Linux aternatives to Windows software roundup

Below are the links to sites you may want to visit in order to find Linux equivalent of certain commercial Windows software: 1. Open Source Alternative Quick and useful guide to the best open source software. You can fing here the open source alternatives to your favorite commercial products (not only Windows ones). The main advantage of this site is that you can browse through their software categories and compare […]

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Why did Ubuntu become so popular? UbuntuCat's point of view.

Were you wondering why Ubuntu is Linux distribution #1 for new users (and not new) and how could it become so popular leaving behind such old-times like Mandriva, Linspire, Fedora and even Ubuntu’s ancestor Debian? I was. And as for me, I think that people stick to community rather than to technology… Do you agree? Here is the nice article to read in which UbuntuCat (one of the most active […]

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Microsoft tells how to recover data using Linux

port 25 logoRecently I came across nice article published at Microsoft‘s site Port 25 about how to recover crashed Windows using Linux. It’s rather helpful staff written by Chris Travers (who own Metatron Technology Consulting by the way). Here is an introduction quote from the document:

We have all run into cases where Windows refuses to load for one reason or another. The problem may be a hardware or a software failure, and the problem may seem to be irrecoverable. Yet often Linux can be used to help recover data that otherwise might be lost.

In writing this paper, we generally assume that either a Linux workstation is available to accept recovery information or that a USB drive of sufficient size is available to hold the data. Generally in either case, enough free space should be available to store the entire hard drive as a bit-for-bit file and still have at least 2GB of space free. However, if more space is available, the process of organizing the recovered data is a bit easier. If neither of these is available, the utility of Linux in data recovery will be limited.

Download this document in as pdf format here. You can read interesting comments on their site by clicking at this link.

By the way, Port 25 site is copyrighted by Microsoft under the Microsoft Permissive License that is available here.

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Generate strong passwords online and offline

To generate random and secure passwords offline I recommend oldie mkpasswd. It was written by Don Libes from National Institute of Standards and Technology very long time ago but works perfectly. Install mkpasswd in Debian or any other distro containing APT by command: sudo apt-get install -y mkpasswd For some reason Ubuntu‘s repository contains makepasswd that was written by Marco d’Itri and has similar functionality. To install it run sudo […]

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Site of the day: Free Linux eBooks

Few days ago I came across nice site named Free Linux eBooks containing tons of Linux related electronic books for offline reading (mostly in PDF). Here is the list of available ones (please note that site allows to download 10 books per day)…

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