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Six free alternatives to Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is the most widely used Office package and, without a doubt, will remain to be for professional purposes. For users who often exchange documents with others, its compatibility gives it an unbeatable advantage. The biggest disadvantage, however, is the high cost of using Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office alternatives are usually more cost-effective, especially when the software is [...]   

The best Raspberry Pi operating systems: A brief portrait

The single-board computer Raspberry Pi has enjoyed high popularity since its release in 2012. With the increasing number of possible applications, the minicomputer has become an interesting and practical solution for various branches of industry. As a result, more and more operating systems for the British computer are being introduced to the market. Choosing the appropriate Raspberry Pi [...]   

What is gzip and what are the program’s advantages?

If you want to optimize your website in terms of performance and usability, you need to know a thing or two about compression. Whether it’s the HTML pages, the embedded media content, or CSS and JavaScript files: Compressing data doesn’t just save valuable web space, but also improves your website’s average loading time. A useful tool is gzip, a compression process, which all current web servers [...]   

Archiving and Compression Using Linux

Archiving and compressing files contributes positively to the security and stability of a system. For Linux and other unix-like systems, there are countless free programs with which you can create unaltered or compressed archive files over the command line and extract them as well. One of the classic packing programs for Linux is tar. Today, the tool still counts as one of the leading archiving [...]   

Set up ownCloud with Raspberry Pi

With ownCloud software, your Raspberry Pi can be used as a private cloud, performing the same kind of tasks as clouds from major providers such as Google, Amazon, and Dropbox. Cost-effectiveness is just one of many the benefits of creating your own personal cloud; another is the privacy and security of your data. This step-by-step Raspberry Pi cloud tutorial explains how to set up ownCloud.   

Set up your own Debian FTP server with ProFTPD

FTP servers are suitable solutions if you want to make files available for download or offer multiple users a platform for storing and accessing data. The practical server-client technology also plays an important role in the maintenance of web presences. This tutorial explains how to install and set up your own Debian FTP server.   

Debian – the universal system software

Anyone looking to learn about Linux operating systems will come across Debian soon enough. The GNU/Linux distribution was one of the first of its kind and is still one of the most widely used today. Over 1,000 community members work on the Debian project, furthering the development of the collection. But how did Debian become so successful? And what makes this system software so interesting to [...]   

Server operating systems: a history and overview

Operating systems have gone through some major changes over the years. While their beginnings are rooted in more humble, purely text-based user interfaces, today’s options have evolved into complex software packages with graphical interfaces, comprising an elegant go-between for hardware and software applications. Users, who have long since been equipped with a keyboard and mouse, are able to [...]   

Raspberry Pi at a glance: 10 great Raspberry Pi projects

Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive small form factor PC that can behave like a standard computer in many respects. Users can use this innovative mini-computer for all kinds of functions, from setting up an operating system to surfing the web, to using it as a server or a media center, and much more besides. Discover 10 interesting Raspberry Pi projects to try out at home.   

Squid: the license-free caching server for your web project

If you’re optimizing your website, then you shouldn’t just turn to content and design; it’s important to also make sure that you invest ample time into the functionality of your website. Usability and loading time are just as important for a website’s success as high-quality and regularly offered content. A long loading time is one of the main causes of high bounce rates. The simple solution: a [...]