Linux Tips

Find and Change Your Hostname in Ubuntu

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If you need to know the name of your Ubuntu computer, this post shows you several ways to find it. We will will also show you how to easily change your host name. In Ubuntu 17.x, there is a device name and a host name, which seem to be different. The device name shows up […]

How to Install Ubuntu in VirtualBox

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Looking to play around with Ubuntu to see whether or not you can handle Linux? Well, it’s completely free, so there’s no reason to not give it a shot. However, you either need a spare computer or a spare hard drive on your current machine to run it. If you don’t have those options or […]

7 Linux Commands Every Beginner Should Know

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If you’re new to Linux, using the terminal can be a bit overwhelming. New Linux distributions like Linux Mint have great graphical interfaces, but the heart of Linux is the kernel and that means using the command line. Even if you are a Windows user, you’ve probably had to open a command prompt window at […]

Understanding Linux Permissions and chmod Usage

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I’ve been taking a course on Linux for the last few months and one aspect of Linux that always confused me was how permissions worked. For example, when uploading a file to my web server once and getting an error, I was told by my web host to change the file permissions to 755. I […]

The Easiest Way to Remotely Connect to Linux Mint from Any OS

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I have Linux Mint installed on a test machine at home that I use for playing around with Linux in general, but I use a Windows 10 machine as my main daily driver. I wanted a convenient way to connect to my Linux Mint machine from Windows or Mac without having to install all kind […]

Configure Ubuntu to Not Dim or Turn Off An Inactive Display

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It’s typically good practice for computer users to have their displays set to turn off after a certain period of inactivity. It’s good for a couple reasons. People passing by your computer (at work, for instance), can’t immediately see what’s on your screen. Also, a monitor or display that’s turned off isn’t running, thereby saving […]

Install Adobe Digital Editions In Ubuntu Linux

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Libraries have been around for quite some time.  One of the nice things about living in the digital age, however, is being able to check out books from the library in digital form.  Ebooks, in other words.  In order to take advantage of this, a computer user needs to have a library card, access to […]

Create and Edit Zip Files In Linux Using The Terminal

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In a previous article, we detailed how to use the tar command to create archives. While tar is a very common compression scheme for Linux, it isn’t nearly as popular for Windows and Mac OS X users, who will find most of their archives created using the zip format. It’s easy to use Zip (to […]

Shutdown and Restart Your Computer From The Ubuntu Terminal

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In Linux, it’s pretty simple (as it is in most operating systems), to restart your computer, logout of your user account, or completely shutdown your system.  Often, it’s as simple as hitting the power button on your computer, or clicking a button on the toolbar.  In Ubuntu, you’ll see a window like this appear. You’ll […]

Terminal Tricks: Use the Terminal as an alarm clock

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If you keep your computer on all the time, and are looking for a nice way to wake up in the morning, it’s simple.  All you need is your regular music player and the ‘sleep’ command.  The ‘sleep’ command is a built-in tool (at least in Ubuntu), that allows you to set a timer for […]