Featured Image

How To Set Up a Recipe Server

Today Gary asked… Would you mind doing a walk-through on how to setup a file server, perhaps alongside my existing media server (movies and music) from a fairly new Linux user perspective. Will different types of servers coexist without problems? I would like to setup a file server for recipes so that my wife could… Read more »

Featured Image

Linux for your Loved Ones

Few things in this life are more frustrating than trying to provide tech support to loved ones. If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve run into this experience yourself at some point in your life. Now, I should point out that no operating system is completely free from bugs. Even the most locked down devices,… Read more »

Featured Image

Installing Ubuntu MATE on a MacBook Pro with UEFI

Back in October, I explained how you can install Ubuntu on a Mac. It was a complete guide that included everything from dual-booting with OS X down to making sure the you’re able to use the right tools for the initial partitioning. In this article, we take it to the next level by doing the… Read more »

Featured Image

Backup Plex For Ubuntu Reliably

It’s no secret that I like watching TV. From movies to TV shows, I like ’em all. I’m also a very happy cord cutter. This means I use a combination of services ranging from Netflix to Amazon Prime for my video content. I also have a fair bit of media on Plex. Like a lot… Read more »

Featured Image

Old iMac Ubuntu Studio Installation

On September 3rd, 2015 Joseph asked… Hi Matt, I have the opportunity to install Linux at work on a 5 year old iMac rarely used due to its age. My gut tells me I should go with Ubuntu Studio as it has access to just about every type of creative and office software imaginable upon… Read more »

Featured Image

Shazam Music Search Alternative For Linux

Growing up in a time of vinyl records and 8-track cassettes, it’s safe to say that I have an appreciation for music. Flash forward to today and we’re now able to enjoy any song we want, on demand! With music services provided by Amazon and independent sources, legally downloading music has never been so easy…. Read more »

Featured Image

Open FOSS Training

Over the years, I’ve ranted and complained about the state of FOSS documentation and the barrier to entry for the casual user. With mixed success, I’ve championed various efforts to provide FOSS training and documentation. Recently, I was contacted by a friend of mine who has put together a team of individuals dedicated to providing… Read more »

Featured Image

Recalbox Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming

I’ll be first to admit that I’ve been putting off setting up a Raspberry Pi for my wife to use for retro gaming. I knew there were a few games she missed but Mario Kart 64 was the big one. I’ll also be first to point out that setting up a RetroPi isn’t difficult with… Read more »

Featured Image

How to Setup SSH Keys on a Linux System

On September 9th, 2015 Chris L. asked… Hello Matt and the Freedom Penguin staff! I have a question about generating RSA public and private keys under Linux. Is there a Linux/Open Source equivalent to PuTTYgen? A PuTTY GUI is available in Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 (what I am using), but is there a PuTTYgen GUI that… Read more »

Featured Image

Schedule FiOS Router Reboots with a Pogoplug

There are few things in life more irritating than having your Internet go out. This is often caused by your router needing a reboot. Sadly, not all routers are created equal which complicates things a bit. At my home for example, we have FIOS Internet. My connection from my ONT to my FIOS router is… Read more »