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How to perform as a DJ on Ubuntu Linux with Mixxx

Howto Forge - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 8:18am
Linux and professional multimedia tools don't exactly go together, and while we can use some great and very capable audio workstations like Ardour, there aren't many audio mixers that DJs can use for their performances. If however you are a Linux user and you don't want to resort to other operating systems every time that you need to play some music, here are your choices.

How to control peripheral ports: Accessing and writing on Parallel Port with C on Linux. Part I

Howto Forge - Thu, 22/10/2015 - 7:32am
This tutorial will show you how to control the pins of the parallel port of your PC on Linux from within a small C program. In this example, we switch just a few LED's on and off, but the same technology can be used to control relays to switch devices with high power consumption on and off for home automation.

How to Install Nginx with ModSecurity on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Wed, 21/10/2015 - 7:44am
In this tutorial, I will show you how to install mod_security for the fast Nginx web server on Ubuntu 15.04. I will configure ModSecurity as a standalone module and then build Nginx from source to include ModSecurity.

How to install a Media Center with OSMC and CentOS on a Raspberry Pi 2

Howto Forge - Tue, 20/10/2015 - 11:55am
The evolution of technology and new advances in the field of entertainment have brought us small and low priced computer systems with low power consumption like the Raspberry Pi that are perfectly suited for a home media center. In this tutorial, I will install the OSMC Media Center software on a card Raspberry Pi 2.

How to speed up your internet connection on Linux

Howto Forge - Mon, 19/10/2015 - 3:08pm
The speed of your internet connection is something that is affected by a lot of different elements, most of which are out of your reach and/or jurisdiction. That said, there isn't a way to transform a slow internet connection into a lighting-speed one if your provider is just not giving you enough bandwidth, no matter what you do. This post is only aiming to provide generic advice on how to make things a little bit better if possible, and if applicable to each case.

How to Install and Configure CSF (Config Server Firewall) on CentOS 7

Howto Forge - Fri, 16/10/2015 - 3:09pm
Config Server Firewall / CSF is firewall application suite for Linux servers. CSF is also a Login/Intrusion Detection for applications like SSH, SMTP, IMAP, Pop3, the "su" command and many more. This tutorial will show the installation of CSF on CentOS 7 and guide you trough the first steps to use this powerful application suite.

How to build a custom Linux distribution using SUSE Studio

Howto Forge - Thu, 15/10/2015 - 2:46pm
Although there are countless different GNU/Linux distributions out there for people to choose from, you may not find exactly what you're looking for and that is perfectly normal. In this tutorial, we will explore how to use SUSE Studio to generate a highly tailored Linux system based on the latest openSUSE.

How to integrate the latest Firefox in Gnome 3 on Debian Jessie

Howto Forge - Wed, 14/10/2015 - 1:06pm
That may sound like an odd threesome, but Jessie can run Firefox as a native Gnome 3 application. And why would you want to do that? Debian already comes with a perfectly good web browser --- Iceweasel, a rebranded version of Firefox. Why? Because of updates. Firefox updates much more often than Iceweasel. If you want the latest features and the latest bug fixes and security updates, you want Firefox.

How to map your mouse on Linux

Howto Forge - Tue, 13/10/2015 - 12:42pm
The Linux desktop is unfortunately not a mainstream operating system, and so peripherals manufacturers don't care much whether those cool extra side buttons (or whatever else) of our mouse works as intended or not. Thankfully, Linux is a powerful system that allows users to set things as they like, so here is a quick guide on how to map your mouse.

How to split large audio files on Linux

Howto Forge - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 1:08pm
It is often the case that we want to split an “one-piece” audio recording into smaller files. A live concert could be broken down into songs so that you can burn it on a CD, or an interview can be separated into thematic sections. Whatever the case, here are four different ways to do it.

Get started with Sweet Home 3D on Linux

Howto Forge - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 1:17pm
Sweet Home 3D is an open source interior design application that allows people to draw a layout of their home, test new furniture arrangements before actually trying them out, and finally visit the virtual home in 3D view. It is quite powerful and extensible, but it remains relatively simple to use even for people who know very little or nothing about home design. This tutorial will guide you through the first steps in designing with Sweet Home 3D.

How to do image steganography on Linux

Howto Forge - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 1:12pm
Steganography is the ancient art of the information concealment. People have found numerous methods to achieve this such as “invisible” inks, messages hidden in objects, and the famous “null cipher”. The word “steganography” comes from the Greek words “steganos” and “graphy” which means “impenetrable writing”. The years have passed and steganography has evolved into a sophisticated part of cryptography.

Getting started with Visual Studio Code (VSC) on Linux

Howto Forge - Thu, 01/10/2015 - 1:25pm
Visual Studio Code (VSC) is a source code editor released by Microsoft only a few months ago. The software is based on the Atom engine and although it isn't open source, it offers a working version for Linux that you may find useful for a set of reasons. In this tutorial, we will take a look on how to install, setup and get started with VSC.

How to manage your passwords with Enpass on Linux

Howto Forge - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 3:31pm
Enpass is an advanced password manager that works natively on Linux. Although its open source nature is limited in the use of a free software encryption engine called SQLCipher, the tool offers good integration with widely used online services and can serve as a central platform where a lot of different passwords, accounts, and other miscellaneous information can be added. That said, it can be useful to many Linux users out there so here's a quick guide on how to set it up.

Installing Lighttpd with PHP (PHP-FPM mode) and MySQL or MariaDB on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Tue, 29/09/2015 - 5:48pm
Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on an Ubuntu 15.04 server with PHP support (through PHP-FPM) and MySQL. PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) is an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation with some additional features useful for sites of any size, especially busier sites.

Setting up Master-Master Replication with MySQL on Debian 8 (Jessie)

Howto Forge - Mon, 28/09/2015 - 8:03pm
This tutorial describes a replicated MySQL setup (Mater/Master replication) with 2 nodes where data can be read and written to both nodes at the same time. MySQL takes care to replicate the data to the other node and ensures that primary auto increment keys don't collide.

Setting up Unison File Synchronization between two Servers on Debian 8 (Jessie)

Howto Forge - Thu, 24/09/2015 - 5:10pm
This tutorial shows how to set up file synchronization between two Debian 8 servers with Unison. Unison is a file-synchronization tool similar to rsync, the big difference is that it tracks/synchronizes changes in both directions, i.e., files changed on Server 1 will be replicated to Server 2 and vice versa.

How to trigger commands on File/Directory changes with Incron on Debian

Howto Forge - Thu, 24/09/2015 - 11:43am
This guide shows how you can install and use incron on a Debian 8 (Jessie) system. Incron is similar to cron, but instead of running commands based on time, it can trigger commands when file or directory events occur (e.g. a file modification, changes of permissions, etc.).

Debian 8 Jessie LAMP server tutorial with Apache 2, PHP 5 and MariaDB (instead of MySQL)

Howto Forge - Tue, 22/09/2015 - 9:58am
LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache webserver on a Debian 8 (Jessie) server with PHP (mod_php) and MySQL / MariaDB support. A LAMP setup is a perfect basis for CMS systems like Joomla, Wordpress or Drupal.

RoundCube installation on Debian 8 (Jessie)

Howto Forge - Tue, 22/09/2015 - 9:44am
This tutorial shows the installation of the latest RoundCube webmail on Debian 8. Roundcube is an easy to use webmail client with IMAP and SMTP support that can be extended with plugins. This tutorial contains an optional chapter that describes the steps to connect RoundCube ith the ISPConfig 3 Hosting Control Panel.

Getting Started with UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Mon, 21/09/2015 - 2:25pm
UFW or Uncomplicated Firewall is an application to manage an iptables based firewall on Ubuntu. UFW is the default firewall configuration tool for Ubuntu Linux and provides a user-friendly way to configure the firewall, the UFW command is just like English language so the commands are easy to remember. The UFW firewall supports IPv4 and IPv6.

How to Install and Set Up Tor Browser on Linux

Howto Forge - Thu, 17/09/2015 - 2:24pm
Tor Browser is the official internet browser tool of the Tor Network project. This software is aimed at serving users who want to browse in full anonymity, preventing surveillance of any kind. This is achieved by bouncing your communications around a distributed network or relays, making eavesdropping very difficult, if not practically impossible.

How to compare and merge text files on Linux (part 2)

Howto Forge - Wed, 16/09/2015 - 4:18pm
This post is a response to the overwhelming comments about Meld (and other tools) on my previous article on text files comparison and merging tools. While my intention wasn't to focus on code text only but to also present something useful to word editors and writers as well, but the coders community objected for the “shallowness” of the previous post so here we go with part 2.

Build an IRC Server with IRCD-Hybrid and Anope on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Tue, 15/09/2015 - 4:01pm
This tutorial shows the installation of an IRC server with IRCD-Hybrid and Anope on Ubuntu 15.04 and how to secure the IRC connections with SSL.

How to extend GIMP with GMIC

Howto Forge - Mon, 14/09/2015 - 7:07pm
GIMP is the n1 open source image editor and raster graphics manipulator that offers an array of special effects and filters out of the box. Although the software's default capabilities will be more than enough for most people out there, there isn't any reason why you couldn't expand them if you wished for it. While there are many ways to do exactly that, I will focus on how to enrich your GIMP filters and effects sets with the use of G'MIC.


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