Kali Linux non-root and no pen-test tools install w/ screenshots

April 12th update: Thankfully, as of 2020.1, Kali Linux has swapped to a privileged non-root user by default. You will now log in with the user you create during the install process and no longer as root. This means you can now accomplish my recommended setup (a stable non-root Debian-testing rolling release, managed by the […]

Ubuntu 22.04: Install Gnome Extensions Manager (Workaround)

Gnome Shell delivers core user interface functions for Gnome, such as switching windows and launching apps. Some of the interface elements provided by Gnome Shell include the top panel, activities overview, and notifications. Gnome Shell extensions, commonly referred to as Gnome extensions, are custom code extensions written by third-party developers that modify core UI functions […]

How to direct-install Debian SID rolling release using mini.iso (w/ screenshots)

I’ve often preferred rolling release distros such as Arch, Manjaro, or custom installed Kali for Linux desktop. However, currently, I’m on Ubuntu LTS POP!_OS. Ubuntu releases require performing an in-place upgrade or complete re-install to enjoy the newer software packages. Today, however, I’ll show how to install Debian Unstable in detail. Debian Unstable (also known […]

30+ Log4j vulnerability solutions, tools and resources

In August 2021, the article “Observability in 5 minutes” said: “Cybersecurity, as we discussed last time, will dominate news headlines in the coming months. As such, along with adding context to collected telemetry data, security will emerge as an instrumental component of observability.” Over the past year, some of those listed observability software vendors have […]

Zorin Linux – As a Windows OS (and MacOS) Replacement

This article has been edited and updated from the original 2014 article. Zorin Linux makes a great Windows OS replacement and now even MacOS replacement. Seven years later and I’m more confident about this recommendation. In the past, you’ve probably heard about or been affected by the retirement of Windows XP support on April 8, […]

Quick Tip for a more stable Arch Linux experience

Disclaimer: Everything below has been published previously online in Arch’s extensive wiki. However, for whatever reason there’s still a lot of misinformation about Arch’s stability and many users are not aware that these published tips exist. This short article aims to raise awareness of the best routes for a more stable Arch Linux experience. That’s not […]

Pinebook Pro – My First Impressions and Setup Tips

The Pinebook Pro is a 14″ laptop built for developers and Linux end-users. It weighs less than 3lbs, which, in my case, replaces a two times heavier laptop. (See my work-laptop history). I’ve not been this excited about receiving a piece of Linux hardware since the Raspberry Pi launch. This very blog post is composed […]

Best Linux distro and Desktop Environment Combinations

Are you searching for the best Linux distro (distribution) and DE (Desktop Environment) combination? What better way to increase your familiarity with Linux servers than running Linux on your laptop or workstation. As mentioned previously, there’s the best Linux Distro for me, and the best Linux Distro for you. What you choose today will often change […]