How to Play Ogg Vorbis Files from the Linux Command Line

If you’re a dedicated user of free and open source software, chances are your dedication goes beyond just software. You probably try to use as many open file formats as you can. Document formats, video formats, and audio formats. Especially audio formats. In the world of free and open source software, a popular format is […]

Backup Files from Your Linux Desktop with Pybackpack

As you probably know, there are a number of great web apps for backing up your files. Many of us here at Techerator are partial to Dropbox. That said, for some people cloud-based storage is overkill. Others have serious reservations about trusting their files to others. Fair enough. So what can they do? Well, they […]

Creating a Bootable Linux USB Drive with UNetbootin

Test driving and installing a Linux distribution has become a lot easier over the years. In the early days, you needed to install Linux on a dedicated computer. Or, you could set your computer up to dual boot. Of course that meant navigating the potential perils of partitioning your hard drive. Later, a Live CD […]

Converting Graphics on the Linux Desktop with Converseen

If you’re a Linux user, then you probably know how spoiled you are when it comes to applications for working with graphics. Whatever you need to do — editing, resizing, viewing, converting — there’s an application for that. One of the most powerful Linux tools for manipulating graphics is ImageMagick. As powerful as it is, […]

Taking Screen Captures on the Linux Desktop with Shutter

Once upon a time, just about the only people who took screen captures were technical communicators and technology writers. Nowadays, it seems that everyone needs to grab a window or screen on their desktop. Which is why, I guess, the number of screen capture tools available for various operating systems has blossomed over the years. […]

5 Basic Commands Every Linux User Should Know

So you’ve been using Linux for a while but have never gone to the command line. Hmm … guess what? That’s not uncommon. While you don’t need to go to the command line to effectively use Linux, knowing even a few basic commands can be useful. That knowledge can open a few doors, expand your […]

First Look at the Asus EeePC X101 – MeeGo or NoGo?

With the hugely successful release of the Asus Transformer and a great lineup of laptops, Asus is truly stepping it up this year, and definitely living up to its motto “Inspiring Innovation. Persistent Perfection.”.  And the Asus EeePC X101 is no exception. What a brilliant piece of hardware engineering! This is the first netbook I […]

Posting to Tumblr from the Linux Desktop with OpenTumblr Client

If you’re looking to publish online, but want a platform that’s somewhere between Twitter and a fully-fledged blog, then you might want to check out Tumblr. With Tumblr, you post tumblelogs, short posts that can be text, video, or audio. The great thing about a tumblelog is that it’s simple to set up and use. […]

An Introduction to Ubuntu’s Personal Package Archives

Do you use Ubuntu? Then you probably know that there really only are a few ways in which you can install software on your computer. Most people use either the Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager. Of course, you can compile the software’s source code or install it with a .deb package, but both […]

How to Detect Rootkits in Linux with rkhunter

As most are aware, there are very few viruses written for the Linux OS. There are, however, 242 known rootkits that can cause catastrophic damage to a Linux box. This post covers a rootkit detector called rkhunter. It is available from the repositories and is actively maintained at the time of posting. Don’t know what […]