Stories by Alastair Cousins

Coming out of your shell

Much more powerful than a Windows batch file, shell scripts can be used to run multiple tasks. Here's a brief introduction.

System Update with YUM

Keeping your Linux system up to date with the latest security fixes and software updates can be a real pain. But it doesn't have to be.

Linux: Hot and steamy

Not all digital TV cards are sup­ported by Linux, but the Hauppauge NOVA-T is. What's more, it's the only one to allow digital TV streaming across a network.

Crossing over to Linux

Changing your operating system from Windows to Linux can be a traumatic process. Not only is Linux a completely new system to learn, but many mainstream applications won't run on it. A solution to this is Codeweavers' Crossover Office, a tool that al...

Beginner-friendly Linux OS: Desktop/LX

Lycoris Desktop/LX is a distribution of Linux aimed firmly at desktop users, especially those migrating from Windows to Linux for the first time. The distribution fits on a single CD and includes all of the basic applica-tions needed for day-to-day d...

Setting up an NFS share

NFS (Network File System) is a protocol used by UNIX/Linux computers to share disks across a network. Similar to the Common Internet File Services (CIFS) protocol used by Windows, NFS is older and more light-weight, and performs much more efficiently...

Taking up the Slack

ZipSlack is a tiny Linux distribution designed to fit on a single 100MB Zip disk and is based on one of the oldest Linux distributions, Slackware Linux. It feels a lot like an older version of UNIX, which means that it is missing the user-friendly GU...

Users & Groups - NIS

If you use several computers connected on a network, it can become a hassle to keep track of the usernames and passwords you use to access each machine. NIS (Network Information Service) lets you to keep a centralised database of usernames and passwo...

Users and groups

Linux is designed as a multi-user operating system. Multi-user support allows each user of the computer to have their own desktop configuration and separate identities on the computer and, most importantly, it allows users to protect their files from...

Create a movie DVD

This time we will show you how to create a movie DVD (from your collection of home videos, for example) that is playable on most set-top DVD players, using the mkdvd script.

Using a DVD writer

Before you can start using your DVD writer with a Linux operating system, there are a couple of installation steps to be performed. If you are using an internal DVD writer, then you will need to make a small modification to the boot configuration of ...

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