Software Center and Synaptic running on Kali Linux

GUI software installers for Kali Linux

Out of the box, the only option for installing software on Kali Linux is to use the APT package manager from the command line, or download software directly from a developer’s website.

This minimal approach can be appreciated, but sometimes it’s just more convenient to use a GUI software mananger application to install programs. In this guide, we’ll see how to install two different GUI software managers on Kali Linux, which can then be used to search for other software to install.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Software Center on Kali
  • How to install Synaptic Package Manager on Kali
  • How to use Software Center or Synaptic to install software
Software Center and Synaptic running on Kali Linux

Software Center and Synaptic running on Kali Linux

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Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers on Linux

Firefox vs Google Chrome/Chromium

Users of Linux have many choices when it comes to web browsers. Among the top choices are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome for Linux, along with the closely related Chromium browser. In this guide, we’ll go over a comparison of the three browsers, with the goal of allowing you to make an informed decision about which browser you should use.

This guide will include a basic review of the browsers, highlights on their features and differences, history, pros and cons, etc. Keep reading to learn more and find out which one works best for you.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • Web browsers on Linux
  • Firefox vs. Chrome/Chromium
  • Which browser should I use?

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Updating Firefox version on Linux

How to update Firefox on Linux

Keeping your Linux system’s software up to date is always a good practice to follow, and Mozilla Firefox is no exception. Having the latest updates means that you have access to the newest features, bug fixes, and security patches for your web browser.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to update Firefox on all the most popular Linux distributions. Firefox normally takes care of updates by itself and doesn’t require much user intervention, but there are still a few methods that can be used to manually update the application.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to update Firefox via browser menu
  • How to update Firefox via GUI
  • How to update Firefox via command line
  • How to update Firefox via direct download

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Hardware acceleration enabled in Mozilla Firefox

Firefox hardware acceleration on Linux

As new innovations continue to push the envelope of what’s possible on a modern PC, hardware acceleration has been finding its way into many common applications. In recent versions, Mozilla Firefox now allows users to enable hardware acceleration in the web browser’s settings.

In this guide, we’ll talk about Firefox’s hardware acceleration. This will include a brief introduction to what it is and how it works, as well as how to enable or disable the setting on a Linux system. Keep reading if you want to give hardware acceleration a try, potentially speeding up your web browser a great deal.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • What is hardware acceleration in Firefox?
  • How to enable or disable hardware acceleration
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Hardware acceleration enabled in Mozilla Firefox

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Mozilla Firefox successfully installed on Linux

How to download and install Firefox on Linux

Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular and widely used web browsers in the world. It’s available for installation on all major Linux distros, and even included as the default web browser for some Linux systems.

In this guide, we’ll cover the step by step instructions on how to download and install Mozilla Firefox on the most popular Linux distros. This will include methods for installation from a distro’s package manager, as well as a direct download from Mozilla’s site.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Firefox on popular Linux distros via package manager
  • How to install Firefox via direct download from Mozilla
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Mozilla Firefox successfully installed on Linux

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Fixing an unresponsive Mozilla Firefox on Linux

How to fix “Firefox is already running but is not responding” error message

In this guide, we’ll show you a few different methods for fixing the Firefox is already running but is not responding error message on a Linux system.

First, let’s go over a few reasons for why this error may be occurring. It’s not uncommon to have an application freeze or “hang” every once in a while, so if this isn’t an issue that you repeatedly have with Firefox, you can probably simply kill the process and get back to what you were doing.

On the other hand, the problem has been known to become perpetual in situations where there’s an issue with the profile file. Firefox stores a user’s personalizations and settings inside a “profile” that is accessed every time Firefox opens. If you’re experiencing this error often, it can be helpful to create a brand new profile and import your old settings.

Follow along with our step by step guide below in order to fix this annoying error and get your web browser running smoothly again.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to fix “Firefox is already running but is not responding” error message
  • How to kill Firefox processes
  • How to launch Firefox in safe mode
  • How to remove the profile lock file
  • How to create a new Firefox profile
  • How to reinstall Firefox

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Launching Firefox via command line terminal to load a specified website

Firefox and the Linux command line

Mozilla Firefox, by its very virtue of being a web browser, is a program with a GUI front end. But make no mistake, the program can be launched from the command line, and there are quite a few handy options we can specify with this command.

In this guide, we’ll show how to open Firefox from the command line on a Linux system. We’ll also go over some tips and tricks so you can get the most out of launching Firefox via terminal.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • Linux commands for Firefox

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Adobe Flash running successfully in Mozilla Firefox

How to install Adobe Flash Player on Linux

Adobe Flash Player was the standard for web videos and interactive websites for many years. It’s not as relevant as it once was, due to being superseded by HTML 5. However, it hasn’t died out completely and you may still run across some websites that require you to have Abobe Flash installed.

In this guide, we’ll be using our Ubuntu Linux system to install and enable Adobe Flash Player on various web browsers, like Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, and Opera. Follow along with the steps below to get it enabled on your own system.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Flash Plugin (Firefox and Chrome)
  • How to install Flash Plugin (Chromium and Opera)
  • How to install Flash Plugin (browsers installed via Snap)
  • How to enable Adobe Flash in Mozilla Firefox
  • How to enable Adobe Flash in Google Chrome, Chromium, and Opera
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Adobe Flash running successfully in Mozilla Firefox

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An introduction to CUPS on Linux

Linux cups tutorial for beginners

CUPS is a printing system used on many different Linux distributions. Its use is very widespread, as it has become the standard print manager on the majority of popular Linux distros. It acts as a print spooler, scheduler, print job manager, and can store information for numerous local or network printers.

In this guide, we’ll introduce you to CUPS on Linux, with basic information like commands, accessing its web interface, default port, how to add a printer, testing, and starting and stopping the service. Various systems may implement CUPS differently or put their own spin on it, but CUPS works mostly the same on any distro and these instructions will likely apply to any system that utilizes CUPS.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to use the CUPS web interface
  • How to add a printer in CUPS
  • Various CUPS commands
  • How to control the CUPS service
An introduction to CUPS on Linux

An introduction to CUPS on Linux

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Apache Solr installed on Linux

Apache Solr Linux install

Apache Solr is open source search software. It’s capable of being implemented as an enterprise-level search engine thanks to its high scalability, advanced indexing, fast queries, and ability to integrate with a large variety of applications. It’s capable of tackling big data and also has high availability with its load balancing and failover configurations.

The platform is written in Java and can be installed on Linux systems. In this guide, we’ll show the step by step instructions for installing Apache Solr on some of the most popular Linux distros, including Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, and Red Hat.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Apache Solr on Debian based systems
  • How to install Apache Solr on Red Hat based systems
  • Initial configuration of Apache Solr
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Apache Solr installed on Linux

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Oracle Linux running GNOME desktop environment

Oracle Linux Download

Oracle Linux is an enterprise level distro based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. You’ll find it to be in the same league as most other enterprise focused distributions, such as SUSE Linux. For other most popular Linux distributions please visit our dedicated linux download page.

As you might expect, Oracle Linux has been developed to integrate well with other Oracle products. This makes it a solid choice for businesses that have invested in other Oracle software or hardware, including their popular database applications. It features the “Oracle Unbreakable Kernel” which Oracle touts as highly stable and reliable.

Following in RHEL’s footsteps, Oracle Linux comes with the GNOME desktop environment by default. It’s free to install and use as you please, but has optional support available for those that wish to subscribe. This is a departure from RHEL’s model that makes a subscription necessary to use their OS.

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BackupPC installed on Linux

BackupPC tutorial on Linux

BackupPC is a free and versatile backup suite that can run on Linux systems and supports several protocols like NFS, SSH, SMB, and rsync. It can be used to backup numerous Linux, Mac, and Windows machines.

It has a lot of nice features like automatic backups and a web interface as its control panel. It also uses file compression and hard links to try and minimize the amount of space that your backups consume. Thus if a file is present on multiple machines, BackupPC is smart enough to only store a single copy of that file in the backup.

In this guide, we’ll show the step by step instructions for installing BackupPC on popular Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, and CentOS. We’ll also cover some initial configuration so you can understand how to setup backup tasks within the program.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install BackupPC on various Linux distros
  • Initial configuration of BackupPC
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BackupPC installed on Linux

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