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23 Ago/10

Installing Enlightenment E17 using Subversion

Installing Enlightenment E17 using Subversion

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); If you’ve spent enough time around Linux you might have come across an installation process that requires the use of SVN. SVN is subversion which is a version control system based on CVS. What this means is that this tool manages files and directories and keeps track of the changes made to them. A lot of developers use tools like this in order to allow testers and other developers access to the most recent versions of their...

21 Giu/10

Wipe your drives securely with a hidden Windows 7 tool

Wipe your drives securely with a hidden Windows 7 tool

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); It’s always a worry when you get rid of a PC or hard drive that all sorts of personal data could be sitting on it waiting to be stolen.  This is even more important when it comes to business computers. There have always been a huge variety of hard disk wiping packages available from third-parties, but did you know that Windows 7 has it’s own free in-built tool for securely erasing, not just whole hard disks, but...

15 Giu/10

“Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out” Coming Oct ‘10 from Microsoft Press by gHacks Editor

“Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out” Coming Oct ‘10 from Microsoft Press by gHacks Editor

You know what it’s like when you’re sitting on really great news for several months but you can’t tell anyone?   This is even worse writing for gHacks every day knowing I’m sitting on a great nugget  :} Well after a long period of frustration I can now officially announce that I’ve been signed by Microsoft Press to write “Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out”.  The new book will be out in October this year. This book will...




3 Giu/10

Copy partitions with gparted

Copy partitions with gparted

I wanted to continue with the rescue theme, but since Partimage is limited in it’s file system support, I thought I would go another route. That route? Gparted. Gparted is an amazingly flexible tool that serves as a graphical partition editor built for the GNOME desktop environment. But Gparted can do much more than just edit partitions. One nifty trick I discovered it can do is copy partitions from one drive to another. It’s a bit time consuming but when you want a copy of...

21 Mag/10

Install Java on Ubuntu 10.04

Install Java on Ubuntu 10.04

Let’s face it, although most operating systems don’t install Java by default, there are many applications that rely on this tool. The reasons for OSes to not install Java are many (mostly of the licensing flavor) and, at least with Linux, the installation process can be confusing (at best) or painful (at worse). To begin with – which do you install? You can install jdk, jre, blackdown…the list goes on and on. And do you install from the downloadable binary installer...

13 Mag/10

Tune your Linux kernel with sysctl

Tune your Linux kernel with sysctl

Not many of today’s Linux users remember the days when you could (and sometimes had to) compile your own kernel. If you had a special device or special needs for the kernel there was no other way to get it to work. Today most kernels work out of the box with most hardware. But there are times when you could squeeze out a bit more performance or even lighten your kernel on the fly. You can do that with the sysctl command. This command allows you to turn on or off numerous kernel parameters...

21 Apr/10

Join a Ubuntu machine to a Windows domain

Join a Ubuntu machine to a Windows domain

I had been hoping to accomplish this for some time now. At work we work under a Windows domain and I have a Ubuntu test machine that I have been hoping to join to that domain. Finally, thanks to Likewise-Open5, it happened. And, believe it or not, it’s not all that difficult. Oh sure you can use Samba to take this task on, but you better be prepared for some serious configuration and work. With Likewise-Open5 that job is made significantly easier. Now I understand that with the upcoming...

11 Apr/10

How to install eGroupware

How to install eGroupware

Quite some time ago I wrote an article that illustrated how eGroupware could serve as a legitimate Exchange replacement (see my article “eGroupware: Your Exchange replacement has arrived“). I very briefly skimmed over the process of installing this outstanding groupware tool. In this case, skimming will get you nowhere. Recently I revisited the installation of eGroupware and thought I should give a bit more detail on the procedure of installing this rather challenging tool....

1 Mar/10

Share Ubuntu folders with NFS

Share Ubuntu folders with NFS

If you’ve ever tried to share folders on a Linux machine over a network, you’ve most likely attempted to get NFS working. And on many occasions you might have found yourself nearly pulling out your hair in frustration. Well, you’ll be glad to know that getting NFS working on modern Ubuntu systems is actually quite simple. You just have to have a couple of pieces installed and access to the /etc/exports file. In this article I am going to demonstrate how simple it is to...

4 Feb/10

Check and repair corrupted tables on MySQL database

Check and repair corrupted tables on MySQL database

This morning I woke up to find one of the sites I administer down. The error on the page was very clear in that it could not connect to the database due to a corrupt table. I had two choices, recover from a backup or attempt to repair the corrupted tables. I opted to try the repair. In the end, it worked. And now, you will get to benefit from that success. The initial problem was trying to figure out which table was corrupt. The database in question wasn’t HUGE, by any stretch of...

27 Dic/09

Allow remote connections to your MySQL server

Allow remote connections to your MySQL server

I have covered MySQL in a number of ways so far. You can read how to administer your MySQL database with MySQL Workbench (see my article “Complete database administration package MySQL Workbench“), MySQL Administrator (see my article “Creating a database with MySQL Administrator“), MySQL Navigator (see my article “Manage you MySQL databases with an easy to use GUI“), or PhpMyAdmin (see my article “Install PhpMyAdmin for easy MySQL administration“)....

8 Dic/09

Manage your MySQL databases with an easy to use GUI

Manage your MySQL databases with an easy to use GUI

If you’ve read my Linux content here on Ghacks enough, you have most likely noticed my preference for not using the MySQL command line. That is not to say I don’t ever use it, I just prefer tools to help make that aspect of database use easier. My preference, until recent, has been PhpMyAdmin (see my article “Install PhpMyAdmin for easy MySQL administration“). I have, however, found a new tool I am growing very fond of. When you are looking to manage a local database,...

16 Nov/09

Create your own customized Ubuntu Live CD

Create your own customized Ubuntu Live CD

Here on Ghacks I have mentioned a few tools that allow you to create various types of Linux CDs. Most of these tools allow you to create Live CDs that are either images of your current working distribution or tools to create a Live CD with special packages. But none of these tools, so far, have allowed you to really get customized with your Live CD. You can’t specify desktop backgrounds or other configuration options. These are tasks that can really make creating a customized Live...

18 Set/09

Build a custom firewall with fwbuilder

Build a custom firewall with fwbuilder

For the Linux operating system there are plenty of possibilities when it comes to firewalls. One possible option is Firestarter (You can read my “introductory” article “Firestarter: Simple to use desktop firewall” for an example of one such tool). You could also get very granular with the command line tool iptables. Of course most administrators do not have the time or inclination to deal with such heavy-hitting tools as iptables (if you do have the time, however,...

12 Set/09

How To Track Google Keyword Rankings In Google Analytics

How To Track Google Keyword Rankings In Google Analytics

Professional webmasters, and also many other website owners, need a way to keep track of keyword rankings of their website. Keyword ranking simple means the position in selected search engines of a website for a specific keyword. Ghacks is for example ranking on the first spot in Google, and probably in every other search engine out there, for the term ghacks. Many webmasters want to keep track of rankings to be able to analyze their website’s performance and be ready for future...

1 Ago/09

Install VirtualBox with USB support

Install VirtualBox with USB support

If you’ve installed VirtualBox as instructed in my tutorial “Install and configure VirtualBox for virtual OSes” you most likely have discovered that the open source edition of VirtualBox does not have USB support. In fact there are a few other features the open source edition does not offer that the closed-source edition does (such as offering the Remote Display Protocol so you can connect to a virtual machine remotely). But to get these features you will have to uninstall...

24 Lug/09

How to: Install Zen Cart on a LAMP server

How to: Install Zen Cart on a LAMP server

If you have ever had a need for an on-line shopping cart, and have ever tried to install a shopping cart, you know that making a choice can be a challenge, and getting the shop up and running can be a challenge. Not so much with Zen Cart. Zen Cart is an open source e-commerce solution that serves as a stand-alone shopping cart and is installed on top of a LAMP server. If you’re not sure how to install a LAMP server check out my article “How to: Install a LAMP server.”...