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How to Install Anaconda (Python & R) on Ubuntu

Install Anaconda Ubuntu

We like Python. Anaconda is a popular distribution of Python and the R programming languages, which includes package management and deployment tools, with hundreds of packages pre-installed. Anaconda is aimed at data scientists and people working with machine learning, but it’s useful for anyone. It has a quick and easy install process for Ubuntu, so here’s how to get up and running! Download the Anaconda installer Anaconda has various additions, and we want the Open Source (free!) individual edition, available from: https://www.anaconda.com/products/individual Scroll down and … Read more

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How to Use The awk Command in Linux [With Examples]

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This guide shows you how to use the awk command in Linux, with plenty of useful everyday examples. AWK is a tool and language for searching and manipulating text available for the Linux Operating System. The awk command and the associated scripting language search files for text defined by a pattern and perform a specific action on the text which matches the pattern. awk is a useful tool for extracting data and building reports from large text files or large numbers of text files – for example processing logs, or … Read more

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How to Install Webmin on Ubuntu 20.04

How to Install Webmin on Ubuntu

Webmin is a system configuration tool that can be run on Linux. This step-by-step tutorial explains how to install Webmin on Ubuntu 20.04. Webmin makes it easy for newbies (and veterans) to monitor and manage their Linux system and the services running on it in a graphical, browser-based interface that can be accessed locally or remotely. It’s a great tool for people getting started to manage users, web server configurations, file servers, and more. Webmin includes a bunch of modules for common software like Apache … Read more

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Don’t Install Yaourt on Arch Linux – use Yay instead!

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Yaourt (Yet AnOther User Repository Tool) is (was) a package manager for the Arch Linux distribution, which allowed for the installation of packages from the Arch User Repository (AUR). Don’t install Yaourt; it’s obsolete software. If you need a package manager for Arch Linux, install and use Yay instead! Yay is a package manager for Arch, which lets you install AUR packages. Why Yay? It’s actively developed and easy to install and use. Installing To install Yay for Arch Linux, run the following commands: sudo pacman -Syy sudo pacman -S –needed git base-devel git … Read more

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COVID Vaccination Rate Notifier [Project] – Scraping and Displaying with Python

COVID Vaccination Rate Notifier

This article takes you through the creation of a COVID vaccination rate notifier. This project works by scraping data from the web and then displaying system notifications with Python. It hasn’t been the greatest year – but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve waited for the vaccine, and now we wait for people to get the vaccine. To keep sane through the winter, we’re all watching the vaccination rate slowly climb – hopefully to the point where we can go to the … Read more

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Zsh Vs Bash – Which to Use?

Zsh Vs Bash

Bash and Zsh are two popular Linux shells. This guide explores their pros and cons to help you determine which is best to use. What is a Shell? A shell is the command-line user interface you use to interact with your computer. It provides the text input and output that allows you to provide instructions to and receive information from your computer system. The shell also encompasses other utilities, like scripting for task automation and ease-of-use tools like autocomplete to make navigating the filesystem faster. Bash and Zsh are both … Read more

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How to Extract .tar.gz Files Using the tar Command in Linux

How to Extract .tar.gz Files

This guide explains how to use the tar command in Linux to extract files archived in the .tar.gz format. Many open-source packages for Linux are supplied for download in the .tar.gz archive format. .tar.gz archives behave much like .zip archives you might be more familiar with in that they contain and compress multiple files into a single archive file. The .tar.gz archive looks a bit different from other files – it appears to have two file extensions. This is because it’s the combination of two processes. tar (Tape ARchive) is a format for … Read more

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fsck to Repair Linux File System Errors [4 Commmon Examples]

fsck to Repair Linux File System Errors

Modern computers are incredibly reliable, but things can still go wrong – and the worst thing that can usually go wrong is losing your data – be it important work or your precious photos. Alongside a robust backup system, fsck (File System cheCK) is probably the most important tool you can have on hand to prevent data loss. This tutorial explains how to use fsck to repair file system errors in Linux and takes you through four common examples. fsck verifies the integrity and repairs errors … Read more

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How to Create Linux Symlinks Using the ln Command

Create Linux Symlinks Using the ln Command

This tutorial explains how to create symlinks (symbolic links), also know as “Soft Links,” in Linux using the ln command. If you’re coming to Linux from a background using the Windows operating system, you’ll be familiar with the concept of shortcuts – files that don’t contain any real data and contain a link to the actual file or folder you wish to access. They may exist simply for your convenience (to save time clicking through nested folders) or to redirect the output (You have a … Read more

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Calculating IP Addresses and Subnets – A Reference

Calculating IP Addresses and Subnets

This article aims to familiarise you with IP addresses and subnets and the calculations involved when setting them up. It’s a big topic, so this article will try to stay focused on its practical side to help get you on the right track and subnetting your home network with ease. Networking and Subnets Let’s skip the analogies and break it straight down: An IP address contains two components the network address describing the network and the host address describing the host on the network. Networks can be … Read more