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How to secure your PDF documents with passwords (and how to crack them if needed)

Howto Forge - Mon, 13/07/2015 - 1:27pm
Documents safety is a particularly sensitive matter due to the typical usage nature and possible value and importance of the contents. That said, users should be extra careful when sharing documents that shouldn't be leaked to other parties.

How to Install Proftpd with TLS on Ubuntu 15.04

Howto Forge - Fri, 10/07/2015 - 3:13pm
This article describes the installation of Proftpd with TLS on Ubuntu 15.04. FTP is a insecure protocol as passwords and data are transferred unencrypted. The whole communication can be encrypted by using TLS, thus making FTP a safe protocol to transfer files. This tutorials shows you how to setup a TLS enabled FTP server on Ubuntu.

ISPConfig 3: Automated installation on Debian

Howto Forge - Thu, 09/07/2015 - 11:18am
As you might know, ISPConfig is one of the best free opensource hosting control panels available to manage linux servers in single and multi server environments. This tutorial explains how to deploy and install this amazing contol panel with ispconfig_setup script.

How to record from JACK with Ardour on Linux

Howto Forge - Wed, 08/07/2015 - 11:50am
With all the madness that prevails the Linux audio engines and complex inter-related frameworks and subsystems, it is very easy to get lost and overwhelmed when you want to do something as simple as to record yourself playing an electric musical instrument. Recording from JACK is imperative in that case, as using a “mic to speaker” arrangement will introduce unwanted noise to the recording, no matter what.

Configure Clamav for daily system scans and email notification on Debian

Howto Forge - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 6:29pm
Today we take a look at the clamav antivirus software and how to use it to protect your server or desktop. I will show you how to configure Clamav to scan all system, website and email files daily and notify you by email in case that a virus gets detected.

General Maintenance of Arch Linux Systems

Howto Forge - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 11:00am
Maintaing an Arch Linux installation is actually extremely simple and straightforward, as long as you keep a few things in mind. The rolling release nature of the distribution means we never have to worry about major version upgrades like other distributions (Ubuntu and Debian to name a few..).

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.

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