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10 Linux tips to help you get the most out of the open source OS

Many enterprises are moving to Linux for its flexibility and security. Here are 10 tips from TechRepublic on how to fully leverage the OS's capabilities.

Linux offers an alternative OS to Windows or Mac, with enterprises increasingly turning to the open source platform for more reliability, flexibility, and security.

"At one point in time it was a niche operating system run by those who wanted to show off their PC prowess and feel more alternative and l33t than the rest," wrote TechRepublic contributing writer Jack Wallen. "But something happened on the way to the convention — Linux became accepted. Not only did this platform become accepted, it was adopted as a must-have technology by enterprise-level businesses, where reliability, flexibility, and security are key."

Here are 10 TechRepublic articles with Linux tips that will help enterprise users of the OS be more productive on the platform.

SEE: Linux Power User Bundle (TechRepublic Academy)

1. How to mount your Google Drive on Linux with google-drive-ocamlfuse

Though Google has not released a Linux version of its Google Drive app, there are many ways to gain access to Drive files from Linux. In this article, Wallen walks through an easy installation and setup of google-drive-ocamlfuse on a Ubuntu 16.04 desktop to help users gain access to their Drive files.

2. How to install Kali Linux tools on Ubuntu with this easy script

Kali Linux is one of the most powerful penetration testing platforms on the market—a Linux distribution that can be installed and used for free to help enterprises run nearly every type of network test. Here, Wallen explains how to install Kali Linux tools on Ubuntu for easier use.

3. Five Linux desktop distributions with a great future

A number of high-quality Linux distributions have helped the OS reach servers, phones, cars, watches, and desktops. In this article, Wallen provides an overview of the five Linux desktop distributions that are among the most effective coming from the open source world, including Elementary OS Freya and Chromixium.

4. The first five Linux command-line apps every admin should learn

As Linux spreads across the enterprise, IT workers will need to learn the platform in order to move up the ladder. Here, Wallen walks through five of the most important commands for new Linux admins to learn to be successful on the platform.

5. How to disable IPv6 on Linux

While IPv6 offers a larger addressing scheme than IPv4, it can sometimes cause network problems. Some hardware doesn't use IPv6, and users can temporarily disable it as a solution. In this article, Wallen explains how to shut down that protocol on your Linux machines.

SEE: Linux For Absolute Beginners (TechRepublic Academy)

6. How to easily encrypt/decrypt a file in Linux with gpg

Cyber hygiene is incredibly important, whether you're using a machine for work or in your personal life. Linux comes with a built-in gpg system that can quickly encrypt and decrypt a file. Here, Wallen demonstrates how to get this working from the command line.

7. Create a live system ISO for your Ubuntu-based Linux machines using Systemback

If you are interested in creating a backup or a live ISO of your Linux desktop that you can install on other similar hardware, you can install and use a tool called Systemback instead of going through the process of learning a number of commands to do so. The Systemback tool allows you to create restore points, backups, and live images of a running system. In this article, Wallen shows you how to install it.

8. Use GNURoot to install a GNU/Linux distribution on your Android device

If you need to run a GNU/Linux distribution on your Android device, Wallen demonstrates how to install a system that adds a Linux subsystem that includes a lot of tools and the ability to launch a minimal X Server.

9. How to install Linux bash on Windows 10

You can easily use Linux tools on Windows by installing the Linux bash shell. In this article, Wallen explains how to add this as well as a number of other tools to Windows.

10. How to find and use the Linux home directory

The Linux directory structure can be confusing for new users of the OS. In this article and video, Wallen describes where to find the directory and how it works.

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About Alison DeNisco Rayome

Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.

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