Best 5 Tips and Tricks for Linux Users

Systems are differentiated on the basis of their efficiency. A perfect system administrator can perform a task in 10 minutes while another user might take hours to complete. This requires a reward for the system as it saves much of our time. To serve its purpose the operating system should be installed properly. One should know the best tricks for the operating system it uses. Below given are best 5 tips and tricks for Linux:

Best 5 tips and tricks for Linux

Best 5 tips and tricks for Linux Users

Right distribution

You should go for the distribution you are comfortable with. Debian, RedHat, Slackware- all the distributions are very helpful. If you choose to learn editing configuration on your own then you can go for Slackware. RedHat is very easy to install and makes your configuration smoother. Debian requires you to go through commands to configure the system.

Multiple operating systems

Nowadays you can have as many operating systems on your PC as you want. Linux requires two sections of the hard drive. While installing Linux, it provides you with a program called disk which allows you to create the required partitions. The trick is to resize your partition and create empty space. To resize a partition you need another program before using disk, to create Linux partitions. Resize the partition using partition magic, then reboot and launch the Linux installation.

X Window configuration options

Every Linux has its own Window configuration program. XFree86 comes with a graphical configuration tool which is difficult to use. XF86Seup is the graphical program which launches a graphical window and helps you to configure the X Window Server.

Graphical Toolkits

Earlier computer were just text based, but now Linux has become a full graphical desktop. It can show graphical programs. Here is a tip related to the toolkits available to Linux programmers:

GTK- It is a very well known toolkit. It is C based and is very easy to work with.

QT- It is tool based on C++ designed by Troll Tech. It is the basics of GNOME desktop.

WX windows- it is a tool kit completely based on C++. The same code works on Windows, MacOS, UNIX and others

Graph App- it is one of the easiest libraries. It supports a smaller set of widgets and takes just few hours to learn. It works on many other operating systems like MacOS, UNIX and others.

Secure Web Server

E commerce is flourishing these days. Companies offer thousands of dollars to deliver the secure content to its customers on Web. What you can do is go for one of the most famous Web servers, Apache which runs on Linux for free which helps in serving secure content. In order to set Apache, you need a cryptographic package called Open SSL.

Download the 3 packages- apache itself, OpenSSL and corresponding Apache SSL patch.

Patch the Apache distribution and compile the SSL library.

Edit the configuration file in the Apache directory and set the right path and libraries to use. Now you can compile Apache and finally create a test certificate.

The Apache and SSL library are free, but you need to pay to attain the signed certificates from commercial companies. Also keep a track of export law of different countries and local laws before going for any encrypting product.

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