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Introduction to Phoronix Test Suite

Phoronix Test Suite is a Free and Open Source automated benchmarking program developed by Phoronix Media, which also publishes the Phoronix website. Linux enthusiasts most likely have seen the output of the PTS software on Phoronix in their benchmarking results. In this article we provide an overview of the installation of Phoronix Test Suite, the...

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Using rsync

rsync is a file transfer and file synchronization program for Unix and Unix-like computers that provides efficient transfers and synchronization "by sending just the differences in the files across the link, without requiring that both sets of files are present at one of the ends of the link beforehand," according...

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Installing Multiple Versions of Firefox Including Multiple Profiles

Nearly all distributions make Firefox available through their default repositories. Some also make the beta, developer, and nightly editions available through non-default repositories. For distributions that don't provide these editions, or for distributions that make only one or some of the other editions available -- in the case of openSUSE, only...

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EFI System

EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) or UEFI (Unified EFI) system with a GUID Partition Table (GPT) disk is a great improvement over the traditional BIOS system with Master Boot Record partitioning. This new system allows not only a greatly...

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GRUB for EFI Systems

Installing and configuring GRUB for an EFI system is a simple matter of a few commands to make the EFI System partition available, to install the appropriate version of the GRUB package, to install GRUB (the bootloader not the package) in the EFI System partition, and to update the configuration. The steps given here can be used to repair GRUB, to...

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Backlight Control in Laptops with Intel Integrated Graphics

Inability to control screen brightness is a common problem in many Linux distributions when using a laptop with an integrated Intel HD Graphics -- on my Lenovo V570, an Intel HD Graphics 3000. A typical solution is appending a kernel parameter to the kernel command line in the GRUB configuration file. There is a more effective solution that works even...

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Hibernation

Some distributions, for one reason another, are not capable of hibernating (suspending to disk) out-of-the box. In many cases some underlying functionality has to be enabled or properly configured. This article gives an overview of hibernation and the underlying functionality that is necessary to enable hibernation.

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