Category: Tutorials/Tips

How to enhance the physical security posture of your Linux/BSD-powered PC

How to enhance the physical security posture of your Linux/BSD-powered PC

Securing a computer goes beyond more than just using strong passwords. You should consider what happens if an unauthorized person gains physical access to your computer. If the only security feature protecting your data from an unauthorized person is a user account password, then you have not taken enough steps to protect your computer and your data. This article presents […]

How Fedora protects your data with full disk encryption

How Fedora protects your data with full disk encryption

Disk encryption in one of the most overlooked and underused security tools in computing. When most people think about securing a computer or the operating system that powers it, a firewall, anti-virus, and other anti-malware software comes to mind. Those are all good and necessary tools, but they are only concerned with network security. What about physical security? What happens […]

Configure the graphical firewall manager on Pardus 2009.1

Configure the graphical firewall manager on Pardus 2009.1

Pardus is a desktop-oriented, Linux distribution. The latest release is Pardus 2009.1, and just like Pardus 2009, it comes with IPTables/Netfilter, the firewall application built in to the Linux kernel, disabled. This is a short tutorial showing how to enable the firewall via the graphical firewall manager, and tweak the configuration options available. It’s always better, whether there are open […]

How to configure a network interface on Pardus 2009.1

How to configure a network interface on Pardus 2009.1

Pardus 2009.1 is the latest release of the desktop-oriented, Linux distribution from Onur Küçük and his crew in Turkey. It is one of those distros that does not automatically configure your Internet connection. You are expected to configure it from Kaptan, the Pardus system modifier, or from the network manager applet.. This tutorial gives a step by step guide of […]

How to avoid spyware, viruses on Windows 7, Vista and XP

If you are a Windows user, you ought to be familiar with all forms of malware that has ever been created by man (and woman). By malware, I mean spywares, viruses, trojans, etc, that infect your Microsoft Windows-powered computer. You can’t avoid them, no matter how hard you try. Even the latest and most expensive anti-virus security software has not […]

How to install Moovida media center on Linux Mint 8

How to install Moovida media center on Linux Mint 8

Moovida is a free media center application available for users of Linux and BSD desktop operating systems. It is developed by Fluendo S.A., an outfit based in Barcelona, Spain. With Moovida, you can watch movies and TV shows, kickback and enjoy your music, view your pictures. and a whole lot more. Though it is not installed by default, it is […]

Configure the graphical firewall client on Linux Mint 8

Configure the graphical firewall client on Linux Mint 8

Linux Mint 8 (aka Helena) is the latest version of the popular, desktop-oriented distribution. It is based on Ubuntu 9.10, and like Ubuntu, it comes with ufw, the uncomplicated firewall, running out of the box (actually, on Mint 8, it is not enabled). Ufw presents a user-friendly command line syntax for managing IPTables/Netfilter. However, a graphical interface presents an even […]

How to install Cairo-Dock on Simply Linux 5

How to install Cairo-Dock on Simply Linux 5

Simply Linux is an Xfce-based distro from the same Russian team that publishes ALT Linux. After the customizing simply linux 5 post, the next obvious tip for our new-to-Linux friends is how to sex up their Simply Linux 5 desktop with Cairo-Dock.

Customizing Simply Linux 5

Customizing Simply Linux 5

Simply Linux 5 is a distro from the same team that publishes ALT Linux. The first review of this distro on this site has just been published. This post is to offer some customization tips to those new to Linux and to this distro, and will address the following configuration changes: Change system font size Point the package manager to […]

Customizing ALT Linux 5 Ark desktop

Customizing ALT Linux 5 Ark desktop

ALT Linux is an rpm based distro that was just reviewed and listed on this site. It is a GNOME-based distro with decent graphical management utilities. Like most distros, the default installation leaves room for some tweaking and customization. This post presents detailed step by step guides on how to customize or enable several aspects of the installation that should […]

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 […]