Stories by Alastair Cousins

Dual boot Linux, Windows

In this column we investigate installing a dual boot system using both the LILO and GRUB boot loader. A boot loader allows you to select an operating system to boot when your computer is first turned on. This article works on the assumption that you ...

Mandrake Linux 9.1 Download Edition

Recent versions of Mandrake Linux have not changed much from the user’s perspective, as stability and software updates have been the focus of releases over the last year. Mandrake Linux 9.1 is the first significant update to the popular Linux distrib...

Using a screen saver with Linux

Although screen savers are no longer the necessity that they once were, many PC users still employ them as a desktop tool. In this column we look at installing the Linux screen saver application and investigate an imaginative screen saver named WebCo...

Improve server performance

Linux has a well-deserved reputation for being a reliable server operating system; however, even that is not always a guarantee of reliability. Software can never be bug-free and hardware can fail. In this column, we examine Linux’s high avail­abilit...

Roll out the Red Carpet

Keeping your Linux distribution up-to-date is important, especially if you plan to run the latest software and want to keep your system current. One update tool that can perform this arduous task for you is Ximian’s Red Carpet.

New distribution: Gentoo Linux 1.4

Gentoo Linux is a relatively new Linux distribution targeted at Linux power users and developers. It is unique among the range of Linux distributions available: although well-documented, Gentoo has no GUI tools, meaning the user gets to do everything...

Kerio MailServer 5

Kerio MailServer is an integrated cross platform e-mail server for Windows, Solaris, Mac OS X and Linux, targeted at small to medium businesses seeking a drop-in application to look after all of their e-mail services. Its major selling points are sec...

Help is at hand for Linux

Everyone needs a little help from time to time. And for anyone new to the Linux operating system, some handy help points can get you on track. This time around we look at the commonly used man and info tools, as well as the KDE and GNOME environments...

UnitedLinux 1.0 Beta 3

UnitedLinux is the product of four major Linux distribution vendors (Connectiva, The SCO Group (for­merly Caldera), SuSE and TurboLinux) combining development efforts to prod­uce a single Linux distribution, upon which each vendor will base future pr...

Games round-up: penguin playtime

Linux has long been a fantastic platform for servers and is rapidly becoming a viable desktop alter­native, but gaming is an area of use in which Linux has never been particularly strong. Games for Linux are derived from a mix of community-driven hom...

Here's How: Linux runlevels

When a Linux system is booted it passes through several distinct stages, known as runlevels, before the system has completed booting and is usable. Likewise, when a Linux system is shut down it passes through another set of runlevels before the syste...

Archiving and compression in Linux

Archiving and compressing files is a very common task. Whether it is for backup purposes or exchanging files over the Internet, being able to handle the various archive and compression formats available is an important skill. Linux has tools to acces...

Secure communications with GPG

Ensuring secure communications over an insecure medium such as the Internet is vital. GnuPG is an encryption tool that can be used to ensure the security of messages and files sent to others. Compatible with the popular PGP encryption program, it use...

Free Linux office suites

A lack of quality Linux office suites has long been one of reasons that some Linux users have decided to switch back to Windows. For many people, functionality similar to, and compatibility with, Microsoft Office is an essential requirement for their...

Process management with Linux

In this column, we examine some tools to assist with process management. Essentially, a process is a program running in a Linux system, and process management is the task of looking after the running processes. Normally a user would not have to worry...

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A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

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As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

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