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How to use the Linux ftp command to up- and download files on the shell

Howto Forge - Tue, 01/12/2015 - 3:00pm
In this tutorial, I will show you how to use the Linux ftp command on the shell. I will show you how to connect to an FTP server, up- and download files and create directories. While there are many nice desktops FTP clients available, the ftp command is still useful when you work remotely on a server over an SSH session and e.g. want to fetch a backup file from your FTP storage.

How to Install Gitlab with PostgreSQL and Nginx on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Mon, 30/11/2015 - 2:02pm
Gitlab is a web-based git repository management application written on Ruby. It is similar to GitHub and includes features like a project wiki and issue tracking system. In this tutorial, I will guide you step by step trough the installation of Gitlab CE with PostgreSQL as the database system, and Nginx as the web server on Ubuntu 15.04 version. We will use Ruby version 2.x.x, gitlab stable version 8.x.

How to track your Linux laptop

Howto Forge - Fri, 27/11/2015 - 5:03pm
So, you just bought a new shiny laptop and you are uncomfortable about the possibility to see it stolen and lost forever? There are many things you can do to help you recover your laptop after such an unfortunate thing happens, and almost all of them involve some kind of tracking software. Here is a quick guide on how to set up easy to use tools that will help you locate your stolen laptop.

How to set up torrent scheduling on Linux

Howto Forge - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 3:19pm
Today we will take a look on the methods that Linux users can follow in order to set up a scheduler for their torrent downloads. This can be useful for people who want to take advantage of their computer while they are not using it, like during the nighttime for example. This way, large portions of huge files can be downloaded without delaying your work activities, or interrupting/undermining your media consumption.

How to integrate Alfresco with ONLYOFFICE Online Editors on Ubuntu 14.04

Howto Forge - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 3:50pm
This guide will describe how to use the onlyoffice-alfresco script to allow users to co-edit documents from an Alfresco Share from in ONLYOFFICE Online Editors. Alfresco Share is built on Alfresco’s innovative ECM repository and delivers out-of-the-box collaborative content management.

How to install Nginx as Reverse Proxy for Apache on Ubuntu 15.10

Howto Forge - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 1:47pm
Nginx or - engine-x - is a high-performance web server with low memory usage, created by Igor Sysoev in 2002. Nginx is not just a web server, it can be used as a reverse proxy for many protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, POP3, SMTP, and IMAP and as a load balancer and HTTP cache as well. In this tutorial, I will install and configure Nginx as caching reverse proxy for an Apache web server on Ubuntu 15.10.

The tar command explained

Howto Forge - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 11:22am
The Linux tar command is the swiss army of the Linux admin when it comes to archiving or distributing files. Gnu Tar archives can contain multiple files and directories, file permissions can be preserved and it supports multiple compression formats. The name tar stands for "Tape Archiver", the format is an official POSIX standard.

How to create an Ubuntu package from source

Howto Forge - Mon, 23/11/2015 - 4:09pm
Building from source has never been the most popular choice of the less experienced Linux users who are always in the seek for a pre-built package. This is especially the case with Ubuntu users who like convenience and GUIs over power and terminals. Unfortunately, everything in the Linux world gets first released as source, and then it gets packaged for the various distributions and architectures, meaning that you will most probably never find a package of the absolutely latest version of a software that got just released.

Performance monitoring with Monitorix 3.8.0 on Ubuntu 15.10

Howto Forge - Fri, 20/11/2015 - 12:51pm
This tutorial will show the installation and configuration of Monitorix on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wiley Werewolf). Monitorix is a free, lightweight, open source monitoring tool designed to monitor as many services and system resources as possible on servers and desktops. It consists mainly of two programs: a collector, called monitorix, which is a Perl daemon that is started automatically as a system service, and a CGI script called monitorix.cgi. Since 3.0 version Monitorix includes its own HTTP server built in, so you aren't forced to install a third-party web server to use it.

How to generate a animated GIF or movie out of images on Linux

Howto Forge - Thu, 19/11/2015 - 6:56pm
It is very unlikely for anyone nowadays not to own a device that is capable of shooting many consecutive pictures (burst mode). While this is useful for helping you take the perfect shot in sport events etc, you may want to use some of those successive frames to create a movie. Thankfully, you can do this very easily on Linux. In this tutorial, I will use five (not so closely successive) shots of my Cockatiel parrot bird trying to drink some of my coffee.

How to install TYPO3 7 on Nginx (LEMP) on Ubuntu 15.10

Howto Forge - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 12:34pm
This tutorial shows how to install and run a TYPO3 (version 7 LTS) web site on a Ubuntu 15.10 system that has a Nginx web server installed instead of Apache. This kind of setup is often called LEMP = Linux + Nginx (pronounced "engine x") + MySQL + PHP). Nginx is a fast and efficient HTTP server that uses less resources than Apache and delivers pages a lot faster, especially static files.

How to Encrypt Directories/Partitions with eCryptfs on Debian 8 (Jessie)

Howto Forge - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 3:12pm
eCryptfs is a POSIX-compliant enterprise-class stacked cryptographic filesystem for Linux. You can use it to encrypt partitions and also directories that don't use a partition of their own, no matter the underlying filesystem, partition type, etc. This tutorial shows how to use eCryptfs to encrypt a directory on Debian Jessie.

How to safely wipe your data with Dariks Boot and Nuke bootable live CD

Howto Forge - Mon, 16/11/2015 - 3:10pm
Sometimes, we need to completely and irreversibly wipe all data contained in a disk to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. This may not be something we are doing on a day to day basis, but if you want to do it, you should do it right and ensure that the data cannot be recovered by experts. One of the many ways of doing this is through Darik's Boot and Nuke bootable live CD. This tool is made from the same team that develops the professional-grade Blancco data eraser, only it is available for free and without guarantee or support.

How to compile and install Bitcoin Core on Debian Wheezy

Howto Forge - Fri, 13/11/2015 - 3:19pm
Do you like to use Bitcoin on Linux? This tutorial explains how to install and use Bitcoin Core on Debian Linux. Bitcoin Core is the official Bitcoin Wallet from I will use the latest version from the GIT repository at

How to do batch image processing on the Linux Destop with XnConvert

Howto Forge - Thu, 12/11/2015 - 4:58pm
GIMP is great and I use it all the time, but when it comes to batch image processing on Linux, nothing is more handy and simple to use than XnConvert. Although not an open source software, this batch raster graphics editor comes for free without any limitations for private use, and works in all platforms and architectures. You can get it from the official website as a complementary part of XnView (it's standalone). Here comes a tutorial on how to use this simple yet powerful tool on Linux.

Encrypt your data with EncFS on Ubuntu 15.10

Howto Forge - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 1:31pm
EncFS provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space. It runs without any special permissions and uses the FUSE library and Linux kernel module to provide the filesystem interface. It is a pass-through filesystem, not an encrypted block device, which means it is created on top of an existing filesystem. This tutorial shows how you can use EncFS on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wiley Werewolf) to encrypt your data.

How to Install Ghost Blog Software with Apache and SSL on Ubuntu 15.10

Howto Forge - Mon, 09/11/2015 - 7:34pm
Ghost is a powerful Open Source publishing and blog platform that is beautifully designed and easy to use. Ghost is written in javascript and uses node.js as runtime environment. This tutorial shows the installation of the Ghost Blog software with Apache and SSL on Ubuntu 15.10.

Installing Nginx with PHP and MariaDB (as MySQL replacement) on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wiley Werewolf)

Howto Forge - Fri, 06/11/2015 - 10:59am
Nginx (pronounced "engine x") is a free, open-source, high-performance HTTP server. Nginx is known for its stability, rich feature set, simple configuration, and low resource consumption. This tutorial shows how you can install Nginx on an Ubuntu 15.10 server with PHP support (through PHP-FPM) and MariaDB (as MySQL replacement). The term LEMP stands for: Linux + Nginx + MySQL + PHP.

Getting Started with LibreCAD

Howto Forge - Thu, 05/11/2015 - 4:15pm
Linux isn't known for having many professional-grade linear drawing and engineering design tools. Dassault's DraftSight is the only choice in that part, but paying a few hundred bucks is maybe not the best option for everybody out there. Thankfully, the rich world of free software isn't leaving us alone in this sector either, and one of the most popular solutions to help you get your designs ready is the amazing LibreCAD.

How to get the most out of Qmmp 1.0

Howto Forge - Wed, 04/11/2015 - 11:05am
After almost eight years of development, Qmmp has reached version 1.0, so we have a good reason to celebrate with a quick guide on how to get the most out of this winamp-styled audio player for your Linux desktop. This brand new version brings a lot of goodies, but most importantly it uses the latest Qt v5. The player looks simple and it really is very simple to use, but it actually boasts quite a lot of power under the hood, so here is what we will be exploring on this article.

The Perfect Server - Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) with Apache, PHP, MySQL, PureFTPD, BIND, Postfix, Dovecot and ISPConfig 3

Howto Forge - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 11:03am
This tutorial shows how to install an Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) server (with Apache2, BIND, Dovecot) for the installation of ISPConfig 3, and how to install ISPConfig 3. ISPConfig 3 is a webhosting control panel that allows you to configure the following services through a web browser: Apache or nginx web server, Postfix mail server, Courier or Dovecot IMAP/POP3 server, MySQL, BIND or MyDNS nameserver, PureFTPd, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, and many more. This setup covers the installation of Apache (instead of nginx), BIND (instead of MyDNS), and Dovecot (instead of Courier).

How to Rescue your Windows or Linux System with Rescatux

Howto Forge - Mon, 02/11/2015 - 12:41pm
Rescatux is yet another GNU/Linux distribution that is focused on the rescuing of other operating systems. It works in live mode and offers a rich set of tools to address a wide range of problems in Linux and even Windows. What makes Rescatux stand out from the many similarly orientated rescue systems is mainly its straightforwardness. Instead of offering a set of tools that will help you fix your “broken” system, it starts Rescapp right away which is a window that features categorized buttons to address a specific problem.

Samba Server installation on Ubuntu 15.10

Howto Forge - Fri, 30/10/2015 - 1:05pm
This guide explains the installation and configuration of a Samba server on Ubuntu 15.10 with anonymous and secured Samba shares. Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. Samba is freely available, unlike other SMB/CIFS implementations, and allows for interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.

How to use Avogadro molecule editor and visualizer in education on Linux

Howto Forge - Wed, 28/10/2015 - 6:47pm
Avogadro is a molecule editor and visualizer, and one of the most advanced open source scientific software tools. It features many capabilities that can be useful in teaching as education can be much more effective when theory is combined with the actual depiction of realistic models. Here is a basic tutorial on how to use Avogadro in education. Please note that I am using the latest stable release which is version 1.1.1, but there is also a version 2.0.7 which is a complete re-write of the application.

How to install a Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Minimal Server

Howto Forge - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 2:44pm
This tutorial shows the installation of a Ubuntu 15.10 minimal server in detail with many screenshots. The purpose of the guide is to show the basic installation of Ubuntu 15.10 that can be used as basis for our other Ubuntu 15.10 tutorials here at howtoforge like our perfect server guides.


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