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Full hard drives Wiping in Ubuntu Linux

Written by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 13 Apr, 2011

The full wiping of your whole hard drive is the answer if you are giving your old hard drive to your friend, colleague or relative. Take note that the process of shredding may be reversible using system files that are modern, while on hard drives you can invoke shred.

At this point all your hard drive’s data can be deleted securely by using a program called wipe. By default, Ubuntu Linux doesn’t include wipe which is included in the Universe repository not like shred which is already customized within the program, so you have to install wipe first. On the screen’s top-left portion, the System menu should be clicked for you to open the Synaptic Package Manager; then click the Synaptic Package Manager after seeing the folder of Administration expands. For you to enable wipe, on the window of the Synaptic Package Manager, you may click on Settings then Repositories. You may click on Close after checking the checkbox next to the caption that says “Community-maintained Open Source software (universe)”.

The list of the Synaptic’s package should be reloaded and for you to do this, on the main window of Synaptic Package Manager the button for Reload should be clicked. As soon as the reloading process of the package list is done, the change you’ll see is on the new search field text over that says “Rebuilding research index”. On the search field you may type the word wipe as you read the caption Quick search. You can see other packages that are doing similar functions when you see the wipe package appear. The “Mark for Installation” should be selected after the checkbox to the left of the wipe label is clicked. For you to start the installation process, on the popup of the Summary window, the button for Apply should » Continue.. |



Hard Drive Wiping Using Ubuntu Linux Live Compact Disc

Written by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 13 Apr, 2011

If you ever wanted to fully wipe your hard drive when you are about to sell or give your personal computer to your friend or colleague, then you should read this article for you to know the techniques designed to completely wipe your private data or files from your personal computer.

As you all know when you delete files from your personal computer that you have completely ruined the stored data on the hard drive of your system, whether you are using operating systems such as Ubuntu Linux, Windows, or any other similar programs.

However, that’s not the case in the first place. Take note that the operating system you are using doesn’t have features to overwrite the data you have deleted, even though you have actually overwritten the file that makes it not recoverable. But the truth is, your hard drive still has the data and only the right kind of software will make it possible to retrieve it. For completely deleting your stored files, you have to be sure that your entire hard drive and even the hidden files are all wiped out.

Now for shredding files individually, note that on your hard drive your stored data is not going to bring any harm on your system and will not expose your private information. You can use the utility specially designed for Ubuntu Linux called Shred to make it easy for you to dispose or destroy files that you don’t like to share to anyone else.

At the screen’s top-left portion, the Applications menu should be clicked for a terminal window to be opened and then as you see the Accessories menu expanded, the Terminal should be clicked.

You can use cd for navigating the file that you intend to delete for directory changing, and in the current directory if you » Continue.. |



Macbuntu: Macintosh Operating System X Format Applied to Ubuntu Linux

Written by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 05 Apr, 2011

In the previous articles you’ve read, maybe it’s not new to your knowledge that you can transform to look like Windows 7 your Ubuntu Linux installation which is customized. On this article you will be learning to transform the aura of your Ubuntu Linux into Macintosh Operating System X-like features. For it to be done, we are going to use a designated program that is open-source for the transformation of Linux appearance into the environment which looks like Macintosh Operating System X, this is called Macbuntu that is primarily intended for Ubuntu Linux Operating System as well as other GTK/Debian based operating systems.


Now, for Macbuntu installation you can download a copy from its source link that can be search on the net and as soon as it is done, you may press Extract after the file is right-clicked. You may open the folder that is extracted when extraction is done and from that point you can find Install.sh file name which is the script for installing the program. You may choose Run in Terminal after double-clicking the installation script.


You may hit return key after pressing y as you see the popup of a terminal window. From there, you need to answer few questions that mark the start of the installation after all the process is done. Now, to choose the default choice you may just hit enter without using any letter if for any reason you have an idea of what to do or you may choose the answer you like to put in. You may select Yes when you are asked if you need some packages be downloaded online during the installation process.


s you finish the installation, you will be prompted to download the themes of Mac operating system for Google Chrome, FIreFox, and Thunderbird. You may also » Continue.. |



Linux Ubuntu Additional Language for Keyboard Input

Written by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 05 Apr, 2011

This article will introduce the way on how the settings of Linux Ubuntu keyboard can make it easier for you to make it function the way you think it should be. It doesn’t matter if you only need to enter a less-frequently used character from another layout of the keyboard. With our discussion, you can recall the layout of the other keyboard if it is not printed since the layout of the keyboard can be printed and viewed.


If you ever wanted to use Linux Ubuntu for typing different languages you will be taught on how you can use Linux Ubuntu’s various layouts of the keyboard switching and adding the easier way.


• Languages switching

On the top right corner of the screen in your system tray, a new icon can be noticed as you install various input languages, the selected name of language and or the country abbreviation will be displayed as the language is changed when the icon is clicked. The current layout should be shown or the dialog of the Keyboard Preferences should be opened as available languages dialog is right-clicked. When you set the layout of the keyboard, a window with preview of the keyboard can be viewed after Show Current Layout is selected. Now if you like, you can instantly recall a layout by printing the preview of the layout.


• Languages switching through shortcuts of the keyboard changing

By pressing together the Alt keys from both sides of the keyboard, the input languages can be switched by default. In Ubuntu Linux like in Windows, the input languages can also be switched as you use the combination of Alt+Switch by default. You may click Options after the Layout tab is selected as the dialog for the keyboard preferences is opened. The Alt+Shift should be selected as the plus symbol » Continue.. |



The Use of Linux Ubuntu PC to Access Home Server for Windows

Written by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 05 Apr, 2011

Let’s admit it that there comes a time that you need to access the home server of Windows on your network using a Linux Ubuntu personal computer, right? Now, we are going to discuss on how to use Linux Ubuntu PC to access files on your Windows home server.


To begin with, the Network should be selected after clicking on Places for accessing files on your Windows home server from Ubuntu Linux and from that point on the folder of your Network and other machines of Windows should appear as listed on your home server and for you to access it the server needs to be double-clicked. On the other hand if you cannot find the list of your server, the Workgroup or Network for Windows are the places where you can find it.


Like when you use a Windows personal computer, Linux Ubuntu system will prompt you to enter the Windows Home Server right credentials. You may click on Connect after selection is made as it is your own prerogative to choose to recall or not your preferred password. On your Windows home server, you should be able to view the folders that are available. For you to have the general access, you need to use the credentials of an Administrator to sign in. You should see on the server the documents intended for Microsoft Office as you double-click on the folder and share the content you want to access from or just do folder viewing of several folders for music under Moving Picture Experts Group Layer-3 Audio files or MP3 in which you can play using Ubuntu Linux.


There should be an application for Linux to do file type handling where the server can be used to directly access the file. In OpenOffice, you can also open a document under » Continue.. |



Widget-less Viewing Of Android Phones Battery Level

Written by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 05 Apr, 2011

For you to show on your screen all means of information, you can install large widgets collection that is one of Android phones’ great features. On the other hand, you can just wonder what will it be if a widget is absent or not used. In this article, you will learn how exact level of the battery will be viewed minus the widget that eats up your memory so you have to get rid of it, correct? For prolonging the battery life of your Android phone, it is the best thing to put the widgets away because it only consumes a lot of your computer memory and it also requires more cycles of the Central Processing Unit.


You may browse down the Status of your phone as you open the application of the Settings for checking the levels of the battery with the software that is built-in. On the small icon, sometimes it is hard to determine your battery life concisely.


For you to save a bit of your time, you can create direct shortcut on the status page of your battery if you are using the replacement home screen of the free and the best Launcher Pro. You may select Activities after Shortcuts as you long press on the desktop. You may want to have the Status around and a smaller text under it is com.android.settings.deviceinfo.Status upon expansion of Settings as you chose it for showing other items group. For just a press of the button, you can have the status page of the battery as soon as OK is clicked when you come across the icon and the name is prompted.


As the application is launched and in the background there’s nothing that runs, the status is shown while the application status of other free battery is doing nothing if » Continue.. |



Linux Home Server Back Up Options – Secure Shell, FSTAB, Backup Programs & Website Files

Written by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 02 Apr, 2011

For you to back up the files of Secure Shell configuration located at /etc/ssh/sshd_config and /etc/ssh/ssh_config your personal computer should be accessed remotely.


The table of Linux file system is the job of /etc/fstab that is the file in question. Your old installation’s fstab file cannot be used on your new installation so you need to be very careful. If your partition is reformatted the Universal Unique Identifier will change. You need not to spend a lot of time viewing up the entire options available but the other lines of old fstab file should be copied and this will be useful indeed if you have different partition for home, shares that are auto-mounted, and got many partitions. First, you need to be sure to do backup manually because both K Desktop Environment mount manager and Gnome PyStorage Device Manager can provide process for Graphic User Interface for fstab file editing. Remember that it is safest to learn about fstab and manually edit it which is the usual thing from majority of online accounts.


You may need to grab the files for configuration of the server settings to perform backups automatically using tools such as Simple Backup or Rsync. The location /etc/sbackup.conf is for Simple Backup while /etc/rsyncd.conf is the location for the configuration of Rsync.


On the other hand, for running personal websites, most individuals have installed on their home servers such as PHP, MySQL, or Apache. For backing up purposes their configuration files will be a bit complicated so you must not forget to do it where it is located in /var/www for your own website. If you need to reinstall PHP, MySQL, and Apache, it is better that you reconfigure them first because there are changes on its versions and if you want a new password be used. The commands » Continue.. |



Home Server Of Linux Back Up Options – Home and Apt

Written by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 01 Apr, 2011

Perhaps you are upgrading your operating system very often if you have Linux-powered home server. We are going to discuss alternative utilities and files that are important to assist you to run the program faster and help you along the way. This article will serve as a fundamental guide to help the reader understand the basics and the entire process depending on the status of your home server.


For users on your system there is a folder intended for /home. All your favorite documents, movies, music, and photos is going to be included in your home personal directory not unless there is another partition intended for them, and this also act as configuration house for other programs of your choice. For you to unleash and expose all your hidden files in your folders you can just hit Ctrl H and then whatever is important for you, backing it up is a must. Although you have a different partition for /home, the directory should be backed up because some files for configuration may be overwritten as reinstallation takes place and for all users you may repeat the process.


You can find at “/etc/apt/sources.list” the software sources list use by apt and in the directory for /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ there are the keys for the signed gpg. Other than defaults, most likely, from other repositories the software installation can be done. The marker for the final distro to the one that is newer must be changed after reinstallation process is done and to the list of your new sources the lines should be copied, and before you can use them, you need to download the key of a new gpg. This may serve as reminder what the old setting was made of. The other best option to backup and settings of load changing is likewise the » Continue.. |