Author Archive | Mike Turcotte

Timeshift

Linux Mint Project Leader Clement Lefebvre, otherwise known as “Clem” released a blog post on Sept. 18, giving some information about the upcoming release of Linux Mint 18.3, dubbed “Sylvia.” In his blog post Lefebvre gave some ideas to some of the pieces of software and changes that will be coming, such as the inclusion […]


Tails

It’s no secret that using GNU/Linux is generally safer than using Microsoft Windows, however, there are specific distributions of GNU/Linux that are even more focused on privacy and safety than the usual distros like Ubuntu. In a previous article, I showed of Qubes OS; and now it’s time to look at TAILS. What is TAILS? […]


Terminator

There are more terminal applications than one can shake a stick at, so I'll say it's a little hard to really think, "Why should I use X instead of Y?" But, Terminator is definitely worth looking into and there is a reason why so many people speak highly of it. Terminator can be installed from […]


GNOME SystemMonitor

CTRL+Shift+ESC... END TASK END TASK END TASK............ Seem familiar? Yeah, Windows. Thankfully, it's pretty rare (at least in my experience) that GNU/Linux suffers from applications freezing or hanging. However, it does happen! But besides freezes and hangs, there are other needs for process management in GNU/Linux, and most beginners do not have a clue on […]


GParted Main

GParted is one of the if not the most popular partitioning tool for GNU/Linux, when it comes to GUI tools. Powerful, easy to navigate, and straight to the point; GParted does what needs doing and it does it well. However, for users who aren't familiar with it, or are not used to doing custom partition […]


linux audio

One of the things that I found pretty confusing about GNU/Linux during my transition from using Windows as my primary OS to using GNU/Linux, was how audio worked. In Windows, you don’t really have to think about anything, or know how to configure any specific utilities for the most part; audio just works. You might […]


Albert

There are many different tools and applications to help enhance speed and productivity in GNU/Linux. One of the greatest things about the operating system is its flexibility; granted it can sometimes come with a cost of complexity – Thankfully Albert is simple to install and even easier to use! What is Albert? Albert is a […]


Atom

There are so many different text editors out there, some have a GUI, some are terminal based; and so many people prefer different ones for different reasons. With all that said, there are times when I stumble upon new piece of software that seems to stand out above the rest, and in the case of […]


Pushbullet

One of the things that people like to hate on about GNU/Linux is that a lot of programs and applications are not compatible with it. And it’s true, as a long-time user there have been many times I have said to myself, “Oh, I need X!” but then have found out that X is not […]


Sabayon Desktop

So, I’ve mentioned in a previous article that I have been known to distrohop (read: change distributions often) and I decided that I wanted to try something different; again. I’ve used Sabayon many years ago, probably around eight, and so I thought perhaps it was time to revisit it and see how it goes. What […]


Gecko Linux Applications

I was sitting at home writing future articles for Ghacks and I decided on a spur of the moment whim that I wanted to try out a distribution I had never touched before. I’ve tried countless systems over the years, from the typical Ubuntu and Debian based systems, to Arch based systems like Manjaro, even […]


man commands

GNU/Linux is powerful. GNU/Linux is mighty. GNU/Linux can be confusing… One of the things that terrifies most people about GNU/Linux is the command line. Granted, most users can get away with never touching a terminal window nowadays on most modern distributions, but when a lot of people think of GNU/Linux they instantly picture a command […]


sandwich

Sudo; at some point or another while browsing the web in relation to GNU/Linux, I’m sure those of you who are new to this world would have come across this word/command. If you’ve followed any number of tutorials scattered across the web, good chance you have used sudo before. But, what is sudo? In short, […]


Stacer Cleaner

There are countless tools that claim to optimize your Windows system, but not nearly as many for GNU/Linux. Now, many GNU/Linux power users will likely say something like, "If you're using Linux you should be able to do all of these things on your own anyway, try using commands like X or Y," however, with […]


Linux Time

So, I recently got my father to start to switch from Windows to GNU/Linux. The man is a serious privacy freak who knows Windows systems better than almost anyone who hasn't been formally trained. Envision a hermit with long hair and a bushy beard who has spent years complaining about the state of privacy, governments […]


aeris user guide

WikiLeaks has been fairly steadily releasing documents from what is known as the “Vault 7” leaks, and now documentation has been released about a tool known as “Aeris” which specifically targets POSIX systems such as a couple GNU/Linux Distributions. Posted on WikiLeaks yesterday, was information regarding the “Imperial” project of the CIA, Aeris is an […]


ubuntu default apps

Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution is one of the, if not THE, most popular distributions of any GNU/Linux systems available; and now the company is looking for input from the masses on what software should be included in Ubuntu 18.04. The next long-term support release of the popular GNU/Linux operating system from Canonical is scheduled for […]


AES Crypt Password

There are multiple ways to encrypt files, or encrypt your entire filesystem, make containers, encrypt emails etc. However, AES Crypt has got to be the absolute most simple way to encrypt virtually any file quickly and easily in GNU/Linux. The reasons for doing so are many, but just to name a few: Keeping private information […]