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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 …


Introduction to Phoronix Test Suite

Feb. 18, 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 configuration of an account on -- where results can be shared, and the process of running a few basic …


Installing Multiple 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 …