Create And Manage Encrypted Folders in Linux With encfs

October 20, 2013 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: command line, FOSS, HowTo, linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu 

There are times when you want certain information on your computer protected from prying eyes. One way to protect your information is to encrypt your home directory. However, that does not protect your information when you are logged on to your computer. I've shown in the past how you can use Cryptkeeper to create an encrypted folder on your system. Cryptkeeper is a graphical front end to encfs. encfs allows you to create an encrypted folder and then mount it as a user filesystem using FUSE. In this tutorial I'll show how to use encfs from the command line to create and manage an encrypted folder on Linux.
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How To Add or Edit a Linux File System Label

August 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Xubuntu 

File system labels are not something you need to have in order to have a functioning Linux operating system, but they can make your computer easier to navigate when you have several disk partitions. In this post I'll show how to add or edit a Linux file system label for ext2, ext3, and ext4 disk partitions.
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How To Install Conky and Conky Manager in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

August 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Conky is a light weight system monitor for Linux and BSD systems that displays information about your system on the root window. You've probably seen cool screenshots around the web that show a Linux desktop with all kinds of information printed to a part of the background. There's a good chance that you were looking at a system running Conky. Read more

Restore Synaptic Mark All Upgrades Button in Linux Mint

July 16, 2013 by · 8 Comments
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UPDATE: This technique no longer works on Linux Mint 17 Qiana. Please see Enable Synaptic Mark All Upgrades Button in Linux Mint 17 for the latest technique.

I recently reviewed Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon Edition and one reader pointed out in the comments that the Mint team removes functionality from the Synaptic Package Manager. Specifically, the Mark All Upgrades button is missing from the tool bar and the menu selection is also missing from the Edit menu. After doing a little bit of research, I was able to figure out how to undo the changes made to Synaptic by the Linux Mint team. In the following tutorial I'll show how to restore the Synaptic Mark All Upgrades button in Linux Mint. Read more

How to Mount Your Pogoplug on Linux Automatically

June 23, 2013 by · 7 Comments
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I recently received a Pogoplug as a birthday gift. If you're not familiar with the Pogoplug, it is a small Linux based plug computer that allows you to share personal files over the web. You can think of it as your own personal cloud storage server. While you can always access your Pogoplug files through the web interface, it's nice to have local access to the files straight from your file manager. In this tutorial I'll show you how to mount the Pogoplug on Linux and how to get it to mount automatically when your computer boots. Read more

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