which you can purchase for 59 EUR or about 88.00 USD. Unless you are willing to pay for the Powerpack […]

Install a graphical firewall client on Ubuntu 9.10

Install a graphical firewall client on Ubuntu 9.10

Although Ubuntu 9.10 (aka Karmic Koala) ships with a command line firewall script – ufw (Uncomplicated FireWall) – for configuring IPTables (netfilter), the firewall application built into the Linux kernel, it does not come with a graphical firewall client for use by those not comfortable with managing IPTables from the command line. So in order to configure IPTables using a […]

Install NetworkManager on Hymera Open

Install NetworkManager on Hymera Open

The network manager application that comes pre-installed on Hymera Open, a Debian-based, desktop-oriented GNU/Linux operating system, is Wicd. While Wicd is a decent network manager application, I find that NetworkManager, the other network manager application, has better features for the power user. For example, NetworkManager has “pluggable support for VPN software”. And there are VPN plugins for Cisco VPN devices […]

How to install and configure NTP on Sabayon 5

How to install and configure NTP on Sabayon 5

Sabayon is a Gentoo-based, GNU/Linux distribution. The latest version, Sabayon 5, was released on October 2, 2009. The GNOME edition was just reviewed here. One thing I pointed out in that review is that the NTP (Network Time Protocol) package is not installed by default. This post provides a step by step guide on how to install and setup NTP […]

How to create a user account on Hymera Open

How to create a user account on Hymera Open

Hymera Open is a desktop-oriented, GNU/Linux distribution. Based on Debian, it’s one of several editions of the Linux operating system published by Hymera Engineering S.r.l, an Information Technology firm based in Milan, Italy. Hymera Open is one of the best distros I’ve ever reviewed. This post is just a simple tutorial on how to create a new user account on […]

How to configure Firestarter firewall on Zenwalk 6.2

How to configure Firestarter firewall on Zenwalk 6.2

Zenwalk 6.2, the latest release of Zenwalk, ships with Firestarter, a graphical configuration tool for IPTables. IPTables is the enterprise-grade firewall application built into the Linux kernel. While IPtables is not the easiest application to configure from the command line, graphical frontends like Firestarter makes it reasonably easy for anyone to configure.

Adding a user on Zenwalk 6.2

Adding a user on Zenwalk 6.2

User management is a very basic administrative task on any operating system. Performing that task on Linux is just as simple as on any other OS. Experienced users already know how to do this, but if you are a new convert to Linux, and are using Zenwalk 6.2, the latest edition of Zenwalk, this tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on […]

How to install Java Runtime on Zenwalk 6.2

How to install Java Runtime on Zenwalk 6.2

Zenwalk is a Slackware-based, Linux operating system. Version 6.2, the latest release, does not come with Java Runtime Environment (jre) installed. What that means is that your browser will not be able to run Java applets when it encounters any on the Web. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the full Java package is in the Current […]

Pardus 2009 firewall, NTP, and openSSH server configuration

Pardus 2009 firewall, NTP, and openSSH server configuration

Pardus is a Linux, desktop-oriented distro that was just reviewed here. This post is to help you configure some very important aspects of the operating system that should have been enabled out of the box. Expert knowledge is not required to make these configuration changes, just the ability to point and click.

Seven Steps to Better SIP Security with Asterisk

In case any of you were wondering why there has been a fairly notable upswing in the attacks happening on SIP endpoints, the answer is “script kiddies.” In the last few months, a number of new tools have made it easy for knuckle-draggers to attack and defraud SIP endpoints, Asterisk-based systems included. There are easily-available tools that scan networks looking […]

Customizing Zenwalk Linux 6 Xfce Desktop

Customizing Zenwalk Linux 6 Xfce Desktop

Zenwalk is a Slackware-derived Linux distribution. The latest upgrade – Zenwalk 6 – was just recently. If you have not done so already, you may read a review here. This goal of this tutorial is to help those new to Zenwalk make their desktop a little bit more, let’s say, user-friendly. If you are an experienced user, you probably know […]

Debian GNU/Linux 5 installation options

Debian GNU/Linux 5 installation options

The Debian GNU/Linux installer has always been one of the best installers you’ll find on any free operating system. My one gripe with it is that it involves far too may steps. That is still true with updated installer that comes with Debian 5, the latest release of the distro. However, this new installer has made selecting the initial options […]

Which Debian 5 iso image should you download?

Which Debian 5 iso image should you download?

Like previous Debian GNU/Linux releases, Debian 5 gives you a number of options when it comes to downloading an iso image for installation. Regardless of platform – x86, x86-64 or any supported platform, you may choose to download a full CD, DVD, USB, or a floppy image, or a small “netinst” iso image.

Sabayon Linux 4 Installation Guide

Sabayon Linux 4 Installation Guide

Sabayon Linux is a Gentoo-based, multi-purpose distribution. Like previous versions of Sabayon Linux, the latest upgrade version, Sabayon Linux 4, installs – by default, more stuff than you’ll ever need. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install a much leaner Sabayon Linux 4 desktop using the K Desktop Environment, the default desktop environment..

Configure LVM on Sabayon Linux 4

Configure LVM on Sabayon Linux 4

Sabayon Linux 4 is one of a handful of Linux distro that uses LVM as the default disk partitioning scheme. Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) is a feature built into the Linux kernel that brings some benefits to hard disk configuration and management under Linux that is not possible with the traditional method of disk management. It makes it possible […]