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How to edit your kernel boot parameters on Linux

Howto Forge - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 10:22am
Changing or editing your kernel boot parameters is very important when you want to fix an issue that causes errors during boot, or test a new feature, activate a different driver, or disable a feature on your system. These parameters are stored as text, in the boot loader's configuration file which the kernel parses during the init process.

How to install ownCloud 8 on Debian 8 (Jessie)

Howto Forge - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 10:11am
OwnCloud is a OpenSource file sync and share software that can be hosted on your own server. It provides access to files trough an intuitive web interface and by WEBDAV. This tutorial will show the installation of the latest ownCloud version on Debian 8.

How to Migrate Ext2/Ext3 File Systems to Ext4 on Linux

Howto Forge - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 8:13am
The Linux file systems Ext2 and Ext3 have now gone outdated. It is the time to convert the old file systems to the latest one, EXT4. The Ext4 filesystem is faster and more reliable than the previous versions. You dont have to reinstall the system; you can simply convert your existing file system to EXT4 by keeping the stored data unaffected.

Two Factor Authentication for ownCloud

Howto Forge - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 1:01pm
This tutorial shows you how to protect ownCloud logins with two factor authentication by using privacyIDEA to manage the second authentication factor. privacyIDEA is a system to manage authentication devices for two factor authentication in your own network - not at any Identity Provider - thus keeping your identity and the identities of your users also under your control.

How to upgrade Debian Wheezy to Jessie safely

Howto Forge - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 10:14am
How to upgrade Debian Wheezy (7) to Debian Jessie (8). This tutorial explains how to upgrade your Debian system from Wheezy to Jessie in a few simple steps.

How to repair your Grub 2 on Ubuntu

Howto Forge - Fri, 26/06/2015 - 2:22pm
Grub v2 offers a powerful rescue mode. Now using this mode, may not be exactly a walk in the park for most inexperienced users out there, so here's a guide on how to easily fix your Grub with the Boot Repair tool.

How to Install Postgresql and phpPgAdmin on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Thu, 25/06/2015 - 2:25pm
PostgreSQL is a powerfull object-relational Database released under a OpenSource BSD-style license. PostgreSQL is well suited for large databases and has many advanced features, so it positions itself in the enterprise database segment. This tutorial will show the installation of PostgreSQL and its web based administration interface phpPgAdmin on Ubuntu 15.04.

How to benchmark your GPU on Linux

Howto Forge - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 12:35pm
Linux is not famous for its gaming abilities and possibilities, and it is only natural that there aren't many GPU benchmarking tools available with which users can test their graphics hardware. There are however some benchmarking suites that can help you determine the various aspects of your GPU performance with precision. In this tutorial I will show you GLX-Gears, GL Mark 2 and the benchmarks from "Unigine Benchmark Products".

Installing and Using the Scientific Software GNU Octave on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Tue, 23/06/2015 - 4:46pm
GNU Octave is a scientific application that uses a Matlab like interpreted high level language for numerical computations and simulations. It offers functions to solve linear and nonlinear problems, can plot the results as graphics and offers capabilitis for data manipulatio and visualisation.

How to edit Movie Subtitles on the Linux Desktop

Howto Forge - Mon, 22/06/2015 - 12:35pm
Here's is a quick guide on how to load and edit subtitles on GNOME Subtitles and Subtitle Editor. The movie that I will be using for this tutorial is a documentary called “The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard” released in 2013 under a Creative Commons (CC) license.

How to change the Swappiness of your Linux system

Howto Forge - Fri, 19/06/2015 - 8:53am
Swappiness is the kernel parameter that defines how much (and how often) your Linux kernel will copy RAM contents to swap. This parameter's default value is “60” and it can take anything from “0” to “100”. The higher the value of the swappiness parameter, the more aggressively your kernel will swap.

How to use Dropbox Cloud Storage in Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Thu, 18/06/2015 - 4:42pm
Dropbox synchronizes folders in your PC with a virtual hard disk in the cloud. This tutorial shows the installation of Dropbox on Ubuntu 15.04

Sound Recording and Editing with Audacity on Ubuntu

Howto Forge - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 12:17pm
In all the years I have been dealing with both Linux and sound recordings, I have never found a simplest and more powerful tool than Audacity to get the job done. This open source sound recorder, editor, analyzer, generator and effect applicator is surely one of the most useful and important tools ever to be produced by the free software community.

OpenSSH Security Best Practices

Howto Forge - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:53pm
SSH (Secure Shell) is a cryptographic network protocol for initiating text-based shell sessions on remote machines in a secure way. OpenSSH is a connectivity tool that most administrators rely on to work on their Linux and *BSD servers daily. This tutorial covers the best pratices to configure your SSH server securely.

How to defrag your Linux system

Howto Forge - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 4:01pm
There is a common misconception among GNU/Linux users that our systems never ever need to be defragmented. This stems from the success of the journalized filesystems used by most distributions including EXT2,3 and 4, JFS, ZFS, XFS, ReiserFS and BTRFS. Fragmentation though can still be an issue though, especially for users that use space limited disks that may not offer many file allocation options.

How to use Avidemux for Video Editing

Howto Forge - Fri, 12/06/2015 - 11:44am
Thankfully, the open source world offers many good choices when it comes to video editing. Some of the most popular choices are the PiTiVi, OpenShot, Kdenlive and Blender. Avidemux is another one - maybe the one with the worst name, but being one of the oldest (five years old) it is now quite mature and stable as well as relatively feature rich.

How to install Webmin on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Thu, 11/06/2015 - 1:42pm
Webmin is a web-based interface for system administrators of Linux systems. It is quite simple, using any web-browser you can set up user accounts, Apache, Installations etc. Webmin helps all those who are not comfortable with the command line but want to manage their servers. This tutorial covers Installation and a little work around with Webmin on Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet).

Get to know your System (using the command line)

Howto Forge - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 2:47pm
Knowing the details of your system is essential for being able to address issues that arise and make the right hardware and software choices to ensure the compatibility and a good performance of your system. To get to know yous system a bit better we will use the command line.

How to Install Nagios 4.0.8 on Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

Howto Forge - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 8:41am
Nagios is an open source software for system and network monitoring. Nagios can see the activity of a host and its services, and provides a warning/alert if something bad happens on the server. Nagios can run on Linux operating systems. At this time we are using Ubuntu 15.04 for the installation.

How to install Scilab 5.5.1 on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 1:04pm
Scilab is a free and Open Source software for numerical computation providing a powerful computing environment for engineering and scientific applications.

How to install and configure VSFTPD

Howto Forge - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 2:31pm
As the name suggest 'Very Secure File Transfer Protocol Deamon' (VSFTPD) is one of the most secure FTP daemons available, vsftpd is used as the default FTP server in the Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, NimbleX, Slackware and RHEL Linux distributions.

How to Install nginx and google pagespeed on Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

Howto Forge - Thu, 04/06/2015 - 8:51am
Nginx (engine-x) is a open source and high performance HTTP server, reverse proxy and IMAP/POP3 proxy server. The outstanding features of Nginx are: stability, rich feature set, simple configuration and low resource consumption. Nginx is being used by some of the largest websites on the internet and is gaining more and more popularity in the webmaster community. This tutorials shows how to build a nginx .deb package for Ubuntu 15.04 from source that has Google pagespeed module compiled in.

Installing and Configuring Speech Recognition Software on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Wed, 03/06/2015 - 11:19am
The main motivation for installing voice commands and speech recognition software is to aid in the management of the operating system, in this case, Ubuntu 15.04. For many people with disabilities is also very useful to use the voice as the main enforcer when it comes to the operating system, ie, whether the disabilities were are motor or even visual, software commands via voice is the perfect solution.

Shell Scripting Part V: Functions in Bash

Howto Forge - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 9:32am
Welcome to part 5 of HowToForge's shell scripting tutorial series. In this part, you will learn how to efficiently structure your scripts by creating functions. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to know how to create functions in the Linux Bash Shell, pass parameters to your functions and return some values from a function to your main code.

How to install Tomcat on CentOS

Howto Forge - Mon, 01/06/2015 - 9:17am
In this tutorial I will show you how to install Tomcat on CentOS. Before letting you know how to install Tomcat on CentOS we should know what Tomcat is.

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