All partitions created

LVM configuration on Openfiler 2.3

OpenfilerOpenfiler is one of two free and open source NAS/SAN applications in active development (the other one is FreeNAS). By default, Openfiler is installed to hard disk using the traditional Linux disk partitioning system. Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) adds a layer of flexibility to disk space configuration and management that is not possible with the traditional method of disk partitioning. Fedora, Debian and Mandriva have installers with automatic LVM partitioning features. With Openfiler, however, your only option is by manual configuration. This tutorial offers a step-by-step guide to installing Openfiler on disk using LVM. By default, Openfiler creates the following partitions - the sizes are in parenthesis:
  • /boot (101 MB)
  • swap (1020 MB)
  • / (the rest of the disk space is allocated to the /, the main system partition)
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Passphrase

How Fedora protects your data with full disk encryption

FedoraDisk encryption in one of the most overlooked and underused security tools in computing. When most people think about securing a computer or the operating system that powers it, a firewall, anti-virus, and other anti-malware software comes to mind. Those are all good and necessary tools, but they are only concerned with network security. What about physical security? What happens if someone gains unauthorized, physical access to your computer? Even with all the fancy firewall and other network security tools running, If the disk is not encrypted, check mate! Your data is now shared. ...
Pardus 2011.2 Firewall Manager

Configure the graphical firewall manager on Pardus 2009.1

Pardus is a desktop-oriented, Linux distribution. The latest release is Pardus 2009.1, and just like Pardus 2009, it comes with IPTables/Netfilter, the firewall application built in to the Linux kernel, disabled. This is a short tutorial showing how to enable the firewall via the graphical firewall manager, and tweak the configuration options available. It's always better, whether there are open ports or not, to have IPTables/Netfilter running out of the box. However, distros like Pardus opt to have the firewall disabled. Don't know why, but that's just the way it is with some of these distros. ...
wireless3

How to configure a network interface on Pardus 2009.1

Pardus 2009.1 is the latest release of the desktop-oriented, Linux distribution from Onur Küçük and his crew in Turkey. It is one of those distros that does not automatically configure your Internet connection. You are expected to configure it from Kaptan, the Pardus system modifier, or from the network manager applet.. This tutorial gives a step by step guide of how to configure a wired network interface on an installation of Pardus 2009.1. The steps would be just about the same if you were setting up a wireless connection profile. To begin, right-click on the network manager applet on the panel and select "Open Network Manager." ...
Linux

How to avoid spyware, viruses on Windows 7, Vista and XP

If you are a Windows user, you ought to be familiar with all forms of malware that has ever been created by man (and woman). By malware, I mean spywares, viruses, trojans, etc, that infect your Microsoft Windows-powered computer. You can't avoid them, no matter how hard you try. Even the latest and most expensive anti-virus security software has not helped you much. Upgrading to Windows 7, Microsoft's latest and greatest, has not helped either. Thing is, you are not alone. Computer users like you (using any version of a Microsoft Windows operating system) spend time and money trying to keep their computer(s) free of malicious applications. For most of them, it's just money down the tubes. Think of all the fun stuff you could do with all that money (and time) you expend trying to keep your computer clean. Point is, for as long as you are using a Windows operating system, you computer will at some point become infected, and your anti-virus software will not even know it. So what should you do? Good question. We have two, very good solutions for you. Both (solutions) are easy to implement and they won't cost you a nickel. Here are the solutions: ...
ALT Linux 6 Simply Partitioner

Customizing Simply Linux 5

Simply Linux 5 is a distro from the same team that publishes ALT Linux. The first review of this distro on this site has just been published. This post is to offer some customization tips to those new to Linux and to this distro, and will address the following configuration changes:
  • Change system font size
  • Point the package manager to a remote repository
  • Enable the firewall
  • Enable the Network Time Protocol
  • Install printer
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Multimedia Apps ALT Linux 6 KDesktop

Customizing ALT Linux 5 Ark desktop

ALT Linux is an rpm based distro that was just reviewed and listed on this site. It is a GNOME-based distro with decent graphical management utilities. Like most distros, the default installation leaves room for some tweaking and customization. This post presents detailed step by step guides on how to customize or enable several aspects of the installation that should have been enabled out of the box. A post like this is meant for new users, but if you are an experienced user and you find it useful, that's great too. ...
Cinnamon desktop in faallback mode

Linux Mint 8 installation guide

[caption id="attachment_226" align="alignright" width="104" caption=" "] [/caption]Mint 8 is the latest version of Linux Mint to be made available to the public. Though the installation routine is a very simple one, I still get traffic from people looking for an installation guide for distros like Mint. If you can install Ubuntu, you can install Mint (Mint is based on Ubuntu), but if you need a little bit of handle-holding installing it, then this tutorial is for you. ...
cairorain

Sex up Ubuntu 9.10 desktop with Cairo-Dock

UbuntuI'm not a fan of Ubuntu. Never liked it, though I must admit that it is very popular, and has some nice features. I personally don't like distros that use sudo especially now that Microsoft has been granted a patent for it. But not liking a distro will not stop me from helping others customize their desktop especially if that desktop is as bland as the default Ubuntu 9.10 desktop. It is not going to be possible to make the Ubuntu desktop as visually appealing as the default Hymera Open desktop, but we can try. And the tool we are going to use is called Cairo-Dock. ...