April 16, 2014

Tutorials Section Index

Making Movies in Linux with Kdenlive

Want to clean up your home movies, make DVDs, or become a YouTube star? It's easy on Linux with Kdenlive, as Akkana Peck shows us in this new series.

Wi-Fi Guru: DD-WRT Router and Wireless Printer

Q: My Linksys WRT600N flashed with v24 DD-WRT does not work wirelessly with HP7410 all-in-one printer. The printer is able to make a connection, but I cannot ping the printer nor get other programs to recognize it.

Controlling Your Linux System With fstab

The /etc/fstab file gives you control over what filesystems are mounted at startup on your Linux system, including Windows partitions and network shares. You can also use it to control the mount points of removable storage devices like USB sticks and external hard disks. Akkana Peck shows us how.

7 Useful Linux Networking Commands

Eric Geier introduces us to to seven powerful commands for troubleshooting and configuring Linux networking, both wired and wireless.

Enhance Your Linux Terminal With Bashish

Bashish is a theme engine for the Linux terminal, so you can make your console more readable, easier on the eyes, and give useful visual cues. Juliet Kemp shows how to customize your terminal with Bashish.

Ubuntu's Success Story: the Upstart Startup Manager (Linux Boot Camp p.2)

Ubuntu developers invented Upstart as a replacement for the hoary old SysV init system, with the aim of meeting the complex demands of booting modern Linux systems. Upstart is being adopted by Fedora, Debian, and openSUSE. Akkana Peck introduces us to this Ubuntu success story.

Linux Commands: Making Bash Error Messages Friendlier

Bash error messages, like so many error messages, can be more cryptic than helpful. But the good news is bash has a built-in mechanism for creating your own customized error messages, and you don't have to be an ace programmer to do it. Ubuntu and openSUSE already use this; Akkana Peck shows us how to do it ourselves.

Speeding up grep Searches by Excluding Directories

grep is a mighty search power tool that slices and dices your Linux searches as finely as you like. Today Juliet Kemp shows us how to speed up Linux searches by excluding directories in grep searches.

Linux Boot Camp: How Linux Boots (part 1)

Booting. Sometimes it seems like it takes forever. What's the computer doing all that time? How do you find out? The Linux boot sequence is surprisingly simple, and the best part is that almost all of it is controlled by shell scripts you can read -- and even edit yourself.

Annotate PDFs With KDE's Okular

KDE document reader Okular doesn't just read multiple document formats; it also allows you to add annotations to files as you read them.

Using Ubuntu Linux to Rescue Windows

What's the best tool for rescuing a broken Windows system? Linux. Eric Geier shows how to rescue your Windows data using Ubuntu Linux, without having to install it to your hard drive.

Mastering Redirection in BASH on Linux

Linux's BASH shell has several ways to redirect inputs and outputs, which has a multitude of uses in server administration, and desktop search and admininstration. Juliet Kemp guides us through the finer points of these powerful BASH features.

5 Easy Steps to a Remote Linux Desktop

Juliet Kemp shows us how set up a remote graphical Linux desktop in five steps, using Virtual Network Computing (VNC).

Why Use GRUB2? Good Question! (part 3)

As we come to the end of Akkana Peck's excellent series on mastering GRUB2, it's not clear what advantages it has over legacy GRUB, or even good old LILO. It seems it's gone backwards. In today's installment we learn how to translate some common and mysterious error messages, and how to manage a multi-boot system with GRUB2.

Automated Linux Server Backup Tips and Tricks

This tutorial walks us step-by-step through creating a custom server backup script with some nifty features like bandwith throttling to avoid bogging down the server being backed up, how to exclude files, and how to synchronize deleted files.

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