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Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 9 and Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu[caption id="attachment_226" align="alignright" width="104" caption=" "]Linux Mint[/caption]The installation program on Ubuntu 10.04 and Linux Mint 9 are the same. And that's because Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. So if you install one, which involves a simple seven-step process, you can use the same instructions to install the other. But being simple does not mean that the default partitioning scheme, which creates only two partitions, will satisfy the requirements of the system you wish to create. That's when a fundamental knowledge of disk partitioning on a Linux system comes in handy, and that's why, for those without that knowledge, this guide has been written. ...
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How to dual boot Linux Mint 9 and Ubuntu 10.04

[caption id="attachment_226" align="alignleft" width="104" caption=" "]Linux Mint[/caption]UbuntuIn some situations, you may want to install more than one operating system on a computer. One method of accomplishing that is to utilize virtualization applications to run one atop the other. Another method, one that does not require specialized hardware or software, is to create a multi-boot scheme - installing multiple operating systems on one or more hard drives (on the same computer.) Dual-booting is a multi-boot example involving two operating systems. This tutorial gives you the instructions needed to dual boot Linux Mint 9 and Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop. Unless you intend to create custom partitions, very little effort is required on your part. The installer does virtually everything. ...
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How to create a guest user account on Ubuntu 10.04

UbuntuWhen installing Ubuntu, you are required to create one user account. That account is the "root" account, used to perform all administrative functions on the system. Any user with access to that account can modify or change any setting they want. Sometimes it necessary to create another account, say, for a guest, or for some one you want to use the computer briefly, but do not want to give them the power to make any changes to the default settings. To make it easier for you to manage such situations, you can create a guest account on the system, and make it available to your guest user. To begin creating this account, launch the Users and Groups management tool from System > Administration > Users and Groups. Then click on the "Add" button. ...
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How to customize Ubuntu 10.04 desktop

UbuntuIt's been almost a month since Ubuntu 10.04 was released. I'm not a fan of Ubuntu, but Lucid Lynx, the code name for the latest version of Ubuntu, is, in so many ways, a better operating system to use than prior releases. However, it still falls short in some areas. This aim of this article is to offer customization tips to those new to the operating system. Tips that will enhance the default configuration and, therefore, make it a whole lot more fun to use than the default configuration allows. Customization tips that will be covered in this article are: ...
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New storage options for Anaconda on Fedora 13

FedoraFedora 13 Beta has just been released for testing and bug reporting, with the stable version slated for release in May. Thanks to boot.fedoraproject.org, I didn't have to download the full CD iso image. Used the same bfo iso image from last month and took the Fedora 13 beta out for spin. But rather than dish out a full review of this beta release (I only review stable releases), I'm using this article to showcase a new storage feature of Anaconda. A storage capability that is not available on any other non-enterprise Linux distribution. To start with, Anaconda now offers two device installation options. The first and the default is Basic Storage Devices. Sticking with this option will take you to the next page which presents the same disk partitioning options as prior Fedora versions. The second option, Specialized Storage Devices, gives you installation choices typically found in enterprise environments. ...
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How to configure disk encryption on Sabayon 5.2

Sabayon  Disk encryption is one of five methods you can use to enhance the physical security posture of your computer (laptop, netbook, desktop or server). It enables you to protect your data in the event that your computer is ever lost or stolen. Sabayon's installer has had the disk encryption feature for some time, but it is not as simple and as elegant to configure as it is on Fedora. However, it works. The image below lets you see what happens any time you reboot a computer with disk encryption configured. Without inputting the correct passphrase at the prompt, you can not get to the login screen. And if the computer is ever lost or stolen, be rest assured that the thieves will also be denied access to the login screen, and to your data. ...
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Epidemic 3.1 installation guide

EpidemicEpidemic is a desktop-oriented, KDE, Debian-based (GNU/Linux) distribution developed in Brazil. Epidemic 3.1, the latest edition, features a number of custom tools and improvements. One of those tools is EInstaller, the graphical installation program. It is supposed to be easy to use, but if you have are not familiar with disk partitioning under Linux, you'll find that it's not so easy to use. This tutorial provides an installation guide for Epidemic 3.1, with emphasis on the disk partitioning aspect. EInstaller makes a very good attempt at simplifying the installation of Epidemic 3.1, but the disk partitioning section, especially if there are no existing Linux partitions, requires a little bit of guidance. The image below shows the installer's main page on a system with an uninitialized disk. Because EInstaller lacks an automatic disk partitioning feature, you'll have to manually partition the disk yourself. To do that, click on the 'Partitioner' button. ...
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Printer configuration and management on PC-BSD 8

PC-BSDPC-BSD is a desktop-centric distribution based on FreeBSD. The latest stable version, released just this week, is PC-BSD 8. On most Linux, desktop distributions, a connected printer is automatically configured. On PC-BSD 8, however, getting a printer to work requires manual configuration. To simplify that task, a number of printer management utilities are available. You may access the main printer management interface from System Settings > Printer Configuration, or just launch a browser and type http://localhost:631 into the address bar to access the CUPS Web (management) Interface. If you have an HP printer, the HP Device Manager is also available, accessible from Applications > Utilities > HP Device Manager. You may also find the following articles useful: PC-BSD 8 review and PC-BSD 8 installation guide. ...
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PC-BSD 8 installation guide

PC-BSDPC-BSD 8 is the latest edition of PC-BSD, a desktop distribution based on FreeBSD, with KDE as its default desktop environment. It features a graphical installation program that should be easy enough for anybody to use. However, some sections of the installer could pose some difficulty to those new to the this distribution (and to the BSDs). If you belong to that user group, this installation guide is for you. The screen shot shows all the options available for installation. You may choose to boot into the live environment, or just install straight to your PC's hard drive. If you take no action, the default is to install to hard drive. For this tutorial, we want to install to hard drive. Boot splash screen of PC-BSD 8 ...
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PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager

PC-BSDPC-BSD is a desktop-oriented, FreeBSD-based distribution with KDE as the default desktop environment. The version due to be released shortly is PC-BSD 8. Because it the only BSD-based desktop distribution that's in a position to compete with the best Linux desktop distributions, I'll be publishing a number of articles over the next few weeks to introduce those not yet familiar with it to some of its management tools. This post takes a look at the graphical firewall manager. The firewall application on PC-BSD (8) is OpenBSD's Packet Filter (PF). It is a very powerful firewall application with many advanced features and functionalities. At the command line, the rules are a lot easier to write and understand than Linux's IPTables/Netfilter. Though simple and intuitive to use, the graphical firewall manager that will ship with PC-BSD 8 only gives you access to a very small subset of the many useful features and functionalities of PF. ...