General Guides

Using rsync

Feb. 1, 2018, 6 p.m.

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 to the rsync website. Because of this efficiency, it is, in some cases, a good alternative to backup and transfer schemes that use tar and ...

GO TO ARTICLE

Instroduction to Phoronix Test Suite

Feb. 16, 2018, 6 p.m.

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 setting up an account on openbenchmark.org, and the process of running a few basic benchmark tests.

GO TO ARTICLE

GRUB for EFI Systems

June 20, 2015, 6 p.m.

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 install and configure GRUB for EFI on distributions that don't do it for ...

GO TO ARTICLE

EFI System

June 20, 2015, 6 p.m.

Generally, an EFI is an interface between the hardware and its firmware and the loader of the operating system. Practically, what a user interested in dual booting or multi booting Windows 8/8.1 and Linux needs to know are that an EFI system can only be used with a GPT disk and the following.

GO TO ARTICLE

Installing Versions of Firefox Including Multiple Profiles

May 1, 2015, 6 p.m.

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 the developer edition is available through the Mozilla OBS repository -- it is possible to install Firefox Beta and/or Firefox Developer Edition manually. It ...

GO TO ARTICLE