Several Ways To Make An Intrusion Detection System On Linux

Hello reader, You were minding your own business and suddenly it occurred to you that not only did you want to script an Intrusion Detection System – you wanted it to do something no other IDS has ever done. (Shhh I know it’s like I read your mind!) Chances are you haven’t given it a […]

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Building A Security Distro On Suse Studios

Hello readers, Recently after researching the modern needs of most businesses, I decided that it was time to include a simple tutorial for building a reasonably powerful security distro for your business. Familiarity with Linux is a prerequisite for this tutorial but beyond that I have you covered. You will need the following however: Internet […]

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Another look at Elementary Linux loki

Hello readers, Often as we progress through the operating systems life cycle we reach points of contention. In the case of Elementary OS we have two distinctly different animals. Freya – which by all accounts was a wonderful if slightly buggy OS with all kinds of potential to be gently molded to the users preference […]

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Some Very Basic Python

Hello readers, Rather than trying to wow you with some mega complicated code snippets; which you might not understand, and I probably couldn’t really explain, I figured maybe on occasion I’d throw out some very basic programming to encourage some interest. Python is a scripting language, and with a simple interpreter it can do some […]

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Installing A New Operating System Via USB

Hello readers,   Whether you’ve done it once or a million times, installing a new operating system can be either utterly painless, or a nightmare, depending on a few critical factors. In this article we’ll focus on making it as logical and straight forward as possible to set up an OS from scratch using a […]

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Dear Linux

Hello readers, I’ve written about the Linux Operating Systems for awhile now and wanted to see how far this request would go throughout the community. Dear Linux; For quite some time I’ve been talking about the finer points of using Linux, and have developed a strong bias towards the distributions that include automatic driver detection […]

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No Gui Isn’t Really The Arch Way

Hello readers, Chances are if you can read this sentence you are using a graphical web browser, and haven’t tried to visit a website any other way. Not that people don’t do that, in fact in recent years the “non graphical” web browsing experience has received a few surprising boosts which have increased it’s popularity […]

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Parrot Security

Hello readers, Over the course of studying various operating systems and security distributions I was admittedly late to trying Parrot Security, and am only now tinkering with it in a virtual box environment. Based on Debian Jessie 9 with a Mate desktop, Parrot OS had my expectations “mixed” and with good reason. Kali Linux is […]

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Grep Help At A Glance

Hello reader, I’m just appending text for a quick reference for new Linux and Mac users, I certainly didn’t write the help manual. Usage: grep [OPTION]… PATTERN [FILE]… Search for PATTERN in each FILE or standard input. PATTERN is, by default, a basic regular expression (BRE). Example: grep -i ‘hello world’ menu.h main.c Regexp selection […]

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BunsenLabs Linux

Hello readers, As a Crunchbang enthusiast I was understandably reluctant to try any of these would be #! “successors.” As a regular admin/user who has to date used nearly every version of Linux, BSD, etc I rightly assumed that this would be more of a challenge than simply patching my existing Crunchbang installation. Verdict (See […]

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Linux and Windows Versions Of Similar Software

Hello reader, There are thousands of applications with nearly identical counterparts between these two operating system “types.” Of course there are probably many similar counterparts for Mac users, but that won’t be the focus of this artricle. Our particular goal here will be to show some of the less commonly demonstrated applications that might have […]

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Virtualbox Stays Useful

Hello reader, If you aren’t already familiar with Oracle’s Virtualbox software,  I’ll try to summarize quickly what it is, before explaining why it actually is going to be relevant for quite some time. Normally people have a computer with one operating system like Windows or Linux. If they are like me they have several computers […]

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Crunchbang Linux 2016

Hello reader, From it’s earliest days until May of 2013, Crunchbang Linux was an extraordinary piece of Linux desktop wizardry. Created by Philip Newborough roughly around the time of Ubuntu 9.04, and relying on Debian repositories as well as Ubuntu repositories something entirely different emerged from the cutting edge of Linux development. Software which had […]

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Linux Mint 17.3 Mate Vs Cinnamon

Hello reader, Now that 17.3 is out, Linux Mint has implemented some changes that will make the casual user take notice. In most cases an upgrade isn’t absolutely necessary. If you are still marvelling at 17.2 I tend to think the biggest difference you’ll notice is on the Mate side. Biggest changes in Mate Desktop: […]

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Driver Management For Windows And Linux

Hello reader, One of the more tedious aspects of installing a new operating system is finding the drivers for your hardware devices. In many cases computers are only assigned their original operating systems and this can make even a simple upgrade become a risky venture. Linux: In most cases your Linux operating system will come […]

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Must Have Linux Apps 2015

Hello reader, My list of essential Linux applications for anyone doing anything online. KDENLIVE: This video editing software features overlay compositing and lossless compression as an export feature. The learning curve is very slight compared to many of the commercial video editors, and the multitrack layout makes most editing jobs a breeze. Audacity: Audio mixer […]

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15 Useful Administration Shell Commands Linux

Hello reader, Whether you are the primary user or just one of many on a Linux machine, there are terminal commands that can bring lots of useful information to you quickly. Some of the useful ones include: last last accepts arguments like -f for filename but alone displays the last user logged in which is […]

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Useful Linux Security

Hello reader, Rather than focusing strictly on distributions I thought I’d list some applications that run on Linux which can be useful when configured correctly. Samhain An intrusion detection system that can be remotely monitored using an application called Beltane. Similar to Snort and Suricata tables but with an impressive scalability. Whether you are monitoring […]

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Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon Desktop

Hello reader, Linux Mint 17.2 has been released and as usual I’m madly in love with what the team has done. Some of the changes in this release include: Cinnamon 2.6 Software Sources Update Manager Language Settings Login Screen Better support for UEFI, NVIDIA and Optimus cards System Improvements Artwork Improvements Other Improvements Main Components […]

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Backbox Linux

Hello reader, Backbox Linux is a Ubuntu based security distribution which features penetration testing tools as well as a “privacy focused” approach to normal use. A ram wipe on shutdown option, anonymous browsing options including direct Tor access, and the convenience of the Ubuntu software center all come together in a nice desktop experience for […]

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Enable Silverlight In Linux

Hello reader, This will be a short post but useful if you need to quickly enable Microsoft Silverlight in a Linux system. There are other tutorials for this and I’ll post a link (for non-debian/Ubuntu types click here.) In every case so far the simplest way is installing google chrome for Linux available here, install […]

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Beyond The Binary System

Hello reader, Ones and zeros in varying complex patterns which make up nearly the entirety of what modern computers can do. Though it wasn’t the only system ever proposed, binary is still the predominant system of underlying coding upon which all other coding is based. Layer upon layer of interperetation happens within an operating system […]

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Making a Video Tutorial

In this installment I wanted to go over the basic Video Tutorial Techniques that result in a quality tutorial for newcomers. At a minimum you will need: Screencapture Software (Vokoscreen or equivalent for Linux) (Skitch or equivalent for Windows) Sound Recorder Software (Audactity for any platform) Optional* Video Capture Software (Cheese for Linux) (Logitech video […]

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Netflix and Amazon Videos In Linux Mint 16-17

  Among the more insignificant difficulties faced by some of the newcomers to Linux Mint is that odd occasion to think that when something doesn’t work out of the box that everything is doomed. With native Netflix support quickly coming, and countless Silverlight adaptations for Linux users right behind it. I thought I’d offer a […]

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Upgrading the Linux in a Dual Boot Environment

Chances are if you are dual booting Linux you recall the simplicity of the installation. Dual booting alongside windows has a few inherent advantages: Program Availability Even dual booting different versions of Linux side by side can have advantages over a single operating system environment, provided you have adequate disk space for each partition. Additional […]

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How much do you use Curl?

I could probably do a tutorial but frankly I am still learning the ins and outs of this system, that is what inspired me to mention it. Curl is an ultra wicked file transfer system that might sound boring except for me adding the words “Ultra Wicked” however it’s pretty cool and you might find […]

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Multiseat Linux and Your Business

*Warning* (If you are old enough to remember mainframe computers some of this might cause flashbacks.) So what is Multiseat? Long before there were cloud systems there were seldom more than one or two workstation computers in a given business. In fact if you go back far enough the original Unix and Linux systems were […]

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What we can learn from games like Sauerbraten

Similar to the classic old school shooters like Doom, Sauerbraten manages to stay on our list of favorite games. Click the Cube 2 logo to go get the game for free. (Open source rocks) While you can easily just hop in and play single player or multiplayer through servers, (there are public and privately built […]

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