Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and Basic Input Output System (BIOS) are firmware interfaces responsible for starting your computer by initiating the hardware during the booting process. These technologies are crucial for the functioning of operating systems and their associated hardware, such as graphics cards. As the successors to BIOS, UEFI systems have introduced numerous advantages for Linux users and have altered the landscape for installing drivers, including those for Nvidia cards on Ubuntu/Debian. This article will explore these changes, offering a comparison of the pros and cons when installing Nvidia card drivers under UEFI and BIOS.
Quick response (QR) codes have surged in popularity over the last few years. They are an efficient way to share websites, wireless logins, app downloads, or even rewards programs at restaurants, and other things. You may have a use for them on a Linux system if you want to generate your own QR code as a quick way to share one of the previous examples or some other kind of information. To make your own QR code, you will need to download a QR code generator. In this tutorial, we have compiled a list of our favorite QR code generators for Linux. Check out our picks below to find one that suits you best.
Hex editors allow users to edit a binary file after it has already been compiled. Ordinarily, you should make changes to a program by editing the source code and compiling it into an executable file. But if you do not have access to the source code, it is still possible to change various bytes of data of the compiled file, in the hopes that your edit will yield the desired results. This is a hacky solution that can be used for both honest and nefarious purposes.
YouTube is home to most of the world’s video content these days. The YouTube website does not give users an easy way to download videos, since its in their best interest that users continually return to the site any time they want to watch a video. However, it is sometimes better to download videos for offline use, so users can archive content that is at risk of disappearing from online, or just so they can continue watching without an internet connection.
Graphical environments on Linux can basically be divided in two main groups: full-featured desktop environments such as GNOME, KDE Plasma or XFCE, and barebone, minimalistic window managers, such as i3, openbox, or sway. The former come with a set of applications and utilities designed to work well together, while the latter are meant to perform just one task (or little more): managing windows. When using those environments additional functionalities must be implemented via separate tools.
GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) is probably the most used graphical environment in the Linux ecosystem, if only because all major Linux distributions such as Fedora, RHEL, Debian and Ubuntu ship with it as the default desktop. GNOME strives for simplicity and ease of use, and for this reason, not without some criticisms by a part of the Linux community, tends to be less customizable than other desktop environments such as KDE Plasma or XFCE. Instead of using plaintext configuration files, GNOME stores its settings in the dconf database, which can be manipulated using the “dconf-editor” GUI, or from the command line using the “dconf” utility.
Have you ever been in the middle of using your command line terminal, and suddenly needed to open the file explorer? In some cases, it can be easier or more convenient to visualize the contents of a directory from a graphical file explorer, rather than using the ls command or others to sift through the files. Fortunately, Linux gives us an easy way to open a file explorer and have it navigate directly to the directory we are currently viewing in the terminal.
In this tutorial, we will see how to install the NVIDIA drivers on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux and switch from a opensource Nouveau driver to the proprietary Nvidia driver. You can install Nvidia drivers on Ubuntu 20.04 using several different methods, including the official Ubuntu repository, the Nvidia PPA repository, and as a direct download from the official website. You will also learn how to uninstall the Nvidia driver.
There are numerous ways to download a file from a URL via the command line on Linux, and two of the best tools for the job are wget and curl. Both tools have their pros and cons, depending on the download task at hand. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use both commands to perform the task.
In this tutorial, we will show how to remote desktop into Ubuntu 20.04 from Windows. This will save the user from having to get up and go to their Ubuntu 20.04 computer any time that they need to access it. Instead, you will simply be able to remote desktop into Ubuntu 20.04 from Windows and it will be as if you are sitting at the other computer.
In this tutorial, we will show how to use the Ubuntu ip command to see information about the local IP address, default gateway, and DNS servers on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux. The IP address is used by your Ubuntu machine to talk to other devices on the network, like a router or other PCs. Keep in mind that your internal IP address is different from your system’s external IP.
MX Linux has quickly risen in popularity in recent years and is one of the most trending Linux distributions currently. Since most Linux users are very familiar with Ubuntu Linux already, it is common to use it as a base for comparison to other distros like MX Linux. Knowing how these two distributions stack up and compare to each other can lead users to a reliable conclusion about which one would be the best for their preferences and workflow.