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Hitman game for linux released

Hitman The Complete First Season for Linux and Mac now available

Hitman is the game that took the games market by storm. The complete first season, released on 31st Jan for PC. Usually Linux is left trailing far behind, or most commonly, not at all. This time, however, this major games series is as up-to-date and ready for fun as it is on any other platform. You can get it from Steam, or via Feral Interactive, who released the Linux port on Feb 16th. There’s also…


How to update the default application for web browser, terminal and more - update-alternatives

How to set the default terminal (or window manager, browser, and much more) in Linux

Ever wondered how your Linux system chooses the default Terminal Emulator, web browser, window manager, text editor, particular version of an app (eg, php5 vs 7/python2.7 vs 3)? Wonder no more! Change the default app in /etc/alternatives The folder /etc/alternatives contains all of the ‘alternative’ applications for a particular type of application. For example, my Terminal application of choice is terminator which is the default ‘alternative’, but what if I wanted to change it back…


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FOSS Force Best Desktop Linux Distro 2017

Another year goes by and the ever present ‘This is the year of the Linux Desktop’, statement is true as ever in 2017 as it was in 2007. For the last few years, the FossForce website has been running a vote to poll which its readers perceive to be the best distro for the desktop. At the time of writing, the final round for voting is heating up. The poll shows that elementaryOS is leading…


Skype For Linux (Alpha)

Microsoft get Skyped up about Linux

Back in July, Microsoft announced through their community channel┬áthat they had been working on a version of Skype for Linux. This isn’t the first time that Linux has had Skype, but it is the first evidence that Microsoft are giving it at least a little bit of attention. The last available download for Linux was back around 2012. Downloading it now on anything but an old 32-bit system will be all but futile. However, this…


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How To Set Up SSH Keys

About SSH Keys SSH keys provide a more secure way of logging into a virtual private server with SSH than using a password alone. While a password can eventually be cracked with a brute force attack, SSH keys are nearly impossible to decipher by brute force alone. Generating a key pair provides you with two long string of characters: a public and a private key. You can place the public key on any server, and…


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How to put a Linux ISO onto a USB stick and make it bootable on a Mac

So, you’ve got a mac computer and you want to put the ISO you just downloaded onto it. If you’ve used tools like UNetBootin before, then you’ll have found it a nice easy graphical way on a PC. Unfortunately, Mac users have to go through a few more hurdles to get an ISO image onto a USB stick in order to make it boot properly. What are we trying to do here? So, just to…


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Video Guide of how to install elementaryOS (Loki) + Review

ElementaryOS is a really popular Linux distro for new users. It looks and feels like macOS. It’s fast, free and slick. It’s loosely based on Ubuntu (it uses 16.04 at the moment as it’s base, so the software you can download for it will be familiar to most). In this quick article, we’ve got two treats for you; a video tutorial showing you how to install it, as well as a brief intro to the…



What is Docker (and Linux containers?)

A while ago, around the release of the Linux kernel version 3, the concept of namespaces and containerization was introduced through a module called lxc (Linux containers). The idea behind a container is sort of similar to the idea of a virtual machine. For example, with virtualisation, you have a server (the ‘host’ ) running something like KVM or VMware. The machines running under it are called guests. They are fully self-contained computers, running on…



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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…


How to install Linux on a Macintosh computer

So, you’ve got one of those shiny Macbook Pro retinas? ..But you are a Linux fiend, and now you want to rid yourself of the poor mans’ Unix that Apple call Mac OS X? This tutorial is for you! This is an advanced tutorial which works at the command line and can cause irreparable damage to your data. If you are a novice, it is not recommended that you undertake this tutorial. If you do…


Monitoring network bandwidth, CPU and memory effectively

Here is a bunch of handy tips for today that will likely remain in your armoury forever. As a Linux sysadmin it’s sometimes difficult to visualise just what is causing a performance problem. Sure, it’s easy enough to see which process is hogging the CPU with tools like ‘top’ or its fancier brother, htop. When it comes to figuring out the long term load on a machine or understanding how much memory and network bandwidth…


How to use a Mac to create a Linux Live USB Stick and Boot it

Ok, let’s say you are just about to take the plunge and install Linux on your nice shiny Mac but before then you want to test drive how it really works, using a Live distro. There’s a few ways to boot a mac up, firstly there’s the good old CD ROM drive (SuperDrive as you mac fans know it), but guess what? Most of the new MacBook Pro’s etc don’t even have a DVD/CD ROM…


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How to use Apple’s iMessage in Linux (sort of)

This tip requires Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, so if you don’t want to Jailbreak then look away now. Jailbreaking is a method of expanding the iPhone beyond it’s parameters set by Apple, so you can run lots of extra software on it. If you don’t know how to Jailbreak, there are plenty of guides online on how to do it. Most of them require you either have a Windows VM or real machine, but…


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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,…


Dispelling common Linux myths

A lot of people who are either trying out Linux for the first time, or are thinking about using Linux but haven’t yet taken the leap often hear some pretty crazy misconceptions about Linux. Some of these myths are old truths of years gone by (in most cases, more than 10 years) or are completely made up. Whatever the reason for the distortion, I think it’s time we dispelled with some of the hearsay and…