ownCloud vs. Nextcloud: A Comparison

ownCloud vs. Nextcloud: comparing cloud storage services

Those who want to make use of an online storage service, while still retaining full control over their data, can do this by hosting their own cloud storage server. Two solutions that can be used on almost any server and web space are ownCloud and Nextcloud. This article explores the similarities and differences between them.

File manager for Android: The best apps

File manager for Android – the best alternatives to the standard app

Managing files and folder on Android devices can quickly become a tedious affair. One the one hand, the integrated file manager app (only since Android 6.0 “Marshmallow”) is well hidden in the settings of the operating system, and on the other hand, it only has the basic functions available – which is why many users rely on third-party applications from the Google Play Store. But what exactly sets...

How Plesk file sharing works

Plesk file sharing: basics and tutorial

Plesk is undoubtedly one of the best solution for managing web and other server services. The server administration tool, which impresses with its intuitive interface, can also be used to save files on your own server and publish them to selected users. How exactly Plesk file sharing functions, and how you can set it up is explained in this guide.

Tar backup: How to create an archive with Linux

Create a tar backup: How the archiving works

Regular backups are one of the most important factors of IT security. With Linux systems – which are often the backbone of a webserver – you can very efficiently create backup copies with the program tar. What can the archiving program do? We explain to you how tar functions and what its special features are. So that you’re able to create regular backups with tar in the future, we explain step by...

Microsoft Access alternatives at a glance

Microsoft Access alternatives: are there any free applications that achieve the same result?

MS Access is widely used office software and enables people with no prior programming knowledge to work with databases. The license for the programme, however, is not exactly cheap. Several free alternatives to Microsoft Access promise to do essentially the same thing. But which are the best Microsoft Access alternatives? And can they actually keep up with the range of functions and standard of...

Log file analysis with open source tool, GoAccess

How log file analysis works with GoAccess

The log files of web servers and cloud services reveal a lot about the users that access them. They contain information about which browser or operating system is being used, which search terms have been entered and how many different pages a user has accessed, for example. Since manually analysing these extensive text files is nigh on impossible, you can use log file analysis programs such as...

htop – the task manager for Linux, Mac OS X and BSD

Manage simple system processes with htop

Process managers can give experienced computer users and administrators an accurate overview of which programs and services are taking up the system’s capacity. Classic command-line tools are confusing, and can only be controlled with complicated commands. For Unix-like systems, such as Ubuntu, the task manager htop, with its text interface, is a first-class alternative. It can help inexperienced...

iptables tutorial –  rule sets for creating data packets

iptables tutorial: how to configure the filter tables of Linux kernels

Since the first version, Linux kernel has been implementing packet filter modules, with which filter tables can be created. However, additional programs such as iptables are required to configure the rule set. In our tutorial, we present the free software for the Linux kernel 2.4 and 2.6 and give you a little insight into how it all works.

Archiving and Compression Using Linux

Archive and compress data using Linux

Archiving and compressing files contributes positively to the security and stability of a system. For Linux and other unix-like systems, there are countless free programmes with which you can create unaltered or compressed archive files over the command line and extract them as well. One of the classic packing programmes for Linux is tar. Today, the tool still counts as one of the leading...

The best TeamViewer alternatives

Alternatives to TeamViewer

You don’t always have to use the market leader – this also applies to remote access. TeamViewer is still the most widely-used solution for remote management and online meetings, but there are numerous alternatives on the market which can be considered. We present some serious alternatives to TeamViewer.


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