Tutorial Category: Tutorials

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holiday lights
In this three-part tutorial, we show how to set up a fully automated holiday music and light show with a Raspberry Pi.

Create a Fully Automated Light and Music Show for the Holidays: Part 1

This tutorial series from our archives explains how to build a fully automated holiday display with Raspberry Pi.  Christmas has been one of my favorite festivals, and this year it’s special because I’m planning a massive project to decorate my house using open source projects. There will be WiFi-...
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Learn Node.js, Unit 3: A tour of Node.js

Node is often described as “JavaScript on the server”, but that doesn’t quite do it justice. In fact, any description of Node.js I can offer will be unfairly reductionist, so let me start with the one provided by the Node team: “Node.js is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine...
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networking
We take a practical look at some TCP/IP fundamentals, so you can manage multiple network connections.

Practical Networking for Linux Admins: TCP/IP

Get to know networking basics with this tutorial from our archives. Linux grew up with a networking stack as part of its core, and networking is one of its strongest features. Let's take a practical look at some of the TCP/IP fundamentals we use every day. It's IP Address I have a peeve. OK, more...
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How to Install a Device Driver on Linux

...most default Linux drivers are open source and integrated into the system, which makes installing any drivers that are not included quite complicated, even though most hardware devices can be automatically detected.  To learn more about how Linux drivers work, I recommend reading An Introduction...
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browser security
These simple steps can go a long way toward improving your online security.

5 Easy Tips for Linux Web Browser Security

If you use your Linux desktop and never open a web browser, you are a special kind of user. For most of us, however, a web browser has become one of the most-used digital tools on the planet. We work, we play, we get news, we interact, we bank… the number of things we do via a web browser far...
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writing tools
Jack has tips to help aspiring writers gain confidence with using the Linux platform.

Must-Have Tools for Writers on the Linux Platform

I’ve been a writer for more than 20 years. I’ve written thousands of articles and how-tos on various technical topics and have penned more than 40 works of fiction. So, the written word is not only important to me, it’s familiar to the point of being second nature. And through those two decades (...
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filesystem
Learn how to move and manage files from the command line in this tutorial.

How to Move Files Using Linux Commands or File Managers

Learn how to move files with Linux commands in this tutorial from our archives. There are certain tasks that are done so often, users take for granted just how simple they are. But then, you migrate to a new platform and those same simple tasks begin to require a small portion of your brain's...
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Mobile dev
Jack Wallen looks at two open source tools that make a great launching point to help you get started with your mobile development journey.

Two Open Source Mobile App Development Frameworks To Make Mobile Dev Easier

Mobile apps have been a boon for developers. With Android the most widely used platform on the planet, it makes perfect sense for developers to ply their trade in the mobile market. Not only do developers have the chance to get their work seen, they can make money from the Google Play Store or the...
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search tools
Get up to speed with the find command so you can locate files on your Linux servers and desktops without need of a GUI.

How to Search for Files from the Linux Command Line

Learn how to use the find command in this tutorial from our archives. It goes without saying that every good Linux desktop environment offers the ability to search your file system for files and folders. If your default desktop doesn’t -- because this is Linux -- you can always install an app to...
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Android Pie
The ninth iteration of Android has brought about a far more satisfying user experience; get details from Jack Wallen.

An Overview of Android Pie

Let’s talk about Android for a moment. Yes, I know it’s only Linux by way of a modified kernel, but what isn’t these days? And seeing as how the developers of Android have released what many (including yours truly) believe to be the most significant evolution of the platform to date, there’s plenty...
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