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As much as possible, the Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide scours the net to find the best in guides, tips, tricks and tutorials. This month, we've found the following guides which you'll no doubt find helpful.

Monthly Tutorials: Handy Tutorials for March

As much as possible, the Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide scours the net to find the best in guides, tips, tricks and tutorials. This month, we’ve found the following guides which you’ll no doubt find helpful. Have a look at some of these goodies: How to format storage devices in Linux. A comprehensive but succinct tutorial on using parted and lsblk from the command line to deal with partitioning and formatting disks. [Linux.com]. How to install Owncloud…


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How to setup a KVM server the fast way

This is a very short quick setup on how to get KVM (The Linux Kernel Virtual Machine hypervisor) server up and running. Why KVM? KVM is a hypervisor, just like VmWare ESX, Microsoft’s Hyper-V and XEN. The great thing (as usual) about KVM, is that it’s part of Linux, meaning its free, and it’s performance is excellent. Using it in a production environment as a standalone hypervisor is an excellent choice, has a low host…


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Quick Tip: convert images at the command line with ImageMagick

ImageMagick is a very mature tool. It’s been around for donkeys years and it even acts as the silent ‘back end’ to some of the best GUI-based image manipulation software. However, the jewel in ImageMagick’s crown is the tool called ‘convert’. As you can imagine, this tool converts images at the command line. It can do so in many ways, for example, it can resize, change image quality, change formats (eg PNG to JPEG) and…


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How to tar (compress) files up, excluding certain files or directories

If you’ve ever been making a backup of an entire Linux system, or maybe just a number of folders but there were certain folders or files that you didn’t want to have in the backup or zip file, then Look no further than this Quick Tip! First, change to the folder you want to zip, or back up and make sure you have permissions to access all of the files within the folder. For example,…


Using Google Drive from the Linux Command Line

GDrive Gdrive is a command line tool which manages, uploads, downloads, deletes and shares files on Google Drive. You can download the tool from Github at https://github.com/prasmussen/gdrive. Unfortunately it does not support file synchronisation. Installation Download the binary package from the github website and install sudo mv drive /usr/local/bin Alternatively you can install from source code. Next, simply run drive and it will provide you a URL which authenticates you using OAuth. Usage drive [global options] <verb>…


Multi-Tasking at the command line with screenie

The use of the tool screen is well documented throughout the Internet, however it’s third-party accomplice is not. Screenie is a front-end to screen. Why Do I want to know about this? Using the command line can be done in a few ways – for one, you can work at the Linux console (i.e., not within the X Window Environment, so you are forced to use the virtual consoles – tty/vty 0-9, which can ordinarily…